PANASONIC G7 COMPARED TO OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II

PANASONIC G7 COMPARED TO OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II
'If the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasonic GH4 are each company's top of the range 'flagship' cameras, then one step down are the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Panasonic G7. Though each can be seen as having advantages over their more expensive predecessors. I have both and thought it would be a good opportunity to see how I rate each in terms of how I work. It will be different for all of us of course, but I'll try and outline what each camera offers over the other and what advantages each brings to the market place. So let's have a look at some of the differences (and similarities.)'
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Super High Resolution Mirrorless - Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Sigma DP2 Quattro

Super High Resolution Mirrorless - Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Sigma DP2 Quattro
'Both the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and the Sigma DP2 Quattro have pretensions to offer super high resolution images. The Olympus, via it's High-Res mode offers a 40MP jpg. and a 64MP raw file. This however requires no subject movement, an exposure that requires sensor shift and therefore a tripod. The Sigma offers a S-HI jpg. option which is 39MP and an incredible 'Double Size' option from raw which is an unbelievable 78MP. So do these options produce what these numbers indicate, very high resolution images. And if so, are they actually any good?'
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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - The best mirrorless currently has to offer?

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - The best mirrorless currently has to offer?
'I've had that relationship with Olympus Cameras ever since the Digital Pens first appeared and my ongoing infatuation with Olympus and their chrome retro chic, old school aesthetic shows no signs of diminishing.'
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II 12-40mm f/2.8 compared to FUJI X-T1 16-55mm f/2.8 - Part 2 and Conclusion

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II 12-40mm f/2.8 compared to FUJI X-T1 16-55mm f/2.8 - Part 2 and Conclusion
'If you've already chosen Fuji or Olympus then you're probably happy with what you've got and neither camera or lens has compelling reasons to make people change systems, as far as I'm concerned. However, some thought as to what might be the common photographic situations that you find yourself in, would be useful if you are considering one or other of these choices, if you are looking for a new system.'
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Cameras and technology - Help or Hindrance? - Wi-Fi, Apps and the Cloud.

Cameras and technology - Help or Hindrance? - Wi-Fi, Apps and the Cloud.
'Camera manufacturers make a great deal these days about the tech. add-ons that their cameras come bundled with. They are very keen to let us know that the camera we are considering is wi-fi enabled and comes with an Android / Mac OIS app. that lets us control the camera remotely and download / upload / sync our pictures. Connectivity is all.
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Hybrid Choices - The small but perfectly formed Olympus OM-D E-M10

Hybrid Choices - The small but perfectly formed Olympus OM-D E-M10
'When thinking about a portable, small, light, high quality hybrid system for stills and videos, the Olympus OM-D EM-10 is a surprisingly good option. Surprising, because it is a very small cameraa and because after the release of the all-singing all-dancing OM-D E-M5 II, it doesn't get many column inches devoted to it anymore.
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Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods

Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods
'As well as selling still images, many libraries now sell stock video clips as well. One of the reasons I've been so busy recently is that I've started to take this seriously. I have a handful of video clips uploaded, but difficulties over formats and the time it takes to upload have always made me reluctant to really get serious about it. However, the library above has made things somewhat easier and I now have the option to upload 4K clips from my Panasonic phone which don't take ages to upload and are excellent quality. I'm going to write about the CM1 in more detail in a separate post.'
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The implications of a good wi-fi app for the Olympus OM-D E-M5

The implications of a good wi-fi app for the Olympus OM-D E-M5
'I used to be very negative about wi-fi and it's possibilities, almost entirely because of the complicated and unreliable nature of it's implementation. In fact in many cases it's inclusion was a headline generator only, because otherwise it's a complete waste of time. Not so with this Olympus App. It works, it's useful and it hasn't had me wanting to throw the whole lot into the stream that runs through my garden. That's a surprise, but obviously a pleasant one and I wasn't expecting that. So if you have this camera and haven't checked the app. out yet, give it a try. You may well find something of real use there. I certainly have.'
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Smartphone controlled video

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Smartphone controlled video
'All this yet again proves just how good this camera is. Some peripheral things are poor, the manual focus routine and the pretty useless HDR function, but for the important things including video, as shown here, this is a very capable picture (and video) creating machine.'
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - manual focusing and focus peaking - myths and realities

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - manual focusing and focus peaking - myths and realities
'It is unfortunately the case that a lot of photographers, not me I hasten to say, like 'playing' with manual focus lenses. They like nothing more than buying some old piece of metal and glass on ebay, sticking it onto their camera via an adapter and fiddling around with it. And I guess anybody is perfectly entitled to do that. But if you are serious about using manual focus lenses as I am, then it's a given that I have to get 100% accurate and sharp focus every single time.'
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Professional use for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II high-res mode. House Interiors.

Professional use for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II high-res mode. House Interiors.
'And I have to say that using this mode 'on the job' was painless. Olympus make it very easy. I mounted the camera on a tripod, selected the high-res option, made sure I created a few seconds gap before the process starts to let the camera become completely stable and I was ready to go. I then pressed the shutter button and a few seconds later I had a 64MP raw file and a 40MP OOC jpg.'
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Olympus 12-40mm, Fuji 16-55mm, Nikon 24-85mm - Standard Zooms - the ideal lens?

Olympus 12-40mm, Fuji 16-55mm, Nikon 24-85mm - Standard Zooms - the ideal lens?
''Standard zooms' are the most common lenses around, due to many version being bundled with cameras and becoming 'kit' lenses. In my early film days it used to be a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.7 that came with that new camera, but for some time those have been replaced by zooms. And in many cases, people never buy another lens. They don't get much attention, unless they have a fast aperture, but I suspect that the majority of images taken on interchangeable lens cameras are with a lens of this type. So this type of lens with this type of coverage must have something going for it. '
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II + m.ZUIKO 12-40mm f/2.8. Is a Pro-Spec. tag justified?

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II + m.ZUIKO 12-40mm f/2.8. Is a Pro-Spec. tag justified?
'The Olympus m.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 on the OM-D E-M5 II not only looks great, it performs very well also. Olympus are in the process of putting together a set of three f/2.8 throughout zooms, that will go some way to establishing their half of the m4/3 system with serious professional credentials. This 12-40mm is already available as is the 40-150mm f/2.8 and the 7-14mm f/2.8 is imminent. When you factor in the IBIS of the camera, the m4/3 'advantage' that allows wider apertures and faster shutter speeds, the upcoming lens will add real seriousness to an ever evolving system that is going to make a lot of photographers, of all levels of income, think very seriously about what they are using currently. (If it isn't Olympus of course)'
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The Cream of the Mirrorless crop - Leica T, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7 II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.

The Cream of the Mirrorless crop - Leica T, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7 II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.
'Currently sitting on my shelf are four cameras which are the latest mirrorless interchangeable lens models from four leading camera manufacturers. For me they demonstrate just how far these alternatives to DSLR's have come from that original Panasonic G1. When I first bought and used that camera, I could hardly have imagined that cameras such as these would be my go-to picture taking taking devices for the majority of my work.'
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