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Old Mar 29, 2017, 3:53 PM   #1
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Just finished charging the battery. Didn't time it, but I believe it was less than a couple of hours. Fast. The grip is one sweet design, and putting the strap lug on that side at the top is a great ergonomic move.

Scanned through the menus and set up my basic settings pretty much for standard shooting, but I'll need to go back for some additional setup later as I saw ALOT as I dove through the progression of pages I've never seen before.

The mechanical shutter sound is much refined compared to the original E-M1, low pitched and quiet. Very nice, and the in-camera IS combined with the in-lens stabilization system of the 12-100 looks to be steady-as-a-rock solid.

I really wish the security goons at Lone Star Park would let a camera like this in. I'd be there every Saturday shooting the thoroughbred races.

I'll come back to this post with additions as I shoot with the camera over the next several days.
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Congratulations Greg on your new purchase, look forward to seeing some pics from E-M1 II
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Hi Greg,

Looking forward to it.


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A one image preview, this morning at sunrise, 6/10's of a second handheld at f4 with the 12-100 at 12mm.

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......and it is a WOW as are the others
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A few observations after shooting around with it for a day or so, the battery indicator is very precise. Mine shows 71% of capacity right now, and that's after tons of menu research and lot of test shooting, reviewing, deleting, etc. If you are in a position to top the battery off each evening while travelling, one battery is quite possibly all one would ever need.....but I am getting a second one anyway, LOL.

The grip is extremely comfortable and very familiar. Last night I went to the bottom bag in the closet and pulled out my "old" Olympus E-1, probably the most comfortable DSLR I ever held. The bigger E-M1 Mark II grip feels very much like that switching between the two.

Saturday morning I'm going to go find and purchase one of the ultra high-speed SD cards that's supported in the primary slot, head to White Rock Lake and try my hand at some high-framing rate bird-in-flight shooting with the 40-150/2.8 and 1.4x TC. I did some long range test shooting with the 40-150+TC. Ultra-impressed with the stabilization system and smooth mechanical shutter, wow.

One disappointing and surprising note, the ultra-small AF box option I use all the time with the E-M1 is no longer there, but on the good side all of the AF boxes are available in PDAF, not just the central patch of boxes like on the E-M1 with four-thirds lenses. The one four-thirds lens I have that'll be interesting to test is the 8mm f3.5 Zuiko fisheye. With the E-M1, purple fringing was just horrible. We'll see if it's the same with the Mark II, and I'll definitely have to give the 50mm f2 Macro Zuiko a spin. The 50mm f2 autofocuses faster on the E-M1 than it did on any Olympus DSLR. I would imagine on this Mark II body it'll be a very desirable lens.

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Thanks for posting this photo with a link to your website. The series of images show off the capabilities of not only the camera but that 12-100mm lens.

I'm going to spend a few days sightseeing in Washington DC this coming week. The 12-100mm looks like the perfect travel lens.
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The 12-100 is one seriously good lens, across the range. Remembering back to my trips to DC with my daughter, I would also take the 7-14. That and the 12-100 would have captured pretty much everything. For the number of images over 100mm that I used the 40-150/2.8, the extra load to tote it was not worth it.

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