New Olympus OM-D EM-1

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Olympus OM-D EM-1 paired with the Four Thirds 300mm f2.8

Kissing Cousins Again. The OM-D EM-1 is shown here with the optional grip/battery holder.

The bad ass cousin comes home. The (USD 7000) Four Thirds 300mm f2.8 prime lens finally gets to tango with its petite cousin, the EM-1, for the first time. A little awkward but they dance in sync straight away. One of the headline features of the new EM-1 is the Dual Contrast AF and On-Chip Phase Detection AF. The latter allows the older Four Third lenses (designed for mirror cameras) to focus almost as fast as the m43 lenses on the EM-1.

C-AF Tracking

C-AF Tracking with Phase Detection AF of EM-1 and the 300mm prime lens. Focus Point is locked on face and in AF follow mode.

Continuous AF tracking works fine when paired with the monstrous 300mm but I didn’t get to compare it to a rival system to gauge its acquisition speed or tracking accuracy. Stand alone, it works great on regular moving subjects. I haven’t had much luck finding birds in flight to test, though. The weather was awful (low light) during the time I had the camera. I did try it with the m43 75-300 mm and it focused faster than on the EM-5.

Since AF now works faster with Four Third lenses, will I go out with my battery of dusty Four Third lenses?

See next page for Image Samples…

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2 thoughts on “New Olympus OM-D EM-1

  1. “Pro lens should come with a hood” – LOL – my E-510, E-620 two kit lenses had free hoods, the 25mm DSLR lens did not have a hood because it is a pancake, the 75mm mft lens is expensive but has no free hood. Olympus stopped giving free hoods easily when they went MFT

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