New Olympus OM-D EM-1

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The top shutter speed of 1/8000th in the OM-D EM-1 is useful when you need it, but keep in mind you will need good light or the ISO will need to go up too. When shooting such subjects, you probably want to fire in continuous 10 frames per second mode. The good thing is that the EM-1′s buffer is now higher, allowing a burst of 40 continuous raw shots at 10 fps before it slows down to catch up. Actual numbers, of course, depends on the speed of your SD card.

Olympus OM-D EM-1 High Speed Shutter

Olympus OM-D EM-1, ISO 1600, f4, 1/8000 sec

Over the years I have used a E-3, E-5 and EM-5 to cover the annual Rainforest 4WD Challenge held during the monsoons. It is rated as one of the ten toughest motor races in the world. The Olympus cameras and lenses have never failed me in heavy torrential rain, mud slides and floods.

The same 12-60 mm lens I am using for both the test shots here fell into the river with the E-3 body a few years back. By the time, I climb back down from the cliff to recover it, it was lying submerged for at least a good two minutes. Suffering some initial optical viewfinder fogging, it dried out to work as normal for several years more. When Olympus states a body and lens combo is weather resistant, I know they mean it.

In a recent session with the EM-5 under heavy rain, the play function stopped working. It recovered by itself after it dried out. See the thunderstorm picture here.

Olympus OM-D EM-1 under heavy rain

Now I know how I lost my car’s front number plate. To get this shot, I stood under the heavy downpour. The EM-1 , 12-60mm lens, MMF 3 and myself were thoroughly drenched. Olympus OM-D EM-1, ISO 200, f4, 1/320 sec.

See next page on the 12-40 mm f2.8 Pro Lens…

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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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