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Friday, 24 May 2024 Dereel
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On the mend
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Whatever infection I got yesterday isn't gone yet, but it's going, though Yvonne and Petra both didn't seem convinced: I was quite hoarse most of the day. But I feel almost normal, and it won't be long now. Only Yvonne is still feeling not back to normal, after nearly a week.

OM-1 Mark II documentation
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I may have bought an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I, but that doesn't mean that I've stopped looking at the OM System OM-1 Mark II. Today I fought my way through the manual looking for answers to questions I still had.

At least the manual looks big enough now. Ten years ago I complained about the manual for the E-M1, only 165 pages. This one has 566 pages, and it does seem to contain more information, if you can only find it.

First question: is the 14 bit pixel mode generally applicable, or only for Hi-Res shots? It seems that it's only for Hi-Res. Why? Is that some indication of the capabilities of the sensor?

And flash sync speed with electronic shuter? That's more complicated than I thought:

The flash sync speed for silent modes (P.198), High Res Shot (P.239), and focus bracketing (P.278) is 1/100 s. Furthermore, combining [ISO] values over ISO 16000 with settings that use an electronic shutter (for example, silent mode or focus bracket shooting) sets the flash sync speed to 1/50 s. The flash sync speed is also set to 1/50 s during ISO bracketing (P.275).

It's nice to see it documented, but the 1/100 s is not significantly better than the 1/60 s that I get with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

One thing that is interesting is another thing that I complained about 10 years ago: Wi-Fi connection only to a mobile phone and with the camera as access point. Now there's a program called OM Capture, and though the manual is too polite to tell you how to get it, it claims to be able to transfer

A new camera?
Topic: history, photography, opinion Link here

So my new camera will be my old camera, an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I. It's also the first camera that I bought on Facebook, and despite my concerns everything went smoothly, and within a couple of hours I had Australia Post's confirmation that it had been received and will be here on Monday or Tuesday. Do I believe that claim?

Of course, I did more thinking. The camera cost me $350 including postage. The cheapest list price I could find for the OM System OM-1 Mark II is $3,499, almost exactly 10 times that price. Is that what drove my choice?

Well, partially, as I suggested yesterday. If the price of the OM-1/2 drops by only 10%, I can have both cameras for the same price. But the real reason is that I don't see the advantage of the OM-1. To my surprise, even the seller of the E-M1 agreed, after I had paid for his camera: “For handling em1 is actually better. I use om1 only for birding... It's difficult to hold om1”. That could be a personal opinion, but it's interesting nevertheless.

Stepping back, it's becoming clear that digital camera technology has become mature. The first usable (in my view) digital camera was the Casio QV-5000 SX that I bought in June 1998: it had a 1.2 MP image format (or 1.3 MP, as they claimed against all evidence), the smallest that I considered acceptable. That's 26 years ago. During about the first 13 of those years, resolution was a key concern, and it increased to about 12 MP, probably really enough for anybody.

By then, other factors were taking over: the viewfinder, for example. While searching for historical documents, came up with SLR's — the end of an era? by Andrzej Wrotniak, who always seems to have something interesting to say. The article was written in 2005, at a time when SLR viewfinders were virtually unchanged since the Contax S of 1949. He saw that electronic viewfinders would take over (and regretted it, something that I never did). And that was really just before Olympus introduced the E-330, which had a limited form of live viewfinder. And in 2008 Panasonic introduced the Lumix DMC-G1, the first real modern electronic viewfinder camera. That's only 10 years into my 26 year period.

What has changed since then? It took another 5 years for the E-M1 to appear, and it seems to be the first EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens) camera to support phase detect autofocus, definitely an improvement. That's still only 15 years into my 26 years. And while there's no doubt that the OM-1 Mark II (introduced over 10 years later in 2024) is better, is it that much better? The technology is mature, and it seems that most improvements are related to in-camera processing functions, including autofocus. So I don't really expect any breakthroughs in the next few years.

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Whatever infection I had is as good as gone, but there's still a frog in my throat—something that I have had for decades. Only currently it's still worse. That, too, will pass.

Cat fun
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Bruno has been escaping to the outside relatively frequently lately, about 2 or 3 times this week. Generally I've found him skulking round the Buddleja x weyeriana on the south side of the house. Today he tried again while I was trying to get my tripod through the too-narrow front door. The result:
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At least he didn't get out.

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