Photography News Issue 59

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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Price £1499.99 body only Image sensor 17.3x13mm 4/3in Live MOS sensor Resolution 20.4 megapixels, 4608x3456pixels Image stabiliser Five dimension, sensor shift body IS with 5.5EV benefit Viewfinder EVF with 2360k dots, showing 100% of image Monitor Vari-angle 3in touchscreen Focus system 121 point AF – all target, group target (nine or five area), single target. 800 points – manual selection in magnified view mode. Focus bracketing mode 3-999 shots Exposure system PASM, live time, live composite, i-Auto, scene modes, art filter, photo story Compensation +/-5EV in 0.3, 0.5 and 1EV steps. Auto bracketing 2, 3, 5, 7 frames ISO range 200-25,600 Sequence shooting 15fps. Silent mode 60fps. Pro Capture mode 60fps Shutter speeds 60secs-1/8000sec, bulb up to 30mins Dimensions (wxhxd) 134.1x90.9x68.9mm Weight 574g body with battery and card

Sitting at the top of Olympus’s impressive range of Micro Four Thirds cameras is the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. In a remarkably compact package is a hugely sophisticated, robust camera with the ability to produce professional standard results in the most demanding situations. The 20.4-megapixel image sensor is capable of lifelike results full of detail and crisp definition but there ismuchmore to it than professional standard image quality. In continuous shooting the camera can deliver full-size Raw files at 15fps with full autoexposure and autofocus tracking. With focus and exposure locked, there is the potential of Raws at 60fps. You get evenmorewithPro Capturemode where the camera starts buffering full resolution images, up to 35, as soon as you partially depress the shutter release. Fully depress the shutter release and the camera starts recording pictures, so in practice it means you have the chance to go back, by up to 35 frames, to find your ideal shot. Autofocusing is accurate and sensitive so delivers great results in low-contrast lighting situations, thanks to its 121-point cross-type phase detect sensor system, which also does a great job in tandemwith the camera’s fast shooting capabilities.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO The ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO is arguably the ultimate standard zoom for Olympus OM-D cameras. Its coverage (equivalent to 24-80mm in the 35mm format) means it can deal with a wide subject range and its fast, constant f/2.8 aperture means low- light shooting is handled with ease. It is compact, too, making it an excellent lens to take everywhere yet it is dust-, splash- and freeze-proof, so built to withstand use in the most demanding situations. Price £1099.99 Construction 17 elements in 11 groups Filter size 72mm Minimumfocus 15cm/45cm Dimensions (dxl) 77.5x116.5mm Weight 561g Specs Olympus lenses To reinforce the OM-D professional credentials there is a growing range of M-ZUIKO Pro lenses, with nine currently available Optically, it’s highly capable, with a 14 elements in nine groups construction, and its accurate and responsive AF system ensures the most is made of the lens’s potential. The focusing system is very fast and sensitive even in low light, and if you need to, the lens’s Manual Focus Clutch allows instant switching to manual focus. M.ZuikoDigital ED12-100mmf/4 ISPRO Superzoom lenses are very versatile, capable of successfully handling most photographic subjects. This Olympus lens – which gives the equivalent coverage from 24mm to 200mm in the 35mm format – also has the advantage of being very compact for the focal length range onoffer and features a constant maximumaperture throughout. It also incorporates its own two-axis image stabilisation (IS) system, which meshes seamlessly with compatible OM-D cameras to give a powerful, very effective five-axis IS system, enabling sharp tripod-free shooting even at very slow shutter speeds. Picture quality, thanks to advanced optics and Olympus’s unique Z Coating Nano, is also first class.

Price £849.99 Construction 14 elements in 9 groups Filter size 62mm Minimumfocus 20cm Dimensions (dxl) 69.9x84mm Weight 382g Specs Price £1099.99 Construction 19 elements in 14 groups Filter size 62mm Minimumfocus 30cm Dimensions (dxl) 70x87mm Weight 410g Specs

M.ZuikoDigital ED25mmf/1.2 PRO In so many ways, the 25mm f/1.2 is the perfect standard lens. With its 50mm view in the 35mm format the lens gives an image viewand perspective similar to that of the human eye. Its compact bodyform makes it ideal to leave on the camera while its super-fast aperture opens up all sorts of creative shooting

M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO This is the ideal portrait lens, giving the 35mm format focal length equivalent of 90mm, and its super-fast maximum aperture makes it perfect for low-light shooting or when you want very shallow depth-of-field with soft bokeh background effects. The lens focuses as close as 50cm for powerful frame- filling shots, too.

Price £1199.99 Construction 14 elements in 10 groups Filter size 62mm Minimumfocus 50cm Dimensions (dxl) 70x84.9mm Weight 410g Specs

possibilities including smooth creamy bokeh. It is no slouch when it comes to picture quality, with its advanced optical construction of 19 elements in 14 groups featuring special glass to minimise aberrationsandmaximise resolution. Image quality is further enhanced by Olympus’s unique Z Coating Nano, designed to keep flare and ghosting to a minimum for crystal clear pictures.

Autofocusing is achieved with an inner focusing system so it is swift, quiet and accurate, suitable for stills and movie shooting. Add robust build quality – it is dust- proof, splash-proof and freeze-proof – and you have a first class, very versatile lens capable of excellent image quality.

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