Official E-M1II launch start tomorrow

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Well, the new E-M1II shipment start is tomorrow already! Two readers sent me this:

Reader 1: “Launched of em1 mk2 in Singapore is confirmed to be 9 Dec. customers here could pick it up from store. Attach is Oly online flyer.

Reader 2: “My local dealer here in Germany just told me that Olympus will be sending out the first shipment of E-M1 mark II to all the pro-dealers tomorrow from Hamburg. Cameras are expected to be available in the shops from Friday maybe Saturday on.

Olympus E-M1II preorders:
In USA at BHphoto, Amazon, GetOlympus and Adorama.
In Europe at ParkCameras. WexUK. Digitech.ch.

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a bit of everything…

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Olympus OMD E-M1 II controls and handling for video first look

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Olympus E-M1 II Image Stabilization Test (Dpreview).
YI M1 4k video sample (Dpreview).
How to grab a still picture from a video with Adobe Lightroom (Adrian Rohnfelder)
Watch this – Feliz Navidad by Miki Santamaria (Olympus Europe).
Lens mechanism patent by Panasonic (pdf file).
Panasonic Unveiles Prototype 360 Camera Rig – Quad Camera 4K Live Streaming VR (Cinema5D)

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New E-M1II samples by Dpreview and C-AF test by Imaging Resource

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The E-M1II should start shipping out next week according to Amazon.

Dpreview posted a new E-M1II image gallery shot in British Columbia:

Many of the images shot in back country were done so under extreme conditions: sub-freezing temperatures, blizzard-like snowfall, avalanche warnings and the like. This in particular should demonstrate just how tough this this camera is, even if the photographer who shot the images was less so.

Imaging Resource published the E-M1 II Field Test for C-AF ().

Using C-AF, I’m happy to report that the E-M1 Mark II’s continuous focusing performance is excellent. Based on both in-the-field experience and after some in-house testing here at IR, I am definitely impressed by the speed, accuracy and overall keeper rate from C-AF. In my swamp adventure, many of my fast-moving subjects were flying birds. Armed with the relatively short 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens for this type of subject matter, I was impressed with how well the camera did on focusing these small objects. Not every frame in a short birds-in-flight sequence was in crisp focus, as I undoubtedly had a few shots where the subject moved out from under my AF point. Overall, though, I walked away pleased, without any sense of frustration or any notion that the camera’s AF system couldn’t keep up. I feel like any missed shots were more user-error than a camera-related fault.

Olympus E-M1II preorders:
In USA at BHphoto, Amazon, GetOlympus and Adorama.
In Europe at ParkCameras. WexUK. Digitech.ch.

One more small thing: Over at E-M1II facebook page someone reports there is a code to save 10% on the new E-M1II on the Olympus Poland store. Not sure if that code works in other Olympus EU stores too!

 

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The firmware update service for E-M1 version 4.2 has been temporarily disabled

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Olympus disabled the 4.2 firmware update on the E-M1. This is their official press text:

The award-winning Olympus OM-D series has received excellent reviews from a wide range of users. With stunning, compact designs packed with revolutionary technologies, the OM-D series provides incredible speed, outstanding image resolution and a host of shooting features to meet the needs of the professional and enthusiast photographer, alike.
There have been a small number of reported issues with the latest E-M1 firmware version 4.2. As a result, Olympus has proactively suspended this firmware update in an effort to evaluate the reports.
Olympus has been able to confirm that it is a unique group of settings that cause the issue. The camera does not perform properly under the following conditions:
Using HDR, Focus stacking, Hand-held starlight in scene mode, and keystone compensation with Rec view ‘Off’.
When Rec view is turned on, the problem does not happen. Affected users are advised to turn Rec View on to avoid issues.
For those E-M1 owners who have not yet updated their Olympus firmware to version 4.2, and whose current firmware version is version 4.1, no action is necessary.

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