Weekly 43rumors readers pictures roundup.

Kurt Knock Photography‎
Dance class. E-M10, Pana 25mm 1.4

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This is the weekly selection:

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A bit of everything…

Vizelex ND Throttle Test
from Dario Viola on Vimeo.

E-M5II review by Ming Thein.
Testing the performance of Varavon’s Birdycam 2 3-axis gimbal with the Panasonic GH4 (Suggestionofmotion).
Free battery grip with the E-m1 in Japan (DC.watch).
GP Award for the CM1 and E-M5II (DC.watch).
No joke: Nikon made a selfie camera for dogs (TheNakedCamera)

Mike Briggs:My latest excursion into the hills of Catalunya with my @OlympusUK EM-1 & 12-40mmPRO: michaelbriggsphotography

Hagen:not a rumor, just a video link: https://youtu.be/YvDTbVguadI This is a short german sports promo video done with some minutes of GH4 slow motion footage. Enjoy!

Jens:After round about 4000 pictures with the new Olympus OMD E-M5 II I put up my user review (German) on my blog. May its of interest for your readers. You can find it here: http://fotoblog-reiseberichte.de/testbericht-olympus-em5-ii-micro-four-thirds/

Schneider Kreuznach MFT lenses still “missing”.

Image courtesy: ePhotozine

A few readers asked me again about those long time due new Schneider MFT lenses. The latest I heard is that “unofficial” release date is very late 2014. The delay reason Schneider is busy producing their highly requested Cine lenses. And that has a higher priority for them.  Rumored price of the lenses is still around 1200 Euro….

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A bit of everything…

Review: Yasuhara Nanoha 5:1 macro lens for Micro Four Thirds

Working With Olympus FL-600R Flashes (Fotozones).
Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses (Dpreview).
Shogun Firmware Update V6.21 (Atomos).
Panasonic CM1 Gallery Images (Imaging Resource).
5 Myths About Mirrorless Photography (great to share with DSLR friends!) at Lessgearmorephotos.
Review Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II in slovak lanuage. More then 200 photos (ePhoto).

Gan:I did a Shootout of 4 ultra wide lenses yesterday for the BMPCC and GH4! This video is comparing the Tokina 11-16 with Speed Booster against the Kowa Prominar 8.5 and Azure Photonics 6.5mm and Kowa 6mm 1.8. https://vimeo.com/128008047

Full Frame vs Micro 4/3 Revisited with Pro Olympus Lens (Guest post by Chris Corradino).

The following article is a guest post from Chris Corradino (Christography.com). Text and images are copyrighted by Chris. Please do not re-post them without his permission.

Full Frame vs Micro 4/3 Revisited with Pro Olympus Lens

Months ago I shot a head to head comparison with my OMD EM10 and a Canon 6D. In that test, the 6D image was clearly sharper, but the lens used on the EM10 was not necessarily known for its quality (17mm f2.8). Many readers on the 43rumors site mentioned the need to shoot it again, but with a better lens. Fast forward to a few months later, and the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 is now my go-to lens for the mirrorless system. The optical quality of the 12-40 is no secret as it’s one of the highest rated options in the micro four-thirds line. What a difference a lens makes, as this time, the results were vastly different. Before digging in to the close up comparisons, I thought it would be helpful to show the full scene for context.

About the Test:

Camera Left: Canon 6D with Canon 17-40mm f4

Camera Right: Olympus OMD EM10 with Olympus 12-40 f2.8*

*I did have a polarizer on the Olympus for this shot. While it does change the color in the sky, and look of the water, it does not benefit the overall sharpness. As such, I don’t believe it skews the findings in an unfair way.

Below: Magnified portion of image viewed at 1:1 using XY comparison in Lightroom CC.

  • It should be noted that this was not a scientific test as the camera settings were not precisely the same, nor was it done in a studio. They were however, close enough to make it a fair real world comparison. Both were shot hand held with a fast enough shutter to prevent camera shake. Ironically enough, they were taken one year apart, almost to the same day and time.
  • Both images were captured as RAW files with no noise reduction or sharpening applied. These were loaded straight into Lightroom CC, and compared with the XY comparison tool using the 1:1 option. These are the screen shots from my Mac.

The first thing that jumped out at me were the corners of the frame. On the Canon image, they are incredibly soft, almost unacceptably so. Meanwhile, as most reviewers have noted, the Olympus is sharp from corner to corner.

From there, I looked at the clarity of the foliage which was blotchy at best on the 6D. Compared to the EM10, they look terrible. Wind was not the issue here, nor was depth of field. In fact, the 6D was set to f10 which is the sweet spot for the 17-40mm with little diffraction. Meanwhile the OMD Em10 was at f4 and considering the DOF equivalent, this means the f4 provided the equivalent depth of field as f8 on a full frame camera.

At this point I started asking myself, how can this be possible!? Based on everything I’ve read about sensors, it seemed inconceivable that an entry level mirrorless could out-punch a full frame DSLR. Yet, the results clearly speak volumes.

I then looked at the center of the frame, and this is where the images were largely similar. This proves that the technique used to capture the Canon shot was not flawed by technique, but rather optics. It leads me to believe the issue is due to the limitations of the lens towards the outside of the frame. This would be more understandable for a kit lens, but it’s an “L” series designed by Canon to meet the needs of professionals. In fairness, it has served me very well as my go-to for landscape shots all over the world in a variety of conditions. Moving forward however, I see its role being greatly diminished.

This research came just in time as I prepare for an expedition around Iceland. I already love the functions and usability of the OMD EM10, but wanted to make absolutely sure it could give me terrific output I need for professional use including stock, magazines, and large prints. This lens is a game changer, and I won’t hesitate to use the Olympus over the Canon for these once-in-a-lifetime landscapes.

I welcome your insight into these surprising results. If you’d like to see the actual RAW files, you can download them here.