Chris Eyre Walker on Lenin Peak (7134m) in Kyrgyzstan with his E-M1II

Chris Eyre Walker just sent me this:

I recently spent 3 weeks on assignment for Olympus AU attempting to summit Lenin Peak (7134m) in Kyrgyzstan. My goal: find out if the E-M1 Mark II would perform at high altitude and in extreme weather conditions and if it would make for a suitable expedition camera to extreme environments.

Part I: https://youtu.be/uoLSdLxksTs
Part II: https://youtu.be/cPCkaTKbGmE

(entirely filmed on the E-M1 Mark II and with the 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO)
Also here the in depth Blog Article and my new Lightroom Preset Pack based of the shots of this expedition.

E-M1II at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay

E-M10III review at ePhotozine: “great image quality, 4K video, and an impressively small package.”


Olympus OM D E M10 II Vs Mark III

ePhotozine posted their full review of the just announced new Olympus E-M10III. They think it delivers great image quality, 4K video, and an impressively small package. This is their Pros and Cons list:

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Pros
4K video recording
Excellent colour reproduction
Good noise performance
5-axis image stabilisation
3inch tilting touch-screen
High resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF)
Improved dials and larger grip
Huge range of Micro Four Thirds lenses
Dual-axis electronic level
MicroUSB connection

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Cons
Reduced number of customisable buttons
Plastic camera body (compared to metal on Mark II)
Wireless flash control removed (was on Mark II)
Feels like a downgrade from the Mark II in some areas
Occasional shutter shock (can be avoided with anti-shock)

Preorders:
Silver or Black E-M10III at GetOlympus, BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon. In Eu at WexUK and ParkUK.
E-M10III with kit lens at GetOlympus, BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
Special E-M10III superkit at Amazon and Adorama.
CS-51B Body Jacket for the E-M10III at BHphoto.

Zuiko 12-100mm review by Ming Thein: “excellent – the one lens for M4/3”

Ming Thein reviewed the Olympus 12-100mm lens. This is his conclusion:

I too found this lens to be excellent – the one lens for M4/3. It is an impressive performer throughout the range, and has a better out of focus rendition than the 12-40 that preceded it. This property, combined with the dual stabiliser, makes it ideal for handheld video work. I have to agree with Robin that if you had to have only one lens for the system – and perhaps to cover everything – this would be it. There are very, very few compromises, and I never once felt any of them were optical. The only problem is the size: it’s very un-Micro Four Thirds, and combined with an E-M1.2 body (for best balance and full dual IS functionality) – it’s nearly the same volume and weight as an X1D and 45mm. I suppose when you consider the effective range (24-200) and relatively fast constant aperture (4) – that changes things a bit. Scalpel or Swiss Army knife? Down to individual preference, I think. The trickier question is whether within the same M4/3 universe you’d be better served by a few faster primes at similar cost; I think this is a tricky one to answer and depends on how often you shoot in low light or inclement weather situations (the primes are not as well sealed as this 12-200). Still merits a recommended rating from me.

Check out his full review at blog.mingthein.com

Lens store links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Big battle: RED vs GH5 6K high res Anamorphic Shoot out

A bit of an unfair battle considering the huge price difference. But still CRFTSHO tried it anyway:

On the tails of the Heirloom HDR shoot we present a RED VS GH5 Camera test. Both cameras film in 6K high res Anamorphic with the Angeniux 30 – 72 optimo anamorphic zoom lens. We highlight the noise patterns and general color correction between the two cameras.