Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Released, Bringing 5-axis Stabilization At a Low Cost

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus has released Mark II of the OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera with 16 megapixels and an ISO rating of 200–25,600. Improving on the previous generation of the E-M10, the Mark II now offers 5-axis image stabilization to photographers on a budget.

Also new on the E-M10 II are redesigned body, with metal dials, a thumb grip for easier one-handed shooting and a revamped physical interface for easier operation of the camera while shooting through the 100% viewfinder. With a 2.36-million-dot resolution and a magnification of 1.23x, it’s a big improvement over the original E-M10’s 1.44-million-dot one, which should offer a clearer and sharper view of your subject.

Also new is the Simulated Optical Viewfinder which offers a greater dynamic range that looks closer to what the human eyes see. I am not sure how this works though. While shooting through the viewfinder, the rear touch screen allows you to select your focus point simply by tracing your thumb on it, sort of like a laptop’s touchpad, I suppose. Like most modern cameras, the rear of the E-M10 II features a 3-inch tilting touchscreen LCD with 1.04 million dots.

Other new features include a continuous shooting speed of up to 8.5fps, a pop-up flash, 1080p video, 4K time lapse, focus bracketing, 14 art filters and creative shooting modes. Of interest is the Live Bulb and Live Time features for light-painting enthusiasts. I believe that should work well for fireworks as well.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II will be available in the USA from Sep 2015 for $650 (body only) or $800 when bundled with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

 

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Nikon Announced a Trio of Lenses—24-70mm f/2.8 VR, 24mm f/1.8 and 200-500mm f/5.6VR

Nikon has announced a trio of lenses today, the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, AF-S 24mm f/1.8G, and the AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. The lenses are suitable for both professionals and advanced photography enthusiasts alike.

Nikkor AF-S 24-700mm f/2.8E ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

This is an update to the classic AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED which has gotten a bit long in the tooth. The most notable change is the addition of Vibration Reduction (VR), giving photographers four-stops of image stabilisation. There is also a “tripod” mode for use on a tripod, which helps to counter slight tripod vibrations.

The lens now features an Electronic Aperture control, Nano Crystal Code for reduced ghosting/flare, weather sealing and a fluorine coating which keeps your lens nice and clean. The filter diameter is now a huge 82mm compared to 77mm on the older lens. Sorry, you’d have to re-buy your filters in 82mm after getting this lens.

The AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August 2015 at US$2,400.

Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED

Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED
Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED

Photographers who want a fast and wide lens will like this AF-S 24mm f/1.8G. It’s a smallish, lightweight prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. If you have always wanted a 24mm f/1.4 but found it too expensive, this is the lens for you. The lens will be available from mid-September for US$750, a steal compared to the over US$2,000 which the f/1.4 version goes for.

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

And now, something for the telephoto lovers. Nikon must have noticed the popularity of the likes of the Tamron and Sigma’s 120-600mm telephoto zooms and came up with their own. Unlike the Tamron/Sigma offerings, the Nikkor has a constant f/5.6 throughout the zoom range. It’s also lightweight, coming in at 5lbs 2oz (2.3kg) including the tripod collar, making it easy to shoot handheld for extended periods of time.

The 200-500mm has an Electronic Aperture for consistent exposures during burst shooting, a 4.5-stop VR, a Sports Mode VR for high-burst panning shots and a minimum focussing distance of 7.2ft. A Silent Wave motor lets the lens focus silently and quickly.

The lens will be available from mid-September for US$1400.

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