Direc­tory – 2017 Pro­fes­sional Cam­eras

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Our com­pre­hen­sive list­ing of pro­fes­sional-level cam­eras cov­ers D-SLRs, mir­ror­less, rangefinder mod­els, dig­i­tal cap­ture backs and com­plete dig­i­tal medium for­mat cam­era sys­tems. The mir­ror­less ad­vance con­tin­ues – now into dig­i­tal medium for­mat, of course – but the D-SLR ac­tu­ally still re­mains strong at the pro end of the mar­ket. If you’re ready to buy a new cam­era, re­flex or mir­ror­less then this direc­tory will help you com­pare and con­trast what is avail­able on the mar­ket.

The OM-D E-M1 Mark II takes all this a lot fur­ther and Lach­lan says that he’s par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the im­age qual­ity from the new sen­sor.

“The images are so clean – that’s the best way to de­scribe it, I think –and the tonal lat­i­tude is re­ally well-bal­anced. It’s also very quick with 18 fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing – or even 60 fps with fixed AF/ AE which is just amaz­ing. The aut­o­fo­cus­ing is con­sis­tent, re­li­able and fast, and I love the er­gonomics of the new body. Per­son­ally, I have al­ways pre­ferred shoot­ing with a bat­tery grip and the new com­bi­na­tion is com­fort­ably bal­anced, es­pe­cially with the new 25mm f1.2 PRO lens. The EVF has also been stepped up a gear which is re­ally no­tice­able… be­ing able to see ex­actly what you’ll get is re­ally pleas­ing. Also the file writ­ing speed is mind-blow­ing and, cou­pled with the fast se­quen­tial shoot­ing, is a real win­ner for me.”

The new cam­era’s up-graded five-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion also gets a big tick from Lach­lan Moore.

“Be­ing able to hand-hold with longer ex­po­sures al­lows me to bring the ISO right down and min­imise noise, thus cre­at­ing bet­ter work­able files. I find this in­cred­i­bly use­ful when shoot­ing on film sets where I re­ally put these cam­eras through their paces. The silent elec­tronic shut­ter is also a ma­jor ad­van­tage in these sit­u­a­tions.”

4K Video

Olym­pus made sig­nif­i­cant in­roads into the pro­fes­sional video in­dus­try with the pre­vi­ous OM-D E-M1 model, and the new cam­era is even more cin­e­matog­ra­phy-ori­en­tated.

Lach­lan’s col­lab­o­rat­ing part­ner, Michael Hur­ren at Filmic Pro­duc­tions, has been try­ing out the OM-D E-M1 Mark II’s video ca­pa­bil­i­ties and he com­ments

“I re­ally like the Flat ‘Pic­ture Mode’… it’s not too flat so it doesn’t stretch the 8-bit file too far in the high­lights or the shad­ows. I haven’t seen band­ing any­where. I think this is a smart move. The high Cin­ema 4K bit-rate of 237 Mb/ se­cond is a real plea­sure to grade. And again, it’s awe­some for an 8-bit file as there’s a ton of in­for­ma­tion to work with.

“Be­ing able to shoot fast mo­tion in the same codec, bit-rate and res­o­lu­tion as nor­mal mo­tion film – es­pe­cially in Cin­ema 4K – is a truly awe­some fea­ture.”

Lach­lan adds, “I’ve def­i­nitely no­ticed im­prove­ments in the sta­biliser when shoot­ing video… a lot less bumps on long moves. And it seems to also de­liver more sta­bil­ity when us­ing non-OM-D lenses with the fo­cal length di­alled in”.

On the sub­ject lenses Lach­lan Moore has been us­ing the new M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal 25mm f1.2 PRO fast prime lens (equiv­a­lent to a 50mm f1.2) and he’s a big fan.

“Yes, it’s my new go-to lens! It has a great feel and the build qual­ity is re­ally solid. It’s also in­cred­i­bly sharp and the speed is, of course, fan­tas­tic. Best of all, the im­age qual­ity and the fall-off are re­ally beau­ti­ful.”

While he’s yet to ex­plore ev­ery­thing the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II has to of­fer – there’s a truly ex­ten­sive list of ad­vanced fea­tures – Lach­lan Moore is very im­pressed with what he’s seen so far, in­clud­ing the im­proved bat­tery life and the faster shut­ter speeds of 1/8000 se­cond with the fo­cal plane type, and 1/32,000 se­cond with the elec­tronic sen­sor-based shut­ter.

“There are so many fea­tures to be ex­cited about, and I think it’s go­ing to make a big im­pact on the Mi­cro Four Thirds scene. I know from first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence that Olym­pus has lis­tened to its Vi­sion­ar­ies and acted upon their ideas and feed­back to make this cam­era an ex­cep­tional one.”

The EVF has also been stepped up a gear which is re­ally no­tice­able… be­ing able to see ex­actly what you’ll get is re­ally pleas­ing.”

All pho­to­graphs by Lach­lan Moore on Olym­pus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, copy­right 2017.

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