Things didn't start off well. Part of the setup is to attach the wireless remote shutter
release. But it no longer fits! It fits into the USB connector of the older bodies (all
five that I have had), but the Mark II has a
different USB 3 connector. So I had to use
the shutter manually.
Then there's the issue of the position of the tripod mount. I've already established that
it's 12 mm further forward than on the Mark I, but it's also offset slightly to the
side—enough for it not to fit on the rail properly. A mounting screw that wasn't previously
an issue now offsets the body sideways. Not a big issue (I can remove it), but another
surprise. And the difference in the tripod mount position had another effect: the side rail
sticks further into the image. Here last week (Mark I) and today:
The end of the rail is visible on bottom right of both images, but it's now much more
pronounced. Fortunately Hugin ignores it. Today's photo also shows my shadow, needed because of the issue with the remote
control. The tripod is behind the shadow of a tree, so it's not visible.
And then there's the images themselves. This camera can take up to 60 full-resolution (20
MP) images per second. But like its predecessor, it won't do that for HDR images: there it
wants to use the mechanical shutter (why?), so it takes “only” 15 images a second. The
sound is quite impressive, though; it's significantly quieter than the Mark I, and the
difference in rate is also very obvious. Not surprisingly, there was no difference in the
One of the plants that we brought with us to Stones Road was
a Hedychium gardnerianum,
which for years I have confused with a species
of Helichrysum. We planted it next
to the cannas, but unlike the
cannas it barely grew, and didn't flower.
They're not exactly difficult plants to grow. Why were they so reticent? Partially water
(a problem now solved), but has the soil something to do with it? We've been here for
nearly 2 years; hopefully the garden will take off soon.
Reading the online “instructions” for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II (the toy guide only has an invalid pointer), found that the camera has a dedicated input for
a shutter remote control, something that sounds financially suboptimal. It requires a
dedicated remote control from Olympus, the RM-CB2 Remote
Cable, with the information that it is a “mini-plug type (2.5Φ)”.
I suppose that means a 2.5 mm phone plug. That's very plausible. On closer examination,
that's the connector to my remote control:
So all I need is a short cable with 2.5 mm connector at each end. That must be available,
right? Off to eBay to take a look. Yes, 2.5
mm cables available starting at $1 including postage. Oh, but the other end is 3.5 mm.
Always! I finally found a single cable with 2.5 mm connectors at each end—and it was 5 m
long, clearly not what I need here.
What do I do? I don't even know how many contacts the connector should have. My guess is
that the 3 contact connector on my remote control is only there because nobody does 2
contact connectors any more, so it should work. But do I look for a pre-made cable or build
one myself? In the Good Old Days, it was cheaper to build one yourself, but nowadays that
wisdom no longer holds.
What's the Olympus OM-D
E-M1 Mark II like for horse photos? The 15 shots per second should be useful in
looking at gaits. So I took a series of photos at the highest mechanical repeat rate of 15
fps. It wasn't fast enough. Here three successive photos:
There is only one intermediate photo per leg change. More to the point, though, in this
second I only got 8 images. Why? I can go up to 60 images per second with the electronic
shutter, and some time I will, though I'm mainly concerned about the data flood that it
entails. Do I stay true to form and keep every image? That's 1.2 GB per second!
Didn't do much with my new camera today: I was too busy checking things, and I still haven't really explored
the new features. About the only thing I have decided is that I need better instructions.
And if nobody else does them, maybe it's time for me to do so. Started working on a
framework, but it'll be a long time before they're finished, if ever.
I've already established compatibility issues with the remote flash trigger. Are there
others? Last month I found that the Olympus VF-2 viewfinder fits the E-M1, giving it the choice of no less than 3 viewfinders:
It even has a use: as a viewfinder from above in situations that are too bright for the LED
screen. Does it work on the Mark II? No! It fits into the accessory port between the
flash shoe and the real viewfinder:
So that doesn't work. And neither do the other accessories for the port, notably the toy
flash units, but also the PENPAL, a
device for sending mutilated images
via Bluetooth (“The image size can be
selected from 640x480 (default setting), 1280x960 and 1920x1440”). That almost makes
Olympus' broken wireless networking look good, and it's not surprising that the Mark II
doesn't support it. On the positive side, it meant that the Mark II came with a more
flexible and powerful external flash. I never used the toy flashes, so the only real impact
is the viewfinder.
And the remote shutter release? How does it work, anyway? Found a splitter cable and tried
both the output of the remote shutter:
I couldn't measure any output from the shutter release, but there was no measurable
resistance from the camera contacts either. I wonder how this thing really works. Then I
found a couple of threads on the subject. This one confirmed that the standard connectors for Canon cameras work, though another (which I can
no longer find) claimed that a similar cable for Panasonic cameras doesn't work. In
passing, also discovered the real reason for the three contact plug:
The ring closest to cable is ground, 2nd ring (middle) is focus and the tip is shutter
OK, off searching eBay. Yes, they're
available, but the lengths vary widely. More investigation needed.
In passing, it seems that the very cheapest cable ($2.55), is only just cheaper than the
cheapest (cabled) remote control ($2.71). Cables can cost me up to $12 or so, and the
wireless remote controls are a little over $20. I couldn't find an Olympus RM-CB2 Remote
Cable on eBay, presumably because at its recommended price of $79 it just doesn't
sell. Why does Olympus even bother to make it?
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