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Olympus OMD EM1 Thoughts

So I had my time with the OMD EM1. Thanks Olympus and Park Cameras for putting such a scheme into place.
It's a really nice solid camera. I know it's seen as a small camera by most but I use a Ricoh GR most of the time so for me it actually seemed quite heavy, at least initially. As I said in the post the other day I was mainly looking at the long exposure "Livetime" function to see if it would give me greater flexibility and creative inspiration.
Did it do that?
Well....not really. My shots are typically 2 to 5 seconds or so. The updates on the screen can only happen at half second intervals. It felt a bit like playing an old video game where the screen refresh rate was really slow so you make adjustments and the when you see the result of those adjustments you've crashed into a wall and exploded into a huge fireball. Granted me moving the camera a bit isn't quite as dramatic but it didn't give me the feeling I wanted. I also found that I was tempted to …
Tomorrow I'm taking advantage of Olympus' Test and Wow scheme and getting an OMD EM1 and 12-40mm lens for a couple of days.
In really keen to see how the live bulb function works for my motion blur photographs. This function gives you an update on the screen of how long exposures are building every half a second or so. You can Program the update interval depending on the overall length of exposure.
I'm thinking it could be very useful as I will know have feedback of my movements albeit only every half second. At the moment I have no feedback so even 8 updated in a second exposure should give me quite a lot of information.
Hopefully it may also lead to some creative inspiration that would not have been possible without it.
I'll report back when I've had a chance to digest my findings