Sunday, September 22, 2013

Olympus OM-D E-M1 User Touch and Try Event

I know I know, I have been delaying my review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1, and I am very, very late now. Apologies! I will do my best to catch up on my reviews soon. 

The main reason I was delaying my review, was because I have been busy with work, and Olympus Malaysia had just successfully organized a HUGE event over this weekend, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 User Touch and Try Event. There were four sessions, two on Saturday (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), and two more on Sunday. Each session we accommodate about 40 participants. The attendees will be presented with a speech, which was actually... erm.... given by.... ME! I hope I did not bore anyone to death with my near one hour sharing about the Olympus OM-D E-M1 product presentation. Also, I was the event photographer, hence I have been busy shooting the entire time, providing uploads of the event photograph on the very same day after the event online at the official Olympus Malaysia Facebook Page. I was also involved at the Touch and Try station, where the users got the chance (about 20 minutes) to really, literally, touch and try the E-M1, with any lenses, where we provided full range of both the Four Thirds (4/3 DSLR) and Micro Four Thirds (M.Zuiko) lenses. 

As you can see, my weekend was FULLY occupied with these events. Consequently I did not have the chance to go out and shoot, and not having photographs, I do not have materials to continue with my E-M1 review series! 

It was great seeing so many familiar faces, so many friends attended this event, and I have an amazing time catching up so many people. It was touching to have people coming up to me and asked about my mum! Thank you guys for the concern, really appreciate that. Also, I have made so many new friends, and met some of my beautiful blog readers. Thank you for coming up to me and tell me that you read my blog. Your support and visits to my blog, together with the kind comments really boosted my motivation to continue shooting and blogging. 

Olympus Malaysia has spent a great deal of time and effort into making this event, the E-M1 Touch and Try session a reality for the Olympus users (it is not compulsory for you to own an Olympus gear to attend but Olympus users would be prioritized). The event was a platform for Olympus users to meet other Olympus users. It was great seeing so many photographers, may it be professional or hobbysts, coming together under the same preference of gear. I acknowledge that gear choice should not be a restriction for photography growth, but having like minded people to talk to, and discuss common photography ideas and inspiration was indeed refreshing. 

As the resident photographer, I took plenty of photographs! And I am sharing LOTS of them here to compensate for the lack of blog updates, which I feel terribly sorry about. 

All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and ZD 25mm F2.8 pancake lens (except some wide shots, eg the group photographs, which were taken with the ZD 7-14mm F4 lens). FL-50R flash was used for all shots, with bounced flash. 

Some large prints with photos taken from the E-M1



Live demonstration of how weather sealed the E-M1 truly is. Constant shower... and the camera worked perfectly well. 

Standing tall and proud



The venue: Ant Gallery at Mutiara Damansara

Shanti Alex, trying some of the Super High Grade Zuiko Digital lenses. 

Khong

Shafiq (and HELLO to Graham Taylor from Sydney!)

Looking through the showcase glass

Hadi Nik

Johnny checking out the Large Print of my dragonfly shot!

Hadi Nik and John Ragai. 

Blu By U 




Tennyson Lee and Christine Yeap

Lim Kuan Ming

Jaslyn and Alex

Tai Foong

Edward Chen!! 

Beautiful Photography Opportunity

Trying out the Zuiko Digital 4/3 lenses on the E-M1. How was the focusing speed? Everyone agreed that the speed was fast on the E-M1, much improved from the E-M5.






That new amazing lens, the first rated professional lens from M.Zuiko line: 12-40mm F2.8 PRO.

The amazing High grade and Super High Grade lenses from the Zuiko Digital line. 

Jackie, won himself a lucky draw prize. 



Yong, Mooi and KL Yeam


Irene Chen, so nice to finally meet you in person!!

Miniature OM-D E-M1 winners!

Olympus Car Boot Organizer winners!

Patrick Low, an award winning wedding photographer came for a visit. 

The miniature OM-D set

Mini E-M1

Session C group photo

Session D group photo

For more photographs (about 120 photos), please go to Olympus Malaysia's FB photo album of the event here (click). 

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the event and made it a success! I sure hope you all have enjoyed the Touch and Try session, and have a good hands on preview of how capable the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is. I am sorry I could not be able to get to know everyone, I do wish I can split myself to many parts so I can talk to more people all at once. I was happy to be able to see and meet you beautiful people! 

If you have attended the event, and you are reading this now, please drop a comment! It would mean a whole world to me. Thank you all again!!!

Now please let me catch up on my breath before I continue my review for the E-M1. 

58 comments:

  1. That's quick to post up! haha nice seeing you again Robin :)

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    1. Thank you for coming Jackie! I am known to be quick to post up photos and update my blog. Hehe

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  2. Looks like a lively, friendly event. I'm impressed at the energetic photo community in Malaysia (being from Minnesota). Looking forward to your further comments on the E-M1 and lenses.

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    1. Thanks Victor! As energetic as we were I think I have spent all my energy for the weekend!

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  3. Hi Robin, Looks like fun. Everyone is sooo young! Does anyone my age do photography in Malaysia? Or, is just a young persons hobby/craft/profession. (Just so you know, I'm smiling as I write this)

    Peter

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    1. Hey Peter you got me laughing with your comment!
      I think we have a good mix of people from different age categories but yes, there was more coming from the younger crowd.

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  4. That's fast.
    Nice to see u and great event.
    The EM1 is really impressive and u made me want touch them again :)

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    1. Buy buy buy!!!
      Nice to see you too! Thanks for coming Kim Hang!

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  5. Looks fun Robin. Pity I wasn't in town to attend!

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    1. Hey Tom! No worries, there are surely future chances.

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  6. nice photos!
    how big the large print on the wall?

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    1. I actually have no idea (rarely do prints) but i shall find out.

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  7. Robin,

    Thanks for posting. I'm in Los Angeles. It just fills my heart to see so many people on the other side of the world share the joy of this art and a camera I love. So appreciate you sharing.

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  9. Thanks you Robin for nice photos!
    Nice to meet You in this fantastic event!

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    1. Thanks Shanti Alex, glad to see you there!

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  10. That shot of the camera in water.. wow! The camera really is waterproof up to the lense eyh?

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    1. Cyril,
      Not waterproof, but splashproof. Cannot be submerged into the water tho!

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  11. Robin, great event and nice chatting with you.

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    1. Cheah,
      Likewise! Thanks for coming.

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  12. Hello Mister Wong, you are an amazing photographer. Now I know from you blog that you shoot Raw and convert with Olympus Viewer.
    I have an EPM2, with just the kit lens right now. And I cannot seem to get any life out of my pictures with Olympus Viewer 3 OV3.

    My last camera was a Canon SX50HS, I shot Raw, and found The Canon DPP program to be very east to use. Mostly I just let the DPP auto correct my photos, and then converted them to Jpegs, and I have lots of nice pictures.

    With my EPM2 and OV3, OV3 does not seem to have a good auto correct function, so I like the pop and colors from the OOC Jpegs. But the Jpegs lack depth, but I cannot get good results from OV3 when trying to adjust RAWs into Jpegs.

    I think that a lot of people would like to see a blog article from you, on how you go from Raw to Jpeg. There must be some steps you are taking to get such great pictures. Or maybe the kit lens is not that good, and my I am not good at taking pictures. And I know you are a great photographer and do not do much PP. But it would be nice to see what you do.

    If you have time, I would appreciate it, and I bet thousands of people that read your blog would also appreciate a tutorial on how you use OV3.

    Thank you.

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    1. Dear Thomas,
      For my blog review photographs, the images were converted directly into JPEG from RAW through the Olympus Viewer 3 without any additional adjustments. It was as if they were shot in JPEG (since the direct conversion would effectively recreate the original JPEG output from the camera).
      For my personal, non-blog photographs such as my street shooting, I do post-process my images. A lot of contrast and saturation were added.

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    2. Ok, so that is amazing, I have tried to use OV3 and do things like, add sharpness, contrast and saturation also. But your pictures are on another level. I will try tomorrow and shoot some pictures in RAW, and just let OV3 convert them, and see how they look. I thought that if you convert the RAW files to Jpegs without doing any PP, that the pictures would be bad, but it seems what you are saying, is that when converting the RAW file to Jpeg, the OV3 program acts like the camera, and makes a Jpeg with enhanced color, saturation sharpness etc.

      So my take on all of this, is that you get the shot right when you take the picture, and that PP is not needed to make exceptional pictures, like the ones in your blog.

      Thank you.

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    3. I only do such direct conversion with no post-processing when I do blog reviews. It is important that way so people will be able to judge the image quality, as if they were straight out of camera.
      However, do take into consideration the lenses that I used. Some higher grade lenses such as the 60mm F2.8 macro and 75mm F1.8 M.zuiko lenses will produce higher sharpness, capture better fine detail and render better contrast than the original kit lens.

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  13. hi Robin.. its a nice event.. .also nice to meet you there. ..like to hear you presentation. ..like the features from that gear omd em1. it really poison me.. lol..dunno how to say but its really2 great gear when i join d session touch n try.. awesome! !!..and for sure i will never forget when my name was calling for lucky draw!! ..first time join d event then got the lucky draw.. so lucky.. lol.. anyway thanks for d photo.. really enjoy with the event!!

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    1. Hey Nik Hadi,
      Thanks for coming!! Glad you enjoyed the session, and indeed the E-M1 is one crazy poison!

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  14. Good photos as always Robin - especially the #...6712 in b&w this time. Interesting to see tho that there probably weren't any Malay Malaysians around, and also not many Indian Malaysians. How many of your readers from Malaysia are non-Chinese if I may ask? And is this E-M1 probably considered a rich guys' toy with - what will it cost there - around RM 6k for the body only? Would love to hear/read a bit more about your country describing those cultural differences.

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    1. I don't have an estimation of how many readers I have, and obviously not broken down to races, but I do know I have quite a number of Malay readers.
      The audience shown on the photos above do not reflect my blog readers. They are attendants to the Olympus Malaysia event. Although many of the readers may know who I am, they do not really represent any percentage of any data!

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    2. In fact, I actually have a lot more foreign readers than Malaysian readers!

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    3. wolfgang, in malaysia.. a chinese face doesn't necessarily belong to chinese :P


      btw robin, nice event although we would hv like it more if touch n try session a bit longer than the talk session...

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    4. I know Wan - my wife is Malay ;-)

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  15. Hi Robin,nice photos as usual..!! I love the black OMD polo shirt. Do you know where I can buy the polo shirt?

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    1. Hey Cen Wei,
      Unfortunately the shirt is not for sale! Very sorry.

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  16. Great work Robin, your blog is very informative and I am certainly interested in upgrading my existing Olympus gear. Any way we can find out if there is similar event happening near us locally? I live in Washington DC and would love to test out the EM1.

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    1. Hey Matthew, thanks for the kind words.
      Perhaps you and a group of Olympus users can gather and make some noise to Olympus US? I am sure they are willing to reach out to their customers!

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  17. Hello robin I am a good fan of yur blog
    Want to find out if there is any place in chicago usa to see the camera in person and the lenses too like a touch and try event

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    1. Dear Pan,
      Thanks for your support to my blog. I am based in Olympus Malaysia so I would not know what is happening at other parts of the world. Please check with Olympus US!

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  18. Hi Robin,
    Thank you for sharing those great moment. Love your presentation during the event. Sorry as my fingers always itchy to click during the event too. It's my nature as I can not sit still with camera in hand. Olympus staffs during the event were understanding, passionate and very helpful. Models, wonderful! The food, delicious. The touch and try session...I never feel enough..I am falling in love with OM D E-M1 and I talked about it for the next 3 days after the event until my wife ask, "You want to buy is it?" She smells it. Participants, awesome!
    Glad to see that you blend well in your new working environment. I always hope the best for you, bro.
    May you have a great evening.
    John Ragai

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    1. Hey John,
      Thank you so much for coming to the event! Really appreciate it.
      Glad you enjoyed the session, and we were doing our best to ensure all of you get the best treatment. I am sure your wife will understand how important toys are to men!

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  19. Hi Robin,

    Appreciate your great review of E-M1!

    I won't trust the shower proof thing anymore as I just had my OM-5 toasted a few months ago when excitingly photographing kids in a swimming pool. A number of splashes and perhaps a slight dipping on the lower part of the camera was all it needed. Sad, RM3500 gone. I only have myself to blame. I wonder if E-M5 is not as good a weather sealing comparing to E-M1.

    I still have my E500. Love the Olympus-Kodak colour and creamy look of the JPEG files which I find missing in the E-M5. While there's much to like about the E-M5, I dislike it's JPEG sharpening and sometime the JPEG colour. I hope in the future OM-D series will offer the KODAK JPEG options much like how FUJI does the Velvia or Astia effects.

    Regards,
    Jong

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    1. Hey Jong,
      The E-M5 was splashproof, not water-proof. When you dipped it in the water, that was when the weather sealing failed. You will find the JPEG sharpening to be improved in the new JPEG engine. Ming Thein said Olympus has the best JPEG engine now and I trust him.
      I LOVE Olympus colors! I think this is a very personal taste.

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    2. Hi Robin,

      Please don't get me wrong, I do concur that Olympus has the best JPEG engine, just that sometimes I prefer the JPEG colour rendering of the older Olympus DSLR like the E1 and E500. I noticed that the sky colour on the EM5 has a much richer and deeper blue. The green colour too is darker and more closely reflecting the actual one. Like I sad, it would be very nice if Olympus could offer these 2 JPEG options in the future body.

      On the splash proof, EM5 clearly is not as good a sealing comparing to E3: http://brandoneu.blogspot.com/2009/01/testing-olympus-e-3-image-quality-using.html http://www.fotografer.net/forum/forum.view.php?id=3193983690

      BTW, in case you wonder, I'm an Olympus fan, I would recommend it to anybody seeking my advice on a good camera ;)

      Cheers!
      Jong

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    3. No worries, thanks for the clarification!

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  20. Great work Robin!,

    What I found striking in your group C and D shots were the models. They have almost the exact same facial expression and head tilt with the one on the right having the same stance. You can tell that this is all they do.

    You should tell Olympus to offer the shirts and other stuff for sale. I am about to buy my son a Tesla shirt, and see this as for profit advertising.

    Keep up the good work.
    David.

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    1. Hey David,
      We only produce the shirts as our own unofficial "uniform" haha. Will take that into consideration for future events!

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  21. Thanks so much for the hard work and reviews on the new EM-1 Robin, it's always a pleasure reading your posts and viewing your very talented work. Am very much looking forward to the EM-1 and the 12-40mm lens too.

    One question I have is whether the group shots for sessions C & D were taken with the 12-40mm lens. If so, would you agree that the level of distortion seems very high for a 12mm F.L.? I would be very concerned if this was taken with the lens at 12mm. I'm more inclined to think that these were taken with a wider F.L. such as 9 or 10mm.

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    1. Hey Mel,
      Thanks for the kind words.
      All images in this blog entry, as I have stated, were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5, and ZD lenses, 25mm F2.8 pancake, and for wide shots, 7-14mm F4. None of them were taken with E-M1, and none with 12-40mm. I will do a separate review entry for the 12-40mm lens.

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    2. Ah yes, apologies, it's stated right at the top of all the photos. Thanks for the clarification! Please do keep up the great reviews and honest opinions! I'm sure you will do more for Olympus if they allow you to continue to express your honest views and not be afraid of critical evaluations, even if it is negative. Only through users' confidence with your unbiased views will they continue to trust you and keep reading your blog.

      It's not easy, and I'm sure there may be conflicts and pressure on you behind the scenes, but stick to your principles and beliefs, and they will ultimately support you. If not, well, it may be time to re-think things. All the very best to your new career choice!

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    3. Thanks for the kind words Mel. Appreciate the words of wisdom. Will do my best to stay true to myself. Rest assured.
      Thanks again for the kind support.

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  22. Robin

    The EM-1 just arrived at my local camera store, however they are all for preorders so I have not had a chance to actually touch it. All the specs and your excellent images indicate that Olympus has another winner.

    How is your mother doing in her therapy?

    I just purchased a TG-2 to use the GPS data with my genealogy research and find that the Super-Macro mode is incredible.

    Keep up the good work and your excellent blog. I check it every day.

    Don

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    1. So fast! We in Malaysia will have to wait for more than a month before it hits our store.

      My mum is doing great! She can now walk without the aid of walking frames. Everything is going smoothly. Will let her know you asked. Thanks so much for the concern.

      I have tried the TG-2's super macro and yes, it is crazy!

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  23. Seems like such a wonderful event. Too bad they don't have these in Austin. Too small of a market, I guess. I did get to use the OM-D E-M1 for a week though, a pre production loaner unit. Lovely camera.

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    1. I don't think Austin is a small market! My suggestion is to gather Olympus users around, and contact Olympus directly. I am sure they can arrange something, and would want to do that!

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  24. hi, my name is Philip Bong. i m running wedding shop in Kuching, Sarawak- Phil Art Photography. my major is wedding n events shot.i have been using Nikon for over 18 years. now D3s n D800 n all Nano pro lenes 1635,2470,70200,50 F1.4,85 F1.4, 24120,16 fish eyes i using. recently i just added Sony A99 n a ZEISS 1635,2470,85,70200G,sigma 50. cos i very like the EVF of A99. recently considering Nex 7 for some reason.but as i c the E lens for nex series, is not i wanted cos small aperture. After i c Olympus EM 1 , 12 40 F2.8 n 40 150F2.8, 17 F1.8 which is very lens i needed most n EM 1 produce high Iso perform. Actually , i m the only wedding shop switch to Sony in my town - Kuching. so many photographers is very curious abt me switching. Todays i discover Olympus M43 system is very good which i consider to increase for my daily photography shoot.i like their size - small n light.
    i discover Sony A99 cant like Nikon responsive ,so only for wedding portrait n still shoot. As for events cos people r moving around sometimes need very fast action to catch them.with sony A99 perform a bit slow. but nikon is very fast. but too heavy n no EVF.i just sold 70200 VR ll ( heavy ) .i very curious abt EM 1...
    i very wish n hope can get ur respond of it. my contact : 019 8345886 web : www.philartphotography.com FB : phil art

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  25. Robin, amazing stuff. That's all I have to say about the pictures...

    As for the large prints, I was told that with a micro 4/3, you can only get about 13" x 19" before resolution starts to suffer. How did you go about getting those sizes? I'm really interested in eventually printing part pictures but I thought I wouldn't be able to with the E-M1. If I can, I'm sooooo convinced on this camera even more now!

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  26. What a wonderful way to start your married life surrounded by your loving family and friends as the pictures testify. Congratulations and best wishes. Engagement photos boston.

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  27. wedding photographer boston that are very grateful for the information – will be investing in one of these now!

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