Setsuya Kataoka Interview on Amateur Photographer


Really interesting interview with Setsuya Kataoka over on Amateur Photographer. Where he makes a very interesting statement ” The in-body stabilisation itself gives 5.5 steps, and the Sync IS gives 6.5 steps with OIS lenses. 6.5 stops is actually a theoretical limitation at the moment due to rotation of the earth interfering with gyro sensors.” I guess we are going to have to find a way to do with the rotation of the earth now… also in the future Panasonic aperture rings will work on Olympus bodies! If You’re interested in the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II check out the interview for more interesting tidbits.

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  • HD10

    The specs of the E-M1 Mk 2 has been a tour de force of what Olympus can make. That’s quite amazing stuff there that Olympus has targeted.
    I do have one concern which may sound pedestrian but it will have an impact on how I use the E-M1. The change of the rear screen from a tilting screen to a folding-out articulating screen while helpful for some (specially for video) will mean that this screen design may not match well with an L-bracket. I currently use the RRS L-bracket on both my E-M1s and find the ability to quickly switch to a vertical orientation helpful and even indispensable. I wonder how those who are using the E-M5 Mk II and who are users of the L-bracket are dealing with this difficulty.

    • Given that video is almost all landscape orientation, I don’t see how a fully articulating screen is more advantageous than a tilting one.

      On the other hand, as someone who doesn’t use L-brackets, I think I would find an articulating screen more useful for portrait orientation work when the camera is below (or above) eye level.

      • HD10

        Easy answer … an E-M1 Mk 2 is biased for stills photography and not video.

        • With these sorts of screens becoming more widely implemented, I imagine that L-brackets designed around them will appear.

          • HD10

            On the contrary, the difficulty of using an L-bracket with the E-M1 Mk2 rear screen will come back to bite it as it is first and foremost a stills camera and not a video camera. Unless you are a regular user of an L-bracket, you do not appreciate what this means.

            I see now that the Olympus E-M1 Mk2 have missed out on two major design points (which the Fuji X-T2 both addresses):

            1. Inclusion of an AF-joystick
            2. Articulating rear screen suitable for both horizontal and vertical shooting while enabling the use of an L-bracket.

            Fuji’s design for the X-T2 rear screen gives the best of both world allowing the tilting of screen for horizontal as well as in the vertical orientation … while allowing the use of an L-bracket. RRS already has an L-bracket design for the X-T2 that works well.

            This is how the X-T2 rear screen articulates to support vertical shooting.


          • I can see how the Fuji design would suit you better. Is it as robust? Setsuya states that Olympus decided to use the FAS for “reliability reasons”. It may be that a single point for articulation is inherently more durable than multi-point articulation.

            I appreciate that is irrelevant if the FAS prevents you from using the camera in the way you wish though.