Bonus: More on Olympus’ Bonkers IS

Here are two other hella experimental handheld test shots I took, just to see what the Olympus/OM System was capable of.

Six muther-fudgin’ seconds, y’all:

E-M1MarkII | 12mm | 6sec | f/7.1 | ISO-250

This was high up in the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Walt Disney World, at 8:15 PM, with a gentle rain starting to fall. Sure, it took several tries to nail the shot, but six muther-fudgin’ seconds, handheld! Take that, any other camera system!

Could I have gotten it some other way? Yup – by raising the ISO to 1600 and shooting wide open at f/2.8 I could have easily captured the same scene with less hassle, but the object of the exercise was to see how long I could handhold the camera.

Here’s another at a modest 2.5 seconds:

E-M1MarkII | 25mm | 2.5sec | f/8 | ISO-200

Once again using a low ISO and a high F stop to keep the shutter speed as slow as possible, but once again a tack-sharp image, handheld. The irony is not lost on me that I had the shutter open for the 2.5 seconds of the fireworks display where almost nothing happened. Timing is a harsh mistress.

This IS system is indeed bonkers. Forget fractions of a second: if you’re looking for a travel camera that will shoot at “nigh impossible” shutter speeds, an old Olympus E-M1/E-M5 or new OM-1/OM-5 needs to be in your travel kit.

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