Olympus "Bulb Mode Live View"

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Luke, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I don't understand why no one is talking about this AWESOME new feature in the EM5. It's a dream come true for long exposure junkies or light painters. Here's a brief description of how it works.....

    "In Bulb Mode Live View you can literally see the exposure unfold during a bulb mode sequence. In the past (as in before this feature was available), shooting in bulb mode was pretty much a ‘best guess’ affair, you’ll never know what you’ll get.

    With this new Bulb Mode Live View mode, you activate it and you’ll see exactly what has been recorded in real-time on the OM-D’s LCD. You know exactly when to stop when you get the exposure you want, no matter how long your shutter stays open!"

    Night shooters rejoice! I'm gonna buy a 10 stop ND filter and get crazy!
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  2. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Wonderful for northern lights.
  3. Boyzo

    Boyzo SC Veteran

    Jul 14, 2010
    So the ND filter will let you create effects like car headlights becoming Light Streams ?

    This IS a great feature for night work ... cook the image till its right on the LCD ..... amazing
  4. flash

    flash SC Veteran

    May 6, 2011
    Compared to the 4 minute maximum on Panasonic cameras this is huge.

  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    and not just longer exposures, but the screen (not the viewfinder) constantly updates DURING the exposure to show you the exposure......how cool is that? I'd love to see a video of it.
  6. ggibson

    ggibson SC Regular

    Sep 14, 2011
    Very cool feature. It's limited to 25 updates, but you can change the rate of refresh to as often as once every 1/2 second.
  7. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    Yeah, that's an incredibly useful function, good to see Olympus bring some innovation to the game. The funny thing is, a few days ago I was thinking that it should be possible to make something like this, and literally the very next day, Olympus announced it!
  8. Well that's only 50 seconds and since the longest timed (non-bulb) exposure is 60 seconds, cannot see the point of this. It is the duration of the exposure that is of most importance, not what happed after half a second.
  9. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    oooooh!! another reason to get one!!
  10. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA

    From my understanding, you can change it to AS OFTEN as every half second. But it doesn't need to be that often. So you can estimate the length of the exposure and then set the refresh rate base on that. If you estimate a 30 second exposure.....every 1/2 second would be a good interval.

    One of my contacts posted this shot...... Front & Center {Explore} | Flickr - Photo Sharing! recently and I asked him how he arrived at a 457 second exposure. "Trial and error" was basically his response, but imagine if you could estimate it being around a 5 or 6 minute exposure and then monitor it every 10 seconds? Kind of takes out a lot of the guess work. Obviously the end end result is what matters, but seeing the process would certainly help for extreme long exposures and just in general for people who are newer to long exposure photography.
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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  12. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    that just brought a stupid grin to my face - absolutely awesome!:cool:
  13. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend Subscribing Member

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    This camera keeps doing that. The IBIS looks amazing, the high ISO looks much better than expected, the tone curve looks pretty cool for as long as I shoot jpegs with it, this bulb mode live view will likely get me to try this type of photography again (haven't really played around with it since the film days) are all stupid-grin inducing. The combination of tilt-screen and one touch shooting is something I may or may not end up using a lot, but seems like for street shooting it MIGHT be a holy grail of sorts - don't know for sure, but I'm damn sure gonna find out. The relatively quiet shutter. Overall, I'm wicked psyched about this beast. Only the EVF location/size leaves me less than thrilled and I can live with it.

    So, stupid grins all around - I hope it'll take more than a week or two before I take it all for granted! :cool:

  14. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    I saw this friday. This seems like a really cool feature.