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This is the story of a photographer, who breaks free beyond the physical limits and, thanks to the new Olympus E-M1 Mark III, experiences photography in a completely new way.
Olympus asked me if I wanted to test and review the new OM-D E-M1 Mark III. With only 3 weeks left before the release of the camera, I had to come up with a project that would put me in various real-world scenarios, where I, as a professional adventure and outdoor photographer, would actually use the camera and potentially benefit of the new features it has to offer, so I could put it through its paces and test it down to the bone.
So, I decided that we needed to tell a story that would take a photographer / me to all kinds of scenarios where I usually work (and some not so usual situations of course). I figured that the cameras slogan would be a good starting point: Break Free & No Limits.
To connect all these different scenarios/subjects I wanted a story that would allow me to explore each feature and put the camera to an actual real-world test in the process. After some brainstorming, I thought that the act of pressing the shutter button could be the moment the photographer breaks free and is instantly teleported to the next location. Initially surprised, but instantly inspired to capture the next shot.
To make this film, we travelled to Austria, Spain, France, Norway, Finland and Belgium in the space of 12 days to seek out the extremes in each place to put this camera to a solid test.
Amazing work. Thanks for sharing it with the world. Most important question from an Olympus marketing and future camera buying perspective: Was any of this actually shot with the E-M1 Mark III? If so, how much of it and which profile? Thanks!
Unfortunately at the time of making this (3 weeks ago), we only had access to one sample of the camera. So we chose to shoot the video with the E-M1X. All shot in OM LOG400 profile and then graded by me in FCPX.
Both cameras have the LOG and video quality (from my initial tests) is very similar/identical. So, theoretically, this could have also been shot on the E-M1 III
Thanks for the very interesting video – so different from everything else on offer.
Dudley Wood – Portugal
I just wanted to ask, which variable ND-filter you used für your Video, as you didn´t mention in your in your 50 minutes “making of”.
Thanks very much for your reply!
No problem. I’ve been using this one for the past few years: https://amzn.to/2VMTqQm it’s a Rodenstock 82mm variable ND filter.
Impressive video and images. So sad Olympus ditched the camera business. The majority of the innovations found in todays cameras are invented by Olympus and copied by all other brands. – That cool shoulder strap, does it come with the camera or is it a third party product? – Your review and those of Stefan Gross (check Traumflieger on YouTube) made me deciding to get an E-M1 III. Primary for macro with the M.Zuiko 60 mm macro and because I am also pro mountain bike and hike guide also for having a small, non bulky system also for sports and action in the mountains and landscape with me. For the second intention, which lens would you recommended, the 12-200 f4 or the 12-40 f2.8 or even the 7-14? I will really appreciate any reply, many thanks in advance!
PS1: My mother language is German, so, if I wrote some mistakes or nonsense above, please apologise.
PS2: Please call me Roland, Rick is the family name 😉
Hi Chris – Beautiful work. Just curious, for the high res pan in the library, were you able to line up the shots by eye? I wish the mk III had the same overlap display that’s in the Pen. Thanks!
I roughly overlapped by eye and let Lightroom do the rest.
What an awesome project. I’ve just downloaded the pictures and I’m really impressed with the results. Awesome moments captured in very good quality. Thank you very much for the opportunity and the effort you put into this.
Keep on going.
Thank you for this great video. I enjoyed it very much. I loved the location change being triggered by the shutter button!!! The stills are awesome as well.