olympus omd em5 banding issue

Some of you might be wondering about the banding issue on the Olympus’ omd-em5.

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If you look closely at this picture, you will notice that there are these horizontal stripes going from left to right for the full height of the picture.

This¬†phenomenon happens when you use the panasonic 14mm f/2.5 or panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lenses on the olympus omd em5 and use an ISO of over 1600. This is quite weird since they don’t appear when I use my 50mm summicron. Also it seems that this doesn’t happen every time, it depends on the lighting situation.

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However, as a long time micro 4/3rds user (Bought both the panasonic GF1 and Olympus EPL2 on their respective launch dates) I can say that it’s a miracle that I can shoot up to ISO 1600 with close to no noise. ISO’s of over 800 were noisy on the previous models.

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It’s weird though, that there are not many forums online that address this issue. Many blame the image stabilization for making a weird frequency.

I sincerely hope that this issue can be resolved by a firmware update, as it does ruin the experience with this camera. If those high

I will be writing a full omd-em5 review in the next couple days. So stay tuned.

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