It is practically proved that Olympus E-M1 Mark II has out edged many DSLRs and Mirrolress systems in terms of Optical Image Stabilization. Its 5-axis I.S is not short of any magic and recently it was discovered that you can actually shoot the Milky Way hand-held with this remarkable camera, without leaning on anything or using any other tricks (Simply wow!).
However, we all know how difficult to shoot a subject handheld and when you are shooting Astrophotography and Milky way handheld imagine the situation, but a Photographer “Aurel Manea‘s who discovered this was using the Mitakon 25mm f/0.95 lens and he noticed no advantage while shooting using tripod, then he tried Handheld and he blown away after seeing the performance of E-M1 II camera.
The photos were shot at around 3 in the morning. I slept in the car in the park there, waiting for the moon to set so I could get some clean astro photos. Besides the main wide angle ones, I promised myself that I would do some hand-held.
In the case of the Mitakon 25mm f/0.95 lens I was using, there really is no advantage to using a tripod. You need the same 4-7 seconds exposure so you don’t get star trails, so the same settings would be used but without the added bonus of flexibility and freedom. Since I am a technical artist and work in IT, I calculated in my mind a few weeks ago that this would be possible.
The Mitakon lens is manual focus, so I set up to focus using the viewfinder zoom on the brightest object in the sky. I calculated the settings to be best at ISO 12800, f/0.95, with 4 seconds (the camera’s IS could not handle a longer exposure, not in my hand at least. So I was limited to ISO 12800).
The sky was very clear and the moon had set so I could follow the Milky Way with my sight and shoot. I did not lean against anything or do anything else special to stabilize, it was just the incredible camera stabilization and my curiosity to find out what would happen. I should mention that one in 4 images was a bit shaky, as I don’t have the steadiest hand, but 3 out of 4 is a very good thing at this type of extreme exposure.
When I saw the first result on the LCD, I knew that this was something I had to share with people. From my knowledge, nothing like this was even tried before.
Afterwards, the RAW was imported in Lightroom for a little bit of cleanup (noise and chromatic aberrations, the lens at 0.95 does have some).