March 21, 2015
Since last December 2012, I have the chance to bought a new Olympus OM-D E-M5 along with some interesting lenses such as the Oly 75mmF1.8. I have already experimented the Olympus system with the Pen model EP-3 and beautiful optics like the 12F2.0 and 45F1.8 that are still part of my camera case. Many friends who know me for several years are aware of my love for beautiful 35mm film cameras which I have worked personally and professionally many years ago just to mention some like Nikon F, F2, F3Hp, F4 series and Leica M4P/6 and R4.
Photo industry have taken a different direction privileging post-creativitiy through graphic hardware and software equipment instead of the reality interpretation approach of the last century. You can call it a kind of photo painting expressionist with its own esthetic rules.
But as a more classical photo enthusiasm I am not really found of this figurative trend. I think photographs in a large view have a duty of reporting direct reality even considering that it always represent in fact our own aspect of it.
But enough philosophy for today and let speaking "camera" (and lenses) as beautiful artistic tool. What really hook me with the Olympus M4/3 system are their selection of prime lenses which are in essence the eyes of the photograph. Even some of their zoom lenses are interesting.
The Olympus 45mm F1.8 is the first prime lens that have caught my attention because of the combination of the maximum aperture and the very small size and... selling price. Picture like this one taken with the Pen EP-3convince me to invest more in the M4/3 system.
The Olympus color rendering was another strong factor to invest more in the system.
At first I was really seduced by the charm of the Olympus Pen series and I have selected their EP-3 model with the EVF 2. I do like working with the camera but the external viewfinder (technically excellent) was too much protuberant from the camera itself.
Eventually the Pen option was not the final answer and with the coming of the new OM-D E-M5 my though have taken a new direction.
What I am really appreciate regarding the E-M5 is the size of the camera by itself which remind me the original 35mm OM series. And also the fact that it is a real system camera with a lot of funny combination as for example with the grip. As a direct consequence, the camera can follow me everyday, everywhere for every purpose. I can use it (as intended) or... forget it if I am not in a photographic mood. It does not bother me to bring the little package.
February 08, 2015
I love this camera!!! and this particular model!! I'm not switching up to the EM-1 or EM-10. (Why does Olympus make the numbering system so complicated and similar...numbers usually go a newer model is released?) Anyway, not interested in Facebook, social media, wireless features. I have my iPhone for that, so sticking with this version.
I'm a dog photographer who works in a studio and I have owned and used the Olympus E-3 and previous Olympus DSLRs. I can't go back to heavier version ever!! And I have yet to read that any photographer went from micro 4/3 system back to DSLR (regardless of brand) unless they want to bulk up their arms. I need my left hand to signal dogs or hold a treat. I purchased a small wrist strap and never worry about dropping the camera or suffering from hand or wrist pain.
I currently use the kit lens 12-50 and the prime 45mm. I've rented (from lensrental.com) the 70 mm f1.8, the new zoom 35 - 100 f2.8, and 12-40 mm f2.8. They are absolutely amazing and I will purchase them as budget allows. Caution: Do not rent the primes or the faster pro lens, or you will end up mortgaging your house to buy them LOL...that's how wonderful these Oly lenses are!!
January 01, 2015
Syed Tayyab Raza
I wanted to buy a mirrorless camera and after doing some research I bought Olympus OMD EM5. The first round of shots was a disappointment. The images were very grainy above ISO 400 specially in the darker areas and the constant comparison with my existing DSLR quality in the back of my mind was making me regret my decision. I spend couple of days trying various setting and thanks to several guiding blogs, I found the settings which delivered what I was hoping for. Since then its been a pleasure to use OM-D. I am happy that I made this purchase.
December 16, 2014
I love the way most things works, it's all at your fingertips. Comes with a decent flash, but will not work with the FL-36 as they said it would. They need to check everything out and not just say what the engineers say it will do. A much improvement for over a Pen PL. Would rather get a good E-volt body, wish they would still made them.
NOTE FROM OLYMPUS:
The FL-36 is compatible with the OM-D EM-5. Please contact Digital Technical Support at 888-553-4448 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 9pm ET) so we may troubleshoot this issue.
December 13, 2014
I am a previous owner/user of two PEN cameras, the E-PL1 and E-PL2. I liked the E-PL2, but I preferred having a built-in viewfinder, so I ended up moving to another brand of camera. I got reasonably competent with that unit, but I found that big lenses with stabilization seemed mismatched on a small camera body. Recently, I looked at the Olympus brand again, and decided that the E-M5 might be the package I had been looking for. After a month of use, I think I made the right choice.
First, the camera is very well built, solid and easy to handle. With stabilization in the body, the lenses are smaller, which makes the camera balanced and less front-heavy. I am finding that I have a steadier hold with the E-M5. Second, I much prefer the focus area identified with a highly visible green frame. With my previous camera, I had a hard time putting the little red auto-focus dot where it needed to be to achieve subject focus. In addition, I find it easier to change focus areas with the Olympus than with the other brand.
Finally, I am very comfortable with the Olympus menus and controls. There are a lot of settings, but the combination of control dials, function buttons, and touchscreen means that the photographer can really personalize this camera to suit his or her use. I like the E-M5 for its classic looks, build quality, and sharp, colorful pictures. The only reason for my four-star rating is that, at this price point, Wi-Fi should be included. That is not a deal breaker, though. Overall, I have no problem recommending this camera!
December 13, 2014
I bought the discounted OM-D E-M5 kit and an extra lens, M.17mm f1.8, then took a trip to Europe. I sure do like the camera and both lenses. They are just the right size to travel with and don't weigh all that much. Took some pictures in the rain in Amsterdam with no problem at all. I got my first camera in 1966 and this is my first Olympus and again I love it, all I need is the new f2.8 zoom lens.
December 10, 2014
It is a great camera, AF is very fast, I. Have the M.25mm f1.8 and M.45mm f1.8 lenses and the are great and sharp. So far the best camera I ever had. It is small and handy, good for travelling and street photography. I have the camera nearly a year and no regrets. For me it is the perfect camera.
December 06, 2014
E-M5 exceeded well above my expectation! I am so happy with the decision I made. E-M5 fit perfectly in my hand. It took a while getting used to though. It was smaller than I thought but was a good surprise. I hated that cheap plastic feel of DSLR but E-M5's fit and finish was like BMW of DSLR world! Compact and tight yet heavy metal felt just right in my hand! Its compact weather proof body and EVF are the two features that you can't find in other brand, and speaking of EVF, switching view from 3" OLED screen to EVF was flawless. No delay at all. I don't have to carry around those bulky DSLR anymore. I can carry E-M5 anywhere! Highly recommend!
November 16, 2014
I am just a regular person, love taking photos, have no idea about f-stops etc, but the quality of these pictures are amazing. The sharpness of these pictures is totally amazing, and when doing landscape even the way distant areas are sharp as a tack......Sequential shooting mode, hold on because this baby shoots so fast, and incredible at the results. they are great, and amazing to see birds in flight, or deer on the property running away.
My favorite is the built in eye piece, to me should be on all cameras, and the fact that is is water resistant. I like walking on the beach and taking photos of boating etc. This sale price is awesome and with the 5 axis stabilization built into the camera you CANNOT and i mean you CANNOT get better. So go for it you will love it!
November 04, 2014
I bought this camera with the 12-40mm ED lens two weeks ago. It was just delivered.
I must say the first thing to strike you is the sheer beauty of the system!
The Display is crisp and brightly lit. The electronic viewfinder is activated by proximity detectors. For somebody looking for looks as much as value, this camera delivers with a bang. I use a manual Nikon FM10 for black and white photography, which I will continue to pursue. However, I must say I am very much impressed and looking forward to my new life in the world of Digital photography with my new E-M5 camera.