August 03, 2013
Having owned none other than Olympus cameras since my first 35 mm SLR back in 1978, I happily "went digital" in 2007 and bought the e-520 ... now am happy to keep it around as my backup. The E-P2 (bought in 2010 or 2011?) and I never quite "clicked" ... focus speed was a concern right from the start, and the lack of a built-in viewfinder was a hassle, despite my having the VF-2 (do not like that it lacks a locking mechanism, and have had it fall off the camera twice).
Bought the E-M5 only a couple of weeks ago, and have been having a blast getting to know it. My only concerns thus far are as follows:
- Occasional problems using my older 4/3 lenses, though overall the compatibility has been pretty decent. I never did have the budget for any of the top-of-the-line glass for the e-520, but so far the 9-18, 14-54 II, 50 macro, and 70-300 have been working pretty well on the E-M5. In the middle of shooting yesterday with the 70-300, everything seemed to just lock up until I put the 12-50 kit lens on, took a few shots, and then put the 70-300 back on.
- The optional HLD-6P is the single accessory that absolutely sold me on getting the E-M5. Without it I found it just a bit too small for my hands. The first part of the HLD-6P, adding just an extra grip, would be permanently super-glued to the body if only there was a side access of some kind for the battery in the body. Adding the bottom portion of the grip makes for an extremely firm and reliable grip, and I like the extra mass from the perspective of steadying the camera. Just today finally ran down the battery in the grip, after more than 1,000 shots, which blew me away. Only concern with the grip is the ergonomics of the controls for shooting with the camera vertical ... the placement of buttons and dials is not quite "up to snuff" in my opinion, but perhaps I will get used to the arrangement over time.
Overall, no regrets thus far. Having to go back to the store to pick up a lens hood for the 12-50 kit lens was a bit of a hassle, though I guess I should have known better after the 14-42 kit lens on the E-P2 not coming with a hood ... every other Olympus lens I have bought has come with the matched hood, which has always been a very small but still important point in my liking Olympus over other brands.
July 21, 2013
I am having a great time with my E-M5. There is so much it can do and I've only scratched the surface. But even with my limited knowledge I've taken some great pictures. It's going to be a great adventure.
July 19, 2013
Probably the best m4/3 camera on the market.
+'s: size, image quality, body construction/design, iso handling is not bad at all considering the small sensor size, wide variety affordable lens, dust/humidity proof, EVF
-'s: menu's UI, I don't know if this is the case for all mirrorless but comparing to DSLR the body tends to heat after a while: this could be an issue if you're planning to do timelapse/long exposures.
July 12, 2013
I've owned this camera for a month and snapped over 500 photos from people backlit by windows to the top side of Cumulonimbus clouds from an airplane to active kids and leaping dogs. As I work with and learn the software, its features and options I am feeling increasingly empowered to resolve more photographic challenges than ever before with other cameras. The camera feels solid and well made and I am looking forward to many years of trouble-free operation.
June 17, 2013
I HAD THE E-5 BUT NOW THAT I TRAVEL A LOT MORE I WANTED A LIGHTER CAMERA SYSTEM THAT WOULD PERFORM WITH THE SAME IMAGE QUALITY AS THE LENSE ON THE E-5.THE OLYMPUS TEC REP WAS AT A B&H EVENT AND LET ME TRY THE OM-D AND I WAS SOLD . IT TOOK A LITTLE TIME TO ADJUST TO THE MENU SET UP AND FEEL IN MY HAND .I LIKE THE IMAGES
THEY ARE AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN I HOPED FOR IN THE FIRST THREE DAYS I TOOK OVER A THOUSAND IMAGES USING
ALL THE SHOOTING TECHNIQUES I LIKE TO USE AND THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CAMERA WAS PERFECT.
May 27, 2013
Recent trip, used the 12-50mm lens for most purposes, with limited use of the 40-150, and the Panasonic 100-300. Very good images, shot highest quality JPEG and many in RAW format as well. Edit in Lightroom and Aperture, both handle them well. Very fast focus with 12-50mm but telephotos spent a bit more time searching. Good battery life, but charging was a bit slower than I expected, (using Canon system recently.) I am very happy with system and the small size is SO GREAT.
May 25, 2013
The E-M5 is small in size but packed with useful features. Equipped with a 17mm or 45mm prime lens it makes a great street camera. With the optional grip it remains light in weight but is comfortable to handhold with longer lenses. The focusing is as fast as anything I have used. The stabilization works extremely well, allowing longer shutter speeds and almost perfect hand-held video. The four presets are great for quickly changing shooting modes. All in all it is a truly great camera.
May 23, 2013
I started with Olympus with the 2020 and after a 3030 and a 5050 (which I still use), I have had a E500, 510, and 520. I moved up to E-5-a great camera. When the EM-5 came out I received the first one in my area in May 2012. Olympus shipped the EM5 overnight express (at their expense) when I told a service representative I was leaving on a photo before the camera would arrive by ground as I had ordered. Her name was Elizabeth. I am more than delighted with this camera. I carry it with the following lenses in a messenger bag: 12mm, 20mm, 45mm, 12-50mm, and a 75-300mm. I also carry two flash units, battery chargers, and 3 spare batteries, etc. The total weight is 6.25 lbs. The E-5 with similar range of lenses weighed in at 19 lbs. My friends carry over 40 to match my range of lenses. Who could ask for more. Wonderful pictures, small (and light) and a pleasure to use. Thank you Olympus.
April 21, 2013
Where to start .... I bought an OMD E5 to use as my backup for my D800 and also to be my travel camera. I have used the Fuji Pro and x100s and while I loved the look of the images the cameras just had a few too many quirks for me and I didn't want to invest in their glass. So after alot of research I went to Olympus.
I bought the 75mm 1.8, 12mm f2, 60mm 2.8 and the PL 25 1.4 to use as my travel kit. In a small sling bag I fit all of that stuff plus and extra battery, 58mm Kaseman CP and UV filters , 46-58mm setup ring, Lite Panel Micro , RRS table top tripod and 2 SighnRay Graduated Neutral Density Filters and a couple of small flash lights. All that stuff probably weights about the same as my D800 with the 70-200mm lens. Definate advantage !!!!!
Now lets be honest is this kit capable of the same stuff my D800 is no , maybe photographers much more highly skilled than myself would take better shots with the Oly kit but, not because of the equipment. However .... if I am not carrying the D800 and similar stuff it won't take nearly as good a picture as the Oly :)
I find I am using the EM-5 more and more and yes there are some limitations but, they are getting fewer and fewer. Will I sell my FF gear and pro lenses no way but, I am very happy with my little micro 4/3 set up.
April 01, 2013
An improvement over the PEN series
I have taken about 6,000 photos with this traveling in Ecuador, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia & Thailand. I bought it for scuba diving because its small size is easy to swim with when it is inside a Nauticam housing.
The light weight of the system is a big plus because I travel on small planes with restrictions on weight of carry-on luggage. The two dials for shutter speed and aperture are the best feature. The on/off switch is better than a button, because it doesn't get accidentally depressed. The eye-recognition in the view finder is a good thing.
Complaints: There are not enough matching quality lenses and the existing lenses try to cover a huge range of focal length. I really need a prime long telephoto lens and there is none that Olympus mentions. Also, their manual is too brief.
There is terrible chromatic aberration (CA) throughout an image, not just on the periphery. Underwater flash on a fish illuminates fish against a dark blue background, and the color flares on the edge of the fish are very tedious to remove, especially if there are a lot of fish.
All the chromatic aberration can be automatically removed by a simple mathematical algorithm. Panasonic includes this in their micro-four-thirds cameras. Olympus does not. Please Olympus, get it together! Also, Photoshop removes lens aberrations for Nikon and Canon, but seems to have no support for or from Olympus.
Yesterday, I was on a photo shoot of hummingbirds. The 70 - 300 mm lens did not quite cut it. I wished I had a prime 300mm lens with extenders. My buddy with a Canon 7D and a 600mm with extenders got much larger and sharper shots. And we were standing just 2 feet apart. I admit that his lens weighs a ton and could never be hand-held.
For an African wildlife safari, or birding shots ... something seems to be missing here. Olympus does not mention in their marketing anything about how to get maximum focal length. I'll have to research it.
Otherwise, its a good camera for around while traveling in foreign countries. I usually carry two at all times: one with a telephoto and one with a wide angle, just so I can quickly get any shot. So the light weight allows me to carry two E-M5 cameras all day, along with a backpack of other camera equipment and a tripod.
Problematic Chromatic Aberration - Visible color flaring
There are simple mathematical programs to correct Chromatic Aberration, but Olympus neglected to include these programs like Panasonic does.
I get strange flares of purple, blue, yellow or green every place in the picture where the light changes from very dark to very white. Image taking a picture of a beautiful tree covered with dense leaves, with a light blue sky behind it. Everywhere the light blue sky is visible between the leaves, there is an artificial color flare. This is extremely annoying and makes photos look that they were taken by a very cheap camera.
On a foggy day or in low contrast situations, the camera is fine.