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    What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    I've read reviews and I've seen the pictures posted! However, I'm still undecided about it!

    So... what's the ultimately conclusion for those who still have it and use it often, since no one really says explicitly!

    Is it the best thing since sliced bread, or is I'll play with is for now, or I can't wait for the Lumix solution!

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    Hey Po,

    I sold the NEX-7 and the GXR is the next on the block—and the OM-D stays. Excellent lenses, workable UI, excellent EVF, and lovely files.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
    I've read reviews and I've seen the pictures posted! However, I'm still undecided about it!

    So... what's the ultimately conclusion for those who still have it and use it often, since no one really says explicitly!

    Is it the best thing since sliced bread, or is I'll play with is for now, or I can't wait for the Lumix solution!

    Thanks
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    I await the GH-3. Until then the GH-2s do a fabulous job (well the G1s have not died either and are still working well).

    If the GH-3 comes with a "tilt- only" LCD, then it may be the OM-D. By that time, the prices would have stabilized as well. As is it is too expensive, IMO.

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    I really love mine . . . . I've had it since April 30th - IMAGINE - nearly 6 weeks and I still like it!

    Just this guy you know
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    I really love mine . . . . I've had it since April 30th - IMAGINE - nearly 6 weeks and I still like it!
    Hmmm... me thinks you're not the real Jono Slack. Must be an impostor
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Hmmm... me thinks you're not the real Jono Slack. Must be an impostor

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    I really love mine . . . . I've had it since April 30th - IMAGINE - nearly 6 weeks and I still like it!
    Hi Jono,

    I think our preferences vary markedly right from the G1 ( I loved it, you dumped it quickly. ). I am happy for Olympus for having come up with a camera with an integrated EVF, after all these years. It is fabulous looking and handling and all that.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    I have it also since end of April, still I have not found any reason to regret.

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    Have mine since 1st May and love it!

    Nikon V1 is gone as are some other stuff. Will become my main system - actually it is already.

    Might also cancel my D800E - not decided yet but lot of thinking that way.

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    Love mine. It's the first camera I've owned where I had my dad and brother both get it too.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    seriously thinking about getting one..

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    I have only had it a short time but I think the quality and responsiveness are excellent.
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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    As I love manual focus I was determined to only buy another camera if it came with peaking. but after reading several reviews and thoughts about the camera and after looking at lots of pictues from the camera I couldn't restist and ordered it and i hope it will be shipped soon. It will probably be my main camera (have a d7000 which I will probably keep but probably only use for very specific stuff)
    I'm also looking forward to the GH3 but I think the om-d won't be made completely obsolete by the GH3. I expect the GH3 to be better in many points, but I have a feeling, that the GH3 won't be the so complete and refined. I don't really now how to express myself but I just think the om-d is a great compromise between size, ergonomics and feel, viewfinder quality image quality and cost that is just very very hard to beat. I think the gh3 can only beat the olympus in all points if it will be quite a bit more expensive. and that's not really playing fair and just means you get what you pay for. In ohter words, I don't think the gh3 will make the om-d obsolete, I'm very much hoping that it will not be something that aims to replace the om-d but something that completes the system (much like the way it is now with the higher quality lenses for mft).

    sorry I wen't a bit off topic here.

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    First m43 body that I like enough to keep. Sold Nikon V1 and Sony NEX-7. Adding lenses to the Olympus to fill out the kit. This is the camera I wish Nikon had made.

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    Sold my 5D2 and NEX-5n. Really like the OMD though I wish I could find the grip as I'd like a bit more room for my hand. Beyond that, very fun to shoot and now that Aperture supports the raws, the files are great.

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    It's nice coming back to this thread with so many replies, obviously the OMD-EM5 has struck a note or even a tune with some of you! A HUGH "thank you" to you all!

    Now sometimes, it's a camera that strikes a good balance of everything that become successful, the OMD might be this camera, but is there one quality that sings with you?
    Is it the overall IQ, the size or the handling?

    I know I love using a small flash with a modifier on my Canon 5Ds, which makes many images stand out to my personal taste. So far tested with other cameras to lesser success. This is by far one of my biggest reasons I am with Canon right now. However, is this the camera that does it for you, or is just the one you feel fits the casual side of things really well?

    I know Kit L. has shared some notes with Ming Thein, and Jono takes new cameras by the month :P Any new discoveries worth sharing here that makes it for you?

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Nothing really stands out except the size and IS, and maybe the fold out screen, or the weight, or maybe the lens choices. Really nothing stand out and that is good.

    No reason you can't use this with a flash and a modifier. I already tried it with a Radio Popper JR and and flash to see how that would work. It's no different than my 5D2 in that respect.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    I was going to wait until the GH3 arrived to upgrade my two G1's, but decided to order an OM-D and the grip for an upcoming trip to the US southwest.

    If the GH3 has the same body style as the GH2 and a fully articulating LCD, I may trade the OM in.... or maybe not... I'll decide after using the Oly for a bit.

    I didn't order the kit lens because I really, really want that 12-35 .....

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
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    Now sometimes, it's a camera that strikes a good balance of everything that become successful, the OMD might be this camera, but is there one quality that sings with you?
    Is it the overall IQ, the size or the handling?
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    Single thing? No, it's the combination of the following:

    Great EVF
    Great build, lots of controls
    Very good/ Great IQ
    Weather sealing
    Wireless Flash
    Good lens selection with some outstanding prime lenses

    No other mirrorless offers all these and any DSLR with these is both more expensive and much larger.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    It is good to know that LL also thinks that Olympus makes the X-Pro1: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review

    I guess Olympus is synonymous with "winner" now

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    There is no single factor - they just got a lot right. The IBIS is a big deal. I have been a Pentax fan for years, in part due to them having in-body stabilization. There are some great lenses available that work perfectly without any drama (45/1.8, 25/1.4, etc). The EVF is good, the angled screen is useful, the iq is good (especially at higher iso), and it performs well in all conditions (wet, low light, etc). The AF performance is snappy and the black/silver body (especially with a silver 45/1.8) evokes another time.

    Not perfect, but the shortcomings are all pretty minor.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Quote Originally Posted by nostatic View Post
    Sold my 5D2 and NEX-5n. Really like the OMD though I wish I could find the grip as I'd like a bit more room for my hand. Beyond that, very fun to shoot and now that Aperture supports the raws, the files are great.
    Check with John Milich (jlm). He just designed a grip for the OM-D for those folks who want the extra hand room but not the extra battery

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    blush!

    first orders are shipping this week

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    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan63 View Post
    Check with John Milich (jlm). He just designed a grip for the OM-D for those folks who want the extra hand room but not the extra battery

    I have him bookmarked. If i decide to buy EM5 this Fall (I have G3 now and though its more than sideways upgrade, maybe not quite enough but I'm waiting for Photokina) I feel sure I would like the added grip but don't want the battery. I gave those up with next to last big Canon DSLR. It looks very nice.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    This thread seems to get the same kind of answers as if a bunch of six-year-olds were asked "Do you like ice-cream?"
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    Jorgen: Do you like ice-cream?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
    Jorgen: Do you like ice-cream?
    I absolutely love ice-cream, and I'm convinced that it enhances brain activity. On the other hand, when I look back upon my life achievements compared to those who eat less ice-cream... at least it gets me in a good mood. Oh, and it's much cheaper than cameras too

    But I am somewhat older than six. At least nine if you ask my parents, close to a hundred if you ask my gf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    I absolutely love ice-cream, and I'm convinced that it enhances brain activity. On the other hand, when I look back upon my life achievements compared to those who eat less ice-cream... at least it gets me in a good mood. Oh, and it's much cheaper than cameras too

    But I am somewhat older than six. At least nine if you ask my parents, close to a hundred if you ask my gf
    Hahaha, and there I was thinking to ask you a trick question, that if you in fact liked the OMD-EM5 (ice-cream)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
    Hahaha, and there I was thinking to ask you a trick question, that if you in fact liked the OMD-EM5 (ice-cream)
    Unfortunately, I don't own one as for now. Body only not available here yet, and I have "exploded" my camera budget with the acquisition of some great MF gear. I could sell something, but I still regret my last camera sale, some 11 years ago, my dear Rolleiflex "Baby"

    Edit: There's also the danger that the OM-D is so good that I'd be tempted to stop using my other gear, and I just love to use old, obsolete cameras
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    Love the OM-D. The IBIS, high speed flash sync, and weather-proofing have all come in very handy over my G1/GH1. Higher resolution also helps. Keeper!
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    Okay, now I have to wait until somewhere has it in stock in the US!

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    My 5N, GXR, X10, and X-Pro 1 are all gone. The Nex 7's out the door this week. The M9 and the O-MD E-M5 stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    My 5N, GXR, X10, and X-Pro 1 are all gone. The Nex 7's out the door this week. The M9 and the O-MD E-M5 stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
    WOW! Anyone here even thought about the Leica X2 now you have a OMD?
    Is that a joke?

    The X2 has the advantage of allowing one to use Olympus' EVF. Granted that the Leica label will be prominently absent.

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    Seriously, we know a lot of people here go cameras here like milk, rather, if the answer is no, it means the camera is holding back a lot of temptation. Silly question from me of course! Although, I have been getting the Leica itch since the OMD isn't available to me unlike the X2!

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Personally, I am waiting for a digital CL and that isn't the X2. Lovely camera though.
    What is not to like in that, including the price tag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Personally, I am waiting for a digital CL and that isn't the X2. Lovely camera though. What is not to like in that including the price tag?
    Oh yeah, seems like everything has gone up these days!

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Since you are going for options well outside of the m4/3rds, you may want to wait and see what Canon bring out soon.

    If it is with the new Canon EOS650's guts in an interchangeable mirrorless cam, it may be worthy of consideration. I am looking forward to that and likely to buy it though I do not have/use any EOS lenses or accs. I sincerely hope that it won't be a toy novelty like the Nikon stuff.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Personally, I am waiting for a digital CL and that isn't the X2. Lovely camera though.
    What is not to like in that, including the price tag?
    If I should guess, a digital CL would be a m4/3 camera, not a 35mm one, something along the lines of the GX1 and made in Japan by Panasonic. I think developing another 35mm camera and setting up a production line would hurt production of existing models. The best we can hope for is probably more Leica developed lenses for m4/3. I have the original 4/3 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 and that's a superb piece of optical engineering.


    Edit: An important point is that the CL was actually a Japanese camera made in Japan also. A GX1-like camera with a viewfinder, which would probably make it slightly larger, would probably be that camera. I use the L1 on a daily basis for the time being, and although the viewfinder is crap, I enjoy it a lot. I even consider buying another body plus the 25mm f/1.4 to make it "complete".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Since you are going for options well outside of the m4/3rds, you may want to wait and see what Canon bring out soon.

    If it is with the new Canon EOS650's guts in an interchangeable mirrorless cam, it may be worthy of consideration. I am looking forward to that and likely to buy it though I do not have/use any EOS lenses or accs. I sincerely hope that it won't be a toy novelty like the Nikon stuff.
    I agree, either way I am waiting and maybe it is the wisest thing to do at the moment. I heard Thorsten Overgaard hinted at a digital CL. Either way a small system like m43 is great, right now I have most of the fast prime lenses with my Pan GX1. Just don't feel it is quite there compared to the OMD!

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    E-M5 seems great... just waiting for the price to drop! Actually, I had to buy a new laptop for school this month, so I don't think a new camera will meet with wife approval. The GF1 continues to serve me well.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    If I should guess, a digital CL would be a m4/3 camera, not a 35mm one, something along the lines of the GX1 and made in Japan by Panasonic. I think developing another 35mm camera and setting up a production line would hurt production of existing models. The best we can hope for is probably more Leica developed lenses for m4/3. I have the original 4/3 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 and that's a superb piece of optical engineering.


    Edit: An important point is that the CL was actually a Japanese camera made in Japan also. A GX1-like camera with a viewfinder, which would probably make it slightly larger, would probably be that camera. I use the L1 on a daily basis for the time being, and although the viewfinder is crap, I enjoy it a lot. I even consider buying another body plus the 25mm f/1.4 to make it "complete".
    You are probably correct. I will go for the Pana version. Not willing to pay extra for the different logo.

    A GX-1 with a built in EVF (should have been the case to start with) and a tilt or even better swivel LCD, that would be irresistible.

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    Interesting thread from the top of my fence and I seem to have a similar viewpoint to Vivek. I've decided to wait to see what Canon and Panasonic bring out. I'm looking for a retirement outfit so I can keep supplying stock pics and therefore not needing mega mega pixels. I really like the look of some of the Olympus primes, don't we all, but don't want to mix and match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    This thread seems to get the same kind of answers as if a bunch of six-year-olds were asked "Do you like ice-cream?"
    I'm afraid I have to interject here. Yes ice cream is OK but, and I do mean but, there is nothing in the realm of frozen deserts that compares with Ben and Gerry's Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt it even surpasses the ice cream version and of course is healthier with the coolest name yet given to a desert.
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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Sold Fuji X100, Fuji XPro and Sony NEX7 all in favor for the OM-D

    I might add that Johns' grip look very nice and very comfortable, however, for me, the biggest benefit of the Olympus grip is the added shutter release button which is now lower and more forward, much like the NEX7's.

    Its a question of ergonomics and a given person may prefer one or the other, but ideally could get their hands on both and see what would work for them.

    I know for my hands, it would be rather awkward to have the added grip but then try to reach back to original shutter button on the top plate of the camera.

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    Millsart:

    i share your concern, but found when i use my grip, my second finger rests on top of the grip, in a perfect spot to turn the dial, and my first finger is free to trip the shutter or function buttons. the actual "gripping" is done with the last two fingers

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Gave the OM-D a real work out this past weekend... went to a friend's child's 1st birthday at a splash park and went to Legoland the next day. Since it's sharing the bag with the M9, I didn't have room for extra lenses, so I brought the 12-50mm kit lens for the zoom and splash-ability. Just reviewed the files last night and today, I feel the OM-D files needs a lot more work than the M9.

    Before this weekend, I've been shooting with the PL25 lens and I didn't feel the colors to be that bad. But almost every images from this weekend I'm seeing with the kit lens needs some work. I'm starting to think that perhaps Olympus was right to have the default "warm" color setting turned on because under normal daylight, the color from the kit lens is too cold.

    The autofocus is still amazing, and the battery was good... still have 1/2 left after two days of shooting (not constantly on). I blame this less than ideal experience on the kit lens... next time out I'll use the PL25 and will see how it does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Is that a joke?

    The X2 has the advantage of allowing one to use Olympus' EVF. Granted that the Leica label will be prominently absent.
    Actually, the X2 might be a good compliment to the OMD and an M. Fixed lens; excellent IQ; no muss, no fuss. An excellent photographer, of my acquaintance, recently, left his Leicas, including an S2, at home and took only the X1 to Hawaii. Resulted in some stunning photos. 'Limits' can enhance creativity.

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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Matt, I certainly agree that "limitations" can be helpful. However, the beauty of an interchangeable lens system is that it can be made into a compact one lens camera while a P&S cam can never be changed to work the other way.

    It will be very entertaining if someone starts a thread on 'S2 vs X2' though.
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    Re: What's the story so far? OMD-EM5

    Quote Originally Posted by Hosermage View Post
    Gave the OM-D a real work out this past weekend... went to a friend's child's 1st birthday at a splash park and went to Legoland the next day. Since it's sharing the bag with the M9, I didn't have room for extra lenses, so I brought the 12-50mm kit lens for the zoom and splash-ability. Just reviewed the files last night and today, I feel the OM-D files needs a lot more work than the M9.

    Before this weekend, I've been shooting with the PL25 lens and I didn't feel the colors to be that bad. But almost every images from this weekend I'm seeing with the kit lens needs some work. I'm starting to think that perhaps Olympus was right to have the default "warm" color setting turned on because under normal daylight, the color from the kit lens is too cold.

    The autofocus is still amazing, and the battery was good... still have 1/2 left after two days of shooting (not constantly on). I blame this less than ideal experience on the kit lens... next time out I'll use the PL25 and will see how it does.
    I have tried many of them (m4/3 and Nex etc) and I can tell you that so far allways and each time I realized just how good the M9 still is.
    BUT I think it would be not really fair to compare a 400$ kit zoom with a 2k$ Leica prime lens, and a m4/3 sensor to a full frame sensor.
    I see it that the OMD can do many things the Leica can not - it is weatherproof, you can use zooms, you can shoot video, you can shoot longer tele, and it has a fast AF. And you get pretty good IQ.

    Also when you compare images with comparable DOF you often have to shoot a m4/3 lens (like the 20/1.7 or 45/1.8) wide open (where most lenses do not show their full potential), while you could shoot a ff lens stopped down 2 stops (lets say a 35mm or 90mm at f3.5).

    I have had the OMD only for 2 weeks now but so far I use it more often with primes (mainly 20 and 45mm) because it leaves me more room for shallow DOF (which I like).
    But it is nice to have a weatherproof zoom in the bag. I like outdoors activities and here the OMD fits the bill very good for me so far.
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