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    Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    Well I finally decided to upgrade my little Olympus Pen to the latest model the E-PL5, and it arrived today.

    Not been out with it yet but I did snap my Chihuahua Gabriel and my Granddaughter Scarlett in the house, both at ISO 1600. I am very pleased with my decision to upgrade the Pen after trying it out.



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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    I took this yesterday and thought it was appropriate for Valentines Day

    Those Two Should Get A Room



    E-PL5 1/320 s f/5.6 ISO 1250 M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R
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    Winter Sparrow



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    E-PL5 & 40-150mm

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    I confess that other people's flower pictures don't really engage me, but we have a riot of fascinating little blooms in our tiny garden right now. I got a Leica 60/2.8 Elmarit Macro lens (vintage 1984) for my someday M(240), and in the meantime, it works just beautifully on my E-PL5. So bear with me...









    ISO 800, f/8 or f/11. working distances 6 inches to 2 feet. The actual blues are way out of sRGB gamut, darker and richer than they appear here.

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    One more (an hour or two later in the morning):



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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    Nice to see another E-PL5 owner posting in this thread Scott, californian poppies are one of my favourite flowers.
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    E-PL5 and 45mm
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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    The new library building in Birmingham city centre, it's quite a contrast.

    E-PL5, 14-42mm

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    Do you ever offer to cover an "event" for friends while a participant? A meeting or something less festive than your cousin's wedding. Well, it's harder than it looks. But I am proud of this one -- E-PL5 plus the 45/1.8 shot from one floor above the poster area of a workshop on using machine learning to extract information from cellphone records of a population, predicting . Four posters are receiving animated discussion, lots of faces can be seen (and recognized) and the host organization's logo is clearly visible.



    More E-PL5 material with my new Leica APO-Elmarit-R 180 superlens is posted in the Leica forum under "M and R lenses on anything else..."

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    E-PL5 40-150mm, 1/500sec f5.6 ISO1000

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    My son and granddaughter Maddy visited today, I was quite pleased with this candid snap I took in the garden.


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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    Nipped out into the garden early this morning to take this one.

    E-PL5, m40-150mm,LR5


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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    I got the Epl5 brand new with the 14-42 kit lens, spare bat and 2x8GB cards for less than sg$800. I have been using the Ep1, Ep2, Epm2 and now the Epl55. I still have all the cameras except the Ep1. I really had to get the Epl5 because of the forward facing screen which flips the image to a mirror like behaviour. I am using some remote wifi trigger mechanism so I can now use the Epl5 from any direction and watch the screen to see whats being captured, then shoot. The Ep5 does have android support for remote view/trigger but for now I think the forward selfie style screen is the next best thing. I mainly use the Oly's for GLAMOUR and NUDE. Some samples can be found on this Flickr stream ....which is a restricted stream (female nudity) so please don't click if you might be offended.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/paparazzi666/9065183175/

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    Here's a rare sight -- a clear day over the southern tip of Greenland:



    E-PL5 at flight level 350, with the 45/1.8, lots of contrast enhancement and color correction required.

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    My seven year old Granddaughter Chelsea.


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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    This is NOT one of our cats:



    although he would like to be.

    E-PL5 with Macro-Elmarit-60/2.8

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    Re: Fun with the Olympus E-PL5

    Hi, what kind of focusing help is there with manual lenses + adapters on this e-pl5? I've been thinking about a new small camera and trying to decide between this, the gf6 or maybe fuji's x-m1/a1. Liking the lens choices, quality, and prices for the m4/3 bodies.

    thanks...

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    Re:Manual focus aids with the Olympus E-PL5

    Quote Originally Posted by momo View Post
    Hi, what kind of focusing help is there with manual lenses + adapters on this e-pl5? I've been thinking about a new small camera and trying to decide between this, the gf6 or maybe fuji's x-m1/a1. Liking the lens choices, quality, and prices for the m4/3 bodies.

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    In the E-PL5, there is just a magnified area, but you can select where that area is located in the visual field. If you want to supplement AF with MF by turning the focus ring on an AF M43 lens, it is a good idea to put manual focus on a button or at least to turn focus magnification on with a button. Otherwise you get magnification turning itself on when it thinks you want help rather than when you ask it to help. Also, I start by reprogramming the video START button to do MF or focus peaking (on the E-P5 and later), mostly so that video is disabled.

    Note -- there are three cases -- legacy manual lenses (where the AF simply goes away); some Olympus lenses used on Olympus bodies (e.g. the 12/2.0) where you pull the focus ring back to use it and this enables MF; and other M43 lenses that sorta partially override AF and let you add MF corrections. For too many of these third cases, if you focus and then half press the shutter, the AF will undo your work, so you need to assign explicit MF to some button...

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    Re: Manual focus aids with the Olympus E-PL5

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    In the E-PL5, there is just a magnified area, but you can select where that area is located in the visual field. If you want to supplement AF with MF by turning the focus ring on an AF M43 lens, it is a good idea to put manual focus on a button or at least to turn focus magnification on with a button. Otherwise you get magnification turning itself on when it thinks you want help rather than when you ask it to help. Also, I start by reprogramming the video START button to do MF or focus peaking (on the E-P5 and later), mostly so that video is disabled.

    Note -- there are three cases -- legacy manual lenses (where the AF simply goes away); some Olympus lenses used on Olympus bodies (e.g. the 12/2.0) where you pull the focus ring back to use it and this enables MF; and other M43 lenses that sorta partially override AF and let you add MF corrections. For too many of these third cases, if you focus and then half press the shutter, the AF will undo your work, so you need to assign explicit MF to some button...

    scott
    thanks for all this detail...didn't know you could reprogram the video button, that's a plus for me, i never do video...also recently saw a youtube instruction thing by Rolf? in germany and he went through tons of stuff in the menus, setting the camera up that aren't evident at all...i'll have to go through that again if i go this route...

    not sure what mf lenses i might use on it, have some nikon and mamiya 35mm lenses, but even curious to know about focusing an autofocus lens cause there's plenty times the autofocus isn't up to the job and i'll put my dslr on manual to get the point i need in complex compositions...

    thanks for all the info, Scott...

    short ps...ok, maybe the epl5 could use a button or two more on the body, but I'm finding it's good image quality, solid build, relatively small, light, with a max of two to three fixed focal length lenses a nice choice for a take everywhere camera...a nice step up from p&s cameras, and still gives lots of options...will need to head to my local shop and see if they'll let me try it out with my sd card...

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    Re: Manual focus aids with the Olympus E-PL5

    Quote Originally Posted by momo View Post
    thanks for all this detail...didn't know you could reprogram the video button, that's a plus for me, i never do video...also recently saw a youtube instruction thing by Rolf? in germany and he went through tons of stuff in the menus, setting the camera up that aren't evident at all...i'll have to go through that again if i go this route...

    not sure what mf lenses i might use on it, have some nikon and mamiya 35mm lenses, but even curious to know about focusing an autofocus lens cause there's plenty times the autofocus isn't up to the job and i'll put my dslr on manual to get the point i need in complex compositions...

    thanks for all the info, Scott...

    short ps...ok, maybe the epl5 could use a button or two more on the body, but I'm finding it's good image quality, solid build, relatively small, light, with a max of two to three fixed focal length lenses a nice choice for a take everywhere camera...a nice step up from p&s cameras, and still gives lots of options...will need to head to my local shop and see if they'll let me try it out with my sd card...
    If you decide to get it, there is a very good ressource describing how to set up the E-M5 which shares a lot of similarities with the E-Pl5. Written by Gary Ayton : suggested settings for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera [Gary Ayton's photography wiki]

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    Re: Manual focus aids with the Olympus E-PL5

    Quote Originally Posted by Annna T View Post
    If you decide to get it, there is a very good ressource describing how to set up the E-M5 which shares a lot of similarities with the E-Pl5. Written by Gary Ayton : suggested settings for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera [Gary Ayton's photography wiki]
    thanks for the link Anna, a ton of good info...i'm looking at a few cameras over the next few weeks, a fuji x-m1/x-a1, panasonic's gf6 and maybe an older used g3, plus the sony rx100II...

    tried the nikon A which was great fun, but felt limited by 28mm and lack of tilting lcd, and honest i'd go for the ricoh gr if i decide to go that way...i do love how small and clandestine these two are

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