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My E-M1 has replaced the original E-M5 since acquisition over a year ago. The E-M5 has become a backup with only occasional use. Ten reasons why it is not used as much and why I believe the new MKII, ordered today with the 25 f1.8, will change this are:
1. Improved camera ergonomics. The E-M5, used as a 2nd camera alongside the E-M1, was somewhat cumbersome to use due to the different control layout, as the E-M1 is a better layout. The improved layout of the E-M5 MKII is a lot closer to the E-MI and resolves a lot of the confusion.
2. I want to learn to shoot video. The E-M5 Mk II is vastly superior in video to either of my OMD’s and I might as well start with the best. Besides all the added frame rates, OMD Movie will allow for instant video clips when shooting stills without having to stop and use a tripod.
3. Fast 81 point AF. This is a biggie… I shoot about 60% portrait mode and having the AF points at the upper and lower end of the viewfinder is a big timesaver for me. (As will the ability to angle the rear screen in the portrait mode vertically.) The AF on the E-M1 was much improved over the 35 point AF in the E-M5, and continues to refine with firmware updates - Thanks Olympus!
4. 1/8000 shutter speed. Needed for my outdoor work with models. The 1/16,000 electronic shutter could help too, but not with flash it seems, due to the dismal 1/20 sync speed limit. (Hope the sync speed limit is addressed in the first firmware update).
5. The Hi-Res 64MP raw mode. Really looking forward to this for my landscape photography. The hi-res files might be able to answer that pressing question about which is better at 12mm…the 12mm f2 or the 12-40mm f2.8. We already know which is better at f2…
6. Better EVF with improved stabilized view and image stabilization. Half press of shutter gives stabilized view and shifting compensation, neither OMD I have does this. Looking to use for shooting handheld macro with the 60mm f2.8 and (hopefully) in...
Today marks my one year anniversary as a mu-43 member! It has been a little over a year since I bought the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M10, the first new camera I have owned a very long time. I had been using a 10 year old hand-me-down Canon DSLR, and when it lost the ability to autofocus, I knew it was time to buy a new one. This time I was determined to really learn all the features and capabilities of the new camera and to finally invest in better glass than a kit lens. In the course of my camera research I was introduced to the idea of mirrorless cameras and liked what I read. I explored the various types, and eventually settled on micro 4/3 when the E-M10 was announced and had all the features I wanted in a small size in the target price range, as well as a great lens lineup.
If you had told me a year ago how many lenses I would purchase in the first year, I might have been scared off from getting started! On the other hand, I can honestly say that I have learned a great deal from every single lens I have purchased. There is a certain educational value to GAS for a newbie. I bought almost all my lenses used, refurb, or at least $100 off retail, so in most cases I can recoup most of my money if I decide to sell anything. Because my most photographed subject is my own garden, it is very easy for me to bring out my big camera bag that contains ALL my gear and use whichever lens suits the subject and situation at hand, so everything I have gets used.
To say that my photography has improved in the past year due to a modern sensor/camera, good lenses and improving skills would be an understatement. I am still learning all the features of the camera, but I have come a long way. Last month I entered my first photo contest, the annual photo contest sponsored by my local gardening magazine, Washington Gardener. I figured it was a low risk place to start given my preferred subject matter. I found out a few weeks ago that three of the seventeen winning...
I had an EPL7 on loan from Olympus for a couple of weeks for review. During that time, I used the EPL7 almost exclusively, touching my EP5 only to (1) take photos of the EPL7 and (2) record a video review, which is below.
The camera is a lot of fun, and while frankly it's not that different from my other Olympus cameras (EP5, EPM2), it does strike a unique balance of size and weight (closer to EPM2) with features (closer to EP5). If only it had a second dial...
Below are my favorite photos shot with the camera, using various lenses. Clicking through to Flickr should give you all the EXIF data you need, though the shots without lens / focal length / aperture data were shot with my trusty Olympus Pen-F 38mm f/1.8 (usually at f/4).
Panasonic just announced two new lenses: http://www.43rumors.com/hot-panaosnic-announces-two-new-mft-lenses-425mm-f1-7-and-30mm-f2-8-macro/
I think everyone knew the 30/2.8 macro was coming, so I won't say much about that one.
However, the 42.5/1.7 is really surprising to me, especially since Panasonic released the 42.5/1.2 in recent memory. Obviously this will be a very different lens, much lighter, smaller, and less expensive. On the other hand it looks to be very similar to the existing 45/1.8 so I question the reasoning for yet another duplicate focal length prime.
Personally, I was betting that if someone came out with another 45 or 42.5 portrait prime it would be Olympus with a 1.4 aperture to offer something between the 45/1.8 and the Nocticron.
I suppose with OIS, this will make a great lens for video shooting on Panasonic bodies, or on the diminutive GM1 and GM5 bodies which do not have IBIS like the GX7. The Panasonic 42.5 also offers a close focus distance of 31cm vs 50cm, and I bet the build quality will be a bit nicer than the Olympus as well (it could hardly be any worse).