Bought a new-to-me E-M1

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by marcl, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2012
    After much reflection, I purchased an E-M1 a couple days ago from an ad on Craigslist. (Funny that the rumor of the E-M1mk2 came out the day after!) My new-to-me E-M1 looks like new displaying only 3,400 on the shutter count. The trigger for the purchase was really this article: Better Family Photos: The Joys Of Owning An Olympus E-M1 (firmware v4.0) which highlighted some of my wishes owning the E-M5:
    - better C-AF
    - anti-shock improvements (the Panny 45-175 was terrible on the E-M5)

    Now that I have spent a couple of days with it, I am finding that some improvements matter more than I thought they would:
    - ergonomics (wow, everything you can wish for is at your fingertip)
    - improved EVF
    - higher max shutter speed, tethered shooting, WiFi, in-camera HDR, better responsiveness

    After owning the E-M5 since it came out, I am finding myself re-learning how to use an Oly. Thanks to all the great resources, I have made much headway getting there. It has not been a simple process since the firmware updates have made so many improvements over the lifetime of the E-M1 that some of the information is either stale or actually misleading.

    Talking about improvements, I am impressed that Olympus released so many new features that have made the E-M1 much more future-proof than other OM-D or PEN cameras. Kudos to them for that. Their flagship product has been a true flagship.
     
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  2. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Congrats on the acquisition of an amazing camera. I to came from the EM5 to the EM1 and felt the same way. The EM1 really is laid out very well, probably the best camera in that respects that I have ever used. I honestly feel it is just a tad to small, especially without the grip. With the grip it is almost perfect.
     
  3. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    The E-M1 is a big step up from the E-M5 for sure. The build quality alone is a big plus.
     
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  4. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2012
    That was another factor in upgrading to the E-M1: the half-grip was spending a lot of time on my E-M5. So in terms of size and weight, they are about the same by the end of it.
     
  5. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Yes they are and my EM5 (which is my go every where with me camera) always has the half-grip on it. Even with the half-grip it is awkward because the placement of the shutter button is not the best where the EM1 is perfect.
     
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  6. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    The half grip + em5 is actually bigger and heavier than the EM1


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  7. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2012
    You are right.
    Noticeably, you are right. I definitely liked the E-M1's weight and size better than that of the E-M5 with the half grip on.
     
  8. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    Congratulations on your new (to you) E-M1! I've been loving mine over a year now and I'm so glad I pulled the trigger on this purchase. It's the best digital camera I've ever owned.
     
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  9. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Noticeably? The EM5 with half-grip is 31grams heavier and while it is approximately 1/2 centimeter taller it is 1/2 centimeter shorter and the EM1 has larger/beefier grip. Essentially they are the same size but I prefer that extra height of the EM5 because it's just tall enough to fit my pinky finger (the EM1 it hangs off the bottom). I am hoping the make the mk2 just a bit taller to fit my finger. I place the current EM1 as just a bit to small and I have medium/small hands.
     
  10. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    I have large hands and I agree about the E-M1 being a tad short. When I first used the E-M1 I had a bad case of 'Pinky Fatigue' but with my PRO zooms I decided to try out the HLD7 Battery Grip for the E-M1 and my grip is perfect. I can shoot for hours in landscape or portrait mode without a lot of fatigue. You really need to handle the E-M1 personally to determine if the grip is right for your hands or maybe you might need the HLD7 for large hands.
     
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  11. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I got the grip with my EM1 and it only comes off to replace the battery. With the grip the camera is actually about perfect. I would love if they made the mk2 with integrated grip.
     
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  12. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2012
    I hope they do not because I would like the flexibility of choosing whether or not to use! Matter of personal choice I guess.
     
  13. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Maybe I notice it more because of how I hold the camera. The grip of the E-M1 is a bit fatter than the 1/2 grip of the E-M5. I like that better.