E-M5 from a E-PL2, still adapting

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by dcassat, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. dcassat

    dcassat Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2011
    It's great that I didn't have to abandon all I knew about the menus and basic camera operation to buy a new camera. I have the menus and general operation down now.

    But I must say I'm not in control of the beast (E-M5), yet...

    I take 98% landscape photos and shoot RAW, using ETTR and LR 4.1 to process.

    I learned the tricks on the E-PL2 to optimize the quality of the photos and really knew and understood the limitations of the sensor. I could control and bend the images in LR quite well.

    I'm not there with the E-M5. While I'm using essentially the same workflow as before, I'm finding the shots to 'feel' completely different.

    For one, bracketing for blend in high DR shots doesn't pay the same dividends as it did with the E-PL2. In fact, I'm not sure I need to bracket for high DR at all (I'm aware that the E-M5 has a much better DR). I'll know more in the coming days as I work with the brackets I shot last night, but initially the first exposure from the bracket was as good or better than any blend I could come up with.

    Once in Lightroom, tricks that I knew to make the images pop no longer seem to have much effect. But part of this issue has to do with the fact that the images are already close to optimal once imported. Very little needs to be done. But the image data really does 'bend' differently. I've only worked with a few hundred shots so far but really feel like I have a lot to learn to make the most of the E-M5.

    I would be interested to hear others' experience with LR and the E-M5, please jump right in!

    A shot from last evening, the first of a bracket...

    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/10916177">[​IMG]"Light Falls by Dan Cassat (dcassat) on 500px.com" border="0" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0;"></a><br/><font style="font-size: 120%;"><a href="http://500px.com/photo/10916177">Light Falls</a> by <a href="http://500px.com/dcassat">Dan Cassat</a></font>