E-M5 Mark II front wheel feels "spongy"

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Wes Coleman, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. Wes Coleman

    Wes Coleman Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 24, 2015
    Huntsville, AL
    Wes Coleman
    I just upgraded my E-M10 to an E-M5 Mark II, and I have an odd question about the control wheels. The rear wheel feels basically like the ones on my E-M10, but the front wheel feels slightly spongy when I rotate it. I can still feel a "click", but it's nowhere near as crisp as the rear wheel. Is it normal for the two wheels to feel different?
  2. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    They are probably not designed to feel different. However, mechanical detente mechanisms are made up of multiple parts which can be made within design limits, but all slightly different and this will give a different feel.
  3. MarkyM

    MarkyM Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 27, 2013
    I think it must be normal. Mine is the same way.
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  4. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    I've never noticed that, but now that you mention that I've been testing my camera and there is in fact a slight difference.
    But I've only noticed because you've talked about it.
  5. BrundleFly

    BrundleFly Mu-43 Regular

    May 6, 2015
    Definitely noticed the same thing, not sure if it's a build quality thing or a design decision. I personally find the front wheel a little loose for my liking.
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  6. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    I have just bought a used EM5 Mk2 and immediately noticed that there was a difference with the dials
    The Mk2 front dial is different to the rear and has a much softer, smoother feel when it is turned compared to the EM10 - the 10 has a more 'metallic' feel with a more pronounced click at the stops
    I dont feel that this is detrimental and if anything feels better for being a little smoother and although it makes no difference is 'quieter'
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  7. trwtrw

    trwtrw Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 16, 2013
    I've had a problem with my rear dial on the E-M5 Mark II; it became wobbly and then it fell off. I'm sending it off for repair this week.
  8. Wes Coleman

    Wes Coleman Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 24, 2015
    Huntsville, AL
    Wes Coleman
    Well I hope it isn't annoying to you, because I would feel pretty bad if I was the one to finally make you notice.

    I'm glad a few others have said their cameras are the same way, I was worried I got shipped one that the wheel would fall off in the middle of a vacation or something. It does seem to be slightly quieter, and since it operates the exposure compensation I'm wondering if they intended it to be quieter for video modes. Thanks to everyone who responded!
  9. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    The front and rear dials feel very slightly different. The rear dial has more defined clicks. Not a huge difference but it's there.
  10. jrsilva

    jrsilva Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 1, 2012
    It does not annoy me :)
  11. aphasiac

    aphasiac Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 18, 2015
    EM10 mkII is the same - front wheel is softer / easier to turn than the back one.

    Guess this is intentional, and you turn the front wheel more? On the old EM-5 both wheels were equally stiff and clicky, but i actually prefer the new smoother feel.
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