I got a nice offer to trade in my G5 for a EM5. Should I do it?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Gerard, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    My type of photography:
    Never video
    Seldom fast moving objects, like kids, pets, sport.
    I think I shoot like a random tourist: a door, a building, a poster, a street, a landscape, a sunset, a tree, a car, etc.
    95% of shots are outside.
    On the other hand I tend to behave like a hobbyist: I like to experiment with light: blue hour, etc.
    For bracketing or low light situations I use a tripod, which I like because of the slow process of thinking ahead, planning and executing.
    Roughly half of my shots are with legacy lenses, the other half 12-40, while I quite often use the MF option.
    My estimate is that around 60% is shot wider than FL 50. (I wish I could fill in the lens and FL in the metadata somehow)
    I have never used a flash. I always shoot RAW and I always compose using the EVF. Most of the time I shoot in A mode, while I fiddle with EV compensation.

    I am tempted to do that because of the wheather sealing (combo with my 12-40) and the 5 ax stabilization, because of my legacy lenses.

    Some doubts however:
    1. I think I will going to be missing the fully articulated screen, but this will be no deal breaker.
    2. When I rotate the focus ring of a native lens, the G5 automatically magnifies the image. The same applies for the EM5.
    When shooting a legacy lens, the G5 gives me the option to touch a focuspoint on the screen to get a magnified picture or pushing the rearbutton for the same effect. This is my major concern, because I dont know how the EM5 performs in this field.
  2. InlawBiker

    InlawBiker Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 1, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    That is a tough call, I like my G5 but I would probably make the trade. The main reasons I keep the G5 are things you mentioned: video, and the touch-screen focus point set, zoom pinpoint focus. You don't use video and Olympus is a somewhat nicer camera - stabilization, sealed, etc. You will have to acclimate yourself to the Oly buttons and menus which can take some time.
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  3. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    E-M5 would add stabilization and weather sealing to the 12-40, making it a much more versatile lens. E-M5 has a significantly better sensor than the G5. It's a pretty good upgrade, I'd say.
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  4. Estrellas321

    Estrellas321 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2015
    Vancouver, BC
    I've never used either camera, but I would think the resale value of the E-M5 is higher. Just did a quick check and G5's have sold for around $150 while the E-M5 sold anywhere from $260-350.

    I think the Olympus IBIS is pretty darn good. If you get any primes in the future, it will definitely come in handy.
  5. m4/3boy

    m4/3boy Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 21, 2013
  6. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    I have a G5 that I'd trade straight up for an EM5 in good shape in a heartbeat.
  7. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    I would definitely make that trade, particularly since you never shoot video.
  8. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I'd say since you get 5-axis IBIS, and own the 12-40mm lens which is not stabilized, go for it. IBIS is nice to have!
  9. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    You can customize a button for magnified view, so yes, make the trade!
  10. Yelkrub

    Yelkrub Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 21, 2013
    Cheshire, U.K.
    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dIuFAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT70&lpg=PT70&dq=olympus+e-m5+touch+screen&source=bl&ots=sAqdGxGbnC&sig=eWQgV8MJ_nqywakL9qQ3AzY5XmU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CFEQ6AEwCTgUahUKEwjjvou4iYHHAhUMchQKHdM-CyI#v=onepage&q=olympus e-m5 touch screen&f=false

    Link to preview of David Busch' book on the em5: shows the touch screen options, one of the functions is zooming on a focus area and you can adjust the zoom ratio between 5 to 14x.
    The magnify function is also available on FN1 button: press to activate and use 4 way controller to pick point then press FN1 again
    to zoom in. The zoom ratio is adjusted with either front or back knob.
    Edit: Hmmm, may be FN2 button.........
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  11. nublar

    nublar Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2013
    Having had a G5 and now an EM-10, i would do that trade in a heartbeat unless I needed e shutter or 1080p 60 fps video
  12. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Trade. It's that simple.
  13. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    You all have taken away the last doubts I had. Thanks for that.
    In a few hours I will be a EM5 owner