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My first week with the EM5 II

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by m43man, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Vancouver
    When the EM1 first came out, I posted the question, "What should I do on my first day with the EM1?" I remember being so excited back then, full of ideas and excitement about the possibilities.

    But after several months, despite the higher and better specs, I just never bonded to it like I did with the EM5. To me, EM1 shutter was loud and distracting. I couldn't get rid of shutter shock. The grip while ergonomically pleasing was big and protruding, defying the m4/3 philosophy, not to mention many of my existing bags wouldn't fit. Continuous tracking was supposed to be better but it was still all over the place (pre version 3.0). All these annoyances added up led me to sell off the entire system and vowed to never touch any m4/3 camera...

    So when the EM5 II with the 40-150 were ordered, I didn't anticipate it as much as I did with EM1. Similar sensor performance as EM1 really doesn't excite me that much especially I've been conditioned by the amazing IQ from D810 that I've been shooting in the past few months.

    But when I opened the box and held the EM5 II in my hands, I finally remembered why I bonded to the EM5 in the first place. Small form factor and light weight were enough factors for me to accept its IQ compromise. Most importantly, everything about it screams FUN.

    Fun to play with the touch screen,
    Fun to configure the menus to my heart's content,
    Fun to specify Mysets,
    Fun to configure every button the way I like
    Fun to shoot for hours without backpain from the heavy gear and bags

    And now for the first time on an Olympus, SILENT electronic shutter. On the GM1 (not sure about GM5), with its electronic shutter engaged, you should still sense a click, but it's a "blink" on the EM5 II. Not that this helps with street photography since it's loud on the streets anyway, but this just "feels" good for me. Perhaps it's a very individual thing.

    More thoughts to come within my first week. But in the meantime, enjoy a few images (still no Lightroom support yet, so these are screen grabs from Olympus Viewer 3) from my photo walk on the first day, all shot with the Olympus 40-150 f2.8

    Day 1

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    6_M520357.

    Day 2

    10_M520521.

    Day 3

    (skipped due to flu)

    Day 4

    9_M520686.
    10_M520682.
    11_M520623.
     
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  2. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
    Vancouver
    Day 5

    Dirty dish cloth. Very inspiring :p
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    Day 6

    A lone tree lit by sunset against a cold building.

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    Day 7

    This may not be the prettiest picture of from my first week but I think it showcases the versatility of the EM5 II and 40-150mm lens very well. A small and compact system is way easier to manage on personal enjoyable photowalks than huge FF glasses of equivalent focal length range. But if I was paid the big bucks to shoot this, I will not hesitate to take my D810 with 80-400VR :)

    14_M520660.
     
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  3. Tapper

    Tapper Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 12, 2013
    Congrats! Nice photos.

    The 40-150 f2.8 surprised me. Honestly, when I ordered it from Olympus as part of the build-a-system deal, I expected to hate the size and weight, and would end up returning it. But instead I'm loving its amazing build and quality. I did some test portraits with it on myself and my wife, and it is very sharp and renders beautifully. Still kinda weird on the EM5 II, but you get used to it.

    Current M43 sensors may not be the best, but they are still pretty capable when paired with good glass. And rumors say very capable new M43 sensors will appear in the coming year or so.
     
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  4. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    I think small m43 sensors are actually good for portraits. My D810 captures lots of skin blemishes and skin tones that are not flattering. I now wish I had the Nocticron that I used to own.

    Thanks for checking out my images. I wish there is LR support though, then I can do a better job processing the images :p
     
  5. Jorin

    Jorin New to Mu-43

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    Mar 6, 2015
    Jorin arriola
    I got mine on Thursday. Haven't really been able to get out and play with because of work :/ but hopefully soon.
    Traded my gx7 for the markii. First Olympus camera.
     
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  6. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Congrats! Personally I think it's the best m4/3 camera to date, too bad the video seems to suck though (according to EOSHD.com), I will have to test this myself.
     
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  7. Jorin

    Jorin New to Mu-43

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    Jorin arriola

    I'm more about the photography. Hahah I think it's a nice upgrade from my gx7.
     
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  8. sprocket87

    sprocket87 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nice photos and I'm glad you're liking the EM5II! So far I'm really enjoying mine too, at least with the limited time I've had to use it so far. Next I'll be wanting a 40-150mm too!!
     
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  9. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks! I'm actually enjoying the 40-150mm so much that I feel I don't need another lens! :)
     
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  10. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Vancouver
    Day 2 notes
    I took my EM5M2 to take pictures of cherry blossoms on the second day. I found out 40-150mm lens is extremely versatile for this type of photography.

    Day 3 notes
    I didn't shoot on Day 3

    Day 4 notes

    Yesterday I shot a few images and added them to the first post above.

    Still wishing for LR support to happen soon so I won't have to use jpgs. This is the problem being an early adopter -- always not having the proper RAW converter near camera launch until weeks later. Hopefully LR6 will really be released on Mar 9 (tomorrow) along with the new camera supports.
     
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  11. sprocket87

    sprocket87 Mu-43 Veteran

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    I agree, looking forward to tomorrow's LR6 release, assuming that's the case. In the meantime if you are desperate you can rename the camera model field in your photos' EXIF data to the original E-M5 and LR5 will open/process it just fine. Not convenient but workable if you have something important to process.
     
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  12. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks Jesse for the EXIF advice, I am not desperate enough yet, but getting there :)

    Actually I am more desperately wanting to know if I should pick up the 12-40mm to complete my 40-150 since it's $200 off in Canada here. Too bad the 17mm/1.8 IQ is not great otherwise I would totally consider it.
     
  13. jefft

    jefft Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 21, 2012
    I've got the Lumix 45-150mm but have definitely found it lacking overall compared to my primes; how much did you pay for it?
     
  14. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    I don't have the 45-150mm, but 40-150 quality is great!
     
  15. Cheralyn

    Cheralyn New to Mu-43

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    You might try different copies of the 17mm 1.8. It took me three tries but I got a really nice one on the third purchase. I'm hanging onto it for sure.
     
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  16. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    That'd be possible if Olympus doesn't mind sending me replacement units. What can I say to them? The unit I have is not good enough?
     
  17. cbelter

    cbelter Mu-43 Regular

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    Video sucks? how so. I just shot my first event yesterday and processing/editing the footage this week. I think the video is great.
     
  18. m43man

    m43man Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apparently lots of moire according to owner of EOSHD, a well known and reputable video review site. But it could just be just his expectation.
     
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  19. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

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    Boston, MA (USA)
    I am slowly learning that I do want an EM-5 II
     
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  20. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Andrew
    Remember to keep perspective. Depending on what it is you are trying to accomplish, a different level of requirements is needed. Ijust started getting into video, and with the documentarian style I do, anything with decent 1080p, is fine. A more discerning level of quality is probably expected from those wanting to do cinema or TV quality reproduction.

    This is where your DSLR and GH4 video capabilities come into their own.
     
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