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Shooting with a E-M1 and a E-M10

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by BaldEgo, May 24, 2014.

  1. BaldEgo

    BaldEgo Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 14, 2013
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    I love my E-M1 but am starting to think there are shooting situations, i.e. street photography, when the smaller form factor of the E-M10 might be advantageous, especially when coupled with a small pancake lens like the 14-42mm EZ. Has anyone opted to buy both, and if so, what are kinds of shooting situations where you find yourself reaching for the E-M10 instead of the E-M1?
     
  2. PatrickNSF

    PatrickNSF Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 30, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    Patrick
    I have both. I purchased the E-M10 in February during an Olympus lens rebate promotion with the 14-42 EZ, 17/1.8 and 25/1.8. Shortly thereafter I purchased the E-M1 as a refurb with the 12-40/2.8, along with a few others. These eventually replaced my Sony dSLR and NEX cameras.

    I use the E-M1 primarily with the 12-40/2.8, the 75/1.8 and the 14-150. I also use it when I know I'll need the FL-600R flash or C-AF. I use the E-M10 with the EZ and primes and often while traveling or about town.

    They both have advantages and I'd be hard pressed to choose one over the other. Since they've replaced the need to maintain two distinct lens systems (Sony A-mount and E-mount), I've opted to keep both for now. I keep them ready with the 12-40 on the E-M1 (with the flash next to it) and the 25/1.8 on the E-M10. Hope that helps.
     
  3. BaldEgo

    BaldEgo Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 14, 2013
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Thanks. Yes it does help. Your situation is very similar to mine because I moved from Sony A-mount and E-mount as well.
     
  4. mario23

    mario23 Mu-43 Regular

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    May 9, 2014
    FL
    I left the nex for an em10...love it. I will probably get an em1 at some point but I want to get more glass first. That 12-40 I think is a must for travel but I love my primes! For now I'm plenty happy with the em10 compared to my old nex. I love the size and wonder of the em1 will be to big in comparison.

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  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    My main street setup is the E-M10 and 14mm. It's super small and non-obtrusive. I even have the grip and it's not big at all. If street shooting is your thing, the E-M10 with any of the small M43 primes is great.

    Saying that I've used the E-M1. Awesome camera, but it's a work horse where performance is the priority and not size or stealth.
     
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  6. mario23

    mario23 Mu-43 Regular

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    May 9, 2014
    FL
    That's kind of what I was thinking...good description.

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  7. Jan68

    Jan68 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 1, 2014
    Ontario
    I use the EM5 with HLD-6 grip more and more for my work at the newspaper now, mostly the 17 1.8 or 30 2.8 on it. I will add another body and more lenses soon, and that will be my full switch to micro 4/3 from Canon DSLR, the Canon gear will go. For lenses I am planning on 12-40 2.8 and 75 1.8, for the body I am undecided between a second EM5 or an EM1. Might be the EM1, I never worked with one, but the reputation speaks for itself.......



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  8. Galengwath

    Galengwath Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 11, 2013
    I have both, and generally use the EM1 with the 12-40 pro and 75-300mm, particularly for situations where I want the better CAF or weather sealing, as well as for wildlife shots. The EM10 I use with my primes and for more casual situations where a discrete camera is desirable, such as street and event photography. And when I'm on a formal shoot I use both bodies.
     
  9. billbooz

    billbooz Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 23, 2014
    Lynchburg, VA USA
    William H. Booz
    For those of you who have both the E-M10 and the E-M1, what really is the difference in handling? Is the E-M1 REALLY that much bigger than the E-M10? Do you find the controls, esp. the dials to control SS and Aperture, easier to use and more comfortable than those on E-M10? I have an E-M10 and love it. I'm coming from a Canon 60D as far as handling experience and opted for the E-M10 over my E-PL5 mainly because of the top dials for "real" SS and aperture control. Now, I am seriously selling my Canon arsenal to fund either (1) several lenses I'd like to have, or (2) an E-M1.


    Bill Booz
    http://www.infotor.com/blog
     
  10. Galengwath

    Galengwath Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 11, 2013
    I appreciate the higher level of customizability on the M1, and the grip is really wonderful. The size difference between them is significant, but they're both small cameras for what they can do. On the whole they're quite similar in operation and I generally find it to be pretty seamless switching between them. The main difference for me are some of the higher end feature like improved CAF, weatherproofing and EVF that have me often reaching for my M1 And when using larger lenses the better grip on the M1 comes in handy, though to be fair I don't currently have the add-on grip for the M10.
     
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  11. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    If I owned an E-M1, I might look at either the E-M5 or E-P5 mainly for battery compatibility. If you get the E-M10, you'll have two chargers due to the smaller BLS-5 battery.
     
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  12. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Personally I find the EM1 with an Oly prime (12/17/25) to be small enough and discreet enough for street photography. If I really need to be discreet, then I use my Ricoh GR Digital III in "snap focus" mode.