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PeeBee

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I bought my GX80 back in 2016. It was over the counter from a high street store, complete with 12-32 and it was £399, just 6 months after launch. If I remember correctly the EM5.2 was around £875 body only at that time. Today, at the same store, the GX80 and 12-32 kit is £379, whilst the EM5.2 body only is £799.
 

The Grumpy Snapper

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Simple really. Olympus is a long established optical company who believe people will pay a premium price for their toys. And by labeling some toys PRO they can charge a premium, premium price.

Panasonic have dedicated popcorn and beverage buttons.

Olympus design cameras to appeal to hipsters. Panasonic don't.
 

WaltP

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Seriously, does this have anything to do with Zucchini?
So glad you asked. That means I'm not alone in this madness. :)

I also am expecting a supply of Leicable red stick-on circles and a white pen to practice writing "Lumix" in a Leica-like script!! With the money saved, I can get an "official" HCB hat and plenty of airs to put on!! WooHoo!!
 

arjubx

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Having had both cameras, the GX85 is the em10 competitor and not the em5. Weather sealing alone jumps the em5 up a class. The Em5 when it came out competed more directly with the gx8 and g80/85. The new gx9 is the direct competitor to the em10iii.

Yes, the Em5ii is at the end of life so value wise it is a bit poor right now but that will hopefully change soon with the mark iii.
 

WaltP

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Having had both cameras, the GX85 is the em10 competitor and not the em5. Weather sealing alone jumps the em5 up a class. The Em5 when it came out competed more directly with the gx8 and g80/85. The new gx9 is the direct competitor to the em10iii.

Yes, the Em5ii is at the end of life so value wise it is a bit poor right now but that will hopefully change soon with the mark iii.
I have, and love, them both. Not convinced the weather-sealing is worth that much yet. I had a situation where I HAD to go out in the mini-hurricane (80mph wind, 3" rain/hour) to check on the people living upstairs when a tree branch was ripped off (they were fine and the branch did not take out their stairway). I had both cameras outside with zero protection for 5-6 minutes getting photos for family and insurance. I learned that touch screens stop working once your fingers get dripping wet; and I discovered that the E-M5.2 "acted funny" for a couple days until it was thoroughly dry, while the GX85 had no issues whatsoever. Very interesting. Very interesting indeed.
But, yes, the Olympus is just lovely to hold and has a shutter that could cause arousal. The Lumix is like a Leica-M, all-business, nothing between you and the shot. Very different experiences, both lovely images. And the E-M10.3 seems aimed squarely at novices coming to MFT from phones, the GX9 is not. It seems more like Lumix trying to re-create the GX8 in a smaller form factor. GX8 was the flagship for a short while. E-M10 has always been the entry-point to the OM-D series.
 
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Brownie

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I use lens hood when not using filters or balancing on gimbals.

Not sure where I said I didn’t, maybe this was for someone else?
Good grief, I must be hallucinating. I swear I read you don't use lens hoods. My apologies, and I promise to return to my medications today...

In any event I was just curious. I never used to use them, now I do. I used to use UV filters, now I don't. Just interested in differing opinions.
 

PakkyT

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And, OMG! The shutter of the E-M5.2 is one of the sweetest in the history of photography!! Who made that shutter? I hope he won some sort of Maitani Award for that. Just want to press the shutter to hear and feel it. Wow!
I have not heard it [the E-M5.2] but in the old 4/3rd days the original E-1 had the greatest shutter sound. Oddly NONE of the follow up models (and there were a lot including two more flagship models) had a shutter that sounded anywhere as good as the old E-1. Now I am curious to hear an E-M5.2 fire.

Edited for clarification on my first line.
 
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