Travel: second e-m10, or e-m5, panasonic 100-300

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by bremner, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. bremner

    bremner Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Feb 27, 2016
    I'm planning a trip to ZA, with the hope of some wildlife photography, which something I've not really done before.
    I currently have an E-M10, Oly 25mm 1.8, pan 14mm 2.5, and sigma 60mm f2.8. Most of the time I leave the 25mm on the body.

    With the USD380 B&H deal on E-M5 bodies, it's tempting to get an E-M5 as a "backup" body for my E-M10. I have no real complaints about the E-M10, and I could get a used/refurb E-M10 for probably USD300. I'm in Canada, and it's been a while since I bought something from a US retailer because the pricing usually doesn't work out; I'm curious what Canadian's experience is shopping at B&H.

    As far as glass, I have I need to get something longer for some safari-like scenarios. I'm currently putting together a legacy 200mm/adapter to experiment with, but I suspect I really want the panasonic 100-300. The 100-400 is more money and weight than I'm up for at the moment.

    If I go with (either) second body option then I'll probably end up cheaping out on glass. So I guess that's probably a no-brainer. But people like to discuss, so discuss ;).
  2. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    The E-M10 has a 0 sec. anti-shock setting that the E-M5 doesn't, and my experience with owning both cameras is that it's important particularly with longer lenses. I've found the older, 5 axis IBIS of the E-M5 to be no better than the newer 3 axis IBIS in the 10. I would suggest getting the ECG-1, or 3rd party equivalent, add-on grip for use with the big large lens.
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  3. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    There are benefits to having two of the same body: share batteries and charger, identical controls, etc...
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  4. I saw an EM-5 once, never used one or even seen any other bodies except the EM-10. I have 2 of them and I don't have any regrets. I like having everything the same on the 2, and I really like having 2 very different lenses mounted.
  5. mannukiddo

    mannukiddo Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 28, 2013
    For the long lens, I prefer AF if I am doing wildlife especially in a dynamic scenario such as safaris and treks/walks. The legacy lens with MF + adapter may sometimes be just not fast enough to catch that shot on time, but there are some who do this with aplomb. So the 100-300 will surely be a contender for me. Took these shots yesterday with my new EM-5 II and P100-300.


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  6. bremner

    bremner Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Feb 27, 2016
    I suspect I'm not a manual focus wizard, it's been too long. We'll see. Any opinions on the O75-300 vs. P100-300? I read claims that the O75-300 has better continuous autofocus, but the samples I've seen from the P100-300 have subjectively impressed me more. Perhaps that little bit of extra subject isolation, I'm not sure. Or perhaps I'm just seeing what I expect to see.
  7. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    EM10 for all the reasons stated above. The M5 is WR, but your lenses probably aren't so it doesn't matter.
  8. turbodieselvw

    turbodieselvw Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2010
    If you're thinking of getting a 2nd body, get one that uses the same battery as your current camera. It makes things easier with regards to the batteries you carry and, more importantly, the charger.
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  9. bremner

    bremner Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Feb 27, 2016
    Thanks to all the feedback about EM10 vs EM5. I think you talked me back from the brink on the EM5 sale. Now I just need to wait for a good deal on an EM10. Or splurge and look at an EM10 mk II.
  10. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Hua Hin, Thailand
    If the trip is important enough that you'd buy a second body, then it should be the same body. Otherwise, while learning the new location and feel of controls, you'll miss shots from being too slow on the controls.
  11. Moula

    Moula Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 9, 2016
    Different battery in E-M5, so I recommend second E-M10. Also same controls are much better.
  12. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    I ended up with a used E-M5 to go with my E-M10. I wanted the weathersealing. Unfortunately I have to deal with the battery issue.
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