Went and done it. Got another EM-5 body.

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Savas K, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    I read about photographers here using more than one body and recently saw someone walking about with two rangefinders. The guy looked so comfortable strolling in the park. I also recall long ago seeing a photographer at Adorama sporting two bodies, each with a fast lens with stepped-up filters on the front. At that time I was shooting DSLR and the thought of buying a second body seemed way overboard and expensive.

    GAS got to me and I recently clicked the buy button for a refurb EM-5 at Olympus' site. B&H had a used EM-5 for the same money, so I felt it better to go with a camera that's been run through Olympus' hands. Sales tax brought the cost up so I'll need to get over it when the bill arrives. There's a little hint of guilt that I hope will evaporate.
  2. Captmatt

    Captmatt Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 7, 2013
    Homer, Alaska
    Matt Wilkens
    OM D Body

    Thought about doing that too, then saw a Fuji XE-1 with 18-55 for almost the same price, so much for that idea.....:smile:
  3. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    My second body is a G5 I got for under $400 new. I tried one body, but I've been in situations where changing lenses either was impractical ( blowing sand) or missed the shot. There, I justified it.:rolleyes: I tried a GX1 but I found I need a viewfinder almost always. Same with an LX7. I almost got a fuji x20 but the G5 won out. There will be some times when I'll need to do video and stills and figured the panny/em5 would be the best option.
  4. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    My second body is an E-PL5. I always have a back-up and it is always a slight step below my primary (thus I won't be frustrated over which to use! :smile: ). The E-PL5 uses the same sensor so it is at least fairly close to the optical properties.
  5. briloop

    briloop Mu-43 Regular

    May 23, 2012
    Mount Juliet, TN
    I would love to buy another OM-D. I am holding out on the rumor (source unknown) that Oly is going to make a professional m43 camera. An "OM-D Pro"?
  6. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

    May 21, 2012
    same here, E-PL5 is my OMD's backup. With the same sensor, this saves some money over having to buy a second OMD. I'd rather put that money (and continue to save up) towards the OMD successor--perhaps in the next year?
  7. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    My first second body was a GX1, which worked nicely, but when Panasonic was offering the 12-35/2.8 for $900 with selected m4/3 bodies, I bought a G5 and sold the GX1.

    Having two lenses on two bodies is infinitely faster than trying to change a lens under pressure. I've done with with DSLRs and f/2.8 zooms for years. All I can say is that my posture has improved a great deal since moving primarily to m4/3! :eek: :biggrin: :2thumbs:
  8. quatchi

    quatchi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 17, 2012
    Munich, Germany
    No question about that. What I am wondering though, what are you shooting? I usually have time to swap a lens or at least make an intelligent guess for my next object and preselect the right lens (e.g., the 75-300 on camera for suddenly popping up wildlife and changing to the 9-18 for non moving landscapes when needed).

    Please don't get me wrong. I am not saying, it is stupid to run around with two bodies. Just desperately trying to fight GAS here... :biggrin:
  9. woof

    woof Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    The present.
    Purchased a G5 for my second body. Have always liked Panasonic handling and this is no exception. Primes on the EM5, zooms on the G5, landscapes on the EM5, kids and videos on the G5, me on the EM5, wife on the G5. It works out well.
  10. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    Is everyone's second body for backup, or are you using two cameras at once? What's it like shooting with two?
  11. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    The most compelling situation has been sports. In the DSLR world, 24-70/2.8 (or equivalent) and 80-200/2.8 in tandem.
  12. jnewell

    jnewell Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 23, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Two at once. Upside: I almost never need to change lenses. Downside: back problems, at least with DSLRs. M4/3 is a dream come true. :smile: :2thumbs:
  13. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    I use both bodies in daylight. If it gets dark(er) I use the OMD. I have a nice bag and it is very easy to switch bodies. My issue is more using prime lenses. For landscape/nature, which is what I shoot, I can't wait to get those two 2.8 zooms from Panasonic. Until then - :dash2::dash2::dash2::dash2::dash2:
  14. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I don't use backups. Typically, I use two cameras, one with a wide angle and one fitted for long. It is much easier and faster than having to switch out lenses. I've been shooting with two cameras for so long that now it is uncomfortable to shoot with only one body.

  15. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Now that I have three bodies, I have them typically set up as:

    E-PM1 for Wide 20mm or 9-18mm
    E-PL1 for Medium 50mm or 135mm
    E-PL2 for Long Zoom 40-150mm or 70-300mm.
  16. I don't use 2 bodies at a time when using my OMD EM-5 but I do when I go shooting motor sports with my Nikon Gear. My D7000 is fitted with either my 80-200 f2.8 or my 70-300VR and my D90 is fitted with my 17-50 f2.8.

    One of the main reasons I enjoy the OMD so much these days is that carrying 2 DSLRS and 2 heavy lenses plus accessories (grips, tripod etc) is soooooo heavy.

    Weight is also the main reason I'm thinking about an Oly 75-300 or Panasonic 100-300...
  17. svtquattro

    svtquattro Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 24, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    E-PM2 + 14 permanently attached - my X100 Oly style!

    G5 + 14-54 II or 45-175X or 30 Sigma

    All my budget would allow.
  18. ShrubMonkey

    ShrubMonkey Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 6, 2012
    I've got a nice small bag that I store 3 bodies/lenses in. This means I don't take any additional lenses out with me. Find it works great, not possible when I had DSLR. On occasion I've thought I've missed having a lens with me, but not too often.

    Bodies are :
  19. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 11, 2010
    I used to carry two DSLR bodies but stopped due to weight. The more I use the OM-D the more I can see it being used for most of my work.

    I can honestly see sometime in the future if the E-M5 replacement comes out me having that plus my E-M5 and going dual again.
  20. cstevens

    cstevens Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 11, 2010
    Oh the other day I weighed the OM-D with 25mm Pl and it was just over 500g. My D700 gripped is 1485g plus and other 1026g for say a 24-70mm

    Hell of a difference 500g vs 2.5kg!!!
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