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Yes - i'm two years behind - e-pl5

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Robert Watcher, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. YES - I'M TWO YEARS BEHIND - but...

    ... That's just the way I am. I have been perfectly content with my Olympus E-PL3 over the past two years of travel and street shooting. So what more do I need.

    I returned from Nicaragua on Thursday and found that Best Buy had the newer E-PL5 on sale for $429.00 (Canadian) - so figured it was time for an update. Part of that decision was based on 2 factors - - - firstly the 14-42 kit lens (that I use regularly) of the E-PL3 only functioned from 14- 20mm, causing an error message beyond that range. A look at Henrys Camera website informed me that a new replacement was going to cost $350.00. Secondly, some of the abilities and dials of my E-PL3 were becoming compromised - - - I presume from the heavy use and exposure to severe elements.


    One of my sons had a get together with friends last night - we were invited and so I took the new E-PL5 with me to try out all of the different features - most of which I am familiar and comfortable with, from using my E-PL3.

    3 things that I greatly appreciated were the very fast Auto Focus, the quite high and usable ISO settings, as well as the touch screen feature for focus and shooting. Pertaining to the latter, I don't know if I will ever go back to shooting with the shutter button after that experience.

    Most important, image quality is very good and handling of this small camera is pleasing and what I have become used to in my travels.

    Tapping the screen on different subjects at different depths away from the lens - produced stunning results with extremely fast focus and great ease of capture:

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    I simply cannot believe that there is an image at all on an Olympus camera when shot at 25,600 ISO - as was the case in this shot taken at that ISO setting. The quality and accurate colour aren't there - especially when people are included - - - but there is an image that may even be usable in for family fun. As well, this level of low light shooting means that ISO 3200 and 6400 are very usable. I am very pleased:

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  2. We had a blast being able to tip the newly designed screen right up so that selfies could be taken. Here my granddaughter touches the screen to focus on herself and take the picture. Movement is from her coming to the camera at 1/30'th second:

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    The Art Filters behaved much like before - - - except that this is taken at 8,000 ISO. True. No match for full frame. But totally within what I can use for my compact camera needs:

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  3. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2012

    Hi Robert , was looking at epl5 myself , the reason is touch-focus & shoot.
    The 2 pics (father & daughter) , are these with the kitlens 14-42?
  4. JasonCdn

    JasonCdn Mu-43 Regular

    May 19, 2014
    British Columbia
    Great photos, Rob. I'm in the same boat as you, I recently purchased an E-PL5 because of online reviews and a BestBuy sale. I couldn't be more happy with it, even knowing there will be an E-PL7 announced in a few days. All that matters is that it works for you.
  5. Yes - it was taken with the 14-42 kit lens.

    One day of using the E-PL5 - and having customized some of the settings before going to sleep last night - - - it is a wonderful camera. Currently Henrys Camera in Canada has it on sale for $499.00 while Best Buy (Canada) has it on sale until June 12'th (2014) for $429.00 - - - that is with the 14-42 kit lens.

    I'm sure that it is on sale because the new E-PL7 will be coming out. Actually though, for the same reason that the E-PL5 would soon be released - that is why I got my E-PL3 for $399.00 2 years ago. And I was very pleased with that over my previous E-PL1 (which I still use as backup and with my Holga Lens).

  6. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2012

    ok thx
    paired with a fast prime , even better results are possible
  7. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010

    I guess you might be two years behind if there was a replacement : a newer camera with the same features as yours : but there isn't,
    so you're completely all mod cons!

    Nice piccies.
  8. You are right - - - at this point in time, I am up to date if I want a Pen. :2thumbs:
  9. My son was playing with the camera last night and said "Hey - this thing can focus at like four inches away" - while he aimed at his leg.

    After looking at the shot this morning, I decided to set my memory card reader beside the window and see just how close I could shoot with the 14-42 kit lens. In the images below, I was about 6 inches away when the lens was set to 42mm, and about 4 inches or less away when it was set to the 14mm settings. It's no macro lens - but will work for decent closeups.

    The 2 bottom closeup images are taken at f16 for maximum DOF, with an ISO of 6400:

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  10. kurt1968

    kurt1968 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2012
    another question ; which would give the nicest IQ
    - epl3 (sensorwise) with a fast prime
    - epl5 with the kitlens
  11. I'm sure that the prime is going to produce nicer images than the kit lens - if you are comparing lenses. That would be irregardless of the sensor I would think. The E-PL5 sensor is great, but the E-PL3 sensor wasn't bad either.
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