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Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5 - official thread - reviewed!

Postby Hans » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:02 am

I finally decided to buy this camera with the 12-50 lens. So let's see now how it performs. So far it's light, fast and easy to use. Photo's will follow.
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Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5 - official thread - reviewed!

Postby Hans » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:13 pm

Some first impressions:
- When the screen is off, pushing OK will open the SCP (super control panel), when the screen is on, the other menu (with side and bottom controls) will open. This surprised me, because in the reviews it is mentioned that the SCP is far away in the menus.
- Face detection works quite good, but when I look at the photo's later in the camera, the focus point (green rectangle) is not on the eye. The face seem in focus though.
- the 12-50 lens seems OK, but I still have to review on my computer.
- to mount the flash you have to remove 3 covers, that's a bit annoying.
- WB is better then on my E500 before.
- the shutter is quiet.

So far I'm happy.
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Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5 - official thread - reviewed!

Postby thomastaesu » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:32 am

Hans wrote:Some first impressions:
- When the screen is off, pushing OK will open the SCP (super control panel), when the screen is on, the other menu (with side and bottom controls) will open. This surprised me, because in the reviews it is mentioned that the SCP is far away in the menus.
- Face detection works quite good, but when I look at the photo's later in the camera, the focus point (green rectangle) is not on the eye. The face seem in focus though.
- the 12-50 lens seems OK, but I still have to review on my computer.
- to mount the flash you have to remove 3 covers, that's a bit annoying.
- WB is better then on my E500 before.
- the shutter is quiet.

So far I'm happy.


You can tweak in the menu so that OK button will bring up SCP every time.
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Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5 - official thread - reviewed!

Postby Hans » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:45 am

I know, but I left it as it is, because I usually use the viewfinder anyway.
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Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review - official thread

Postby Jhelms » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:08 am

Long time digital Olympus owner - back to my 2500L days! I have owned many models since but always used point and shoots or cameras without interchangeable lens's or units with cheezy screw on / add on lens's. Fast forward, I now am the proud owner of an E-M5. I picked up the following lens's so far:
- 14-42mm
- 40-150mm

Enjoying the camera today, I brought it to a family event and it did not go so well. The 14-42 is simply to close. I shoot mainly active / events and was quite frustrated. I kept having to back way off to get a shot at 14mm. I am in need of a variable focal length but backed off as much as possible over the 14-42. Any good recommendations? Is the 9-18mm my main option? Anything less expensive to get the job done? Appreciate the help in advance! Glad to have found this forum :)
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Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review - official thread

Postby Bob Andersson » Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:46 am

Hi,

You can find a review of the 9-18mm here. Looks like a good performer. 8)

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Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review - official thread

Postby jonpetersen » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:49 pm

9-18mm Oly lens is great, I have used it for real estate photography for the past 3 years with my Lumix cameras. I like that you can add a filter to it, unlike the 7-14mm pan. lens, and it is much less expensive. I think its your best option.
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Re: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review - official thread

Postby Jhelms » Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:04 pm

Appreciate the feedback. Made a good deal on a 9-18mm locally ($400 no tax) and picking up here in a few hours. Hate how much it costs even used but will be worth it - will full understanding that this is fractional cost wise compared to what some people spend on a lens. :) I actually bought my E-M5, two lenses, 3 batteries and all that goes with it for only $150 more than this lens EEEK. Guess I have to get used to it!

Edit:
Picked up the lens today - mint condition with box and paperwork. Was happy about that. EXACTLY what I was looking for!

I have only taken a few test shots but feels fast on focusing. Faster than the lenses I have anyways. Definitely will be my default lens :)

Edit 2:
DOH! Found a major part of my problem. There is a digital teleconverter setting in the menu. The previous owner had turned it on or it is defaulted on... Even better now!
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