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Another SC on the way

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by tonyturley, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    A very gently used Olympus E-M5 will be in my possession tomorrow. I had one for a couple of years before selling it to partially finance my "upgrade" to Fuji X. I have sold and shipped out the last of my APS-C gear. I found that the difference between MFT and APS-C was not as great as I first thought, and I really do prefer more compact cameras.

    I sold the first E-M5 with full knowledge of what I was doing, a decision I am quite happy to be able to reverse. This time, there will be no adapted lenses or large pro lenses. In fact, I have sold or given away all of my cameras and lenses except my Fuji X30 and a couple of film cameras I wanted to keep. I quite like the X30; it and the E-M5 will complement each other nicely. I feel like leaning out my photo gear will work for me very well.
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  2. JKLso

    JKLso SC Regular

    Nov 24, 2014
    near Kelso WA USA
    No doubt it feels really good to learn what fits your needs and actually own it - still playing the buy/try/firesale/repeat game myself :eek:
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I've owned several E-M5s. They were ALL great. I think that's one on my avatar right there.....maybe I should I buy another....
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  4. dougpayne

    dougpayne SC Regular

    Oct 17, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
    C.D. Payne
    The refurb E-M5ii is on sale at the Olympus outlet store today for 20% off. Mine produces superior results compared to my Fuji X-E2, but not to my Sony A6000. I tested all three recently shooting the same subjects with comparable lenses.
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  5. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    There's not a huge difference in size between the E-M5 and my former X-T1, until the lenses are considered. Here they are with lenses of approximately the same FOV:


    The soon to be released 23mm WR is a lens I had been considering for the X-T1, but then I began looking more closely at files I had from both cameras. In many cases, I could see no difference in similar conditions. I always liked the E-M5, and just never warmed up to the X-T1 the same way. So now I'll have an E-M5 again, with my favorite 35mm FOV, in a slightly smaller package weighing about 3.5 oz (100g) less.
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  6. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Good for you, Tony! I wish I could bring myself to pare down my kit to two or three cameras. But I'm not quite there yet. Still, I have stopped adding to it.

    BTW, it's amazing how well you took to the X30. You weren't so sure at first. A nice outcome.
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  7. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    I waffled for quite some time about purging all of my stuff, Steve, but as I began to let go of it bit by bit, the decision became more clear. The stuff I wasn't able to sell got boxed up and off to the thrift store it went. Done!

    You're right about the X30; at first I was more ambivalent, but as I used it more and more, it grew on me. I've come to really appreciate its capabilities. It will make a nice lightweight combo with the E-M5.
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