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Olympus PEN E-P5 has arrived (officially)

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by wolfie, May 10, 2013.

  1. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

    299
    Sep 19, 2010
    And looking good in 1960s chrome and faux leather livery
    olympus-unveils-pen-ep5-7.

    Notably the front is "Olympus PEN", not just "Olympus".
    Lots of good updates from the E-P3, but sadly lacks the WR sealing despite apparently better build than the E-M5. But improved 5 axis IBIS, 100 iso option, 1/8000 top speed, faster AF, 9fps top speed, smaller AF points, WiFi, 1.04M tiltable touch screen, twin wheels, 2MP hot shoe EVF - back compatible to earlier PENs (except E-P1), more metal construction.

    Previews at Ming Thien , digitaltrends and dpreview sites (and probably dozens of others within 24 hours).

    And of course the all black version for the discrete shooters...

    olympus-unveils-pen-ep5-6.
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
  3. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Can't afford to like this camera.
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Looks nice. If I hadn't downsized my m43 gear to one body and a few (mostly longer) lenses, I'm sure I'd be interested. As is, it doesn't appear to be an upgrade from the OMD (maybe AF speed, but when AF speed is THAT fast, "diminishing returns" doesn't even begin to tell the story. Also, not clear whether the IBIS will work with the detachable EVFs on this camera the way the EVF is stabilized in the OMD, but I seriously doubt it. EVF stabilization is one of the most useful features I've ever found for using long lenses. So no significant upside to this and one pretty big downside. So, I'll definitely be sitting tight. Also, quite a costly body only, although the 17mm f1.8 and the new EVF for another $450 sounds like a pretty good deal...

    -Ray
     
  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!? What does Oly have against allowing metering to be an assignable function to the many customizable buttons on its cameras????? Just keeping a tradition alive??? Just to spite me? Aarghhh!!

    End rant.

    1/8000, ISO100, focus peaking, time lapse and Wifi remote trigger are very nice!!

    Like the new configurations and dials too.
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the ISO100 is not a real ISO100, but the 1/8000 is definitely welcome. Goodbye ND filters.
     
  7. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    As long as ISO 100 is at least available in RAW.

    Metering ....
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    how many button presses to change metering mode on a dedicated button vs SCP. You must change your metering modes a lot more than I do. I'm pretty much a matrix sorta guy unless there's something strongly backlit and then I use spot. And even if I only had one way to meter, I'd just use the exposure compensation dial.

    The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks:wink:
     
  9. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    I was checking my sunny dslr shots with 50mm 1.4 lens, it was hitting 1/8000sec at ISO100.

    Here is Ming's working preview with some nice photos:
    Working preview: The OIympus PEN E-P5 - Ming Thein | Photographer

     
  10. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    If it had an integrated EVF where they put the flash (NEX 7,6, Fuji XE-1) it would be more of a real camera. Quite pricy, compared to the NEX6 and Fuji, considering the smaller sensor. I`d choose the OMD (still the best Swiss army knife of a camera), over this one any day.
     
  11. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    It's expensive, and yet I paid $1050.00, in early 80s for Nikon 8008, 85mm f1.8 and small flash. But times and stuff are a changing. Sigh...
     
  12. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    979
    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    !!!

    -Eliot "...but if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world..." - Fox, Le Petit Prince
     
  13. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Nice camera but I'm just waiting for those OM-D prices to fall.
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I think you need to wait until the E-M6 comes out. This one almost props up the price of the E-M5.
     
  15. Stan

    Stan SC Regular

    164
    Apr 19, 2013
    California
    Stan
    I really like the silver and black model. Looks great!

    The deal (if you can call it that) is to get the VF4 and 17/1.8. It's not cheap, but probably setup against the Fuji X series and targeting that market of serious photographer willing to spend more to get the "right stuff." While the EP5 costs a little more, you get IBIS, faster AF and access to the M43 lens lineup. That's the a fairly compelling package, although why not get the EM5 if you really want the VF4.

    Improved ergo, IBIS, wifi, 1/320 flash sync, 1/8000, etc are features not to be overlooked. Price is the only issue for me.

    Stepping back and looking broadly, it's good to see M43 bodies having this level of product maturity. The g6 has a solid feature set, and the GH3 is a bigger body that enables all-day shooting with a grip and longer lenses with top-level video.
     
  16. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    No doubt. 43rumors is saying September. If that turns out to be the case, I can wait.
     
  17. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Yes, I do! LOL!!

    But seriously though, how ridiculous it is that Oly allows every single function to be assigned to the customizable buttons EXCEPT metering!?!? What is the rationale behind that???? On my (formerly your) OMD, I can have 5 buttons assigned to exposure compensation (or something like that), but zero for metering. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ...

    It's sort of like Fuji refusing (so I've been told) to put face detection on their "advanced" cameras. Maybe not every one likes to use FD. And for those who don't like FD, they can keep FD off. But for those who do like FD, it's be a great asset for them. But Fuji decided that those who like to use FD can go kiss Fuji buttocks.
     
  18. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    WAY too overprices. Should be about $700 body to fit the lineup.

    This gives me no GAS. That's a lot of money for a camera that can't use a viewfinder and a flash at the same time.
     
  19. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Its got a pop-up flash that'll work with the EVF. And I don't know if this one will or not, but Olympus on-board flashes have often been usable as triggers for larger flash systems. So you might be wrong about that.

    It seems really high to me too, but realistically the EP2 and EP3 were right around $899 when new, weren't they? Or were those with kit lenses? Not sure. But this looks like the m43 body I'd want if I wasn't into longer lenses with this system and a permanent EVF. I love the controls and the even GREATER amount of customizability on this body. And the 5-axis IBIS. I'd say its worth more than any of the Pens that have preceded it. Whether by this much, I don't know...

    -Ray
     
  20. zapatista

    zapatista SC Regular

    132
    Jul 28, 2012
    Denver, Colorado
    Mike
    I think it's great, but how many 1 stop ND filters do you use?