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Seriously thinking of buying an OM-D EM-5

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by redsnapper, May 9, 2012.

  1. redsnapper

    redsnapper New to SC

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    May 9, 2012
    Hello all,

    I am new to micro four thirds but after reading review of the OMD EM5 at dpreview.com and that it is considered the best micro four thirds camera ever at cscrumors.com I got more and more interested purchasing one.

    Store selling them in Oslo has them now sold out but they expect to receive more stock in 2-3 weeks time.

    While I think of decision to buy one (black color body) could you share with me your experience with it? What do you like more and less on the OMD so far?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Hi,

    To avoid repeating too much information I'll point you towards this thread for some heavier reading:

    https://www.photographerslounge.org/f2/olympus-om-d-e-m5-experience-9134/

    The E-M5 is a significant step for Olympus. For me the two best features are the new sensor and the extremely effective new IBIS system, but looked at as a whole the E-M5 is just a polished package that does a lot of things right. If anything it has exceeded my expectations. It isn't a cheap camera, but for what you get I still feel that it is good value. Good luck with your decision.
     
  3. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Welcome to the forum Redsnapper! Unfortunately I don't have an OMD ... :frown:
     
  4. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Julien
    The EM-5 seems like a great all-rounder, one of the safest choice you could make in the high end segment.
     
  5. Xuereb

    Xuereb SC Veteran

    380
    Nov 5, 2010
    W. Australia
    Such decisions, in my experience at any rate, aren't so much about thought as the intensity of feelings emanating from the heart.
     
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  6. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I already owned some of the great m4/3 lenses, but I really thought I was going to pass on the OM-D and wait for the updated PENs. I am glad my willpower failed and I purchased the E-M5 - it is a great little camera. I was shooting a bit more with APS-C lately, but, for me, I think the E-M5 does enough right that it will be my main system again. The Olympus 12/2 is just crazy good on the camera. I am thinking that the E-M5, with the great m4/3 primes, and then a fixed lens APS-C like the X100 or X2, would be a great kit. :biggrin:

    Why did you have to bring this up, Xuereb?! I was just looking at the film camera thread here and my heart is telling me to buy a 35mm film body. :eek: :biggrin:
     
  7. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Woohoo, I do have an OMD now!!

    The camera is smaller than I thought. The OMD feels smaller in my hands than the EP2/3. It looks bigger though, b/c of the hump.
     
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  8. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Congratulations, Armando!! Look forward to reading your impressions and seeing some shots. Did you get silver or black?
     
  9. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I have one coming on Monday :rolleyes: I think I'm going to get the Fuji as well and then never look at another camera again!!!!! Somebody stop me....... !
     
  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I've been trying that. So far so good, but it's been less than a month. :cool:

    -Ray
     
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  11. Boyzo

    Boyzo SC Veteran

    258
    Jul 14, 2010
    LOL you could not resist .. YES! it is small but feels solid add the grip and you look like a Pro :biggrin:

    Enjoy :)
     
  12. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I saw these bird shots today taken with the E-M5 and 500mm Tamron lens. I cannot even wrap my head around that focal length on m4/3. :eek:

    Collin Orthner – Photographer
     
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  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    No you'll have no excuse for second rate bird photos.....wow....those are nice. One day, I'd love to capture an owl photo in the wild. That would seriously make my day.....especially if it looked like that.
     
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  14. Country Parson

    Country Parson SC Top Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2011
    North Carolina
    Dan
    I have been thinking of getting an E-M5 just for this reason to use my longer Nikon glass. Those samples about sells me on it.
     
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  15. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I am with ya, man... would love to grab an owl image. Dream shot would be snowy owl in a winter forest scene. Hmmmm... wonder if I can get close enough with my 45mm.