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Old Apr 25, 2013, 4:16 PM   #1
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Default FYI: 1st image of new E-P5

Should be formally announced around May 9th. No built in EVF, but a new external EVF will also be announced. Supposedly has even faster focus than an OMD-EM5.

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Old Apr 28, 2013, 7:59 AM   #2
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I'm disappointed in Olympus for this one. It is too close in feature set to the E-PL5 to justify it's existence especially when you consider it will be priced somewhere between the E-PL5 and the E-M5.

I really think they missed the mark by not releasing a top of the line Pen with a built in EVF. Fuji and Sony have demonstrated that the rangefinder style with a built in EVF as opposed to an add on one is very desirable among those looking for a rangefinder. How Olympus failed to see this as a must have in the top end Pen I don't know. Having a street shooter form and then ruining it with a clip on EVF is just plain not high end enough to compete with the Fuji X-E1 and Sony Nex 6.

I understand they will release a new accessory EVF (presumably the VF-5 as the number 4 is avoided in Japanese culture) that will double the resolution.

IDK for me if I were plunking down the $900 or so this will likely retail at I would be getting an OM-D even if it was refurbished.

On the plus side the E-PL5 should be hitting the bargain bin by x-mas!
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Yes I agree. Too much money to lay out, especially if you have to buy the VF-2 for another 200 buckeroos.
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Yes I agree. Too much money to lay out, especially if you have to buy the VF-2 for another 200 buckeroos.
Agree. But that said, it does look REALLY nice. Kind of an update of my E-PL2 (going by general body shape and size).
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I saw a back view of this camera in one of the posts at DPReview. The protective cover was over the port where the accessory EVF plugs in and so I could not really tell much, other than the protective cover was much larger, making me wonder if the older VF-2 or VF-3 will even work with this model. There may be a new connection and higher-end circutry the older model EVF's cannot handle.

Hopefully that is not right, but it might well require a different, newer eye level finder, which will probably be a *bit* more than 200 buckeroos. Take a look here..

http://www.43rumors.com/ft5-another-...hows-the-back/

I do love the styling and the way the two dials are placed. For anyone who has not seen it, the back dial is along the back top, just like this front dial and much like the dual dials on the E-M5.

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And here is a shot of the new VF-4 attached.


Still no photos released for the upcoming E-PL6

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Yep, looking at the notch in the bottom of the finder opening and what looks like a sensor peaking out there, it sure looks like that new VF-4 has auto switching between the VF and back LCD like the E-M5. If it also includes eye level finder stabilization I'd almost bet the old finders are no longer going to work.

And a black 17mm f1.8...
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Seems like they'd be killing their new EP sales if they don't make them backwards compatible with "older" viewers.

I also see how the kit includes their new 17mm lens--makes that $1k price make a lot more sense.
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I'd almost bet the old finders are no longer going to work.
....hmmmm, I guess I will need to get a whole new system then, I've gotten so used to 'angle' usage with the VF-2 that I don't want to be without, even for a EM-n.

BUTTTTTT, I think the older EVFs will work on the new cameras and that the new EVF will cost a lot more than the 'buckeroos' mentioned. I'm not interested in the 17mm lens so body only would be tempting.
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