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Buy an E-M5 1 14.29%
Wait till I can get the E-M1 on sale (probably memorial day) 6 85.71%
sit tight and see if they come out with an E-M5 w/PDAF and WiFi 0 0%
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Old Mar 21, 2014, 9:49 PM   #1
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well Olympus is having the 20% off refurbished gear sale again... I was going to buy an E-M1 but by the time I convinced myself they were sold out... now I'm wondering if I should just get the E-M5 and sit tight... I said I wasn't going to do that since while I prefer the size of the E-M5 the E-M1 is just a notch above in IQ and a generation ahead in AF and WiFi ...

In a perfect world I'd be able to get an E-M5 with the E-M1 features but alas this isn't a perfect world so help me decide....
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When rumors of the upcoming M1 started I put off buying an M5. When the M1 came out I was disappointed in the exterior design changes but begrudgingly bought it anyway. Having owned it for awhile I'm glad I did. It feels perfect in the hand and the upgraded features and IQ are worth it.

Here's my simple math: You already have a nice camera to use + Memorial day is not that far away = E-M1

You're a great photographer. You should have a camera to match.
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I just checked the site at 5:20 a.m. EDT and there is limited availability for the E-M1. I much prefer the handling of the E-M1, but that is really an individual variable. Its ability to better utilize the Zuiko 4/3 lenses is also a plus.

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When rumors of the upcoming M1 started I put off buying an M5. When the M1 came out I was disappointed in the exterior design changes but begrudgingly bought it anyway. Having owned it for awhile I'm glad I did. It feels perfect in the hand and the upgraded features and IQ are worth it.

Here's my simple math: You already have a nice camera to use + Memorial day is not that far away = E-M1

You're a great photographer. You should have a camera to match.
Thanks Chi, that's what I needed to hear, I'll hold out for the E-M1

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I just checked the site at 5:20 a.m. EDT and there is limited availability for the E-M1. I much prefer the handling of the E-M1, but that is really an individual variable. Its ability to better utilize the Zuiko 4/3 lenses is also a plus.

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Last night at 5pm EDT it would let me add it to my cart but when I got through to checkout it said it was not available when I hit submit. Later in the evening pressing the "add to cart" button produced a message saying it was not available. Right now the "add to cart" button is grey-ed out.

Weird as I can add a black E-M5 body and it says it is back order but let's me add it.

I'm going to keep checking back.
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Good luck with your EM1 search. It'll be worth it. It's an outstanding image-maker.
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Ramcewan, if you have 4/3 lens I think you should go with the OMD-E1 otherwise the OMD-E5 is a great camera and for the price of refurbished or used you can't go wrong. The extra money you should put on a nice lens.

Just my 2 cents.
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Ramcewan, if you have 4/3 lens I think you should go with the OMD-E1 otherwise the OMD-E5 is a great camera and for the price of refurbished or used you can't go wrong. The extra money you should put on a nice lens.

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Marcelo,

you make a lot of sense, the EM-5 is a great camera for sure, I do have some 4/3 lenses already and while they are all CDAF compatible and focus okay on my PEN I would like to get the extra performance only the PDAF sensors can give. That and I wouldn't mind picking up some additional non-CDAF compatible lenses like the 50-200 or 12-60. I also really like the WiFi, the in camera panorama and live view long exposure features available only on the E-M1 and E-M10.

So yeah I think I'm going to hold out as tempting as the E-M5 is, especially at the 20% off refurbished price.
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I have both of them (and the E-30) and I don't use the EM-5 that much anymore ... Only when I want to get more battery life sine I have the battery grip. As for the E-30, only if I want to use only my 4/3 lenses and there is enough light.

So, go for the E-M1!
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If I were to go back to MFT, I would definitely want the M1, especially since I own two nice 4/3 lenses. I visited by best friend the other day and asked him to pull out his old OMD10 film camera so I could get a reasonable feel of the size of the M1. I must say it did not feel too darn bad.
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Umm, how about the EM-10. May not be as fast focusing the 4/3 zuikos as the M1 and yes, the viewfinder is not quite up to the M1. But it would be a massive step up from the PL2 -- sensor, processor, interface wise. And with the body is going 2/3s of the M5. Just curious why its not on your list
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