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Old Oct 26, 2014, 5:30 PM   #1
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Default 1st image using an Olympus OM-D EM5

I got tired of seeing all you guys having fun taking pics using the OM-D series of mirrorless cameras.
Seriously, what I really got tired of is hauling my full frame kit everywhere I went, including places where I really didn't need it. I've longed for a small lightweight camera when going into the city to take street scenes etc. riding on the subway or just taking some candids.

So, last week, I pulled the trigger on a reconditioned EM-5 body. I've had an EP-2 camera with a Zuiko 35mm macro lens which I've used exclusively for flower photos. The focus is painfully slow, but then, flowers don't move so speed was not an issue. A friend sent me a 14-42mm MCS lens to use with it.
The focus speed is faster, but still slow by anyones standard. I tried it with the EM-5 and while I can't carp about the focus speed(it is very acceptable), the sharpness is not what I would describe as sharp.

So, I'm still trying to decide what M43 lens I'm going to pick up for use with the EM-5, I decided to try something totally different; a Sigma 105mm lens w/Nikon mount and a fotodiox adapter. Only trouble I've got, at the moment is that focus can only be attained manually. Still playing, a picture taken about 20minutes ago.
Not great but a start:
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Old Oct 26, 2014, 9:03 PM   #2
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Hi Zig. That's a beautiful scene. Think I know how you got it too.

I sent you a PM.
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Old Oct 26, 2014, 9:19 PM   #3
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.......hi Zig,

As Greg said,it is a beautiful scene and I am truly happy you are pulling an E-M5 to duty.

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Old Oct 26, 2014, 10:19 PM   #4
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Welcome back Zig and congratulations for the OMD-E5, it is a great camera and you will have a lot of fun with it.

Beautiful capture, I love the orange on the clouds and the blue of the sea.

I bought my OMD-E5 in March of 2013 for my trip to London and Paris with three lenses, the 12-50mm which I love it because the versatility and weather sealing, 9-18mm and 40-150mm but last week I bought two primes to add to the collection, the 45mm 1.8 and 12mm f2 (black edition).

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Beautiful photo in wonderful light, Zig. Congrats on scoring a really fun camera. I look forward to seeing more of your EM-5 work. I'm sure you'll make the camera look good.
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Old Oct 27, 2014, 6:09 AM   #6
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Good morning all,
Much appreciate the kind comments.

Greg,
Yes, you do know how I got the photo..

Bob, as you always say, it's nice that you have choices. And, that appears to be my dilemma at the moment. There are so many new lens offerings for the M43
cameras that I've got to start researching what will be a simple(lightweight) 2 or 3 lens kit that I can take most anywhere.

Marcelo, keep those posts showing the capabilities of your new prime lenses coming. They will help me to decide which lens(es) I will get. (love the shots using the 45mm on the subway).

Thanks ChiPersei, hope to add a bunch more as time allows.

The EM-5 is the best Olympus mirrorless camera that I've ever had in my hands. I had hoped to buy the OM-1, then realized that I really don't have any 43 lenses (other than the 35mm macro) to take advantage of that camera's focus system.

This camera might just do the trick for me.

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Old Oct 27, 2014, 8:24 AM   #7
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Welcome back Zig !!!

We are looking forward to your beautiful shots
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Those are nice shots Zig and that is what keeps me from splurging on on EM5; all I have are 4/3rd lenses and they do focus slow with that camera. And I sure as heck do not want to invest in two or three M43 lenses.

Now if I were a photo nut like many of you I would definitely consider the E5 but I don't take too many pictures because there is not much of anything around here to photographic that I like to photograph. Lots of herons around here but you would have to be a Navy Seal to sneak up on them.....very spooky birds in this area.

But..........if you have a large Koi pond in your yard with 200 dollar Koi they will happily visit you every morning. A friend of mine spent quite a bit of cash on this and invited me over to see his 3,000 dollar collection of Koi which totaled 10 fish, the next day he was down to two and there were a couple of well gourmet fed herons in the area.
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Zig: Congrats on your EM-5 and that is a lovely shot. I know that you will enjoy it.

Just curious if you also had checked out the EM-10? I'm not ready to move to m43, but if I did that one seems to be a lot of camera for the money, sort of a poor man's EM1

James: that is a Koi story that a lot of folks have had the unfortunate event happen to them. Years ago I had a little waterfall pond just with Goldfish, with the same results. I finally bought a green net to go over it, but was really more trouble than it was worth. I gave up and converted it to a flower bed.
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Hey Steven,
I lurked the Olympus refurbished site until one of the 20% off sales came about (they seem to come every month or two), and picked up my E-M10 for about 450 bucks. I then sold my old EVF (which obviously I didn't need any more) so in the end to me it was about 320 net. Which in my mind is still a lot of money for a hobby but I guess it's great in the "bang for your buck" department. You might want to keep an eye out for those sales (get on the email list) and be ready to jump quickly as things sell out fast.
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