Sick as a parrot. Need to downsize to Micro four thirds. Opinions appreciated

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Re: Simon
In reply to rtf, Apr 1, 2013

rtf wrote:

Hi Simon. Thanks for your reply.

E-M5 (sorry, my mistake!)

"Just a word of caution, the HLD-6 grip that Olympus sell is great if you have medium to small hands, not so great if you have medium to large hands"

I've always been teased about my small hands so hopefully the grip will suit me.

"The 35-100 is lighter than the Olympus 75 but is longer. The 75 is OK on the E-M5 (it feels balanced) whereas the 35-100 does not".

I like the idea of the 35-100 but I am not prepared to compromise handling. I will not have a requirement for anything other than a good portrait, wide-angle, and macro lens, so hopefully we are talking about lenses that will give me no issues with regard to size and weight.

"Ergonomics/Controls: That experience led me to the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and ultimately to the GH3, which is considerably more ergonomic. I'm now firmly of the opinion that the E-M5 is great with the smaller primes but less good with some of the larger lenses in my system".

As I say, I will/should not require any of the larger lenses.

"Tracking/Autofocus: It's probably also worth me noting that AF tracking IS usable on the GH3 (whereas I don't think it is on the E-M5)".

I used to be really into sports work and such, but I really got fed up of trashing my gear and not really getting any reward for it, so I leave that to others now. As long as the S-AF is good I will be fine.


I think I would get away with the 12mm f2, 45mm f1.8, 60mm f2.8 macro, and would seriously consider the 75mm f1.8 if I could handle it okay.

"My conclusions? If you can, try out both bodies in person before taking the plunge. If you are set on the E-M5 it is a nice camera (the same could equally be said of the GH3) but some people seem to have an affinity for one and not the other after using both... Don't confine yourself to one brand of lenses, whichever camera you get".

I should be able to give the Panasonic a try beside the Olympus. E-M5 will be/is my first choice without actually physically testing them side by side, but I'll do that tomorrow.

Simon - thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. Your help is really appreciated.



Apologies for the name of camera nonsense, but it grates every time I read O-MD. I know that it is an OCD reaction and I apologise... 

All of the above seems perfectly reasonable to me. My other other pointer would be to steer you towards the 12-35 as opposed to the 12mm F2. Both suffer from CA that is easily dealt with but the 12-35 is a really versatile lens that's not too heavy (it's smaller than the 35-100) and gives very good results. Since both are approximately the same cost and the results from the 12 F2 aren't materially better (F2 being strictly a low light aperture, if I could only have one it would be the 12-35. In any event, give the 12-35 a test if you can - it's a genuinely very good to excellent lens.

In any event, you inspired a post on my blog...

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