OM-D E-M5 Field Test

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Gakuranman
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OM-D E-M5 Field Test
Apr 16, 2012

Well, I finally threw together my little field test for the E-M5. I included a settings section to help new users as well as a bunch of images and my thoughts in detail. Enjoy :).

http://gakuranman.com/olympus-om-d-e-m5-field-test/

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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

When I first clicked your link, I thought you posted it in the future. I forget you're in Japan, it's still the 16th in the morning for me here

BTW the 25mm looks pretty good on the E-M5 and nice pics too =]
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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Nicely done, I particularly enjoyed the froggie

Others have spoken about the position of the on/off button, any thoughts/concerns?

Also refreshing to see a happy conclusion. Happy shooting!

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Well, I finally threw together my little field test for the E-M5. I included a settings section to help new users as well as a bunch of images and my thoughts in detail. Enjoy :).

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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Very nice.
Thanks for posting.

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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

lovely images.

Enjoyed the review and am looking forward to using mine (when it arrives).

I have had several pen's 1 and then the 3, (which i am now going to sell).

Mine feelings about what i saw with my dealer mirrors many of your thoughts, and altho, the rep had a copy of the camera, it was a production model so I couldn't make some test shots.

Thanks for taking the time.

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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Thank you very much for your effort!!!
Very nice pics!!
Now i can't wait to buy the camera...

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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Very nice report and photos. Looking forward to this camera in my future.
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In reply to lowincash, Apr 16, 2012

I looked for which lens was used but missed that, so this is with the 25mm?

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In reply to stefano888, Apr 16, 2012

Thanks for this. Mine arrived this morning. Looking forward to trying out your suggestions.
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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Great review, I like everything you said, like the EVF, AF speed, and just knew that the direction button can be assigned for something else... hahaha

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In reply to jacquelyn, Apr 16, 2012

Yes this Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 lens is a must-have for ALL m43 users!
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Some really nice exposures...
In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

I'll read the full text later, but the shots are really well exposed - particularly the last one. Beautiful!

Thanks for sharing, great to see you're making the most of it!

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Thank you, good images

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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Thanks for takinG the time for providing us with this extensive review.
Great effort!
And lovely pics!
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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Excellent review and photographs.

I'm anxiously awaiting my E-m5 to ship and arrive in my hands.

Thanks for posting.

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Great site but just one thing I noticed
In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Great site one of the best I've seen so far on Micro Four Thirds. Just one small error I spotted in your report you may want to correct.

I quote " I usually shoot in aperture priority mode, which means I can set the front dial to adjust the exposure compensation to make the image brighter or darker, and the rear dial to adjust the shutter speed"

This is of course is shutter priorty and I'm sure you meant to say aperture instead of shutter speed. Your pictures by the way are really nice, could you tell us what lenses you used.

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Re: OM-D E-M5 Field Test, very nice job
In reply to funchess, Apr 16, 2012

Thanks for a thoughtful, real user, mini review of this new and versatile camera. You avoided "gushing" or getting into nitpics that don't belong in looking at micro four thirds. I have a GH2 so I will not be rushing to order one of these myself. Mainly though, it sort of tamps down the lack of enthusiasm of a company that still knows how to engineer and design for real photographers. And how to improve where it counts. Panasonic will have a tough time stealing the thunder of this baby. But who knows.....Be well and thanks for the time spent. Sounds like you feel the base camera without the accessory grip is good enough by itself. Bravo and Domo!

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In reply to Gakuranman, Apr 16, 2012

Thank you so much for the review, Gak!

Quick question - do you happen to notice any focusing or noise issues with using the 25mm f1.4 on the EM-5?

I already have the EM-5 on preorder, and I am figuring on getting the 25mm f1.4 to replace my 20mm f1.7, but I do want to know whether there are any noise or focusing issues with using the Olympus bodies. Not that it'll be a deal breaker, but it's good to know.

Thank you!

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It used to be Wrotniak and John Foster...
In reply to windflare, Apr 16, 2012

who gave us really good, useful information like you've provided. John's still doing it, of course, and I'm looking forward to what Biofos has to say.

But your combination of art and technical observations are really useful, and along with Robin Wong's blog, give us a sense of not only what the camera can do (and its limitations), but how to set it up. Your observations, combined with objective reviews, add a lot of value.

Just out of curiosity...have you had a chance to get a sense of how contrast and saturation work on this camera? Full disclosure here...I've stayed with Olympus because I really do prefer to take most of my shots as Large SuperFine jpeg...and do pretty minimal PP. I don't have the space to print lots of stuff, so it works for me.

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Re: Some really nice exposures...
In reply to Brian Mosley, Apr 17, 2012

Thanks Brian :). I neglected to mention (it was 3am when I finished this!) that the pictures were all tweaked in post, with some rather heavy-handed use of Lightroom 4's highlight and shadow adjustment tools on some shots. Obviously this is less than desirable on the Jpegs, but they responded well to my tweaks, particularly in those high contrast situations. I noticed myself bumping up the exposure or brightening the images quite often, as it seems the E-M5 underexposes. Not a bad thing at all in my opinion, since the shadows respond very well to being pulled.

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I'll read the full text later, but the shots are really well exposed - particularly the last one. Beautiful!

Thanks for sharing, great to see you're making the most of it!

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