Back up to EM-1

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Bonsainz Regular Member • Posts: 223
Back up to EM-1

I have just got a EM-1 with the 12-40, plus the 60macro and the 20m pani 1.7, what I am asking would people recomend as a back to this camera,

What I am after is something small that I can either have in a pocket or carry bag. maybe with the 20m pani as the lense.

I look forward to seeing what other are doing in this suituation.

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EarthQuake Senior Member • Posts: 1,987
Re: Back up to EM-1

Bonsainz wrote:

I have just got a EM-1 with the 12-40, plus the 60macro and the 20m pani 1.7, what I am asking would people recomend as a back to this camera,

What I am after is something small that I can either have in a pocket or carry bag. maybe with the 20m pani as the lense.

I look forward to seeing what other are doing in this suituation.

I'm keeping my EM5 as my backup.

The GX7 would be a nice choice as well if you want something with EVF.

If you don't want an EVF and want something even smaller, there are many choices from the EP5 down to the tiny GM1.

What is the ideal size? What is the budget?

drcPhoto
drcPhoto Contributing Member • Posts: 574
Re: Back up to EM-1

After reading some of the reviews and seeing both photos and video from the Panasonic GM1, I would have to say that camera would be perfect as a backup camera.  Just be careful it doesn't soon become something you use more often too.  It has an amazing sensor and will give the EM-1 a good challenge and yet the camera is extremely light and perfect with something like the 17mm or 20mm lens on most of the time.  It is an amazing camera  in it's own right,

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Brendan Delaney Contributing Member • Posts: 674
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Keeping my E-M5. Its very small and only worth £500 sale.

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LeeS Contributing Member • Posts: 625
E-M5 sans grip

In the past, my E-M5 was never without grip as my most used lenses are the 12-35 and 35-100.  I used an E-PL5 as back up.  Now that I have the E-M1 which handles beautifully with those larger lenses, I find the ungripped E-M5 to be very nice with smaller lenses like the 17 1.8 or the 9-18.

I will probably sell the E-PL5.  The E-M5 is not that much larger than the E-PL5 and I appreciate the built in EVF, larger rear screen and superior IBIS.  For me the E-PL5 was not a good camera to back up a primary camera with the twin dial control system; I incurably turned the mode dial when intending to adjust aperture. Although there are many differences between the controls of the M1 and M5, the similarity of the two primary controls which fall to the thumb (aperture) and forefinger (EC) is a big advantage for me.

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LeeS Contributing Member • Posts: 625
Re: E-M5 sans grip

Plus...E-M5 uses same battery and charger.

Also... my well worn E-M5 would not bring much on the used market 

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Jeff Tokayer Veteran Member • Posts: 6,238
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I bought a mint condition E-P5. It complements my silver lenses. Without the VF4, it fits in a coat pocket. And it takes the same battery as the E-M1.

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Sergey Borachev Senior Member • Posts: 3,303
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In my opinion, the best camera as a backup to E-M1 is a Panasonic, and not another Olympus one, for the following reasons, and I think the GM1, LX7 are both good depending on the size and price you want:

- a silent shutter for church weddings, candids, etc

- better videos than Olympus cameras

- automatic correction of CA

- avoid purple spots when using the 7-14mm lens

- avoid rattlesnake sound when using lenses like the 25mm f/1.4

In other words, you will get the best of both worlds, i.e. use the E-M1 when you want to have the best IBIS for old lenses or non-stabilised M43 lenses or reasonable AF tracking, or use the Panasonic when you need nice video, silent operation, or less problems with Panasonic lenses, etc.

Lawrence Keeney
Lawrence Keeney Veteran Member • Posts: 6,640
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I would say the best back up to the EM-1 would be another EM-1 set up with the exact settings. This would be particularly true if you are shooting jobs like weddings, or any job where a quick switch between cameras may be required.

As I have come up the line with Olympus cameras from the E-10, E-1, E-30, E-3, E-5, and now the EM-1, I always used my previous camera as my backup. However, when you are rushed, and haven't used the previous camera for months, it is easy to forget how to quickly change a setting on your previous camera.

I could never afford to have two of the same model cameras, but I think it is the best idea to do so.

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Brian Wadie
Brian Wadie Veteran Member • Posts: 6,891
My EM-5

which stays tucked up in its bag against the day the EM-1 has to go back, again, because of problems.

Its also very useful to carry with the EM-1 on those shoots when I want a wide angle / macro on one and the 75-300 on the other, being small enough and light enough to tuck in the side of my bag

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honeyiscool Senior Member • Posts: 1,335
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I would say either an E-P5 or EM-5, so that you can use the same battery and get more or less the same images. I would probably use an E-P5 because it has one useful feature the EM-1 doesn't have: built-in flash.

As much as it is true that the GX7 is better for video in the codec sense, EM-1 has 5-axis stabilization and mic input, and that will produce more noticeable differences than the GX7's superior codec will, and in a tripod shoot, I think that GH3 > GX7 because of the articulating screen, mic input, and headphone output. Really, I don't think that it makes a lot of sense having a backup that requires you to learn an entirely new system. And really, there's nothing keeping you from doing that, but then it's not really a back up.

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lambert4 Senior Member • Posts: 1,896
Ep5 or em5 share batteries, always nice.
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Art_P Veteran Member • Posts: 9,869
Three choices come to mind (OK, a few more, but...)

E-M5 is almost at the level of the E-M1 sans grip... the controls should be familiar enough.

E-P5 exceeds the E-M5 in some specs, lacks the weather sealing, hump and some controls.

If you are willing to stray from the family, the GX7 looks like a capable camera, has an EVF w/o the hump.

Runner up would be E-PM2 for an E-M5 sensor in the smallest package.

My current backup is an E-PL1 w 14mm mounted, but in another year or two when I do buy the E-M1, my E-M5 will become my slimmer backup

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lapdog99 Regular Member • Posts: 443
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Yep, I use a GX7 as a backup to my EM-1.  The only thing I do miss is not having slow motion on the GX7, like on my wife's GH3

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Paulmorgan Veteran Member • Posts: 4,982
Re: Back up to EM-1

Bonsainz wrote:

I have just got a EM-1 with the 12-40, plus the 60macro and the 20m pani 1.7, what I am asking would people recomend as a back to this camera,

What I am after is something small that I can either have in a pocket or carry bag. maybe with the 20m pani as the lense.

I look forward to seeing what other are doing in this suituation.

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Jim Salvas
Jim Salvas Veteran Member • Posts: 4,343
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I'm still waiting for my E-M1 to arrive, but meanwhile I grabbed a PM2 on a great deal ($349 with two kit lenses) to serve as a backup. This little thing is a wonder, turning out very nice image quality on a jacket-pocketable camera.

All things considered, I'd rather have a EP5, but the PM2 is a steal, even at its regular selling price.

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