e-5, e-P3, XZ-1 => OM-D e-M5 ?-)

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pka Senior Member • Posts: 1,815
e-5, e-P3, XZ-1 => OM-D e-M5 ?-)

Hi, I am long time user of E-1/3/5, used this cameras for all my shooting including travel and holiday. For my last trip to China I bought PEN E-P2, for my last holidays in Greece XZ-1 + UW housing ... and almost completely stopped using E-5 (or my treasured E-1s:-). Yestarday I decided to take the E-5 out and prepare it for my weekend assignment (aikido seminar and rock concert), shot few pics of my GF ... OMG, what a camera! Specially with all the lenses I collected over time it is IMHO unbeatable setup for overall photography. My PEN - now E-P3 - is neat, can accommodate my Summicron M 50/2, XZ-1 is small pocketable wonder - but E-5 is simply a lot higher league. Now I am curious, how it will compare to the new OM-D E-M5. I am sure, the new baby will be great, but like IMHO all m4/3 cams will be lacking the great 4/3 lenses ... What do you think?
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 pka's gear list:pka's gear list
Olympus E-100 RS Olympus TG-860 Olympus E-1 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro +10 more
Olympus E-1 Olympus E-5 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus PEN E-P2 Olympus PEN E-P3 Olympus XZ-1
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djbrom
djbrom Senior Member • Posts: 1,322
Re: e-5, e-P3, XZ-1 => OM-D e-M5 ?-)

I think it will surpass the the e5 in some ways for sure. The new sensor is a good leap above the older 12mp and it uses a new processing engine but retains teh fine detail engine as well which combined with the light AA filter should go really well.

I am seriously looking at getting one but I dont think it will replace my e5 but rather compliment it. I already have the 45mm f1.8 on my e-p1 and its really really nice but on teh e-m5 it should be very comparible to the e5 and 50mm f2 if not a tad better due to improved sensor.

According to initial reports the 12-60mm focuses much faster on the E-M5 compared to the E-P3 but naturally not as fast as the e5. The 14-54mm Mark I has been rumored to focus a similar speed to the e1 whic is very usable.

I think it will be a camera that will bring Oly up the ranks cause they will finally have a sensor that can really compete with the APS-C. Not saying the Pen range was bad but it did lack when viewed against the competition.

 djbrom's gear list:djbrom's gear list
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus E-M1 Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 +11 more
(unknown member) Veteran Member • Posts: 9,549
Re: e-5, e-P3, XZ-1 => OM-D e-M5 ?-)

I have the GH2 and E5, and the E5 is so much better at using the 4/3 lenses that I tend to get much better shots with it. And if I am out doing "serious" landscape work on a tripod, the GH2 is far more compact and fiddly, hard to control, easy to bump, compared with the E5.

I suspect the OM-D experience will be better than the GH2 for E5 users. It has what looks to be good in-body IS. No doubt is has a similar OLY look to the image files, and it seems to have the improved high iso that the GH2 has. But it's small and the DPR preview did mention some of the controls feeling "fiddly," so it will probably take getting used to.

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CharlesB58 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,420
Re: e-5, e-P3, XZ-1 => OM-D e-M5 ?-)

pka wrote:

Hi, I am long time user of E-1/3/5, used this cameras for all my shooting including travel and holiday. For my last trip to China I bought PEN E-P2, for my last holidays in Greece XZ-1 + UW housing ... and almost completely stopped using E-5 (or my treasured E-1s:-). Yestarday I decided to take the E-5 out and prepare it for my weekend assignment (aikido seminar and rock concert), shot few pics of my GF ... OMG, what a camera! Specially with all the lenses I collected over time it is IMHO unbeatable setup for overall photography. My PEN - now E-P3 - is neat, can accommodate my Summicron M 50/2, XZ-1 is small pocketable wonder - but E-5 is simply a lot higher league. Now I am curious, how it will compare to the new OM-D E-M5. I am sure, the new baby will be great, but like IMHO all m4/3 cams will be lacking the great 4/3 lenses ... What do you think?
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pka
http://www.karlach.net/

I think what I have thought all along: making direct comparisons of PEN cameras to Ex series cameras is simply wrong, except in the most general terms. They are intended for differing situations and personal expectations of the photographer. A lot of bandwidth has been wasted on this forum by people mistakenly thinking that PEN, and now the OMD, are presently intended to replace Ex.

I find it bemusing that 30 years ago, no one questioned it if a pro or serious photographer used 35mm slrs, 35mm rangefinders, and MF gear to make sure he could handle the various situations and requirements he faced in producing images. Nowadays, however, some folks seem fixated on one-size-fits-all, either or gear solutions. Photographers who are truly intent on getting the best possible shots have always known this approach isn't possible. Why is there an expectation for this to change now?

I also think that people need to understand that new product lines are works in progress, especially when relying on new technology. 50 years ago, as 35mm slrs were in their infancy and new tech was being tried out, there were many of the same concerns. Some rangefinder users and medium format users found plenty of fault with cameras such as the Pentax Spotmatic, Nikon F and other "first generation" 35mm slrs. Interestingly, many of their criticisms are the very much like those being made about the OMD vs Ex, or vice versa.

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