ORIGINAL EM5 With 12-50mm kit lens

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ORIGINAL EM5 With 12-50mm kit lens
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Hi,

Is the original EM5 with kitlens still a good camera?

I have found one in good condition for 400€

And both are weather sealed?

Thank you for your time.

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19andrew47
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They are fine but you could likely get an EM1i for the same price or less.  Four hundred euros seems a lot for that camera and lens to me.  The EM1 has phase detect focus and should perform a bit better.  I had both.  I liked the grip on the EM1 and did not like the EM5 without a grip.  It was too hard to hold onto for me.  I used the landscape part of the two piece grip on it from about two weeks after I bought the camera.

The EM1ii is likely a better buy if you can get a good price on one used.  The performance of the newer models is not a lot better than it is.  You would find more difference in image quality going from an EM1i to an EM1ii than from the EM1ii to any of the newer Olympus bodies.  The EM5 and EM1i are very similar in image quality.  I still use the 12 - 50 mm lens on occasion.  Not as sharp as the better lenses but quite small and light.

Andrew

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Re: ORIGINAL EM5 With 12-50mm kit lens
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Sounds high for the combo, but they were US$1,400 new, for context.

The pair is weather-sealed, the camera has very good IQ and a few quirks that were eliminated in newer models. The lens is clever, with a power zoom option and a macro setting, but I found it too slow at 50mm (f:6.3) to be an adequate everyday standard zoom. Plus it's a bit long for easy stowing.

It also came with a small pop-on flash and a complete kit should include that.

Good luck,

Rick

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Ainisru Regular Member • Posts: 402
Re: ORIGINAL EM5 With 12-50mm kit lens

Sourov wrote:

Hi,

Is the original EM5 with kitlens still a good camera?

I have found one in good condition for 400€

And both are weather sealed?

Thank you for your time.

I think you can definitely get it for more cheap. I picked up mine for around $200CAD with cracked rear screen that was still functional in 2018.

It is not a camera you want to use if you need to rely on continuous focus for snapping action scenes, and the video quality is very basic (does not handle motion well). It will still produce lovely images, and the IBIS is great when you don't want shakey videos or hand hold taking photos in low light.

Yes, the weather can change to some light rain and you can be safe knowing that it won't immediately die. Just know that with old equipment, things like seals and tolerances over time change. So the weather sealing could have degraded over time.

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Sourov
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Re: ORIGINAL EM5 With 12-50mm kit lens

19andrew47 wrote:

They are fine but you could likely get an EM1i for the same price or less. Four hundred euros seems a lot for that camera and lens to me. The EM1 has phase detect focus and should perform a bit better. I had both. I liked the grip on the EM1 and did not like the EM5 without a grip. It was too hard to hold onto for me. I used the landscape part of the two piece grip on it from about two weeks after I bought the camera.

The EM1ii is likely a better buy if you can get a good price on one used. The performance of the newer models is not a lot better than it is. You would find more difference in image quality going from an EM1i to an EM1ii than from the EM1ii to any of the newer Olympus bodies. The EM5 and EM1i are very similar in image quality. I still use the 12 - 50 mm lens on occasion. Not as sharp as the better lenses but quite small and light.

Andrew

Hi quality autofocus would be excellent. But being a film photographer, any kind of autofocus is a luxury. On the other hand, I prefer to have nice colour and good highlight Roll-off if possible.

I would love a EM1. But can't find one in that price point unfortunately.

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19andrew47
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The colour handling of the various models is fairly similar.  The highlight roll off is not good on any though.  I think the Olympus models somewhat underexpose on auto settings in order to attempt to preserve highlights.  It is next to impossible to recover highlights with these bodies but some software does a better job than others for highlight recovery.  That almost always involves dealing with shadow recovery though and the 16 MP bodies from Olympus and Panasonic were not really good at that without getting into noise.  New noise reduction software can help a lot with that.

Good luck with your search!

Andrew

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