Anyone buy the OM-D?

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Anyone buy the OM-D?

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Deciding that I needed a new camera, I was looking at the Canon line-up but decided to get the retro looking Olympus OM-D E-M5. I got the silver one with 3 additional lenses with the 'kit' standard 12-50mm. Best decision that I ever made. The camera is well constructed, works beautifully and has an excellent range of compatible prime and zoom lenses. Olympus have got a winner here and the camera is worth all the publicity and popularity that it is getting.

Anyone else buy it here?
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mine arrived today although finding a silver in stock was a PITA!

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What lenses did you get for it by the way? Im looking at getting possibly the 45mm oly and 20mm panasonic f1.7

From the little use today its a cracking camera, really well built and solid and takes some really good pictures with the kit lens. The AF is super fast compared to the fuji X series I was looking at initially.

need to give it a proper go though and read the manual which is annoyingly only on the CD!
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=sworrall;9684045mine arrived today although finding a silver in stock was a PITA!
Park Cameras had plenty of both in stock - at least they did 10 days ago.

What lenses did you get for it by the way?
The Olympus 12-50mm kit lens (Black), Olympus 40-150mm R (Black), Olympus 17mm f/2.8 Pancake (black), Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (silver). I did not want to get the JJC hood for the 45mm lens because of the bayonet mount, which requires repeated removal of the retaining ring in front of the lens. Instead, I got the Dorr 37mm thread universal screw-on hood in silver - this can be screwed on directly in front of the lens or a 37mm filter.

need to give it a proper go though and read the manual which is annoyingly only on the CD!


http://www.oldtimercameras.com/stock/Model.asp?Model=26401&ModelPage=true

I have always got my full manuals from them. Got the OM-D one already. :)
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cheers for the link, will take a look or be lazy and print it in work!

how are you finding the 45mm as it gets really good reviews?

Thats odd about park. I tried to order a silver off them this week and they came back to me to say it was a mistake on their system and they only had black plus they had had them on backorder since march! I did spot they were in stock the other week but hadn't decided on the colour yet and missed them! Managed to snag one this week from amazon when they got 5 in.
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I'm seriously thinking of getting one - I get my bonus next month.
I've got almost every OM ever made ;)
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sounds like a nice collection wow :)

Found this which is quite useful on ideal settings

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9115179666/user-guide-getting-the-most-out-of-the-olympus-e-m5
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sworrall wrote:how are you finding the 45mm as it gets really good reviews?



It is great value for a 90mm equivalent f/1.8 lens. It seems razor sharp in focus but so far I have only taken playful experimental shots, nothing worth posting. I plan to use this mainly as a portrait lens and am planning to set-up a mock-studio atmosphere at home using an old slide projector screen and a bedsheet. I want to take pictures of my elderly in-laws for posterity and also my wife. With the wife I want to try taking a portait in the garden with a green blurred-out background.
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Can't make my mind up about this. Love the Sony NEX7 but the lens range is cramped and variable in quality. Nikon dropped the ball, Samsung have some nice lenses apparently but not cameras and the Pentax's are plain weird. Will see what Canon come up with, hopefully this month and if not, might pick one up. If the rumours that Canon are going APS-H using the 1D4 sensor, thats my baby!
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Olympus Zuiko lenses are superb for the most part. Their zoom lenses are very good without being anything special but the prime lenses IMO are excellent price-for-quality value, better than their Canon & Nikon equivalents. Do not forget that Olympus have had a virtual monopoly in the world on medical endoscopy equipment.

At less than £250, the 45mm f/1.8 lens is superb value. It is the ideal lens for the enthusiastic amateur while semi-pros with more working space might opt for the 75mm lens.
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Well after putting it in my Amazon basket yesterday morning then watching it climb in price by 30 quid by the afternoon a decided I'd better buy it before it goes up even more!
Went for the black - I've always wanted the black OM4Ti but mine is champagne.

I've also ordered an SLR Magic toy lens (26mm F/1.4) which looks a lot of fun.
In fact, the unusual lenses available for 4/3 really sold me on the idea. I've always got my Canons for good quality 'safe' lenses!
The SLR Magic range looks really interesting.
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Been tempted to buy one of these for my honeymoon, rather than take my SLR and a few heavy lenses abroad.
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I made the right choice to buy it when I did :)
For some reason it's back up to 1149 now.
When I first looked, the kit was priced the same as body only and it's crept slowly up.
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Well it's arrived!
No bloody charger in the box :(
Rang amazon and they offered to exchange it if I sent it back (pain in the bum!) or give me credit to buy one myself.
Thought this was a good deal but then they couldn't find one on their site. In the end they offered me 57 quid which I thought was a bargain but I've just found that the Oly original is 59.99 :eek:

I've ordered a copy with two batteries from Amazon for 27 quid so I'll see how that goes....
From a review I've found it looks like the charger will charge both oem and copy batteries so I could have done well out of it.
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The final bits of my order (well, not the charger yet!) arrived today.
Got me one of these:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvf-woz/7496904356/" title="OM-D with SLR Magic 26mm Toy Lens by Woz!, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7274/7496904356_53d972ed47_n.jpg" width="266" height="320" alt="OM-D with SLR Magic 26mm Toy Lens"></a>

Which does this:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvf-woz/7496903956/" title="OM-D with SLR Magic 26mm Toy Lens by Woz!, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8434/7496903956_9644556769.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="OM-D with SLR Magic 26mm Toy Lens"></a>

It's got a bit of a petzval quality to it, which I love.
Surprisingly well made - the barrel and mount is metal and the elements are glass.
Cheap as chips too - under 70 quid.
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cool effect on that woz! will have a look into those.

I've posted this in the perp thread but I thought id put it here as well.

The om-d kit lens is uber sharp! (or it may the be IS showing me to have shaky hands on my canon!)

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I've got to say that it appears to be an amazing camera!

Initial thoughts:

It's UBER configurable. Maybe too configurable. If you don't read the manual you'll miss heaps of functionality because weirdly, some good features are turned off by default.
To give an example of how granular the configuration is - I was getting annoyed because one of the dials works in reverse to what I'm used to with Canon for zooming in on gallery shots. I've since found you can change the direction! As far as I can see you can change pretty much every function of every button and dial to suit your needs.

Don't buy it just before you want to take some important photographs - I've got a feeling it's going to take me a while to get anywhere near to getting the most out of it.

It's TINY. The look of the camera is deceptive - it looks like a traditional SLR which fools you a bit. In practice I've found it just about ok in my hands (I'm tall - 6'3"). For the first time ever I've wondered if a grip might be an idea. I won't get one because this was meant to be my portable companion to my Canon 7D and lenses.
I have a little Tamrac bag that will just about hold my 7D with 50mm and one other prime (not zoom). This bag will easily hold the OM with the kit zoom, the 45mm and the 26mm toy lens. There's room in there for maybe a couple more primes when I have the money. Oh and the supplied flash (also minute).
My whole OM kit seems to weigh less than the 7D with the 50mm 1.4 on the front!

Image quality. Extremely impressive for the size of the camera, but not 7D impressive. Lightroom 3 won't see the files. After a quick glance I can't get my head around the supplied Olympus software (reviews of it are actually quite good) so I've resorted to a Adobe Raw converter (free) which converts the files to work in Lightroom with no problems.

I still think that the lens range alone would be a good reason to buy into this system. I hadn't previously realised just how extensive the Micro Four Thirds range was - especially when you go off the beaten path to less well known brands.
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Many reports on how the OM-D is with the Panny 20mm/1.7? Got that lens on my EP2 and was thinking of upgrading to the OM-D in a few months..
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I've not got one, but it's the only lens combination that seems to have issues:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/06/12/Olympus-acknowledges-OM-D-E-M5-banding-with-panasonic-20mm-f1-7-lens

Apparently you get banding at high ISO when using the 20mm.
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Woz wrote:I've not got one, but it's the only lens combination that seems to have issues:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/06/12/Olympus-acknowledges-OM-D-E-M5-banding-with-panasonic-20mm-f1-7-lens

Apparently you get banding at high ISO when using the 20mm.


Cheers Woz, seems to only come into affect on 8000 and above, so might not be such a deal breaker. I still seem to shoot like I do with film (<800 !)
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Woz wrote:The final bits of my order (well, not the charger yet!) arrived today.
Got me one of these:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvf-woz/7496904356/" title="OM-D with SLR Magic 26mm Toy Lens by Woz!, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7274/7496904356_53d972ed47_n.jpg" width="266" height="320" alt="OM-D with SLR Magic 26mm Toy Lens"></a>

Which does this:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvf-woz/7496903956/" title="OM-D with SLR Magic 26mm Toy Lens by Woz!, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8434/7496903956_9644556769.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="OM-D with SLR Magic 26mm Toy Lens"></a>

It's got a bit of a petzval quality to it, which I love.
Surprisingly well made - the barrel and mount is metal and the elements are glass.
Cheap as chips too - under 70 quid.


By all accounts these are just rebadged CCTV lenses.

E.g. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/25mm-f-1-4-CCTV-TV-Lens-C-Mount-Adapter-For-Micro-4-3-M-4-3-M43-Macro-Ring-LF10-/200772300031?pt=UK_Movie_Cameras&hash=item2ebef62cff#ht_2276wt_922
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