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    Default Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    I happened to have my full kit with me in the car today so I called National Camera here in MSP and found the Golden Valley location was given three kits by Olympus for employee testing. They scared up an adapter for me and were happy to let me try one of the employee kits so off I went with my 4/3 stuff.

    My main goal was to see first hand how the 4/3 lenses worked and how it felt with 4/3 lenses but before I get to that, some impressions of the camera.

    - It's small, light, all that. Decently laid out. Menus more reminiscent of the Pens then the E-5.
    - The EVF is pretty darned good. I shot a ton with a C-2100UZ so an EVF doesn't bother me. It was fine.
    - Focus speed with native lenses was astounding. They were only given the 14-42, not the 12-50 darnit but it was still REALLY fast.

    Ok, so to the lenses, no grip on the EM-5 BTW.

    50 Macro: No discernable difference on the EM-5. I expected that. Handling was fine.
    12-60: I would say 1-2 seconds depending on the brightness and contrast. I went into a dark store room, had trouble there. Otherwise it always got focus and was 98% accurate. Handling was ok, I'm sure the grip would be better.
    50-200: It seemed to be that the 50-200 was a little faster than the 12-60. Pretty much spot on. However, I would find it to be unusable without the grip.

    I forgot to try the TCs but I think I know what the result might be.

    It's hard not to be impressed with the little bug. Man, get this sensor technology into my E-5 body, wheeeeee!!!
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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    In terms of the TC's, officially Olympus says you can't have more than one adapter, since the 4/3rds adapter counts as one, which means the EX-25, EC-14, and EC-20 aren't a supported configuration. I have heard that it works for some people.

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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    1-2 seconds is to long. YouTube a Sony EA-LA-2. You will be amazed. But the E-M5 is superior camera the the NEX 7 IMO. My NEX 7 focuses faster with A mount lenses that E mount


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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    The teleconverters work just as well as ever on Micro Four-Thirds. I use 'em all the time.
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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    But do you use a teleconverter in conjunction with an m4/3rds to 4/3rds adapter?

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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Thomas View Post
    But do you use a teleconverter in conjunction with an m4/3rds to 4/3rds adapter?
    She would have to ... there are no native mount Micro-FourThirds teleconverters available.

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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    The grip really improves handling. I use my old 50-200 on the EM5 a lot. With the grip, it handles well. Without the grip, it's a bit clumsy.

    AF isn't the quickest, and lock can be a bit spotty depending on how 'contrasty' the target is, but all the M43 tele zooms are very slow, as well as being rather expensive.

    The 50-200 has aperture to spare at 200, and you can pick up a non SWD version for a very modest price these days.
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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    Thanks for trying your four thirds lenses out with the E-M5! I have been wondering if mine (same as you, a 12-60 and 50-200) would work at all of if I should sell them. Sounds like I will need the grip.
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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    Given the grip is three-hundred bucks, I'll recommend trying the plain body first then ordering it if you find it unwieldy. I have those same lenses and don't have a huge challenge hand-holding them on the E-M5. I'm more bothered by the poky focus lock.

    Cheers,

    Rick

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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    Given the grip is three-hundred bucks, I'll recommend trying the plain body first then ordering it if you find it unwieldy. I have those same lenses and don't have a huge challenge hand-holding them on the E-M5. I'm more bothered by the poky focus lock.

    Cheers,

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    Yeah, with the 50-200's weight, you're essentially supporting everything via the lens, grip or no grip.
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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    Can someone tell me what the resolution of the EVF is? I've read in several places that it's 1.44 megapixels, but EVF resolution is usually specified in megadots, and there are three dots to a pixel.

    If it really is 1.44 megapixels, is this the highest resolution EVF available?

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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    It's dots, not pixels, and IIUC works out to 800x600 pixels. I suspect Sony has the resolution lead, at present. Oly's is made by Epson.

    We have a way to go before 1080p EVFs, but I suspect they'll be here sooner than some would think.

    Cheers,

    Rick

    Quote Originally Posted by pshute View Post
    Can someone tell me what the resolution of the EVF is? I've read in several places that it's 1.44 megapixels, but EVF resolution is usually specified in megadots, and there are three dots to a pixel.

    If it really is 1.44 megapixels, is this the highest resolution EVF available?

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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    Having used a lot of OVF's, including the terrific one on the E3, I do not find the EM5's EVF to be an impediment to proper composition or even judging MF without going to magnified view. It's probably a bit less sharp than a top OVF, but it's close enough that it doesn't matter. Two things I really love about that EVF: shadow/highlight display, and 'instant chimp', showing the image you just shot for half a second on the screen, just long enough to judge whether you got anything (exposure, focus) really wrong. You can turn that feature off, but I really like it.

    I have no regrets giving up the E3's OVF for the EM5's EVF.
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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    It's a nice viewfinder, isn't it?

    Not the view of my E-5 or E-30 but I'll take it over the miserable E-510 OVF.

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Meissner View Post
    In terms of the TC's, officially Olympus says you can't have more than one adapter, since the 4/3rds adapter counts as one, which means the EX-25, EC-14, and EC-20 aren't a supported configuration. I have heard that it works for some people.
    No, the adapter (MMF-3) isn't one & the EC14 or EX25 works just fine (on the E-M5).
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    Default Re: Ok, so I went and looked at an EM-5

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick_D View Post
    Given the grip is three-hundred bucks, I'll recommend trying the plain body first then ordering it if you find it unwieldy. I have those same lenses and don't have a huge challenge hand-holding them on the E-M5. I'm more bothered by the poky focus lock.

    Cheers,

    Rick
    The focus lock is much better in difficult busy situations with the adjustable magnification function (from 5 X to 14 X). The magnification doesn't have to be used, but the focus area changes in size & at 14 X it keeps the focus area reasonably small, removing the extra confusing contrasting areas around it, plus it can be located in 100's more locations than the standard focus areas. It can be used from the pre-programmed Function button or the Touch to Focus function on the screen & the size can be adjusted with the screen slider or front wheel.
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