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    Default My Cake and Eating it Too!

    After my previous post several things occurred which led me ordering, sight unseen. The OM-D EM-5 & 12-50mm kit, 12-35 and 35-100 Panasonic zooms, HLD-6 Grip, GS-4 Handgrip, and MMF-3 adapter arrived. Surprisingly (at least to me) the first thing pulled out my 4/3s 50mm f/2.0 lens, attached it and the MMF-3 to the camera to see how it works. Manual focus did not seem to be a problem so this will provide my macro for the time being.

    Wow, I did not realize how small the camera was, or how complicated the setup is. It took a while to figure out how to access the Super Control Panel from the OLED view with a one button push. Still trying to figure out if there is a means to immediately review a photo on the OLED after the shutter fires for those taken through the EVF. I never expected to see a review photo in the EVF - took a little bit to figure that one out!

    Tried all of the equipment in several camera bags that I already have (all to big), read two hours worth of post about what others use, and then set out to the camera store to find one I liked. All said and done (and an hour after arriving at the camera store) I ended with a Tamrac System 3 bag. Great fit with all of the gear above (at less than 8lbs/3.6kg), a FL-50R flash, and still room for a 70-300mm, all without stacking except for the camera and a lens!

    Back home I played with 4/3s 7-14, 12-50, 55-200, and 70-300 then the new gear a little bit. The little doll house sized flash works well in RC mode with the FL-50R.

    So now I've got my cake and eating it too.

    Now, how about a little icing!
    Like a 80/100/200-400mm zoom! Not a SHG type (would not want to pay the price) but the equivalent of an HG lens would do!
    Clint
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    Default Re: My Cake and Eating it Too!

    If you want to shoot macro with the E-M5 buy the 60mm uFT lens. In my opinion it is the best macro lens available for uFT.

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    Default Re: My Cake and Eating it Too!

    Congrats, Clint.
    Enjoy the light weight !!
    Capturing the beauty of nature, one frame at a time.

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    Default Re: My Cake and Eating it Too!

    Clint, I thought that if you had playback toggled to the LED (you toggle between LED and EVF playback by hitting the button by the VF hump during playback) that's where the instant review image would display. Not sure since I don't have the camera in front of me, so I could be wrong. That is a nice little selection of gear you got yourself, BTW! Curious to see how you think the 12-35 stacks up against the 12-60.
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    Default Re: My Cake and Eating it Too!

    I tried the toggle but for images taken through the EVF I cannot get the image to display immediately on the OLED without hitting the playback button.

    I am also curious about how the 12-35, 12-50, and 12-60 stack up, but I'm going to have to wait as I got the 7-14 instead of the 12-35. I mis-posted about the 12-35.
    Clint
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    Default Re: My Cake and Eating it Too!

    Hi Clint,

    Congrats on the new kit. As to the 12-50 v. 12-60, the latter is significantly better optically, as you'd expect and while it focuses haltingly on the E-M5 can at least be wrestled into cooperating. The SWD manual focus is welcome, of course.

    The 12-50 is still a nice little lens worth owning, especially priced as part of the kit. It fits the little E-M5 well and can be reliably used wide open or stopped down just a bit. Importantly, the e-zoom is great for video and I've never heard zoom or focus intrude in the audio track.

    I'd buy the 12-35 tomorrow for a grand, but feel it's quite overpriced at $1300. YMMV. The 35-100 isn't even in my ballpark, and I await some competition from Oly in that general category.

    Cheers,

    Rick

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