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DJMC
6th October 2012, 10:18 PM
:)

Found a silver one 2nd hand (you know me!), three months old and immaculate with an HLD-6 grip.

Do you know, it's the first time I've seen one in the flesh!

Came with a bunch of lenses I don't want (but the seller wouldn't split) so you can look forward to seeing m12 & Pana 45-200 for sale on a forum near you shortly. The m45 has sold already.
The 12-50mm I may keep, not sure.
I'll stick with my m14-150 and m45 from the E-PL2 for now.

Will give it a try out over the next week. It does so remind me of my old silver and black OM-2n. *yes

Now, can someone point me toward a good set-up link for any adjustments to menus that are recommended?

*chr

Ross the fiddler
7th October 2012, 02:14 AM
Good to hear you've got one & with all those lenses too. I find the 12-50 is a good all-round lens & great for close ups too (being weather proof adds to its usefulness).

Here are a couple of links for setting the E-M5
http://www.ayton.id.au/wiki/doku.php?id=photo:olympusem5_settings
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9115179666/user-guide-getting-the-most-out-of-the-olympus-e-m5

As much as it contains all this info, it isn't until it is used does it all start to fall into place & then later on a reread probably helps too (well, for me anyhow).

I started out with my 4 way arrow buttons being set for focus point only, but it is so much better with direct functions being programmed into them instead. The left key when pressed still opens up the focus point positioning without the accidental pressing & changing the AF point unintentially & then the down button I have as 'drive mode' & the right, 'ISO'. For selecting a focus point, I actually prefer to use the touch screen in 'touch to focus' mode & that gives the ability to change to the focus box size as well as selecting it anywhere (within in the AF area).

Check the OM-D threads (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=55) too, as there have been many discussions on use & settings.

Hope that helps.

*chr

StephenL
7th October 2012, 06:41 AM
You'll be fiddling with the settings for months to come...

Phill D
7th October 2012, 06:47 AM
From the tone of your post I suspect a bargain was gained. Congratulations on your new toy and I look forward to loads of E-M5 images soon.

Ross the fiddler
7th October 2012, 07:24 AM
You'll be fiddling with the settings for months to come...

That's my specialty. :rolleyes: ;)

DJMC
16th October 2012, 04:55 PM
Good to hear you've got one & with all those lenses too. I find the 12-50 is a good all-round lens & great for close ups too (being weather proof adds to its usefulness).

Here are a couple of links for setting the E-M5
http://www.ayton.id.au/wiki/doku.php?id=photo:olympusem5_settings
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9115179666/user-guide-getting-the-most-out-of-the-olympus-e-m5

As much as it contains all this info, it isn't until it is used does it all start to fall into place & then later on a reread probably helps too (well, for me anyhow).

I started out with my 4 way arrow buttons being set for focus point only, but it is so much better with direct functions being programmed into them instead. The left key when pressed still opens up the focus point positioning without the accidental pressing & changing the AF point unintentially & then the down button I have as 'drive mode' & the right, 'ISO'. For selecting a focus point, I actually prefer to use the touch screen in 'touch to focus' mode & that gives the ability to change to the focus box size as well as selecting it anywhere (within in the AF area).

Check the OM-D threads (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=55) too, as there have been many discussions on use & settings.

Hope that helps.

*chr

I used both the settings pages you linked to on Sunday to have a better fiddle and at first it does seem rather daunting! My E-PL2 and XZ-1 have very similar buttons and functions so it'll take a while to learn the new ones, but it's coming. The links were invaluable, thanks!

I went through a brief "why do I need this over the E-PL2" phase, considering the value of the used OM-D kit is probably four/five times that of my E-PL2, but then reflecting on the "bargain" that was had (one member here calls me 'Arfur') I think I'm happy. I do tend to grow attached to cameras and the E-PL2 is one of those so I'll hold onto it until I've reached a point where the OM-D has done something (in photo result terms) the PL2 couldn't have.

The XZ-1 and E-PL2 are quite adequate for all my needs but my wants, like a lot of us, are dictated by the lust for the latest gadget. This I freely admit. I'm a sucker! I did well to hold off on the OM-D on the basis it was far too expensive but when an irresistible opportunity presents itself... :rolleyes:

Still, I bought an E-3 after my E-1 and decided the E-1 was better for my purposes so there's still a possibility the OM-D may be too much of a professional tool for my requirements. For instance, even with part one of the grip it's not as good to hold as the E-PL2. The flash doesn't tilt back either - that's after I've managed to fit it. Just two examples. However, the non-flash photos of the furry slippers my wife asked me to take (for ebay) whilst I was fiddling on Sunday night really surprised me. I'd never have considered taking them with the PL2 without a flash, but with auto ISO on the OM-D (max 1600) they came out superbly!

I'll let you know how I fare. May even show you some photos one day. :eek: