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AJ40
12th March 2013, 11:18 AM
Hi,
Well my new OM-D arrives today. As you can imagine; I am quite excited!
I went for the silver in the end, as I just loved the look of it over the black.

To complement this, I went for the Olympus 17mm 1.8 Now I know this lens has been both slated and applauded in equal measure. In the end, I looked at sample images from MR Huff and Robin Wong, and they sold me :) Charts and studio tests are fine, but at the end of the day it is the real world shooting I want to see.

I really wanted this OM-D for shooting 35mm (ok 34mm) street photography. I am hoping this will be the ticket. I will have the battery grip arriving as soon as I can fill out the online form for the free offer from Olympus and I am thinking this is going to be a great little outfit.

I have an olympus xz-1 at the moment and I am hoping that the OMD is going to be way way better than that considering the price hike. I love the xz-1 and have had some great images from it..just hoping the OMD is worth it and doesn't let me down.

I have attached a couple from my xz-1

look forward to chatting with you all and sharing my images and experiences with you all

edmund473
12th March 2013, 12:06 PM
Hello AJ40 welcome to the site all great people here, Congratulations on owning the OMD-M5 it's a wonderful camera look forward to seeing some of your photos regards John.

StephenL
12th March 2013, 12:08 PM
And a welcome from me. Be interested to see your results with the 17mm.

AJ40
12th March 2013, 12:13 PM
Hello AJ40 welcome to the site all great people here, Congratulations on owning the OMD-M5 it's a wonderful camera look forward to seeing some of your photos regards John.

thanks for the warm welcome john appreciated ;)

And a welcome from me. Be interested to see your results with the 17mm.

Im keeping fingers crossed. I just hope it is good it isn't cheap for what it is. will get samples up as soon as I can ;)

StephenL
12th March 2013, 12:19 PM
I really like that back-street shot. Where was that taken?

AJ40
12th March 2013, 12:25 PM
I really like that back-street shot. Where was that taken?
Thanks;) it was taken in Cambridge last weekend with the xz-1. think I'm going to get it printed on a canvas

Seonnaidh
12th March 2013, 01:06 PM
Hello good evening and welcome. Glad to have you on board. Looking forward to seeing some of your images with the 17mm.

Wee man
12th March 2013, 01:18 PM
Welcome looking forward to some of your shots.

brianvickers
12th March 2013, 02:32 PM
I think you will be impressed with the OM-D....I don't own that lens or the XZ-1 but I do have the 17mm f2.8 which produces pretty good images with the OM-D and the new 17mm is going to be better. From you images it looks like it will be in capable hands. Looking forward to seeing your posts.

brian1208
12th March 2013, 02:42 PM
Welcome to the clan and enjoy your new tool

The bike is a classic subject for B&W treatment

Zuiko
12th March 2013, 02:48 PM
And welcome from me, too. You'll love the E-M5; the XZ-1 is a superb camera and one of the finest compacts produced but in terms of handling, performance, image quality and features the E-M5 outclasses it, as you would expect!

I'd love to get my hands on a 17mm f1.8! :D

Alpha1
12th March 2013, 03:43 PM
Another welcome from me AJ. I think that you are going to love the OM-D...but we are all biased here anyway!:rolleyes: But for very good reasons, the IQ is up there with the best of 'em, all in a a very manageable little package.

It makes a stunning street camera and the range of mFT lenses is superb; so plenty of room and time to enjoy the full flexibility that this little system has to offer.

Have fun and post often! *yes

Swordfish
12th March 2013, 05:13 PM
Welcome also.

You will love the OM-D, but be prepared to be seduced by those other lovely prime lenses!

Martin

Pierre L
12th March 2013, 05:16 PM
Welcome from me to. The 45mm is really nice and it's a good price as well. Great for taking available-light pictures of my grand-daughter and my kitty.
Pierre

OM USer
12th March 2013, 05:29 PM
Welcome. 2 nice images; I thought I recognised the second.

wellyboot
12th March 2013, 06:22 PM
Welcome from me too! Enjoy!

Attic
12th March 2013, 07:28 PM
Welcome and a fine choice you've made too, enjoy. ;)

AJ40
12th March 2013, 07:47 PM
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome really appreciated ;)

Well, it has finally arrived:D:D I have to say I am really really pleased with the build quality and the feel of the camera. Battery is on charge as we speak, I don't think I will get chance tonight but tomorrow I will get some test pics up to show how good or bad the 17mm 1.8 is.

Ive also ordered a bag tonight the lowepro streamline 100 looks just the job and will be with me tomorrow.

OM User:
when you say recognised the second do you mean you've been to that location or seen the pic before ?

Pierre L:
Im thinking about the 45mm as a portrait lens. Although I really like the idea of just keeping this lens on the body, and never taking it off. I can also avoid dust issues that way ;) Maybe a second body is the answer..somehow I don't think the wife will fall for that one though!

Thanks again everyone and look forward to chatting to you all. will post pics tomorrow :)

StephenL
12th March 2013, 08:02 PM
Every E-M5 owner needs 45mm!

Ross the fiddler
12th March 2013, 09:02 PM
G'day AJ40. Welcome from an Aussie.

It hasn't been mentioned but you may like to do some reading (if you haven't already done so) with setting up your OM-D. Here are two links that are worthwhile reading to get you started.

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

*chr

AJ40
12th March 2013, 09:53 PM
G'day AJ40. Welcome from an Aussie.

It hasn't been mentioned but you may like to do some reading (if you haven't already done so) with setting up your OM-D. Here are two links that are worthwhile reading to get you started.

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

*chr

Thanks for those really appreciated. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do tonight :D

AJ40
13th March 2013, 07:50 PM
I havent had any time today, rushed off my feet. I only managed to nip out and take a few quick test snaps. so settings aren't maybe what they should be on most of them :D
Really am quite pleased with this OM-D and the 17mm lens though. I have noticed the camera doesnt like coming out of sleep mode if it has been left switched on, is this the same on all of them?
nothing great or arty just test shots Just having a sort through and I will post a few more up
http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149192421/large.jpg
http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149192863.jpg
http://upload.pbase.com/image/149192926.jpg

StephenL
13th March 2013, 08:02 PM
Ah! A fellow JR owner!

Nice shots, too.

AJ40
13th March 2013, 08:04 PM
http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193441.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193464.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193482.jpg

http://upload.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193532.jpg

AJ40
13th March 2013, 08:06 PM
http://upload.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193592.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193630.jpg

AJ40
13th March 2013, 08:11 PM
http://upload.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193855.jpg

http://upload.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193817.jpg

AJ40
13th March 2013, 08:19 PM
http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193902.jpg

http://upload.pbase.com/invasion/image/149194073.jpg

http://upload.pbase.com/invasion/image/149193941.jpg

AJ40
13th March 2013, 08:42 PM
http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149194173.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/invasion/image/149194224.jpg

brianvickers
13th March 2013, 08:43 PM
Looks pretty good to me....

AJ40
13th March 2013, 08:46 PM
Ah! A fellow JR owner!

Nice shots, too.
Thanks :)
yes that is Derek. its our first JR he is such a character

Looks pretty good to me....
Thanks :)I am really pleased with how sharp this lens is. I cant wait to go out at weekend and get some good street shots!

edmund473
13th March 2013, 08:54 PM
Some real nice photo's you have taken love the one with the thatched cottage beside the river. Are you pleased with the camera? you will get used to the sleep mode just touch the fire button and it springs to life it helps with battery usage. regards John.*chr

AJ40
13th March 2013, 09:00 PM
Some real nice photo's you have taken love the one with the thatched cottage beside the river. Are you pleased with the camera? you will get used to the sleep mode just touch the fire button and it springs to life it helps with battery usage. regards John.*chr

Thanks John :)
I am over the moon with the camera :D
With the sleep mode thing. I did as you just said, and touched the shutter button, and nothing happend. Had to turn her off and back on again ??

edmund473
13th March 2013, 09:41 PM
Have you got the current firm ware update.October 2012: Firmware update for E-M5

The firmware update version 1.5 for E-M5 is now available.
John.

Ross the fiddler
13th March 2013, 09:47 PM
Have you got the current firm ware update.October 2012: Firmware update for E-M5

The firmware update version 1.5 for E-M5 is now available.
John.

It's now up to version 1.6 & may need a couple of steps to get there if at 1.1 or 1.2.

*chr

AJ40
13th March 2013, 09:53 PM
Updated to 1.6. it is the first thing I did once it was charged. it is intermittent and happened 3 times today.

edmund473
13th March 2013, 09:59 PM
I don't understand that perhaps Ross may be able to help John.

AJ40
13th March 2013, 11:06 PM
Think I have sorted it now. I think I was confusing; Auto power off, with the sleep function. by default, I think it was set for Sleep: 1min and then auto power off: 5min

So when it was not coming back to life, it was because it had switched itself off.

Can anyone tell me where the function is to turn focus beep off? when shooting street, it kind of gives it away -when im using the flip screen- that I'm taking pictures. :D

Ross the fiddler
13th March 2013, 11:55 PM
Think I have sorted it now. I think I was confusing; Auto power off, with the sleep function. by default, I think it was set for Sleep: 1min and then auto power off: 5min

So when it was not coming back to life, it was because it had switched itself off.

Can anyone tell me where the function is to turn focus beep off? when shooting street, it kind of gives it away -when im using the flip screen- that I'm taking pictures. :D

It is the 2nd last option in *D of the menu.

AJ40
14th March 2013, 06:21 PM
Thanks Ross much appreciated. funny thing is, I've switched it back on now as it was rather odd without it.

Last night I couldn't resist having a compare with my olympus xz-1. I had an image that I had taken with both. There isn't that much in it to be honest which put me in a bit of a bad mood:(

Handling is obviously much better and speed of focus but thats about it. If you don't pixel peep really can't tell any difference; Makes you think!

brianvickers
14th March 2013, 07:51 PM
I agree....it does make you think!
I'm not surprised you don't see much difference if you view the images on screen or print unto 10x8, but if you want to print bigger, or take pictures in low light, or control depth of field critically then the Pen or OM-D will outpace any compact.
I don't think picture libraries will take images from a compact camera.
My iPhone shots can look as good as any camera if viewed small.
I don't have an XZ...but it sounds like they are very good. As the technology improves the point at which you 'need' a bigger format camera gets further and further away from general photography. It would be interesting to see some real comparison shots - taken at the same time, same settings and ideally on a tripod to ensure the same viewpoint. I did this with my EP-1 and Canon EOS 50D - the Pen turned out to be as good and hence the Canon went on ebay. Maybe we will all migrate to compacts just as more FF and APSC users migrate to four thirds at the moment.

brianvickers
14th March 2013, 08:33 PM
I hope I'm not breaking any rules...see this comparison...
http://snapsort.com/compare/Olympus-E-M5-vs-Olympus-XZ-1

AJ40
14th March 2013, 09:08 PM
I agree....it does make you think!
I'm not surprised you don't see much difference if you view the images on screen or print unto 10x8, but if you want to print bigger, or take pictures in low light, or control depth of field critically then the Pen or OM-D will outpace any compact.
I don't think picture libraries will take images from a compact camera.
My iPhone shots can look as good as any camera if viewed small.
I don't have an XZ...but it sounds like they are very good. As the technology improves the point at which you 'need' a bigger format camera gets further and further away from general photography. It would be interesting to see some real comparison shots - taken at the same time, same settings and ideally on a tripod to ensure the same viewpoint. I did this with my EP-1 and Canon EOS 50D - the Pen turned out to be as good and hence the Canon went on ebay. Maybe we will all migrate to compacts just as more FF and APSC users migrate to four thirds at the moment.

I think it is so easy to get caught up in reviews and marketing hype. I have no doubt about the OM-D: I love it just for how it handles. I would of liked to see a huge improvement of image quality: just to help justify the cost.

Compacts have come a long way and the xz-1 is a prime example of this.
Im looking at my images on 27" iMac so I can view them quite large and I really have to scrutinise them to see a difference so much so i cant really tell (mind starts playing tricks)

I guess like you said, it all depends on what level you are going to use them at. and in fact, most people really don't print much past 10x8 so could save themselves a small fortune.

I will try to set up a example at the weekend and take some identical shots ;)

Adam

Alpha1
15th March 2013, 08:46 AM
Thanks Ross much appreciated. funny thing is, I've switched it back on now as it was rather odd without it.

Last night I couldn't resist having a compare with my olympus xz-1. I had an image that I had taken with both. There isn't that much in it to be honest which put me in a bit of a bad mood:(

Handling is obviously much better and speed of focus but thats about it. If you don't pixel peep really can't tell any difference; Makes you think!

I have 4 mpx images from panasonic bridge cameras still in exhibitions all around the world, so on the face of it I can understand your concerns!

The difference is that the conditions at that time, ie light etc., were such that just about anything would have made a good image.;) The difference by using a good system camera, is the versatility and flexibility available to the photographer. The OM-D is an excellent system camera, so please don't fret that your compact is competing with it. Another day and another situation and you will be pleased to have the OM-D with you....I promise.*chr

AJ40
15th March 2013, 11:21 PM
I have 4 mpx images from panasonic bridge cameras still in exhibitions all around the world, so on the face of it I can understand your concerns!

The difference is that the conditions at that time, ie light etc., were such that just about anything would have made a good image.;) The difference by using a good system camera, is the versatility and flexibility available to the photographer. The OM-D is an excellent system camera, so please don't fret that your compact is competing with it. Another day and another situation and you will be pleased to have the OM-D with you....I promise.*chr

Thanks I am sure you are right :) and I do love the camera and its controls. I am sure as you have said it will get me some shots I would of missed with the xz-1 :)

ayewing
16th March 2013, 03:50 PM
I am not surprised that photos taken with the ZX-1 and the OM-D E-M5 appear to be of similar quality on screen or printed at normal size. However images taken in poor light using higher ISO settings will look very different as regards noise and loss of detail. The larger and more recent sensor in the OM-D does make a difference.

As others have pointed out the most noticeable advantages of the OM-D are its versatility, interchangeable lenses, speed and customisation options.

mike_j
16th March 2013, 06:24 PM
Hi,
I recognise a lot of yor locations, I worked in Cambridge for years and Godmanchester was a popular place to take clients for lunch.

The OM-D is a great little camera, very complicated and configurable. If you haven't sorted it all yet this is a good place to start http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9115179666/user-guide-getting-the-most-out-of-the-olympus-e-m5

It's nice that once sorted the camera works very much how YOU like it. Results are pretty good from the camera, up to full DSLR standards on screen and moderate print sizes and there is a lot of fun to be had playing with old 'legacy' lenses.