View Full Version : E-M5 ergonomics

Kiwi Paul
12th August 2013, 03:56 PM
This is a camera I bought that I was worried I might never like or gel with, I held a couple of them about a year ago and just didn't like the feel, (although both of these had the grips attached) so I went for a G5 then later a GH3 instead.
But one day at the airport a few months ago I handled an E-M5 in a camera shop (sans grip) and was quite surprised how nice it felt. I eventually bit the bullet and bought one as one of the most hyped cameras in recent years so I wanted a shot. The free grip offer was back too so a good time to buy.

I can honestly say from the first outing with it I loved it, over the next few days and weeks I altered the settings to suit my style and simply find it a joy to use. I know a lot of folk say it's too cramped and prefer it gripped but I find it just right, the buttons and wheels are easily accessible (I use my forefinger to move both wheels). The free grip arrived last week, I find the 2 piece grip way too cumbersome and can never see me using it like that, the single piece grip does give extra purchase but it compromises the handling in other ways (makes it awkward to easily reach the 2 buttons on top which I use a lot to set the focus square and focus mode) and the rear dial has then to be moved with the thumb (which isn't too awkward with the grip but still is a bit of a reach).
I thought the grip would suit bigger lenses like the 100-300 but really I find the camera better sans any grip no matter what lens.
It's a nice handling, nimble easy to use camera and I love it.


12th August 2013, 04:37 PM
Can I ask why you felt the need to add the OM-D if you already have a GH3 and the Sony?

12th August 2013, 06:19 PM
Glad to hear you are getting on well with the E-M5, Paul. I don't feel the need for a grip either, in fact I don't even own one. :)

13th August 2013, 06:24 AM
I use my forefinger to move both wheels

Now that IS an odd thing to do!

However, "chacun son métier". I love my OMD too.

13th August 2013, 06:49 AM
Now that IS an odd thing to do!

However, "chacun son métier". I love my OMD too.

That's the way I did mine in pre-grip days.

Ross the fiddler
13th August 2013, 11:14 AM
Paul, it's great to hear you're getting on well with the E-M5 after trying alternative gear & it's good to hear (read) how others use it too. I've got used to using the full grip & I also use the grip strap designed for the E3 (& E30 & E5 with grip), but also have become a little frustrated with how much room it takes up in a bag with it all on. The next time I want to just walk around with the 12-50 lens I might dispense with the portrait part (HLD-6P) & grip strap & use a light wrist strap instead (just for a secure purchase besides holding it) or put the neck strap back on. Now, there's an idea! ;)

I usually use a canvas bag for most use that takes a few lenses & flash ( http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Light-big-size-vintage-leisure-canvas-camera-bag-for-DSLR-2-Camera-2-Lenses-1001-/260991821925?ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:AU:1123 ), but I've also got a couple of smaller Kata bags for that light occasion & that's when it's a squeeze with the grip on. Maybe I should go back to using my own made grip for those light occasions (since it has the easy battery access etc.).
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1457/thumbs/P7112400-s.jpg (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=49021) http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1457/thumbs/P7112401-s.jpg (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=49022) http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1457/thumbs/P7122418-s.jpg (http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=49040)

Anyhow, enough griping from me. I just need to go & use it to take some more worthwhile photos again. :rolleyes: :D