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Pjphoto59
6th October 2013, 12:01 AM
Now that we know what the E5 replacement looks like, it became decision time for me about whether or not to keep my 4/3 lenses and go for an E-M1. I am very pleased with the performance of my E5 but it always seems too heavy to carry for long.

With the E-M1 being a rather expensive item and the E-M1 plus the MM3 adapter being only about 250 gms lighter than the E5 it seemed to make no sense to go that route.

Then I remembered a discussion we had about bags a few months ago where Snaarman showed a picture of his bag with OMD-M5 + 14-54 Mk2.

This set me thinking, and I managed to buy a 14-54 Mk2 lens in beautiful condition from an e-bay seller for 280. I am very happy with this solution, the lens is even sharper that the 12-60 and suddenly I can carry the E5 all day.

The 14-54 Mk 2 focuses fairly quickly on my E-P3, so will work well if I decide to get an M5 body.

I hope to be able to get a good price for my 12-60 now that 4/3 lenses are coming back into fashion...

StephenL
6th October 2013, 08:03 AM
The 14-54 is a cracking lens, and the Mark 2 should focus really well on the E-M1.

David M
6th October 2013, 11:55 AM
You must have a very good copy of the 14-54 or a very bad copy of the 12-60.

StephenL
6th October 2013, 12:50 PM
You must have a very good copy of the 14-54 or a very bad copy of the 12-60.
Personally I was always happier with my 14-54 than my 12-60. Not necessarily the IQ, but the handling.

David M
6th October 2013, 01:00 PM
I was never happy with my sample of the original 14-54 or the 50-200 and sold them both with my E-1.

The 12-60 was only the second zoom I found good enough to keep. The first was the 7-14.

Ulfric M Douglas
6th October 2013, 03:37 PM
Now that we know what the E5 replacement looks like, it became decision time ...
I'm absolutely convinced we do NOT know anything about the e-M5's replacement.

Just saying.

Carry on.

Pjphoto59
8th October 2013, 05:35 AM
Personally I was always happier with my 14-54 than my 12-60. Not necessarily the IQ, but the handling.

I had a 14-54 mark 1 that I got in 2004 with my E1, excellent lens. Then later I got an 11-22, again very good IQ but I found the zoom range a bit limiting so I sold them both and got a 12-60.

I liked the 12-60 zoom range and is was lighter to carry than the 14-54 plus the 11-22. All of these lenses produced excellent IQ but I felt that the the 12-60 had the edge.

The reason for trying the 14-54 ll was twofold, firstly to improve handling, which it has, and secondly to get good AF if and when I get an M5.

The unexpected bonus is that it seems sharper than the 12-60 with less distortion and CA.

So I am delighted with it.