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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

I've been a happy EM5 owner since 2012 and the main lenses that I use are the 12-40mm, 25mm, 40-150mm and 45mm (in that order). When using the zooms, I tend to the Olympus hand grip just to make it more comfortable, but prefer to take it off when being more discrete and using the primes. I used to travel much more so a smaller kit was needed. These days if I need to pack very light I just use a Sony RX100MK2.

My thoughts for considering a used EM1 - I would welcome any comments:

1) Better C-AF for following my toddler and occasional wildlife photography (I've just read the birds in flight thread)
2) Faster max shutter speed (I am often feel limited in bright light using the primes)
3) WiFi - I find it useful downloading the occasional image from my Sony RX100MK2 to my phone to share especially when travelling

Secondhand EM1 prices do not seem that different to a used EM5 II - which would suit my needs better?

In terms of sourcing a camera, any suggestions? I would feel more comfortable buying from a dealer with some sort of guarantee. There is a LCE near me, but WEX and Ffordes also seem reputable with reasonable options (although it is hard to work out what sort of 'condition' to go for).

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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

The ‘1i’ has much better CAF for moving targets and is more comfortable in more hands. There are also more ‘hard’ buttons for adjusting things quickly.

The 5ii is more compact, but you pay for that with worse ergonomics unless you’ve got tiny hands (and there are still fewer hard controls). CAF is a bit frustrating in my experience, but the high-res mode is fun and there’s less noise with exposures longer than 1’.

I’ve had v good experiences buying and selling with Wex and LCE over many years. MPB are honest and fine, but on both occasions I bought from them the item arrived in a grubby state, and once they sent me a Panasonic G3 rather than a lens I’d ordered. They sorted it right away, but that lens arrived in good underlying condition, but covered in chip fat...
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

Thanks Mark. I had looked at MPB but they don’t seem to give any shutter counts for Olympus cameras which put me off a bit.

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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

Ashley you could always buy my EM1 mk1. It was cleaned at the NEC Photo show by Olympus last year when I bought the Mk2 and hasn't been used since. The Olympus technician actually remarked how good a condition it was in and that it didn't really need cleaning. Anyway I also have an Olympus grip for it that I've never used, it's still in the box. Box for camera available too. Flash and soft cover also never used and the camera strap is still in it's plastic bag. Shutter count 28k. Camera and grip 425 posted.
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

Your local London Camera exchange doe snot seem to have any but I have been happy using LCE.

Drop in and have look though.
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

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Ashley you could always buy my EM1 mk2..
Did you mean your mk1?
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

Oops yes Mk1 ...sorry I was a bit tired when I typed that
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

Never used them myself but others here have rated this place...
http://www.apertureuk.com/Other_Cameras.html
Olympus E-M5 II Black + Charger ~ 550 Actuations only

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I've use Camera Jungle - part of Jessops - for an E-M10 Mkii. It wasn't quite as mint as they described it but they compensated me for that.


I have a lens coming from MPB but they have a decent reputation so I'm not worried.


I have bought "open box" from Wex and that was a good deal their other used seems a bit pricey but I know from trading in gear they take a lot of care examining things before they take them in.


FWIW I used Toshiba Flash Air WiFi SD cards for 3) before I had built in WiFi. They work well with iOS.
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

I changed from E-M5 to E-M1 several years ago and have never looked back. The 'feel' of the camera is much better with more positive buttons and a better grip. I find the AF more effective and the WiFi connection is useful and can facilitate GPS logging via your phone.

I have dealt with Ffordes over several years and they also helped me when a strap lug parted company with the body of my E-M1. This is a known problem with several E-series models.

With s/h prices of the E-M1 often below the E-M5Mkii, I think they are good buys.
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

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Never used them myself but others here have rated this place...
http://www.apertureuk.com/Other_Cameras.html
I bought a lens from Aperture a while back and they seemed to be pretty good. A friend who is for ever buying Leica stuff then trading it in also uses them a fair bit so I think they must be OK. Proper bricks and mortar shop and knowledgeable staff. I think they are a bit like Ffordes - not cheap but good service.

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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

Many thanks for all the helpful tips and pointing out dealers that I would never have come across. I think I'll go for a EM1 based on what has been said.
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

I’ve just bought an E-M1 from harrisoncameras.co.uk
Came with 12 month warranty.
Good service - they were happy to inspect a specific model to answer my questions
Camera arrived, postage free, a couple of days after I placed my order

Their website has photos of used models and they note the frame count.

The only other supplier offering 12-month warranties, that I’ve found, is camerajungle but their range of used E-M1 wasn’t as good.

Ffordes had a good range but offer a 6-month warranty.
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

I bought an E-M1 from Camera Jungle last year and am delighted with it. Shutter count of 560ish as I recall. Have also purchased a lens from Aperture at a very reasonable price and in excellent condition as per the description.
Looking at the price of good E-M 1s I doubt that you will be disappointed.
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Re: Should I buy an EM-1 and where from?

I am now the excited owner of an EM-1. I think that this a useful thread for recommended secondhand dealers!

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