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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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Old 21st October 2017
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Have I done the right thing?

Having used Olympus since 1984, and still having OM1/1n/2/2n/2SP/4Ti collecting dust but too nice to sell, and then moving to an E300 and an E3, a couple of years ago I bought an E-PL5 and haven't looked back - light easy to carry and even works with 4/3 and OM lenses, so the E-3 was sidelined. Temptation was growing to go OM-D - then, being forced into Birmingham city centre for the first time for ages, there in Jessops were their last two, ex-display E-M1 Mark 1s, one body only, one with a 12-40. A week of indecision, then the one with the 12-40 was mine.

First reaction is I love how it feels; I actually prefer the button layout to the Mk11. Struggling with setting it up to my preferred formats, but that will come quickly (I hope), but the first results (after i found super fine - why do Olympus always hide it?) look as good as I hoped.

OK, it's not a Mk11, but at way under half the price of a Mk11 for a new camera and lens, it seems good value and a sensible buy.

Now, what do I need to sell to pay for it all - maybe the E-3 and an OM 600mm lens might help? Watch this space.
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Re: Have I done the right thing?

The E-M1 is a great camera and the 12-40 is one of the finest u43 lenses - so I'd say that you've got a fantastic combo. Definitely the right thing. YOLO!
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Re: Have I done the right thing?

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Having used Olympus since 1984, and still having OM1/1n/2/2n/2SP/4Ti collecting dust but too nice to sell, and then moving to an E300 and an E3, a couple of years ago I bought an E-PL5 and haven't looked back - light easy to carry and even works with 4/3 and OM lenses, so the E-3 was sidelined. Temptation was growing to go OM-D - then, being forced into Birmingham city centre for the first time for ages, there in Jessops were their last two, ex-display E-M1 Mark 1s, one body only, one with a 12-40. A week of indecision, then the one with the 12-40 was mine.

First reaction is I love how it feels; I actually prefer the button layout to the Mk11. Struggling with setting it up to my preferred formats, but that will come quickly (I hope), but the first results (after i found super fine - why do Olympus always hide it?) look as good as I hoped.

OK, it's not a Mk11, but at way under half the price of a Mk11 for a new camera and lens, it seems good value and a sensible buy.

Now, what do I need to sell to pay for it all - maybe the E-3 and an OM 600mm lens might help? Watch this space.
Oooo, try the 600 with an adaptor on the E-M1 first and post the results!
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Re: Have I done the right thing?

I did try the 600 with the E-3 and it wasn't too good, but maybe the stabilisation on the E-M1 would help - I'll give it a go!
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Re: Have I done the right thing?

You've almost certainly done a good thing. From a 'look and feel' point of view, the Mk1 and Mk2 are extremely similar. The Mk2 is a 'tour de force' of latest technology but whether any of that is relevant to you depends on your style of photography. If you need high-speed tracking AF (e.g. birds in flight), then the Mk2 is significantly better. If not, you have all the capability you need for a lot less money
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Re: Have I done the right thing?

There's a good comparison of the Mk I and the Mk II here: https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/oly...vs-omd-em1-ii/

They suggest that while the Mk II certainly has some good points, for many photographers the Mk I is perfectly adequate still... and much cheaper!

I was tempted by some good Black Friday offers on the Mk II, but in the end decided to stay with my Mk I until prices fall significantly. (Perhaps the advent of the cheaper Lumix G9 in January while drive prices of the Mk II down further??)

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