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Gone 'n' done it !

I'm not known to pre-order anything, however after what I can only describe as a 'sudden rush of blood to the head' I've just broken the habit of a lifetime and ordered a silver e-m5 mkII along with the '1 part grip'.

More than anything else the fully articulated screen has 'swung it' for me, I've missed that feature ever since selling my E5. What do they say about little things pleasing little minds Oh and the 5 1/2 year warranty + messenger bag.

So 'hopefully' this will be 'the' camera to relight my 'digital' mojo, for as good a camera as the e-m1 is I just didn't bond/connect with it and I'm a sucker for 'retro' anything ..... age thing I guess.

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Re: Gone 'n' done it !

Enjoy Simon - and make sure you tell us all about it when it arrives!
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Re: Gone 'n' done it !

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Enjoy Simon - and make sure you tell us all about it when it arrives!
Thanks Paul,

And yes I shall, I never pre-order but it is getting close to the extra warranty and bag deadline and I had to make a decision quite soon if I was to take advantage of that. Sometimes one has to take a 'blind leap of faith' and this is one occasion where I believe it will be worth it.

I trust that you are enjoying the e-m1 you bought off of me, may you get great service out of it

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Re: Gone 'n' done it !

Well done Simon, it will be interesting to see how you get on with it and if you 'bond'.
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I trust that you are enjoying the e-m1 you bought off of me, may you get great service out of it

Kind regards, Simon
Yes Simon - E-M1 going well. I had a couple of days with it in Shropshire and it worked faultlessly. Some pics on my Flickr page if you want to see them!

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It's a very controllable camera and I like its operation in the hand.

I learned how to use Live Composite mode last week too. Very impressive for product photography.
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Re: Gone 'n' done it !

Congratulations Simon, enjoy your toy when it arrives. I had a little play with the Mark II today at one of 'Big Dog' McGillicuddy's sessions. Very impressed with the monitor quality and the eyepiece looks more robust than on the earlier model. The flip out screen worked a treat but a little stiff to pull out. I'm right handed and needed to hold the camera with my left hand to get purchase.

I have average sized hands but despite the better grip, I think I would need the half grip to feel secure. McGillicuddy claims to be a video novice but his first attempt was excellent. I also saw the 40M in action, difficult to see the real quality on the camera rear screen but it looks like one of those new features that you never knew you needed.

Raw files not yet supported by Photoshop or Lightroom, McGillicuddy claims that he shoots JPEGs for the majority of his commercial clients!

A very attractive package and the 5 1/2 year warranty is extremely tempting, the Olympus rep was unable to say how long the offer will last. The free bag looked fine but not sure that it's worth £239.

All in all, a great Olympus offering, I'm going to ponder longer.

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Well Simon you have gone and done it hope all goes well. Ed
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Well done Simon, manufacturers always appreciate early adopters beta testing for them.
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Well done Simon, it will be interesting to see how you get on with it and if you 'bond'.
Yes it will indeed Iain, I am 'hopeful' that I will connect with it, I very much liked the mk1 I previously owned, more so than the e-m1.

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Yes Simon - E-M1 going well. I had a couple of days with it in Shropshire and it worked faultlessly. Some pics on my Flickr page if you want to see them!

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Hi Paul,

Good to hear and I very much like the work you have on flickr.

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Congratulations Simon, enjoy your toy when it arrives. I had a little play with the Mark II today at one of 'Big Dog' McGillicuddy's sessions. Very impressed with the monitor quality and the eyepiece looks more robust than on the earlier model. The flip out screen worked a treat but a little stiff to pull out. I'm right handed and needed to hold the camera with my left hand to get purchase.

I have average sized hands but despite the better grip, I think I would need the half grip to feel secure. McGillicuddy claims to be a video novice but his first attempt was excellent. I also saw the 40M in action, difficult to see the real quality on the camera rear screen but it looks like one of those new features that you never knew you needed.

Raw files not yet supported by Photoshop or Lightroom, McGillicuddy claims that he shoots JPEGs for the majority of his commercial clients!

A very attractive package and the 5 1/2 year warranty is extremely tempting, the Olympus rep was unable to say how long the offer will last. The free bag looked fine but not sure that it's worth 239.

All in all, a great Olympus offering, I'm going to ponder longer.

David

Thanks David,

The bag is not 239.00 BTW, ..... that is the 'combined' saving for the bag and the extra warranty. The bag can be bought as an 'accessory' for 99.00.

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Yep sure have Ed, and that's not really like me but there is something about this one that has really 'called out' to me. Not totally sure what that is yet, apart from the articulated screen but I'm hopeful I will find out in due course

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Indeed David and I am not one to normally oblige, preferring others to be the 'guinea pig', however this one has really been calling to me like a siren calling a sailor.... hopefully this relationship will not be doomed

As you know I love my film cameras and shoot far more film at the moment but I want a foot in both camps for I'm not a total luddite. I have been 'quietly' choosing a few select primes ready for this purchase and am now 'armed to go' so to speak. It will be teamed up with a Pana/Leica 15mm F1.7, 25mm F1.4, 42.5 F1.2 Nocticron and my recently CLA'd OM 100mm F2.0 .... I'm quite looking forward to using that combo.

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Re: Gone 'n' done it !

Simon, thanks for pointing out the value of the extra warranty, I thought the value of the bag was optimistic. Incidentally, McG is very keen on some of the Art Filters. Pre-production he calls it.

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Re: Gone 'n' done it !

Simon, I'm surprised there's no fast, manual focus primes on your list. The Voigtlander and SLR Magic f/0.95 lenses appeal to me.
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