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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

My neibour is an M10 nutter with many lenses...he says the fastest focusing he has is the 17mm prime and the slowest the 60mm macro. I have lent him have the camera to try out but dont expect he will find anything wrong .He thinks focus speed varies with the lens.
for me its just a holiday camera while the nikons sit in the floor safe ....16mp AA filter junk autofocus, poor low light ,no mic input but the VR is good and its small and cheap but not up to any serious work.,. One must say its not the latest model and a nikon of the same vintage would today have some similar problems.
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

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16mp AA filter junk autofocus, poor low light ,no mic input but the VR is good and its small and cheap but not up to any serious work.
Sorry, but you're wrong. The AF on the E-M5 is perfectly fine and the 16Mp sensor is more than up for "serious work" - see this thread about "Crazy Dave's" shortlisting for the Taylor Wessing Prize - taken with an E-M5:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=42969
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

Well IMHO after 30 years and a BIPP/MPA/RPS qualified photographer ..16 MP is not enough if you need to crop and focus that is not bang instant is useless. I am not talking a new M1 but a 200 camera so for casual use its fine .Its no D810 but it did not cost 4000.
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

I could but I will test it against my friends M10 ...I think it will be just the same ...No one here is saying "My M5 focuses instantly and does not hunt about" which tells me something. Latest firmware by the way.
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

Thank you Paul. My motive in continuing this discussion is to assure madasadad that he hasn't wasted his money. At launch, DPReview gave this camera 80% and a Gold Award - it hasn't got worse in five years. I do not understand photographers who buy cameras and then complain that certain features are missing. Why buy a 16mp camera and complain about the need to crop? Use a cheap kit lens and complain about lack of focus snap - why?

Madasadad, you have just bought a very competent camera, please do not be influenced by Pistnbroke whose dissatisfaction is hard to fathom. Junk, it ain't. As always, invest in the best lenses you can afford, plus they depreciate far slower than cameras.

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PS Next week, I pick up our club's portrait trophy using the EM-5 competing against much more expensive systems and very competent photographers, plus it's not the same image that Paul refers to in his post.
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

When I had my E-M5 I always thought the focus was fast and accurate. I never experienced any hunting when using u43 lenses. It was certainly MUCH better than the Canon 5dii that I had previously.

As for sensor performance and MP rating ... well, it is what it is. It isn't a 36Mp FF sensor but it's perfectly good enough for large prints at a professional level. Anyone who says otherwise is simply using it as an excuse. Does it have some limitations? - sure. Are those limitations stopping you making "serious" images - absolutely not.
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

This is addressed to Madasadad.

Last year, The National Portrait gallery used an image for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize catalogue and an extensive poster campaign on the London Underground. Also in 2016, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets used an image for a borough-wide street poster campaign. What they had in common is that they were taken on an Olympus OM-D EM-5 MK 1.

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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

Folks thanks for all your comments, positive and negative. I appreciate the tech is 5+ years old, however I received the camera today and am absolutely blown away by the quality of the images and detail even from the kit lens. The macro function whilst not razor sharp, is still pretty good. Im no expert and don't wish to be, but the leap in quality from my E510 is exponential, to my untrained and inexperienced eye. Ive both the 40-150mm and Lumix 25 f1.7 lenses coming over the next few days and cannot wait to get out and about with them. I'm truly excited that my photography fire has been rekindled and astounded at the results from such a compact camera.

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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

Well I let my friend have the M5 to test and it came back with an Olympus 14=42 IIR MSF......PERFECTION instant focus just like a nikon.
Now one must ask rather than being told to sell it /its faulty etc should not someone have suggested this route around the problem? Just bought my own copy for 80

So now we have some lens advice for the OP.
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

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Bought the same camera for 210 at camera jungle with 750 actuations.
Compaired to any camea I have ever owned the auto focus is total rubbish.
In ..out ..in settle Ok in focus bleep light on ..junk
Does not matter what lens you use 4/3 or M43 ...Junk
Glad you sorted this out, perhaps you will stop posting now.

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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

Dave you can be sure I will post on any occasion I wish / have an opinion to express.

If you opened your mind you would see my posts showed a journey from the M5 being totally useless to being usefull to me. As no one tendered a solution I suggest all readers inc yourself learned something.
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

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Well I let my friend have the M5 to test and it came back with an Olympus 14=42 IIR MSF......PERFECTION instant focus just like a nikon.
Now one must ask rather than being told to sell it /its faulty etc should not someone have suggested this route around the problem? Just bought my own copy for 80

So now we have some lens advice for the OP.
Crazy Dave did in fact suggest this route in post 15.

Anyway, with 30 years experience as a BIPP/MPA/RPS qualified photographer I would have thought this was obvious. Still, now that your E-M5 and kit lens are both working fine maybe we can look forward to seeing some pictures from you!
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

Incidentally, Pistnbroke, did you experience the same focusing problems with the E-M10 that you advertised for sale on the forum in February 2015?

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=36631
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

M10 too long ago to remember ...but the image quality was bad so I sold it ..think it was a panasonic lens. The M5 with the current lens is much better. I only Shoot JPEG.
Thanks Zukio for your civil respone . Crazy Dave had me looking if he was a moderator telling me to stop posting ..Thought I was on Nikonites for a second !
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Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

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M10 too long ago to remember ...but the image quality was bad so I sold it ..think it was a panasonic lens. The M5 with the current lens is much better. I only Shoot JPEG.
Thanks Zukio for your civil respone . Crazy Dave had me looking if he was a moderator telling me to stop posting ..Thought I was on Nikonites for a second !
No intention of posting any pictures on this or any other forum. I have 40,000 + customer photos on my website and thats it.
I think Crazy Dave's responses to your comments are measured, proportionate and respectful, as indeed are the comments from all members in this thread. I can think of other forums where the mood may have become very ugly, very quickly and caused a moderating crisis but fortunately this group has matured enough not to rise to the bait; we now have the confidence of knowing our cameras are the equal of most larger sensor DSLRs for most practical applications and that it's not the equipment but what you do with it that really counts.

Conversely, the level of respect you have for this forum and its members may be revealed by your signature line statement about your Nikons being the Masters Masons with Olympus the apprentice. There have also been comments in previous threads about the Nikons staying in the floor safe whilst the Olympus is used for holiday snaps. Those are obviously your opinions and that's fine, but if that is the case is this forum really appropriate for your needs, considering that nobody is going to take you seriously? I don't intend to take any action against you at this stage, indeed with your photographic experience you could become a valuable member if you can overcome your equipment smugness, but I will be watching closely in future.
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