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Welcome to the new E-M5 board here on the e-group!

First of all, if you haven't seen the FTU articles about the E-M5 you can see them here:

» Olympus OM-D E-M5 exclusive hands-on video and photos
» Olympus OM-D E-M5 previewed
» Olympus launches OM-D
» Olympus to expand high-grade Micro Four Thirds lens system

I have a lot more information that hasn't yet found its way into articles from white papers and briefing documents, so if you have any questions there is a good chance I will have an answer somewhere.

If you have a question, post it here and I'll do my best to answer it!

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Re: Olympus OM-D and E-M5 questions answered

Ian, you handle a lot of cameras. Does the E-M5 have the "soul" that the GH2 lacks, good camera though it is?
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Re: Olympus OM-D and E-M5 questions answered

Unfortunately, I haven't yet had a personal hands-on (haha! sounds a bit shfty that...) yet as examples are only making fleeting appearances at Olympus HQ as they are shuttled around Europe.

I get to try the camera next week at a seminar in Amsterdam and I understand photos taken will be publishable.

But the guys at the Olympus office very kindly took some hands-on snaps and the video featured on FTU.

All I can say is that in the pictures (and I have dozens more than have been published) the look 'feels' right. I am disappointed there is no fully articulating screen like on the E-5/E30/E-620, etc. and I, personally, would have preferred a built in flash, but these are the only negatives I can think of primarily.

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Re: Olympus OM-D and E-M5 questions answered

I too am slightly disappointed at the lack of fully-articulating rear screen, as many of my photos are taken portrait-format from ground level, and I can no longer get up from such a position easily, but the lack of flash doesn't bother me in the slightest. When can I pre-order one?
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Re: Olympus OM-D and E-M5 questions answered

I think you can pre-order from dealers now - and of course you will get a free HLD-6 grip for your troubles.

With the extra pixels you can shoot in landscape and trim the sides

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With the extra pixels you can shoot in landscape and trim the sides

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Re: Olympus OM-D and E-M5 questions answered

A very nice looking introduction, and I was going to say that this is what Olympus should have pulled out of the hat when it announced the demise of producton of the DSLRs other than the E-5. But on reflection, and I don't want this to sound as though I'm raining on their parade, given that they are still 'working on the solution to focusing existing 4/3 lenses', I can't help thinking that there will be many who will be disappointed. PDAF is so fundamental to camera design that one would have hoped a soluton had already been found. Without provision in-camera I guess Olympus will have to go down the route that Sony took with their LA-EA2 adaptor.

Another thing that I homed in on are the viewfinder characteristics (it matters to me!), and I see that the optical correction goes from -4 to +1 (the same as for traditional optical viewfinders), whereas the Lumix GH2 is -4 to +4. So for me, unless Oly has available viewfinder correction lenses, that could be a deal-breaker. Do you know if they are available, Ian?

I noticed from the blurb that the "Fine Detail Processing technology, first seen on the E-5, eliminates moiré...." Does that mean that this camera has a weak or non-existent low-pass filter like the E-5?

Anyway, it seems like a good step in the right direction. I wish it well.
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Now THAT'S lateral thinking!
I already do this if I'm being lazy because the 4:3 frame format is reasonably square.

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A very nice looking introduction, and I was going to say that this is what Olympus should have pulled out of the hat when it announced the demise of producton of the DSLRs other than the E-5. But on reflection, and I don't want this to sound as though I'm raining on their parade, given that they are still 'working on the solution to focusing existing 4/3 lenses', I can't help thinking that there will be many who will be disappointed. PDAF is so fundamental to camera design that one would have hoped a soluton had already been found. Without provision in-camera I guess Olympus will have to go down the route that Sony took with their LA-EA2 adaptor.

Another thing that I homed in on are the viewfinder characteristics (it matters to me!), and I see that the optical correction goes from -4 to +1 (the same as for traditional optical viewfinders), whereas the Lumix GH2 is -4 to +4. So for me, unless Oly has available viewfinder correction lenses, that could be a deal-breaker. Do you know if they are available, Ian?

I noticed from the blurb that the "Fine Detail Processing technology, first seen on the E-5, eliminates moiré...." Does that mean that this camera has a weak or non-existent low-pass filter like the E-5?

Anyway, it seems like a good step in the right direction. I wish it well.
I will check concerning the diopter range for you. It's my understanding that since the E-5 and most (maybe all) Pens have a weaker anti-aliasing filter and corresponding detail processing, and that the E-M5 follows.

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Re: Olympus OM-D and E-M5 questions answered

SRS are taking pre-orders. Just made mine. GH2 now for sale.
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SRS are taking pre-orders. Just made mine. GH2 now for sale.
You have a private mail message Stephen.

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Have they said the price yet, the suggested retail price on the announcement page was 1099 euro so about £1K!! Dunno if I wanna fork that much out.

How did you pre order nothing on the SRS Web site did you call?

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Have they said the price yet, the suggested retail price on the announcement page was 1099 euro so about £1K!! Dunno if I wanna fork that much out.
According to DP Review the MRSP is £1149.99 with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 lens. Bearing in mind that that is the full price without any discounts, I don't think it is too bad. In fact I really, really want one! Finding the money is another matter altogether.

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Have they said the price yet, the suggested retail price on the announcement page was 1099 euro so about £1K!! Dunno if I wanna fork that much out.

How did you pre order nothing on the SRS Web site did you call?

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Phoned them. Sometimes it's nice to talk!

I'm happy with a body price of £1k for that spec. Esp compared with E-5 price.
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Re: Olympus OM-D and E-M5 questions answered

Much as I like the looks of the camera I think I'll wait for a generation or two, they may have solved the focusing problem with 4/3 lenses by then.

I'm going to stick to my plan of picking up an E-5 for my HG and SHG glass and have my E-3 for use with the set of MF primes I'm putting together.
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