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Thinking of buying

I nam considering buying an OM-D with 12-50 standard lens. Although I will use the 12-50, I will also be using my 4/3 lenses (see below). In real world terms, how have you got on with the limitations imposed by using the 4/3 lenses that I have on the OM-D? I suppose I am talking about the focusing speed.
There are not many micro 4/3 lenses that really interest me too much as prefer zooms to primes.
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Re: Thinking of buying

I only have experience of the 7-14, 50 and 50-200 and this is what I found:

7-14mm - focus slow especially with LV but because I really only use this for landscape I am happy with this, still faster than MF

50mm - I sold this as the focus was pretty slow and as I mainly use this with moving bugs I tended to leave this at home. Will probably replace with PL45mm or ED60mm.

50-200mm - really struggled with this as it took longer to focus and then was often inaccurate. Sold and replaced with ED 75-300mm which is very fast and has at least as good IQ and I made a profit on the change!

Several others on this forum have commented on the performance of these lenses and not all concur with my findings although many agree on the 50-200mm problem.

I did have the 300mm f2.8 but again it often gave inaccurate AF with the E-M5 and I am now of the age where a lighter setup would be useful. So I am seriously missing a f4/5.6 300mm prime which is one of the reasons I bought a Canon to complement the E-M5 - not an ideal solution.

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Re: Thinking of buying

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I only have experience of the 7-14, 50 and 50-200 and this is what I found:

7-14mm - focus slow especially with LV but because I really only use this for landscape I am happy with this, still faster than MF

50mm - I sold this as the focus was pretty slow and as I mainly use this with moving bugs I tended to leave this at home. Will probably replace with PL45mm or ED60mm.

50-200mm - really struggled with this as it took longer to focus and then was often inaccurate. Sold and replaced with ED 75-300mm which is very fast and has at least as good IQ and I made a profit on the change!

Several others on this forum have commented on the performance of these lenses and not all concur with my findings although many agree on the 50-200mm problem.

I did have the 300mm f2.8 but again it often gave inaccurate AF with the E-M5 and I am now of the age where a lighter setup would be useful. So I am seriously missing a f4/5.6 300mm prime which is one of the reasons I bought a Canon to complement the E-M5 - not an ideal solution.

Hope this helps.

David


David, your reasons are mine for not buying the OM-D my fav glass are 50-200 and 50 Macro
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Re: Thinking of buying

You won't regret it.My 12-60 ,Mk1 14-54 and Mk1 50-200 focus very well if a little slow on it.
I tend to manual focus on the 12-60 using MF assist so you can magnify the viewfinder with a turn of the focus ring.As most of my subjects are static with this lens it work really well as the focus ring is mechanically coupled.
You won't believe how sharp the results are.
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The m4/3 rds lenses are very good indeed. I have the Pana 100-300, Leica 45 macro, Oly m9-18 and Oly 12-50. All are fast and accurate focusing, good IQ with the e-m5.

However if you intend to stay with 4/3rds as well then I can see your dilemma.

I am slowly selling off all of my other bigger cameras in an endeavour to reduce bulk and weight but retaining high IQ capability and the OMD achieves this admirably except for the one subject matter......action photography!

This forum is slowly helping me achieve better action shots but it is a very different technique and the little OMD's 6fps capability helps with this but the fact remains that contrast detect AF will never be as fast as Phase AF detection and the lack of true tracking capability is very mush missed!
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Re: Thinking of buying

Dave, I wonder if you'll regret buying an OM-D when Olympus announce their hybrid 43/m43 body in 2013 which is larger in size with its two grip systems and takes both full size and m43 digital lenses? It has PDAF too.

How will you feel then?

Just a shot over the bow...

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Dave, I wonder if you'll regret buying an OM-D when Olympus announce their hybrid 43/m43 body in 2013 which is larger in size with its two grip systems and takes both full size and m43 digital lenses? It has PDAF too.

How will you feel then?

Just a shot over the bow...

Well that is the first that I have heard of it! It sounds absolutely great and I will be in the market then for a second body.....ideal, bring it on.

Is this just a rumour or have Oly made an announcement?
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Re: Thinking of buying

Dave,
Although the 12-60 AF is slow (and rather noisy) on the EM-5 - it is accurate and the resulting images surpass what you get with the E3. Unless I need to carry the least possible weight, the 12-60/EM-5 combo is my 1st choice for landscapes. However I find it beneficial to use the HLD-6 landscape grip with this lens.

I found that AF with the 50-200SWD was practically unusable.

The Panasonic 4/3 Leica 14-150 also works very well - as David Morison will attest (though I guess he didn't mention this because it's not on your kit list).

It seems to me that the difficulty with waiting for some unannounced 4/3 body due to ship at an unspecified date is that you don't know what compromises/problems this product will possess. At least with the EM-5 you have a good idea of what you will be getting!
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Re: Thinking of buying

I tried the OM-D with the mk 1 14-54, which I had at the time, at Focus and focusing was better than I thought it would be. If 2013 brings a hybrid body then so be it. Bodies are 'disposable', glass is for life!
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Well that is the first that I have heard of it! It sounds absolutely great and I will be in the market then for a second body.....ideal, bring it on.

Is this just a rumour or have Oly made an announcement?
Purely my prediction from 6 months ago, the 'OM-2d' ?


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Purely my prediction from 6 months ago, the 'OM-2d' ?


I am sure it will come.......................sometime.
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After the OM-2d do we get the OM-3d and the OM4-Tdi?
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I am sure it will come.......................sometime.
I guess you're just keen to access all the OM-D features and IQ now, as a step up from the E-3? A good deal of folk seem to have got rid of their 43 lenses in favour of the m43 ones for AF speed, lightness, and a hope some more 43 equivalent glass will arrive. It's probably better you lose a little on an OM-D purchase and re-sale once the OM-2d arrives than to sell all your 43 lenses only to find you have to re-buy them to suit the hybrid model.

Buy a 2nd hand OM-D to minimise the loss on re-sale?

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I guess you're just keen to access all the OM-D features and IQ now, as a step up from the E-3? A good deal of folk seem to have got rid of their 43 lenses in favour of the m43 ones for AF speed, lightness, and a hope some more 43 equivalent glass will arrive. It's probably better you lose a little on an OM-D purchase and re-sale once the OM-2d arrives than to sell all your 43 lenses only to find you have to re-buy them to suit the hybrid model.

Buy a 2nd hand OM-D to minimise the loss on re-sale?

That is exactly what I have been thinking.
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Re: Thinking of buying

ive got the 35m macro focus can hunt a bit sometimes but its ok

i had the 40-150 lens on my epl2 and that focussed ok no real slowness i noticed
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