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The successor to Olympus Pen E-P3 is the new E-P5 and it's not just a new Pen, it's arguably the new Olympus Micro Four Thirds flagship, combining more gorgeous retro styling blended with cutting-edge features like wifi connectivity and a fastest in class shutter.

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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

Now that I can talk about the E-P5 I have to say that I think it's the new Olympus flagship - at least for now. I want one of these more than an OM-D E-M5!

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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

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Now that I can talk about the E-P5 I have to say that I think it's the new Olympus flagship - at least for now. I want one of these more than an OM-D E-M5!

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Well, Ian, if you are nice to Olympus, you might be lucky!

I wouldn't swap my E-M5 for it, but I do think it's the closest thing to "sexy" in a camera! Shoehorn an EVF into that body and it would be a real competition killer. Make it fully compatible (PDAF) with 4/3 lenses and it would be a serious contender for best camera on the planet.
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When do "we" get to play with one

The connectivity and control is of real interest to me, but the big plus in the integrated flash and enhanced Macro capabilities. None of the listed "cons" will likely be of any problem.

As always IQ will be the deciding factor, so has any of the improvements made a difference. Perhaps a higher speed and lower ISO combined with a wider aperture may give a small improvement.
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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

We will of course be getting the E-P5 in for the hire service as soon as they are available, plus the VF-4. While the focus is on the E-P5 the VF-4 is mighty impressive too. The optics for the EVF have been very carefully designed and the view is commendably big and bright

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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

I hope this is readable! The E-P5 won't start shipping until the end of next month but in the mean time there is an E-P5 tour scheduled around the country:

Date/Store/Where
May 23 Jessops 129 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2HU
May 25 Park Cameras York Rd, Burgess Hill, RH15 9TT
May 25 Warehouse Express Drayton High Rd, Norwich, NR6 5DP
May 29 Ffordes The Kirk, Wester Balbair, By Beauly, IV4 7BQ
May 30 Merchant City Cameras 7-11 Parnie St, Glasgow, G1 5RJ
May 30 London Camera Exchange 98 Strand, London, WC2R 0AG
May 31 Campkins Cameras 11 Rose Crescent, Cambridge, CB2 3LP
June 1 SRS Microsystems 90-92 The Parade, Watford, WD17 1AW
June 1 Selfrdiges - TekZone LG Floor, Selfridges, Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB

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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

E-P5 pricing:

£899 body only, £999 with 14-42, and the special deal bundle is £1349 (not £1149 as originally indicated) with a 17mm f/1.8 and a VF-4.

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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

Body only price seems a little steep, but the special bundle with the 17mm and VF-4 is a real bargain. Basically it's buy the body with a VF-4 and get the 17mm f1.8 free!
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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

Sounds like a good deal if you don't have the OM-D or you want the smaller PEN body, but if you're going to always carry it around with the VF-4 attached then it's a bit of small step from the OM-D for me, but then I'm new to the Olympus family with a used OM-D so I don't know much about the PEN family at all I'm afraid. Just my thoughts.
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Question Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

I am curious about this statement in the information from Oly, "The E-P5’s new autofocus (AF) system enables the same world’s fastest AF speed performance as the OM-D E-M5 and improves on it by providing up to 45% faster AF performance with Zuiko Digital SLR lenses (mounted with a dedicated lens adapter)."

Ian, does this mean that the 4/3's lenses like the ZD14-54 II etc will focus (up to) 45% quicker on the E-P5 than the OM-D E-M5?
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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

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I am curious about this statement in the information from Oly, "The E-P5’s new autofocus (AF) system enables the same world’s fastest AF speed performance as the OM-D E-M5 and improves on it by providing up to 45% faster AF performance with Zuiko Digital SLR lenses (mounted with a dedicated lens adapter)."

Ian, does this mean that the 4/3's lenses like the ZD14-54 II etc will focus (up to) 45% quicker on the E-P5 than the OM-D E-M5?
Yes very interesting indeed. I checked 3 Olympus sites, UK, USA, and Australia. This was only mentioned on the Australian site. Have you checked this out Ian? If it is true I wonder if this is a step towards getting 4/3 lenes to focus on micro bodies, or is this it.
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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

Good... intervalometer and remote liveview/control... hopefully that extends to video control not just stills
Still dont understand why the PAL/NTSC 'switch' doesnt toggle between 25/30 fps
EVF...well Panasonic have just done it without a hump in the LF 1

Certainly looks good but is it 'cool'? we will see.

Importantly there are some minor upgrades that bode well for the next 4/3 body but the focussing will need to be sorted and hopefully the video frame rates as well...

Would I upgrade from the EPM-2? Well nothing there to tempt me yet
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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

The Panasonic LF1 has a very low resolution EVF (200K dots compared to 2.4 million dots in the VF-4), which might explain something!

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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

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...Ian, does this mean that the 4/3's lenses like the ZD14-54 II etc will focus (up to) 45% quicker on the E-P5 than the OM-D E-M5?
Doug Brown comments on that in his TINY blog post.
http://torontowide.blogspot.com/2013...era-first.html
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Re: Olympus Pen E-P5 hands-on preview

Maybe I'm just a bit old fashioned, but I really can't get on with cameras lacking an EVF. As good as this Pen is (and it does look fantastic - both in the flesh and in the specs), I can't see it replacing my E-M5 for this reason. I know the new VF4 is said to be fantastic, but perched on top of the E-P5, the combo is bigger than the OMD and won't be nearly as robust.

Can't wait to see all the new features in the E-M6 though.
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