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  • #2
    Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...MgHHS_M8#t=29s

    Look at some of these extreme tests, you won't see them for Pentax
    The picture tells the story, great when you have a bad memory.DW.

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    • #3
      Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

      Imageryone thanks for the quick reply. Unfortunately I don't haven't enough posts to add a link but just put PENTAX DUST AND WEATHER SEALING IN AFGHANISTAN into the YouTube search box

      Cheers

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      • #4
        Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

        Given you only have one sealed lens and you want to shoot video I'd take a serious look at the Pentax offerings.
        It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

        David M's Photoblog

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        • #5
          Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

          How much would you want for the 520 body?
          Thanks
          Tim

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          • #6
            Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

            Ralph interesting question and I'd be interested in the answers you get from both sides as I tried a K5 out at Focus on Imaging earlier in the year and was very impressed. In my view it's the camera spec Olympus should have been producing over the last few years. If they had I for one would have bought one. As they haven't though and with your considerable budget how about going for an OM-D E-M5 and add a 4/3 adaptor to use with your existing lenses. You'd even have money left over to get some more sealed Oly glass especially if you went second hand for the glass. You'd also save some weight on your travels going the OM-D route.
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            • #7
              Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

              Tim
              I'm not sure that I'm selling yet and, if I do, the body would be bundled with, at least, the kit lenses to make it a viable buy.

              Phill
              Basically I prefer a 'proper' DSLR. Although thespec of the OMD is similar to the K5 but isn't weather sealed.

              David
              That's exactly what I have done and Olympus is not looking favourable at the moment.

              I never thought that this would cause me so much angst. After all it's just a camera.

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              • #8
                Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

                Ralph I thought the OM-D was weather sealed that's the main reason I suggested it. From the reviews they say it is?
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                • #9
                  Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

                  The EM5 is dust and spash proof but, apart from the 12-50, not many of the zoom lenses currently available are.
                  David

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                  • #10
                    Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

                    Phill
                    Looks like you're right so, as I loved my old OM2, it may be worth a 'fondle'.

                    In addition I shall check out how 4/3 lenses work with m4/3.

                    Cheers

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                    • #11
                      Regards Paul.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

                        Mmmm. It's interesting how there hasn't been many people leaping in to defend the E-5.

                        Perhaps that says more about the camera, compared to the competition, than any words can.

                        Melaka
                        Good point about the other lenses. I want a fully dust/weather proof setup before my next trip, in June, and I doubt they will have released any new lenses by then.

                        I also notice that the minimum ISO is 200 and I prefer to stick to 100 whenever I can. In addition the maximum aperture is 3.5 and I like the 2.8 of my current lens and the Pentax DA* offerings.

                        Paul
                        I looked at the K-30 but preferred the feel of the K-5. How to you find the IQ of each of your Pentax lenses compared to the Zuiko offerings?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

                          Ralph, I can appreciate your concern about the relative high cost of a new E-5. The alternative would be a used body and I've seen them sell at around the £800 mark.

                          Whether I would advise the E-5 or the K-5 depends on the handling. I would urge you, if you haven't done so already, to handle both to see which feels right, has the most logical menues for your brain, the best button placement, the most intuitive controlls. Either camera will serve you well; although I know the E-5 is practically bomb proof I cannot speak for Pentax but their reputation syas they are solid and dependable.

                          The other point is to compare the weather sealed lens ranges to see if one is more suitable for your needs than the other.

                          The Micro Four Thirds E-M5 is dust and moisture sealed but I'm unsure if it is to the same standard as the E-5. There is only one native sealed zoom lens currently available from Olympus, the 12-50mm, but Panasonic have two, the 12-35mm and 35-100mm, both a constant f2.8. The E-M5 will focus your existing Four Thirds lenses, with an adapter, but very slowly and best suited to static subjects. I haven't used it for video, but my E-M5 is a brilliant performer in terms of handling (for me), function and IQ.

                          The big advantage of the Pentax K5 is that it is relatively cheap and a proven performer. There is also the option, at very little extra cost, of adding a K30 as a spare body. This could be an important consideration for the trips that you have planned and the K30 is also weather sealed. With two bodies, as well as the insurance against one of them failing, you have the option of minimizing lens changes in dusty conditions. This is particularly important with Pentax, which does not have such a good sensor cleaning system as Olympus.

                          I'm afraid I cannot make the decision for you but hopefully this will give you food for thought. Either way, let us know how you get on.
                          John

                          "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                          • #14
                            Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

                            To be honest, if you want a lightweight the E-5, is NOT 4 U

                            I think it is world accepted that ZUIKO glass is of the highest standard.

                            I personally find that the E-5 and Zuiko Glass is the best option for me come rain, shine & sand it works Hanging out of the Ffestiniog train windows, in the persissing rain up Welsh Mountains; Or Sandy Beaches of the Indian Ocean islands, catching "spray" shots amidst the salty atmosphere.

                            Finally, I see the E-5 as per the OM series - 20 years plus Kit

                            If you want evidence of the HIGH IQ the E-5 eeks out of the same glass I used with the E-1's look in my Gallery - sadly these are only jpeg versions but the .orf/.raw files are blinding in IQ
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                            • #15
                              Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

                              Ralph, I can understand your quandary, Pentax do make some lovely kit but right now my money would definitely go the way of the OM-D EM-5 and the the two excellent weather and dust sealed Lumix f/2.8 lenses (12-35 and 35-100). Small and much more compact (ideal travel companions) than either 4/3rds and certainly the larger Pentax DA* Lenses.

                              If you opted for Pentax and you wanted a weather and dust sealed lens combination you would have to opt for the DA* 16-50 f/2.8 and the DA* 60-250 f/4 as comparable optics to the 12-60 and 50-200. My experience with DA* Pentax zooms has been less than favourable, certainly the 16-50 cannot hold a candle to the Oly 12-60 (I've had two 16-50 and two 12-60s so I know from experience). The 16-50 is very soft wide open requiring at least f/5.6 or more to sharpen up the frame, they are very slow at focussing compared to the the 12-60 and 50-200 (this was with a K-7 body), de-centering and motor failure issues are quite common, my first example of the 16-50 went back due to de-centering. On the positive side the physical build is nice but the performance is disappointing to average for what is marketed as their highest grade shorter FL zoom. Pentax users may argue this point but really unless they have tried a 12-60 for an extended period take their comments with a pinch of salt.
                              The 60-250 is closer to the 50-200 in quality but still slightly shy in my experience.

                              To counter my experience with Pentax zooms (which don't match Olympus or the Panasonic m4/3rds high grade offerings) their primes are very nice. I had a few FA primes and the 35 Limited. However they are not weather sealed.
                              Body wise I have no complaints I liked my K-7 and K20D very nice to use and extremely well built, the K5 and K5 MK2 will be no different.
                              However having now gone mirror-less I do get the distinct feeling the future is not for bodies with 'flippy up' mirror mechanisms, perhaps another consideration may be Sony's weather sealed A77 and 16-50?

                              Not sure I have helped here or not

                              Edit: Another option may be the new Lumix GH3 body (sorry Oly) if you prefer something more akin to a D-SLR in handling.
                              Regards Huw


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