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madasadad 18th May 2017 10:36 PM

Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Ive just picked up a brand new MK1 E-M5 off Ebay and paid 360 for it. Based on current 2nd hand prices, I feel it seems about right. Id thought about a new M10mk2 with the pancake lens, but just didn't like how the M10 MK2 felt in the hand. Whilst there are some advantages of the M10 over the M5Mk1, Im not sure its 200 better.
Im coming from an E510 with kit 14-45, 40-150 lenses and the 70-300mm, which I'll try to sell.
The M5 comes with the 14-50mm so question is what lens next? Im tempted with the 40-150 since they're cheap but meant be pretty good, then maybe a fast prime like the 45mm. Any thoughts, or is a new Mk1 a waste of money?

RobEW 19th May 2017 06:26 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Brand new E-M5 mark I! Didn't know they were still around.

One possibility to consider is getting an adapter and continuing to use your existing lenses to start with.

Crazy Dave 19th May 2017 06:48 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Is the Mark 1 a waste of money? Definitely not. For me it has aesthetic appeal that it's descendants do not, the colour rendering and the quality of output is excellent as is the IBIS.

You will see comments like the buttons are soft however, these are niggles that are minute in comparison to the pleasure you will derive, congratulations on buying your camera. Mine got one of my photos to the National Portrait Gallery last year and incidentally, I much prefer using my camera to the wife's EM-10.

I do not use long zooms but for me the EM-5 with the Pansonic 12-35mm f/2.8 sum up what micro four thirds is all about, quality, size and weight. Last comment, the best photographer I know uses a Olympus Trip that cost 1.



Phill D 19th May 2017 07:04 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Interesting choice, not a bad one at all. I tried one when they first came out and really liked the way it felt in my hands. I didn't know you could get new ones still either. Had it been second hand your price would have been a bit high but for new then I'd say it was about right. I bet there aren't many new ones around so you did well to find it. You may want to get an adaptor to use your old lenses for a while as they will work but will be a bit slower to focus. I kept my old E510 as it was worth so little and it's great to use now and again plus the sharpness it gives is brilliant.

madasadad 19th May 2017 10:37 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Thanks for all your comments, Im presuming it must be liquidated stock from somewhere, the same company sold a new one a couple of days ago with 42-50, 45 prime and 40-150 on eBay, it went for 565, and I was 2nd! i should've maybe gone a bit higher but 600 would've been tops. Ill know on Monday how New, New is when I receive it. It was sold as unopened original stock, so even if not for me, which i doubt very much, there wont be the huge dent in selling it on second hand. Ill probably keep the 70-300 but sell the E510 as a kit, although ill probably be lucky to get 100 all in

steverh 19th May 2017 11:43 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Try and get hold of a 40-150 (the "kit lens" version), they are as cheap as chips and give very good results. The 12-50 f3.5-6.3 is a decent lens too, I had excellent results from my EM-5 with it. You can find them for about 120 used.

Make sure you update to the latest firmware - use the Olympus Camera Updater or the software that comes with the camera.

OM USer 19th May 2017 12:14 PM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
The E-M5 Mk1 is a nice camera and the price seems right. The MFT 40-150 and MFT 75-300 are good choices for second lenses whilst keeping the cost down but as you have their equivalent in 4/3rds you might want to get an adapter and not rush into a decision until you have a feel for how and where you will use your camera. Look at what you did with the E510. A fast prime for indoors use might be sensible and you say you've looked at the 45mm. It is value for money but that focal length may be a bit tight indoors unless you only what it for head shot portraits.

madasadad 19th May 2017 01:03 PM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
I've purchased the 40-150 since i don't want any AF hunting from the 4/3 version. Ill probably get the adaptor and keep the 70-300 for non action shots, i found it to be too frustrating when on the E510 the trying to shoot action

AMc 19th May 2017 02:56 PM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Depending on what you're intending to shoot the Panasonic 25mm F1.7 is a very nice lens for not a lot of money - usually around 150 new.

Olympus are offering cashback on some lenses and bodies.
The 45mm f1.8 is 170 after cashback here for example
It's a lovely lens but as others have noted it can be quite long (90mm equivalent) for indoor use.

madasadad 19th May 2017 06:05 PM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Having done a bit of research, im thinking the 25mm mght be the way to go, i enjoy working with depth of field. I take it the 25mm woukd be ok for any portrait type shots?

AMc 20th May 2017 11:42 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5

Originally Posted by madasadad (Post 414839)
Having done a bit of research, im thinking the 25mm mght be the way to go, i enjoy working with depth of field. I take it the 25mm woukd be ok for any portrait type shots?

The Olympus 45mm f1.8 would be my first choice for head and shoulders portraits. It's lovely and on a par price wise with the Panasonic 25mm f1.7 at the moment.
For more environmental portraits and more general walk about the 25mm is easier to use.
To my untrained eye they are similar in quality.

I was recently introduced to this site which lets you search by lens on Flickr. So you can get an idea of capability in the real world

I guess the main consideration is which focal length you prefer. Try setting a zoom at each and seeing if it works for you?

Pistnbroke 21st May 2017 06:43 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
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

Crazy Dave 21st May 2017 08:26 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Perhaps Pistonbroke bought a dog which the previous owner ditched? You may be interested in the follow up to its original review where Dpreview published this very useful guide to using the EM-5:



Pistnbroke 21st May 2017 08:50 AM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
Thats the kind of response I was hoping for ...its still in 12 m warrantee from Camera Jungle ( jessops) so if its not right please help me check.
I sold the M4/3 14-42 because it was no better than the 4/3 14-42 I use with an adaptor.
I am use to Nikons Bang focused instantly ..this camera seems to overshoot..come back ..shoot the other way then forward again and lock ..couple of seconds at least..any action you missed it.

So is this normal ??

Crazy Dave 21st May 2017 01:35 PM

Re: Bought a Brand new MK1 E-M5
I've had my EM-5 for about three and a bit years now and have never thought to question the auto focus. Given that most of my subjects are static or moving fairly slowly, I would say that the camera focuses where I chose and gives sharp where I want sharp. I take quite a few street portraits and focus as one does, on the subjects eyes. Looking at one yesterday, I see the brand name on the subject's jacket buttons (same plane as eyes) is easily readable.

All that said, the 14-42 lens may be the issue and it may be worth trying to find another EM-5 user near to you so that you can compare. I used Nikon before and really liked the cameras. I changed like many to reduce the weight of my kit and have no regrets.

Hope you get this sorted to your satisfaction.


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