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Old 8th April 2014
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Thinking of getting the EM1.

So I'm thinking of selling my E5 and getting the EM1. I have a friend who is visiting Canada next week so he can pick it up new for about 1100 euro, assuming he doesn't get stopped at customs.

I shoot mainly surfing from the land and landscapes/seascapes.
For those of you that have made the jump from the the E5 to the EM1 what have been the big pros and cons?

In terms of dynamic range and high ISO the EM1 wins, is there a considerable difference? Ive seen a few comparison studio shots but would love to hear real world feedback. Also how does the EM1 fair out with low ISO noise. I find the E5 a little noisy on low ISO. I also find the E5 with grip a perfect fit for my hands, how does the EM1 and grip compare?

My go to lens is the 50-200 SWD. That seems to focus pretty good on the EM1 from what I have seen.

I also have the
14-54 mk1
9-18
50f2
40-150 mk1 & mk2
8mm samyang
EPL2 & 14-42
Pana 20 f1.7
mmf2

My E5 was bought new in Feb 2011 from Kerso and is in MINT cond with boxes etc. It has a mere 12000 shots, it unfortunately suffered a shutter failure at 10,400 clicks and I had the shutter replaced by Olympus UK, paper work to verify this. So only about 2000 shots on the new shutter. Roughly what do you think its worth? Just seen how much it will cost to change.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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Re: Thinking of getting the EM1.

Go for it, I changed upwards from the Pen and I love it.
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Re: Thinking of getting the EM1.

As with all camera changes there a positives and negatives. Having moved to and E-M1 from and E-3 I would say;

Pros
- significantly better image quality
- improved ISO ( but maybe not as much as you think )
- lighter weight

Cons
- focusing on moving subjects with 43 lenses is not as good as E-3/E-5. Different techniques required to achieve good results.
- shutter not as responsive in C-AF mode.
- only horizontal PDAF sensors, so need to be aware of what you are focusing on.


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Re: Thinking of getting the EM1.

I was going from an E-3 to the E-M1 so it was really a no-brainer.
One comparison observation that I can make is that I always thought that the E-3 was a touch too big in my small hands and I sometimes got a bit of cramp (I only used the grip on occasions). Now I find the E-M1 a touch small and the bit of my palm opposite my thumb needs somewhere to rest. Although the 'base' E-M1 is lovely and small, I find that the use of the grip solves the problem I encounter. The grip is definetly useful for the larger 4/3rds lenses anyway.
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Re: Thinking of getting the EM1.

Hi Wezzzor,

In the word's of Nike .... "just do it" ( don't think assuming your comfortable with the cost ) . The EM-1 is a great camera for regular 4/3 lenses, so much so I am currently replacing the 4/3 HG & SHG lenses I so foolishly sold when I bought an EM-5 in October '12 because the AF was next to useless ..... not so with the Em-1

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Re: Thinking of getting the EM1.

Was thinking about it today and think i'll go for it . I'll hold onto the E5 for now and see how the EM1 goes and then sell the E5 at a later date.
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Re: Thinking of getting the EM1.

I moved from the EM5 to EM1 still happy with the EM5 as my 2nd camera, but nearly always pick up the EM1 as I find it so much better.
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Re: Thinking of getting the EM1.

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Was thinking about it today and think i'll go for it . I'll hold onto the E5 for now and see how the EM1 goes and then sell the E5 at a later date.
Hi.
I have just sold my E-5 after a lot of deliberation and soul searching. I truly loved that camera. Recalling my trip to Poland in February 2012 when I visited the Auschwitz camp complex. The weather was absolutely foul with leaden grey sky and relentless freezing torrential rain. Auschwitz is a place you only need to visit once and if it hadn't been for the E5 and 12-60SWD I wouldn't have taken a single photo of my visit. As it was I took over 400 shots; nearly all keepers. When I bought the EM-1 I kept the E-5 expecting still to use it. Unfortunately I never did and so had to let it go while it still had a market value. There are lots of different views expressed above about how much better the EM-1 is. I've got photos on my PC going back to 2004 which I took with my Olympus C750-Ultrazoom and the quality is still fantastic belying the fact it only has 4MP. The EM-1 is definitely more advanced and has a better feature set than the E-5. But and it's a big but if you are buying the EM-1 in anticipation of a stellar improvement in the quality of your pictures when viewed on a computer monitor or TV you will be disappointed. If of course you are going to print huge enlargements then that is a different matter. For me it simply came down to weight and bulk. The EM-1 is far more comfortable and convenient to carry about all day and I very much doubt I'll ever go back to a DSLR for that reason alone.
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