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Thinking of looking for a new camera

After a long break from photography and seeing the current range available, my first port of call is to check out if the E series lenses can be used with the OMD range of camera bodies.

I currently own the E3 and E5 cameras with a good range of lenses.

Can anyone please advise on the above?

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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

Yes they can, with the MMF1,2, or 3 adaptor. Focus speed may be slightly compromised in some combinations.
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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

Thank you, that opens the door for me to consider adding a new camera.

When you say focus speeds might be compromised, would be that against the OMD camera or against the , say, E5?

I am thinking, in particular, of the Sigma 50-500 lens.
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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

It varies so much depending on both body and lens combination you really need to seek opinions from someone with experience of a particular set of circumstances. My only (sad) experience of the Bigma was on a Canon 5D! Hardly relevant!
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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

The OM D E M1 is your best bet for fast focus, but any m4/3 camera can use 4/3 lenses with any of the three MMF adapters.
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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

Welcome back Peter. The answer to your question is another question to you. What do you want to do with an upgraded camera. IMHO the E5 is still a better camera for wildlife and action photography. If you are use to the E5 AF I would think you may well be disappointed with the AF of the OMD's. I have the bigma and only use it on the E5 when the light is very good. The mft adapter for FT lens to me appears weak and sky away from using it with the Bigma, the EM1 looks like a lens cap on this lens. I have the EM1 as well which is limiting for wildlife and action although the latest firmware upgrade has improved performance but for me the jury is still out until I have the confidence to try it for those application. Where the EM1 does score for me is with the composite mode for light trials and start trials. Although I brought the mft 12-40 f2.8 pro with the camera I rarely use it preferring the Tamron 14 -150mm as my walk about lens and for video. For video I tend to use MF as AF does not work well for me taking vids of steam trains.
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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

The E-m1 is the your best bet as already mentioned and all though you can attach the 4/3rd lenses to other m4/3 body's they have a problem focusing them due to the lack of phase detectors on the sensor which the E-m1 has and is now quite acceptablel at doing so with the new v3 firmware update...

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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

hi Peter

In order to get auto focus on the bigma you will need the em1. I had one but in the end swapped it for an E5 (I still have the E3). I believe the em1 is better now but I had a lot of early problems and fell out with Olympus on it.

But when it worked it was good. Here is a thread of some birds with my bigma and em1

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthre...ighlight=birds

and then with the E5 - which seems to work for me in good weather especially.

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthre...ighlight=birds

I have retained the em5 and now also have the em5 mk2 and am experimenting with manual focus using focus peaking. I get on better with that range. But it doesn't have phase detect focus, so is poor with Sigma lenses.

Unless you have issues with the E5 I'd keep it! You gain some positive things and lose some others. I could talk you through my list but you may see it differently.

I would suggest you take advantage of the Olympus try out scheme and try an em1. You get a weekend to try it out. You'd need an adaptor for the bigma. let me know if I can help.

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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

Welcome back. I thought of you last month when I drove past the Hayling oyster beds!

I've switched to an EM1 which goes well with the EC14 and 50-200 which is now my longest FT lens. Focus is not much different to what it was with the E5. I doubt if it's worth trying any other MFT body with the Bigma.
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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

What made me think about adding a new camera was that a lot of time has passed since I last did any serious photography. The question I posed on this thread was to establish if I could use my 4/3 glass on a new body. The answer appears to be yes. Now comes the hard bit in comparing the E5 and OMD E1 specs. I have a Panasonic, full HD camera so Video is not too important. It seems that the OMD-E1 has focussing issues but this may have been resolved with the recent firmware upgrade.

BTW I am still working on improvements on Hayling and in partnership with Hampshire County Council and Havant Borough Council. We are working on a HLF project.

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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

The only upgrade path is the E-m1. the other OMD do not have phase AF detection. Olympus did mention that a lens profile is required for the E-m1 to work with the lens properly.But that was only mentioned at the launch of the E-m1. That may be history since there is already 2 versions upgrade since.
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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

While we are here, There are many adapters now in the market which enables OMD to use Nikon and Canon mount lenses. Is it advisable to go on that path as native super zoom lenses are still limited?

Such as sigma 50-500 for Nikon and Canon is about US$600 while the Oly mount ones are almost 40% more.
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Re: Thinking of looking for a new camera

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While we are here, There are many adapters now in the market which enables OMD to use Nikon and Canon mount lenses. Is it advisable to go on that path as native super zoom lenses are still limited?

Such as sigma 50-500 for Nikon and Canon is about US$600 while the Oly mount ones are almost 40% more.
I believe that you would not get autofocus with the Nikon and Canon variants.
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