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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

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The EM5 is dust and spash proof but, apart from the 12-50, not many of the zoom lenses currently available are.
Hi David, the 12-35 and 35-100 from Panasonic are excellent dust and splash proof options, constant f/2.8 too
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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

I will quite happily speak in favour of the E-5, but I don't have any experience of Pantax to compare it with.

It is indeed very robust, I like the handling and Oly's menu system seems to suit my brain. I have used it for rugby for something like 4 years without it complaining. The only area where I feel it falls down is that its high ISO performance is not so good by modern standards. What is acceptable depends on what you want to do with the photos - I find that for my purposes up to about 1600 it is fine, beyond that it starts to creak. I also don't get on with its image stabilisation, but other people find it works well for them.

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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

Thanks guys. Phew plenty of info and food for thought

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I had already considered the 'Spare body' question and I would have kept my E520 as backup if I bought an E-5.
It has already done one desert trip and apart from a glitch with the popup flash latching shut and grittiness using the kit lenses (now replaced with the 12-60) it faired very well (as the 2500 pictures taken in 2 weeks can attest to ).

It's not so much the high cost of the E-5, it's the value for money. Whichever way you look at it, it is a 2 year old design and even secondhand it costs more than a brand new, latest spec, Pentax. Is that really a viable use of anyones money for a long term investment (rhetorical).

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Lightweight is not really a key criteria as I have a nice 3 tonne Land Rover to carry my kit around in
The high IQ is without question it's more the other features that I question e.g. video, high ISO, etc.

Huw
Thanks for your input, both here and on the other forum. Having a direct comparison between the Pentax and Oly glass is extremely useful.
Although the m4/3 route doesn't 'float my boat' and wasn't an original consideration I thought I would check out the cost for your proposed system. The OMD is available with the Panasonic 12-35 as a kit at £1799 and the 35-100 is a further £949 which comes to £2755 (SRS Microsystems) which is a bit steep for me at the moment. I know I can use some of my 4/3 lenses, with an adaptor, but I understand that the AF is questionable like this.
I do agree with you 'mirrorless' comments but I'm not quite there yet. However I shall pop out the WEX (it's only 20 miles down the road) and have a 'fondle'.

Bikie John
I am happy with the IS on the E520 and I assume the E-5 system is the same. The high ISO performance is an issue with the 520 as well so I know what you mean. Whereas the Pentax seems to score very highly across the whole ISO range.

So where am I at the moment:

IMO the Pentax wins 'hands down' when it comes to the camera.
Olympus win 'hands down' when it comes to their zoom lenses.
The m4/3 route is worth exploring but is probably out of my budget and doesn't quite 'feel right' yet.

As Huw said on the Pentax forum; what I need is a 4/3-K mount adapter. Sadly I don't think thats going to happen.

Please keep the comments coming as there may be something I've overlooked.

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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

I'd have defended the E-5 if you'd already got a bag full of sealed HG and SHG lenses. But as you don't and video is important to you Pentax may be the better option.

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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

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Hi David, the 12-35 and 35-100 from Panasonic are excellent dust and splash proof options, constant f/2.8 too
I was really thinking of Olympus kit. The fast Panasonics are quite expensive and somewhat specialised - I have the Oly 14-35 and 35-100. There isn't really the equivalent of the Oly HG lenses in MFT fitting. Even the 12-50 is a poor relation to the 12-60. It wins on its small size and macro ability but loses on focal length range and aperture.

For that reason I shall be hanging on the my E5 and the HG/SHG lenses for the foreseeable future even as I learn to love my EM5.
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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

I'm afraid Pentax is winning at the moment I have just been give this link:

www.pentaxphotogallery.com

Where you can select images by camera and lens combination. Some of these photos prove that I won't be disappointed with the Pentax lenses I intend to get.

As David M says Cameras are just tools and brand loyalty is only important if the brand stays loyal to your requirements. Unfortunately Olympus haven't and so it looks like there wil be a list of kit available in the for sale section soon.
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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

Enjoy you Pentax gear Ralph, I'm sure it will work out fine

Hi David (Melaka) the Lumix 12-35 and 35-100 are pretty much the HG equivalent for m4/3rds, excellent build with image quality to match.
The fact they are from Panasonic rather than Olympus is neither here nor there from my point of view.
Actually that is one of the strong points of m4/3rds, the fact that many manufacturers are now participating in the format.
Both the 12-35 and especially the 35-100 work exteremly well with my OM-D E-M5
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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

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Enjoy you Pentax gear Ralph, I'm sure it will work out fine

Hi David (Melaka) the Lumix 12-35 and 35-100 are pretty much the HG equivalent for m4/3rds, excellent build with image quality to match.
The fact they are from Panasonic rather than Olympus is neither here nor there from my point of view.
Actually that is one of the strong points of m4/3rds, the fact that many manufacturers are now participating in the format.
Both the 12-35 and especially the 35-100 work exteremly well with my OM-D E-M5
I must admit that until recently I did agree with you, but this thread on FourThirdsUser has me wondering.

http://fourthirds-user.com/forum/sho...asonic+service

Unfortunately Gwyver's only posted a couple of times since that, so we may never know of the final outcome, unless Ian found out of course.
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Hi David (Melaka) the Lumix 12-35 and 35-100 are pretty much the HG equivalent for m4/3rds, excellent build with image quality to match.
The fact they are from Panasonic rather than Olympus is neither here nor there from my point of view.
Actually that is one of the strong points of m4/3rds, the fact that many manufacturers are now participating in the format.
Both the 12-35 and especially the 35-100 work exteremly well with my OM-D E-M5
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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

I have been a serious wildlife TOG for as long as I can remember. The E5 easily surpasses my capabilities. There is also the fact that Zuiko glass is rated as one of best in the world. That's why you should buy an E5
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I have been a serious wildlife TOG for as long as I can remember. The E5 easily surpasses my capabilities. There is also the fact that Zuiko glass is rated as one of best in the world. That's why you should buy an E5
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I must admit that until recently I did agree with you, but this thread on FourThirdsUser has me wondering.

http://fourthirds-user.com/forum/sho...asonic+service

Unfortunately Gwyver's only posted a couple of times since that, so we may never know of the final outcome, unless Ian found out of course.
Well that thread doesn' t make great reading, I do hope Panasonic have pulled their socks up, credit also to Ian for trying to help out.
Perhaps luckily my Lumix lenses are performing flawlessly (fingers crossed)
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Re: Why should I buy an E-5?

No serious wildlife photographer uses anything but Canikon.
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No serious wildlife photographer uses anything but Canikon.
What about humorous wildlife photographers

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Thanks for the comment. Do you shoot video as well as stills?
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I shoot stills only. Between my gallery here and on 4/3 user there's quite a few wildlife photos taken with the OM system and the E-system. I used to shoot wildlife for editorial/stock when there was still money in it.
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