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Old 18th April 2012
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Re: My first OM-D E-M5 photo

Originally Posted by Ian View Post
I think everyone should be under no illusion about Four Thirds lenses being optimised for contrast detect AF compared to Micro Four Thirds lenses (apart from the 14-42 Mk1 and the 17mm pancake) - MFT lenses snap into focus because they have low-inertia optics. FT lenses with CDAF optimisation still have lots of heavy glass elements to push around. These are also a compromise design to accommodate CDAF and DSLR Phase Detect AF. I urge anyone to compare the AF performance of comparable MFT and FT lenses on an MFT body.

I get your point here, but would the extra battery in the grip give any advantage (less voltage drop) when using the (CD-AF optimised) 4/3's lenses as is percieved with the HLD-4 (which of course wouldn't make up for lightness & focus speed of the M4/3's lenses). If I get the EM-5, I would probably go for the 12-50 anyhow to be the first M4/3's lens in my kit & then any further lens additions would also be M4/3's too (although I still wished I could've had the 50-200 SWD lens in my 4/3's kit).

Sorry if this is distracting from the original intent of this thread.
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Re: My first OM-D E-M5 photo

Originally Posted by StephenL View Post
I tend to use evaluative metering with exposure compensation based on the live histogram - usually +0.3 as standard, but it looks like the E-M5 might not need that as the metering seems more accurate, based on my vast experience of 25 exposures so far.
I would agree, my e620 was always set on-0.3. When I tried it with the E-M5 it was underexposed. Now set to zero.
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Re: My first OM-D E-M5 photo

Originally Posted by Ian View Post
The 12-50 is smaller, lighter, has a macro mode, has much faster AF, and much better AF for video. It's also wider at 12mm than the 14-54. So it's not without merit

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Re: My first OM-D E-M5 photo

Originally Posted by StephenL View Post
The 12-50 is NOT a bad lens. Maybe not up to 14-54 or 12-60 standards, but NOT a bad lens. As I've said before, there's a certain amount of snobbery going about on other forums. Disregard them! And even the power zoom is good to use, and I never thought I'd hear myself saying that!
Thanks to Stephen, I had a chance to look at this lens as well and I couldn't so far see much wrong with it. Now I notice that PC mag not only say the E-M5 is the best CSC available, they even enthuse over the 12-50 so perhaps some of the initial mediocre press is starting to balance out

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