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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Re: So what will you buy?

I don't know if anyone has posted this before but the Matching Simulator is working on the Four Thirds site now. I have just built the E-M1 with the grip, MMF-3, and 50-200 SWD.

Link here.

I don't think the lens looks too large for the body at all.

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Re: So what will you buy?

Having 20+ 4/3 and OM lenses I may buy a body and MMF-3 in 12 months time. I'll let the early adopters find any faults/issues. I don't need high ISO or 16MP but would like an m4/3 body for some of the fast manual focus primes that are available
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nikon d7000 i reckon
Is the E-M1 too expensive or do you think it is not the right solution? Or both?
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Re: So what will you buy?

John how did David get to try the Lumix on the EM-1 already?
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John how did David get to try the Lumix on the EM-1 already?
Ed (Wee Man) has already been to visit Ian, too.
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Re: So what will you buy?

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John how did David get to try the Lumix on the EM-1 already?
Probably the same way Wee Man (Ed) got to try several lenses too.

EDIT: Ah John, you beat me to it.
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Re: So what will you buy?

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Is the E-M1 too expensive or do you think it is not the right solution? Or both?
It does look like a cracking camera but I'm not sure I can justify the cost compared to other options. I will wait a while and decide later.

I am still constantly impressed by my E5 and the two hg lenses I have so there is no rush.
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It does look like a cracking camera but I'm not sure I can justify the cost compared to other options. I will wait a while and decide later.

I am still constantly impressed by my E5 and the two hg lenses I have so there is no rush.
That makes sense and the price is bound to drop over time. Plus, the technology will almost certainly be incorporated in future lower level cameras such as the eventual E-M5 replacement.
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Thanks Ian and others. I'm convinced now. Now it is just a matter of finding the money.. Anyone want to buy an E-30 in the future?
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Re: So what will you buy?

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John how did David get to try the Lumix on the EM-1 already?
I can explain this. I felt that one of the most important issues for the new camera was its ability to shoot BIF with Four Thirds lenses. So last week I invited David Morison and Andy Elliot, two of our finest bird in flight photographers on our sites, to try out the E-M1 in secret. We met at Rutland Water.

Andy uses an E-5 but also has an E-M5 and he also has several Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds lenses, including the 300 f/2.8 and m.Zuiko 75-300. David traded his E-5 for a Canon EOS-7D, widely regarded as one of the best cameras for BIF but he also uses an E-M5. Between them they are a cornucopia of experience and expertise.

Andy was quite enthusiastic about the performance of the E-M1 with his lenses. David was less comfortable but he did like the way the E-M1 focused his Leica 14-150. If I recall, his 7-14 doesn't focus well on an E-M5 and that now focuses properly on the E-M1. For David the issue is not that the E-M1 is no good for BIF, it's just that he was hoping for a reasonably large improvement over his old E-5. Compared to the E-M1, his 7D can successfully lock onto very distant birds with amazing reliability and this is ideal for his need to identify birds. But he did say that his E-M5's image quality is better than the 7D.

Ed (Wee Man) commented on the forum that it was disappointing there were no events in Northern Ireland, so I put 2 and 2 together and invited him to the European press event venue at Castle Leslie on Tuesday, which is less than an hour from him. I'm sorry I could not invite more people from the region.

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Re: So what will you buy?

Sponner I was in the same frame of mind as you and would have waited myself until the price drops as I've done with all my other camera purchases. However, in this case I've broken my rules and gone for it early as I just got a long service award from work and that is going to lessen the financial blow. Plus I thought about the history of the EM-5 when it came out it was a high price but had quite good introductory offers. For those that got the introductory offers then the Camera took over a year to actually get a street price back down to around the effective original offer price (i.e. the price minus the free goodies). So looking at it that way the EM-1 is currently selling for £1499 - £159 (MMF-3) - £189 (HLD-7) - £250 (12-50mm lens) - ~£85 (battery and backpack offer at SRS) = £816 for the camera body. I'm sure it will be nearly two years before it gets to that low a body only street price. Not a fair accounting story really but it certainly helped me justify it to my better half
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Re: So what will you buy?

Ian there was no need to explain really but it's very nice you did. That was a pretty smart thing to do as well, what an excellent way to get some expert independent views. Maybe the guys will feel able to add more of their own thoughts on here now. Looking forward to meeting you in person at the event today and getting to grips with the EM-1 myself.
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Re: So what will you buy?

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