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Old 22nd February 2019
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Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

After murdering my e520 last weekend, yesterday I took delivery of a new to me Olympus OMD EM-5, courtesy of Snaarman....was it really only yesterday?

I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening playing with the camera, working my way through the seemingly never-ending and totally baffling menus until this morning I decided sod it...just go out and take some photos. The setting up of all the different bits and bobs can wait until I've become a bit more familiar with it.

I decided to take just two lenses with me - both 4/3 lenses used with the MM3 adapter which I bought earlier this week. I took my trust 40-150 kit lens and my relatively new 18-180 which I've only used once since I bought it last July. I have rather neglected my photography recently!

First stop was the cottage at the start of the lane



The celandines were in full flower



Catkins



There were one or two trip hazards on the path through the woods

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The Lady of the Woods



The light could have been better



I love this one, taken from a bridge about ten feet above the stream



Looking up



I'm surprised it managed to focus in time to catch this little beast!



And finally....



Apart from cropping the celandine and the squirrel I haven't touched the images and I'm absolutely delighted with them. I found the camera relatively easy to use considering it's a little bit more advanced than my e520...

Now I've had a little play with it I'll sit down and start to mess around with the settings and buttons so I can customise it to suit me. I managed to pick up a second hand e520 earlier this week but I rather suspect it won't be getting much use now!

Not knowing any better, I'm quite happy with the the performance of my 4/3 lenses using the MM3 adapter but I'm sneakily looking at the m4/3 40-150 lens whilst my bank manager isn't watching!

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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

That's the way to do it, get out there and get some shots under your belt.

You did well, too
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

Very nice. The EM5 is a great camera and more than capable of delivering excellent results - as your images show
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

I really like my E-M5, hope you get on well with yours. I like the shot "Lady In The Woods".
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

After their initial review of the EM-5, MK 1, DPReview wrote a very helpful article about setting up up the camera. Probably worth a search but I think I have a Word version on my old laptop. Will report back if interested. Totally agree with Paul about this beauty. Mine is going nowhere.

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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

Play is definitely the best way to learn, well done for getting out there. Particularly like the last one but is there a storey behind the Lady of the Woods?

I will hopefully be in a position to upgrade my ailing E-510 in the near future so I will be looking to see how you adjust to m4/3 with interest.
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

Nice set of photos Janet, well done. The photo is really your eye and artistic/photographic bent (!), the EM5 is their to do your will..(!)

So well seen and captured. My Oly really helps with IS, and other features. I am sure the 5 is helpful...………...
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

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is there a story behind the Lady of the Woods
I'm not sure - it's part of the Forest of Burnley and there are wood carvings at the top of the fence on one of the paths.









Only the last photo was taken with my new camera - the rest were with my e520. I took loads of photos yesterday of the fence and carvings but I've deleted most of them.

It's my "go-to" place for testing out new lenses - if you get lucky the light is fabulous and the colours on the trees are wonderful. Yesterday was a very dull, flat sort of day and not at all inspiring.

I was really out to learn how to use the camera and test my 18-180 lens so didn't make much of an effort with angles and composition! I must try again with a fresh eye.

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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

I love my E-M5 which I bought new to replace the E-620 which I never really grew to like very much. The 12-50 zoom is an ideal general purpose lens which seldom leaves the camera unless I need something a bit wider or longer. I have the 9-18, 40-150 (not the fancy one!) and 75-300 as well but I'd say 90% of my shots are with the 12-50. Enjoy!
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

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Not knowing any better, I'm quite happy with the the performance of my 4/3 lenses using the MM3 adapter but I'm sneakily looking at the m4/3 40-150 lens whilst my bank manager isn't watching!
My 4/3 50mm f2 is the best macro lens, which is also suitable for general photography, I have had. And I have had some good ones. I find the MMF-2 is adequate for my purposes.

Re: subject choice: Celandines are difficult to photograph because of the extreme highlights they tend to produce.

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Re: subject choice: Celandines are difficult to photograph because of the extreme highlights they tend to produce.

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I have the same problem with buttercups, they are one subject you do not want to over-expose!
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

Hi Janet, great to see you are getting to grips with the new camera and enjoying it! In practice you can ignore most of the menus and make the majority of your settings on the Super Control Panel, which is reassuringly similar to the E-520.
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

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Re: subject choice: Celandines are difficult to photograph because of the extreme highlights they tend to produce.

These are the types of subject where the highlight/shadow indications in the viewfinder are invaluable. Find how to turn them 'on' with the 'Info' button.
My bętes noires are White butterflies but this viewfinder indication makes it easy
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

I found some useful advice in this article on setting up the (earlier) OM-D cameras
https://robinwong.blogspot.com/2015/...eat-sheet.html
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Re: Playing around - first trip out with my OMD EM-5

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After their initial review of the EM-5, MK 1, DPReview wrote a very helpful article about setting up up the camera. Probably worth a search but I think I have a Word version on my old laptop. Will report back if interested. Totally agree with Paul about this beauty. Mine is going nowhere.

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Janet, I have now found the DP Review article as a Microsoft Word document. If you would like a copy, send me a Private Message with your email address.

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