New camera get! – Olympus OMD EM-5

Olympus OMD E-M5

Hello peeps, how are you enjoying your first days of spring?

If you look at the title of this post, you can probably guess how I will enjoy mine.

One of the reasons I stopped blogging for a while was my good ol’ Nikon D3000. Lovely camera but I became increasingly dissatisfied with it last year. The Nikon D3000 is the entry of entry level cameras from Nikon which I bought back in 2009. As such it lacks quite a bit of features found in other more contemporary cameras.

Olympus OMD E-M5

Things like live view for example, which would cause some problems once in a while as I would need to contort my body in ways I would rather not to take low or high angle photos.

The newly lovely OMD E-M5 thankfully includes both the option of live view as well a viewfinder giving me the best of both worlds. Although I got to say getting used to an electronic viewfinder is taking me a bit of time.

Other things include better low light and high ISO performance which is great for me. Both of those made my D3000 useless in low light conditions such as inside a restaurant making it very hard to take a nice low noise picture without a tripod. One of the reasons I would much rather use my cute little Lumix LX7. Plus the M5 has a fancy 5-axis stabilization system making taking hand held shots at slow speeds more than feasible neglecting the need for a tripod most of the time.

Olympus OMD E-M5

Another reason I would constantly choose my LX7 was it’s size, it really is so cute and tiny, perfect for taking out and about. Sometimes though I wish I could carry my DSLR with me but it’s size made it impractical or cumbersome. While not as small the M5 is quite portable even more so with one of the pancake lens available for micro 4/3rds.

Speaking of lenses, I got the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 macro. Such a nice lens, it has an equivalent focal length of 120mm, something I find super nice is I don’t have to get super close to my figures as I had to with Nikon’s 40mm micro that I use. I plan to buy the Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 which is a 35mm equivalent lens as my multi purpose prime lens.

Now, why this camera out of all those out there? Allow me to show the reason with this dramatization of a conversation with Fab from Wieselhead.

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That’s why… I also think it looks pretty.

6 Comments

  1. Oh snap, nice! Welcome to the micro four-thirds party. The OMD EM-5 was the camera I was coveting for awhile, one of my friends has it and man, it’s a sweet package. Almost everything about it is better than my camera: better EVF, in-body image stabalization, weatherproof body, better ISO handling (although I tend to shoot everything at ISO100 and a tripod anyways), and smaller. Just, it wasn’t $1k better. I’ve been waiting for the next version to come out so it drops in price, but unfortunately Olympus has just been releasing side-grades for it instead of upgrades (EM-1 and EM-10). If my camera died right now, I’d be torn between the EM-5 and EM-10 though; it’d be trading weatherproof body (EM-5) for better sensor and wifi remote (EM-10).

    Instead of a new camera, I’d probably get that lens you got. Atm we use the Olympus 45mm f1.8 for figures and it’s a really good lens but it’s not macro. Instead of the Olympus 14mm, you might take a peek at the Lumix 20mm f1.7 pancake lens (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-H-H020AK-Olympus-Thirds-Cameras/dp/B00DJS830Y). It’s supposed to be the must-have lens for any m4/3 owner with unrivalled image quality, I just got one and I can’t wait to take it out. They just revamped it too so the price isn’t bad.

    Argh, look at what you’ve done to me, I just went and camera-geeked out. I’ll stop now.

    • So far it has been a nice ride, did take a bit of getting used to though. You just ended up listing all the reasons why I picked the OMD-EM5 over other cameras including the EM-1 and EM-10. Hard choice to make, I had no idea how varied the micro 4/3rds world really is.

      That Panasonic lens seems fairly nice and affordable might just buy that one instead.

  2. Woah never expected to play a role in your figma stories, great ^^
    For me DSLR is the first choice, but I had fun to taking a look at cameras, matching your priorities.
    Yeah, I think that was the best combination, looking at Sony’s 4/3 macro lenses still makes me cry XD
    I didn’t pay too much attention to the outer shell, but the design has style, all the retro easy access wheels make me drool.

    Have fun, shounen ;D

    • Yay, I got lucky I happen to have figma versions of our avatars.

      Now that I gotten to use both I can say I feel no appreciable difference between the two. Although this might have to do with me only using an entry level DSLR before which the M5 more than matches and probably exceeds. I will say, that I much prefer the feel if you will of a DSLR than this camera.

      I like the design, like I mentioned above I think it is pretty. I could have gone super hipster with the silver body but I think the black one was the right choice for me.

  3. Hah it looks like your decisionmaking process was very in depth :)

    So you’re liking the mirrorless? It does look convenient to have that hinged screen. If I want a low angle shot, sometimes I have to rub my face into the ground.

    • Of course, this is a life changing decision, has to give it the utmost of thought!

      It is very convenient with it’s smallish size and modern sensibilities a huge step in convenience from my clunky D3000.