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#1 Alex_Mustard

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:29 PM

Yes, I know it is not a DSLR (but I am not sure where else to post). It doesn't have a mirror. But I arrive in Gozo (Malta) this afternoon and have begun putting this camera through its paces with a few other photographers. Just had time for a quick dip while the sun was setting.

The OM-D E-M5 is a new type of Micro Four Thirds camera and seems to really move the game on. It is very impressive, both in terms of performance and image quality. IQ particularly impressive in terms of dynamic range and ISO. Lens choice seems to cover all. Some aspects of the housing are excellent, some less good. Will post some pictures of the kit when I've taken some tomorrow.

I am here to review it for Wetpixel and see if it really is a viable alternative to a DSLR (my excuse for posting in this forum)

Here are some snaps taken as I was figuring out how it worked as the light faded rapidly. Only done one dive so far - trying the Panasonic 8mm fisheye.

Taken with Olympus E-M5 and 8mm fisheye. 1/15 @ f/5, ISO 800. Available light (hand held with in body 5 axis stabiliser).
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Taken with Olympus E-M5 and 8mm fisheye. 1/30 @ f/8, ISO 400. 2 x INON Z240.
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Taken with Olympus E-M5 and 8mm fisheye. 1/15 @ f/10, ISO 3200. Available light (hand held with in body 5 axis stabiliser).
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Taken with Olympus E-M5 and 8mm fisheye. 1/3 @ f/11, ISO 200. 2 x INON Z240.
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Now must sleep!

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:05 AM

Great, thanks!

IMHO you should post here, system is more relevant than mirror. I'm looking forward to hear your further opinions!

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:36 PM

Really looking forward to this review.

Are you using the Olympus housing or the rumored Nauticam housing?

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#4 Alex_Mustard

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:39 PM

Olympus housing.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:56 PM

Ikelite has posted that they are NOT going to make a housing for the OM-D. Bummer.
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 06:19 PM

Olympus housing.

Dr. Alex,

I am so glad you are "field" testing this Oly. Will you use the 12-50? What for macro? IMHO, this is the sub form for this type of camera. Don and I wanted Adam to create a section for mirrorless. Adam suggested posting to this DSLR form.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:57 AM

I have not been able to get a spare Olympus battery for my E-M5 yet and would be interested in battery life with the EVF on. Also now well the housing works without any pickup finder.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:15 AM

B&H says it will be two months before they can fill my backorder for the OM-d. Bummer.

Phil, What's a housing "pickup finder?"
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:39 AM

Hello Jlyle,

Check the Nauticam NEX-7 housing and you will see a lens to aide when viewing with the OLED-EVF. This allows a better view into the EVF. It does not appear that the Olympus housing has one, they did on the DSLR housings for the E-system cameras.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:09 AM

This does look like a sweet little camera.
Still have my OM-2S
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:52 PM

This does look like a sweet little camera.
Still have my OM-2S



Sweet lenses keep coming for the MFT line as well like the just announced Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 X which will focus to 25cm. This lens is already getting rave reviews and it appears it will fit into some current ports (both flat and dome) with only a new gear needed.

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Edited by Phil Rudin, 30 May 2012 - 02:53 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:46 PM

I have not been able to get a spare Olympus battery for my E-M5 yet and would be interested in battery life with the EVF on. Also now well the housing works without any pickup finder.

Phil Rudin



Isn't the battery for the E-M5 the same as the one used in the Olympus E-330? BLM-1? PM me and I'll send you one of mine.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 04:00 PM

Not the same battery, I have a few of the old ones anyway. Thanks for the offer.

I have the vertical battery grip but no extra battery to use it with at this time.

BLN-1, not the BLM-1, I now have four different types of batteries for Olympus cameras

Phil

Edited by Phil Rudin, 30 May 2012 - 04:04 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 11:00 PM

This camera also caught my attention, http://www.eoshd.com...rst-impressions

I had tagged two more quite pertinent bookmarks which are now, unfortunately dead links...
Canon 5D, 5D MK III, Canon 15, 17-40 & 100mm
Aquatica, Ikelight
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:17 AM

I hope to write my review up today or tomorrow. It will be on the Wetpixel frontpage, but I will also put a link here.

Alex

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:20 AM

Great Alex to see your interest for this camera !!
My worry about it is that if I'm sure that wide angle will not be a problem , what about macro ? All the pictures that I've seen untill now taken with mirrorless camera did not convince me vs pictures taken with a dslr.
Of course normally Olympus will release a 60 mm macro , but will Nauticam and Olympus release also a port for it quickly ??
Anyway this camera seems actually impossible to found in France .. so wait and see .. :)

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:24 AM

I think a port for the 60mm should be easy enough - as any flat port with an port extender ring would work - if it doesn't fit in an existing macro port. Until a dedicated port is produced.

I have heard that the Olympus housing is compatible with Sea and Sea RDX port - but I have not been able to confirm this. Can anyone?

I did two dives with it on macro, including one yesterday. It has strengths and weaknesses relative to a DSLR.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:47 AM

I would be interested to know what port you used for the 8mm fisheye and if the ZEN ports work with the new Olympus port mount on this housing.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:10 AM

Hi Phil - we used the Olympus 6" port - which wasn't perfect - but good enough to complete the review. We could get rid of most cut off by removing the port shade (although we generally left it on as the images were for review purposes).

I am most of the way through writing the review - so hopefully it will be online tomorrow - assuming i have time to finish it (I am currently realising why Rome is called the Eternal City - with a never-ending transit at Leo's Airport - so I should be close) and Adam has time to post it.

Right - back to work!

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:56 AM

Thank you Alex , we'll wait patiently your review :)