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In Topic: Any Comparison? Nikon D3200 vs Oly OMD-EM5 vI

09 May 2015 - 07:16 AM

I'm using the e-m5 and an e-m1 for all my photography.


My uw setup is the e-m5, a 12-50 zoom and the panasonic 8mm fisheye. I originally bought the e-m5 specifically for uw as I didn't want to carry a full size housing and ports that my Nikon gear would require.


As it turns out, I ended up selling all my Nikon gear once I found out how good the m43 system performs. And I shoot professionally (photojournalist/portrait) for my career. It's that good. The only problem has been auto focus while on c-af, which I would say is not very good in the e-m5, but is almost the equal of the pro Nikon cameras in the e-m1.

In Topic: Thoughts on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II or the upcoming Panasonic's?

21 April 2015 - 06:51 AM

I hope that the phase detection will be available (possibly as a user accessed option) on other af settings. But, in bright light, contrast detection is actually faster than phase detection. I will say that the e-m1 with the v3.0 upgrade is very accurate in c-af, not quite as good as a DSLR, but very good nonetheless. Next time I'm using my 12-50 underwater, I might try the c-af just to see what happens. 

In Topic: Thoughts on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II or the upcoming Panasonic's?

20 April 2015 - 07:01 AM

Troporobo--not to hijack this thread, but if I were you, I would wait for the next version of the e-m1 rather than buy the current one. The e-m1 is around two years old now. I have the current e-m1 and to tell the truth, it still hunts a lot in low light. And the phase detection doesn't kick in unless you are on c-af, not something I use underwater (although that might be something to consider for macro).

In Topic: Should i get a fisheye?

09 April 2015 - 07:28 AM

Hello Storker


When I was setting up my kit, I talked with Scott at Bluewater Photo in Los Angeles. He said the difference in the 9-18 and the 8mm is whether you want to get nice snaps from every underwater excursion or do you want to get that one-of-a-kind photo that may make you miss some others. The 9-18 is for the former and the FE is for the latter. Since I just shoot for my own enjoyment and have been shooting uw photos for some three decades I chose the latter and got the 8mm Panny lens. While I haven't been able to get into the water with it as much as I would want, I did have the opportunity to dive Catalina Island in SoCal last month with the camera (e-m5) and the FE. I found the lens to be somewhat limiting, but I did get some nice shots with it. The best being of a Garibaldi who decided to attack the dome port (probably saw a reflection of himself). Here's that photo, something I doubt I could have gotten with the 9-18. 



In Topic: Move to Micro Four Thirds or continue with D80 UW

08 March 2015 - 11:38 AM



  I'm not sure what Wolfgang is talking about the e-m1 being huge. I have both the e-m1 and the e-m5 and the e-m1 is marginally larger than the e-m5. Perhaps he is talking about the Nauticam housings for both. I have the housing for the e-m5, but not for the e-m1. However, I've seen the Nauticam housing for the e-m1 at DEMA and I didn't notice that much of a difference. The e-m1 housing comes with a tray that has two "arms" vertically attached so maybe that is what he means. However, if you mount two flash units, then those "arms" are integrated into your overall unit.


  As for shutter lag, I am a professional photojournalist and previously was using Nikon and Canon systems.  Although the e-m5 has a short lag, I find the e-m1 to be nearly as fast as my DSLRs. S-AF is actually faster than the DSLRs and I have not had any problems with the 2x crop factor. 


 With Nikon, I was using the D300 and D700 with the 14-24, 24-70, 70-200, all 2.8 lenses. With the Canon, I was using a 1Dmk3 and 1Dmk4 with the same lenses. I originally bought the e-m5 for strictly underwater work since the housings were so much smaller. Little by little, I began to incorporate the e-m5 into my working equipment until I was using the e-m5 about 30% of the time. As of the release of the 40-150 PRO lens, I switched over to Olympus and sold all my digital DSLR gear. I now own the e-m5 and e-m1 with the 8mm Panasonic fisheye,  9-18, 45 1.8, 12-50 (range and macro are nice for uw) , 12-40 PRO, 40-150 PRO and the 1.4 converter.  While the c-af with the e-m5 is pretty much useless, I find that I can use the e-m1 well. There is a new firmware version for the e-m1 (V.3.0) which promises to increase the c-af accuracy at up to 9fps. I have downloaded the firmware but have not been able to check out the c-af yet. If it works well, I see no problem with you using it for your birding photos. 


  Not wanting to get too detailed about my experiences here, message me if you have further questions about the system.