Olympus OM-D E-M5, E-M1, E-M10 & Mark 2 Owners Thread

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Unfortunately due to my financial situation the Em1 MKII has been sold :( I really enjoyed the camera but I needed the money. So, looking for a cheapish camera to tide me over until orders have improved and I'm gonna stay with M4/3 and probably Olympus. I don't think I can quite manage to scrape enough for an EM5 MKII but perhaps a EM10 MKII. Anyone here shooting with one of those, and if I went for one, what would I miss from the Em5 MKII.
 
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Unfortunately due to my financial situation the Em1 MKII has been sold :( I really enjoyed the camera but I needed the money. So, looking for a cheapish camera to tide me over until orders have improved and I'm gonna stay with M4/3 and probably Olympus. I don't think I can quite manage to scrape enough for an EM5 MKII but perhaps a EM10 MKII. Anyone here shooting with one of those, and if I went for one, what would I miss from the Em5 MKII.
Sorry hear that but obviously needs must!

Depending on how far you need to "retreat" you can get the Olympus Pen PL8 with 12 -42 EZ zoom and claim a 45mm f1.8 all for £299 at Jessops.

As on phone cannot quickly find the mention here at TP. If you cannot find it I will post full link in about 2 hours or less. ;)
 
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Sorry hear that but obviously needs must!

Depending on how far you need to "retreat" you can get the Olympus Pen PL8 with 12 -42 EZ zoom and claim a 45mm f1.8 all for £299 at Jessops.

As on phone cannot quickly find the mention here at TP. If you cannot find it I will post full link in about 2 hours or less. ;)
Yeah i saw that and it looks interesting. There's £150 off the list price of of £449 and apparently a free 45mm from Olympus. Its almost worth it just for that, but I can't do without a viewfinder.
 
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Yeah i saw that and it looks interesting. There's £150 off the list price of of £449 and apparently a free 45mm from Olympus. Its almost worth it just for that, but I can't do without a viewfinder.
Yes, I am tempted just to get the 45mm ;)

Re: EVF, I gather there is one for the Pen.....think it called EV-4 but cannot recall the price or just good it is but having said that = more money and possible inconvenience of such a configuration???
 
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Just a heads up.
I've just posted in the 'wanted' thread a request for a great condition Oly OM-D E-M1 mark ll.
My earlier post re a swap for Fuji X-T3 is now defunct.
 
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Re: EVF, I gather there is one for the Pen.....think it called EV-4 but cannot recall the price or just good it is but having said that = more money and possible inconvenience of such a configuration???
Olympus have made 3 different EVFs, the VF-2, VF-3 and VF-4. These I believe will fit all the Pen EPL series, except the latest EPL-9, which had the accessory port below the hotshoe deleted from the specification. The differencies between the EVFs is mainly the resolution, from low to high the sequence is VF-3, VF-2, VF-4. I use the VF-2 on my EPL-6 for motorcycle travel, it's light, packs small and works well, but otherwise, the OMD EM10 series secondhand makes more sense to avoid the cost of buying an EVF for a Pen. The EVFs appear secondhand on MPB and such as LCE every now and again, mine was about £69 from MPB.
 
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Unfortunately due to my financial situation the Em1 MKII has been sold :( I really enjoyed the camera but I needed the money. So, looking for a cheapish camera to tide me over until orders have improved and I'm gonna stay with M4/3 and probably Olympus. I don't think I can quite manage to scrape enough for an EM5 MKII but perhaps a EM10 MKII. Anyone here shooting with one of those, and if I went for one, what would I miss from the Em5 MKII.
Sorry to hear of your situation, the EM10-II is still a cracking camera though :smashin:
 
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Just a heads up.
I've just posted in the 'wanted' thread a request for a great condition Oly OM-D E-M1 mark ll.
My earlier post re a swap for Fuji X-T3 is now defunct.
I no longer require the Oly EM1 ll as I've ordered one today from WEX at their special price of £1199 including free battery grip. Good deal I thought.
 
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Unfortunately due to my financial situation the Em1 MKII has been sold :( I really enjoyed the camera but I needed the money. So, looking for a cheapish camera to tide me over until orders have improved and I'm gonna stay with M4/3 and probably Olympus. I don't think I can quite manage to scrape enough for an EM5 MKII but perhaps a EM10 MKII. Anyone here shooting with one of those, and if I went for one, what would I miss from the Em5 MKII.
I've had the E-M10ii for 18 months as an upgrade from the E-PL5 then E-M10i
I've not owned the E-M5ii but from memory you'll lose stacking and high res. mode.
You gain an OLED viewfinder and a handy pop up flash.
This link may help:
https://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/r...lympus-om-d-e-m10-ii-vs-e-m5-ii-vs-e-m1-71307
The better stabilisation and EVF were the reason I upgraded from the mark i
The handling is subtly better than the Mki too and I wouldn't go back.

One thing to bear in mind is the M10 is a little smaller than the M5. I like that and it suits me but some people do find the M10 to be too small.
Certainly with my newly acquired 12-40 PRO it feels like a body on a lens not a lens on the body!

These are my best shots with the E-M10ii
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmatvC5W

Re: EVF, I gather there is one for the Pen.....think it called EV-4 but cannot recall the price or just good it is but having said that = more money and possible inconvenience of such a configuration???
Olympus have made 3 different EVFs, the VF-2, VF-3 and VF-4. These I believe will fit all the Pen EPL series, except the latest EPL-9, which had the accessory port below the hotshoe deleted from the specification. The differencies between the EVFs is mainly the resolution, from low to high the sequence is VF-3, VF-2, VF-4. I use the VF-2 on my EPL-6 for motorcycle travel, it's light, packs small and works well, but otherwise, the OMD EM10 series secondhand makes more sense to avoid the cost of buying an EVF for a Pen. The EVFs appear secondhand on MPB and such as LCE every now and again, mine was about £69 from MPB.
I had the VF-4 for my PL-5. It was lovely, very large and bright but it was mostly left in the bag because it made the PL body shape awkward to stow in the bag. Until I had the EVF on the M10 I didn't really miss it and worked with the screen, now I wouldn't consider being without an EVF.
I bought it for about £120 and sold it on again for about £100. I don't think there is much logic in buying one for the PL bodies when the E-M10ii is so much cheaper these days.

I noticed WEX have no new E-M10ii listed any more, Norwich John Lewis had their display model with EZ lens on a ridiculously cheap price a few weeks back so I think it's fair to say it's on it's way out.

MPB have a "well used" example for £180 - it sounds faulty to me but you get some warranty, you pay your money and take your choice.
https://www.mpb.com/en-uk/used-equi...-cameras/used-olympus-compact-system-cameras/
 
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Sorry to hear of your situation,
Thanks, work is a little thin on the ground at the moment but hopefully it will improve soon
the EM10-II is still a cracking camera though :smashin:
It might be my best option to tide me over for a few months until my finances improve. I was also thinking about the original EM1, I think you had one, would you recommend?
 
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I've had the E-M10ii for 18 months as an upgrade from the E-PL5 then E-M10i
I've not owned the E-M5ii but from memory you'll lose stacking and high res. mode.
You gain an OLED viewfinder and a handy pop up flash.
This link may help:
https://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/r...lympus-om-d-e-m10-ii-vs-e-m5-ii-vs-e-m1-71307
The better stabilisation and EVF were the reason I upgraded from the mark i
The handling is subtly better than the Mki too and I wouldn't go back.

One thing to bear in mind is the M10 is a little smaller than the M5. I like that and it suits me but some people do find the M10 to be too small.
Certainly with my newly acquired 12-40 PRO it feels like a body on a lens not a lens on the body!

These are my best shots with the E-M10ii
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmatvC5W
Thanks for that, I'm split between the Em1 or and EM10II
 
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Thanks for that, I'm split between the Em1 or and EM10II
Tricky choice - I wasn't interested in the M1 because it's larger and heavier and a primary goal with M43 for me was smaller and lighter.
I like the built in flash in the M10ii too.

The M1 beats it for burst rates and the focusing should be faster - it depends if you shoot fast(er) moving subjects a lot.
And the M1 is weather sealed with the right lens.

My money would be for the cheaper M10 but it's a dilemma coming from the M1ii as they're both going to feel like a step down.
I can't see either body holding much long term value though. The Mki M5 and M10 seem to have bottomed out around £120-150 with the dealers.

Good luck!
 
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One thing to bear in mind is the M10 is a little smaller than the M5. I like that and it suits me but some people do find the M10 to be too small.
Certainly with my newly acquired 12-40 PRO it feels like a body on a lens not a lens on the body!

The optional grip for the 10mk2 solves that, I found it more or less essential when using the 12-40. They can be had pretty cheaply now, or even cheaper for a 3rd party one.

I've moved on to a 5mk2 now and it is noticeably bigger - and I've got a grip on that too!
 
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Thanks, work is a little thin on the ground at the moment but hopefully it will improve soon

It might be my best option to tide me over for a few months until my finances improve. I was also thinking about the original EM1, I think you had one, would you recommend?
I really liked the EM1, the only reason for the upgrade was for the C-AF really, AF acquisition in this area between the Mark I and Mark II is night and day imo. For everything else the Mark I is excellent.
 
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I liked the E-M1 too, sold mine because I have mostly Panasonic lenses and wanted the combined IS capability
There is one for sale on the classifieds for 230 quid, can't be bad
 
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I liked the E-M1 too, sold mine because I have mostly Panasonic lenses and wanted the combined IS capability
There is one for sale on the classifieds for 230 quid, can't be bad
On here? I can't find it.
 
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The optional grip for the 10mk2 solves that, I found it more or less essential when using the 12-40. They can be had pretty cheaply now, or even cheaper for a 3rd party one.
It's an option but that would mean I couldn't fit it in my two smaller bags - smaller and lighter were the two main reasons I moved from a DSLR to M43 years back.
I'm still in two minds about the 12-40 PRO. I bought it on impulse as I was feeling flush and it was a good price - GAS probably!
There's no argument about the quality but it's not as easy to carry about nor is it as discreet as the EZ pancake zoom.
I take photos when I'm out, I rarely go out to take photos so portability is really important to me.

I suspect it's all academic to @jakeblu coming from the E-M1ii and a gripped E-M10ii would be fine.
 
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It's an option but that would mean I couldn't fit it in my two smaller bags - smaller and lighter were the two main reasons I moved from a DSLR to M43 years back.
I'm still in two minds about the 12-40 PRO. I bought it on impulse as I was feeling flush and it was a good price - GAS probably!
There's no argument about the quality but it's not as easy to carry about nor is it as discreet as the EZ pancake zoom.
I take photos when I'm out, I rarely go out to take photos so portability is really important to me.

I suspect it's all academic to @jakeblu coming from the E-M1ii and a gripped E-M10ii would be fine.
I'm still umming and ahing over the Em1i or the Em10ii. I quite like the idea of a smaller camera for a while, just something light and easy to carry around, not that I felt the EM1ii was too big or heavy.
 
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Guys, I would like some help with a purchase decision. I’m trying to decide between the em5 mk2 (or possibly em10) and the Fuji xt20, I know the differences between them by specification but practically I’d like some insight. I’m expecting my first child soon and would like a camera that will cope well for keeping up with kids in the near future. I also like taking pics when travelling too. I have a Nikon D610 at the moment with some nice 2.8 lenses but it’s a chore to use and one reason for changing was to lighten the load and also gain a bit of money back with this change. Obviously the smaller mirrorless cant compete for autofocus with a FF dslr but are they good enough to keep up with children playing etc.
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I've had a Fuji XT1 & 2 and now have the EM5 MK2.

Focus tracking is not a strong suit for the Olympus EM5 MK2.

I'd look to the EM1 MK2 if budget allows (it'll be my next camera).

I much prefer the output from the Olympus and is fantastic for most genres of photography from landscape to studio shots but action is where it is let down a little.

Don't get me wrong I've got some great shots of the grandkids chasing around but I'd get more keepers with a DSLR.

Like you though I wanted lighter kit.

I observed the dreaded "worms and artifacts" with Fuji. Apparently it's better now but it put me off for life.

Hope this helps,

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I've had a Fuji XT1 & 2 and now have the EM5 MK2.

Focus tracking is not a strong suit for the Olympus EM5 MK2.

I'd look to the EM1 MK2 if budget allows (it'll be my next camera).

I much prefer the output from the Olympus and is fantastic for most genres of photography from landscape to studio shots but action is where it is let down a little.

Don't get me wrong I've got some great shots of the grandkids chasing around but I'd get more keepers with a DSLR.

Like you though I wanted lighter kit.

I observed the dreaded "worms and artifacts" with Fuji. Apparently it's better now but it put me off for life.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for your opinion green ninja67,
Budget won’t stretch to a em1 unfortunately. I realise the em5/10’s forte isn’t action but thought maybe it would be good enough not to be frustrated chasing a kid about and general sporty action.
 
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Guys, I would like some help with a purchase decision. I’m trying to decide between the em5 mk2 (or possibly em10) and the Fuji xt20, I know the differences between them by specification but practically I’d like some insight. I’m expecting my first child soon and would like a camera that will cope well for keeping up with kids in the near future. I also like taking pics when travelling too. I have a Nikon D610 at the moment with some nice 2.8 lenses but it’s a chore to use and one reason for changing was to lighten the load and also gain a bit of money back with this change. Obviously the smaller mirrorless cant compete for autofocus with a FF dslr but are they good enough to keep up with children playing etc.
Thoughts
I don't think the EM5-II is great for that kind of thing tbh, but then I didn't rate the XT1 for that either so not sure how the XT20 would fair?
 
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Thought I'd order a couple of spare batteries for my E-M1 ii and grip! Expensive aren't they?
Anyone found suitable replacements?
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Been up in Northumberland at Alnmouth for a family (so no serious photography) break this last week. However, as our cottage was literally two minutes away from the River Aln estuary, I couldn't resist walking down on an evening to see what I could get. I didn't have any tripod or filters with me, so this is a hand held 3 exposure bracket which I've then processed in Lightroom. Pretty pleased with how its turned out.

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OMD EM1 mk II + Oly 12-40mm f2.8.

Cheers,

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Been up in Northumberland at Alnmouth for a family (so no serious photography) break this last week. However, as our cottage was literally two minutes away from the River Aln estuary, I couldn't resist walking down on an evening to see what I could get. I didn't have any tripod or filters with me, so this is a hand held 3 exposure bracket which I've then processed in Lightroom. Pretty pleased with how its turned out.

Alnmouth
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OMD EM1 mk II + Oly 12-40mm f2.8.

Cheers,

Simon.
Looks like a lovely still evening - almost feels like you're there when you look at this. Beautiful part of the world Northumberland.

I love that these cameras can be hand held in tricky situations.
 
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Looks like a lovely still evening - almost feels like you're there when you look at this. Beautiful part of the world Northumberland.

I love that these cameras can be hand held in tricky situations.
Thanks :)

Olympus (and m4/3 in general) continues to impress me. For my needs it is the perfect compromise between so many competing demands.

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MC-20 user experiences please :)

I have read various reviews that indicate the new MC-20 is very good optically and a good compliment with the MC-14 when different TC extension is required.

So, of those who have now got the MC-20 how are you now getting on with it?

The way I am thinking is that it makes a good one for travel where overall weight & volume of gear needs to be watched but you want as long a max FL as possible as well versatility of zooming i.e. combined with the 40-150 Pro you get the benefit of the max zoom 300mm (giving 600mm FoV equivalent) for times of wildlife usage ~ where taking the 300mm f4 Pro is less versatile & bulky/heavier than the 40-150mm f2.8 Pro.

TIA for any replies :)

PS @GyRob Hi Rob, I see mentioned on a PoTN post with the Robin that you used the x2 TC ;) .........so "mentioned" you here to attract your attention for your thoughts :)
 
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I've managed to pick up and M10.2 and a Panny 12-32mm. So far I impressed with this little camera obviouslt not as fully featured as my EM1.2 but it'll see me over for a few months.

Just a heads up, I'm about to put an ad in the wanted section for a cheap Oly 40-150mm zoom, so if anyones looking to move one on, I'll see you in there (y)
 
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