I was beginning to doubt that I would ever see a modern version of the small SLR + grip. Its what I've always wanted and is my favourite camera design bar none. 10 years ago when I was moving from chemical to digital, my last 35mm film outfit was a Pentax MZ-5 and MZ-50, both fitted with grips and a set of silver limited lenses. 31mm, 43mm and 77mm. Perfect. Unfortunately Pentax haven't seen fit to reproduce that, but fortunately Olympus have.
For me this two grip set is a masterpiece of design and functionality. It gives the camera three distinct feels. Its early days yet, but I haven't got over the feel of the full set yet, and thats what I've been using. Finally, this is what I always fantasised about m4/3 turning into.
With the rest of this OM-D E-M5 review. I've tried to be even handed and as objective as I can be, but now with the arrival of the grips, the shackles are off, and this is about to become a fanboy lovefest for what has already become my favourite ever camera.
OUT AND ABOUT
AF SPEED AND ACCURACY
Have a look at these below. On the right is the out of camera jpg. On the left is what I've been able to get from the raw file, using Photoshop CS6 and Camera raw 7.1. And no I haven't cheated, shot an HDR, used different files or combined two pictures together. This is the amount of highlight and shadow recovery that you can get from the OM-D.
BETTER AND BETTER
So my adventures with this camera continue and it just gets better and better as far as I'm concerned. A long while ago I wrote a piece about wanting to to see how m4/3 worked as a "Pro" system for me. soundimageplus.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/pro-kit.html
Ultimately, I decided that it didn't. There were just too many things that it didn't do well, the performance was limited and being honest about it, I just didn't feel that it looked the part. With the OM-D all that changes.
There are a couple of Kirk Tuck pieces on the OM-D that are well worth a read.
Olympus have got this camera seriously right. Amazing considering whats been going on with them recently. It will, I'm sure, sell by the truckload and scoop up every award going. I absolutely love it, and I am so pleased that it performs so well. I'm predisposed to Olympus cameras anyway, and will happily admit that this is not the most objective review ever written about the OM-D. My knee-jerk reaction is to dump everything else onto ebay and buy two (or three) of these. However I am waiting to see what the Fuji X-Pro 1 files look like with some decent Photoshop processing, so I'll delay my final decision on that camera.
In the meantime, expect lots more OM-D posts. I just can't wait to get out and use it again.