I've now had three opportunities to shoot with the OM-D E-M5 and I've already decided to add to this system and get rid of some of my larger and heavier APS-C cameras and lenses. I went out firstly with the 14-42mm kit zoom and 45mm f/1.8, secondly with the zoom and 75mm f/1.8 and finally with the 75mm on the Olympus and my Leica T fitted with it's kit zoom.
I was really pleased with the results from all of those and more especially just how well the camera handled and how easy it was to use.
This is in fact the nicest m4/3 camera I've ever owned in terms of handling. A personal thing obviously, but it just seems to fit my hand so well. I've always felt that many of the Panasonic and Olympus cameras I've used have just been too small, however though the E-M10 is far from large it just seems to work. I would say however, that all of this is when I have the grip fitted, as that makes it much easier to get a decent hold on the camera for me.
In terms of lenses the kit zoom is OK, but I may well be replacing that at some point. It's actually beautifully designed, emerging from it's pancake state like a butterfly from a chrysalis. (Pretentious? Moi?) But it has to be said it is a bit soft. The 45mm f/1.8 and particularly the 75mm f/1.8 primes are stellar when it comes to sharpness and it seems a pity to waste that excellent resolution the the E-M10 is capable of with an 'ordinary' lens. Don't get me wrong, it is decent enough, but there is better out there.
Another impressive thing is the speed of camera. AF is seriously slick and the whole camera seems to be built for speed. Using my A7r yesterday I'd forgotten just how long it takes that camera to start up. The EVF in particular still takes an age to start working. I thought the new firmware was supposed to speed that up, but it seems not. The Olympus however is keen to get going ASAP and it really is a delight that it's so quick. From time to time the camera powers down when I'm not making pictures, but one tap on the shutter button and it's ready to go. It's really useful and great for moving fast to get a grab shot when one presents itself.
So far I'm more than impressed with the camera. Image quality is also the usual punchy, 'glossy' typical m4/3 look. I'll be having a look at the ISO performance soon, but ultimately this is going to be a 'fair weather' camera for me. Now I had kind of assumed that I might be finished with m4/3, at least for a while, but the OM-D E-M10, bought as something to review and sell on looks very much like it's going to become one of my favourite cameras. The Panasonic FZ1000 just got a very real competitor for that SOUNDIMAGEPLUS CAMERA OF THE YEAR award.
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