I bought myself a new camera on boxing day to replace the Canon 7D that got stolen last year.
It was a toss up…overspend on a Nikon D600, or a 5D MK II… But then I saw something that grabbed me. And I did the unthinkable. I bought an Olympus. And not only that, but it wasn’t a DSLR.
I know, I’ve gone crazy. But it’s a nice little camera. It’s incredibly tiny and portable, solid constrution, metal body, weather sealed, looks like an old film SLR (Which is probably what attracted me to it in the first place I gotta admit). It’s a Micro 4/3 camera. The array of lenses available for it include some very high end ones, but nowhere near the selection of lenses for the DSLR’s.
I bought the camera on sale for a couple hundred bucks off, and bought a 45mm 1.8 lens. I am pretty easy when it comes to lenses, any good fast portrait type prime lens will keep me happy!
I bought a camera bag too, as I have zero camera gear anymore. It’s hard to explain how small the EM5 is, but this bag which would just fit a DSLR and one lens, is enormous for the EM5:
It takes awesome pics. The technological advances in cameras BLOWS MY MIND. My first DSLR was a Canon 350D, last was a 7D, and this thing with it’s smaller sensor outperforms both in dynamic range. I can take pics with blown out areas an shadowed areas and both come out clear, it’s just amazing! The areas it lacks are of course bokeh due to the smaller sensor, so you have to have an even lower F-Stop to get nice bokeh. Low light performance isn’t as good as a full frame, obviously, but still is mind-blowingly good.
One thing this camera has on EVERY DSLR though is image stabilization and focusing in movie mode! The image stabilization in this camera is the most amazing I’ve seen on any camera. It’s almost as good as a full glidecam rig (And I’ve used both the mini DLSR glidecams, and the fullsize glidecam rigs with the harness and arm). No joke.
And it focuses much better in movie mode than DSLR’s do.
The built in mics sound pretty damned good for built in mics too – being a bit of a mic snob, I have certain tastes, and the mics on this camera are great for built in mics. Condensory sounding, but with good bottom end and little to no high end hiss or piercing highs.
I don’t have any flashes, so I can’t much in the way of photoshoots right now…but I really want to find something to do to put this thing to use!