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John Riley reviews the Olympus E-5, aimed at professionals and higher end amateurs.
I have just joined ePHOTOzine and wanted to give a review on my Olympus E-5. I have been an Olympus user for almost 40 years starting off with a little Olympus Trip camera. (late 1970's!) I bought the E5 body last year after finally making my way to buying a top end camera. It boasts 12 megapixel of resolution, an array of some of the most versitile interchangable lenses on the market and enough features and options to please every level of photographer. All in all I am very pleased with it. I like the 10 incamera filters, large LCD screen, easy to use controls and robust body. Already it has taken several knocks, been splashed by the odd wave and taken a bit of hammering while out hill walking, without hurting it one little bit!!!! There is no point in me bluffing my way through the Four Thirds concept because it will show that I am not really up to speed on the technical end of things. I would mention that the manual that came with the camera was a bit cumbersome and I found myself cross referencing back and forth to try and get a handle on what this great camera can do. In the end and after much research, I came across a book by David Busch called, surprisingly, Olympus E-5! This book has opened my eyes to all the great features of the E5 and is so much easier to use than the manual.
This is a super, hardwearing, robust camera with some terrific features and with a 12-60mm lens and 50-200mm lens, I'm good to go! ;)
On the negetive side........a little pricey. Not sure how this would compere with other high end dslrs from other manufacturers.
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