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Olympus OM-D EM-5 Discussion


StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
21 Mar 2013 10:18PM
They're factory demos Anne, that have more than likely never been out of the box. I've bought lots from this company and would give them 10 out of 10 rating.

Here's a deal on a PM1 Micro that would make a nice backup, having IS for all those non-IS Olympus lenses.

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AnneWorner e2
7 618 43 United States
22 Mar 2013 12:01AM
Didn't know they were factory demos Denny - they just say refurbished. Thnx Smile
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
22 Mar 2013 5:48AM
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This is from my first outing with the Olympus 60mm f2.8 Macro on the E-M5. This was taken yesterday at the zoo. The Penquin Plunge, as it's known, is located in a huge cavern, so a flash is essential. I used the old FL36. What I learnt on this first outing, is that with a short macro like this one, I don't need to stop down unless I'm doing a super close-up shot. For example, this was shot at f2.8, and shows plenty of detail, even in the penguins at the rear. These are Humboldt Penguins btw. Before somebody jumps on me for posting photos from the zoo, I won't be in the Southern Hemisphere anytime soon, so I grabbed this opportunity yesterday.Wink

I went on to try a few more shots of various subjects, and I didn't realise till I got home that I don't really have to be too concerned about getting too shallow a depth of field as long as I'm not up very close. Interesting, it widens my horizons with this lens. I'm looking forward to doing some more shots with it soon. I have a cheap ring flash/light with lots of adjustments available; had to get a step up ring because I couldn't find one with a 46mm adapter. I also have an off-camera cable for the FL36, and I'm getting a diffuser for it. I'm also in the process of researching suitable light tripods, and I have a small focusing rail. Should be fun.Smile

Denny
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
22 Mar 2013 12:39PM
Nice capture Denny. Glad you're enjoying your new lens. Smile

I suspect I will only be buying M4/3 primes from now on. The Oly 14-150mm is looking like the only zoom I actually need: I took a few handheld test shots in the rather dark loft of a friend's house and the results were excellent despite the fact I was using up to 100mm (200mm on FF) and slow shutter speeds. A lot of the credit must go to the E-M5's 5-axis IS, I guess.

I have to say that Panny 14mm/f2.5 looks appealing although I suppose the Oly 12mm/f2 would make more sense................... at a price!
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
22 Mar 2013 2:35PM
The Olympus 12mm will look better on the OMD Smile

Although the 14mm is really good, its really small, but it does give you a smaller package.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
22 Mar 2013 6:12PM

Quote:Although the 14mm is really good, its really small


That's a major plus point, for when I sneak around doing candid street work! Grin

The big (well, relatively) silver Oly 12mm is more noticeable.......
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
22 Mar 2013 7:39PM
Its not much bigger than the 45mm CB, maybe a bit fatter, stick some black gloves on Smile
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
22 Mar 2013 7:41PM
What would the Olympus FL50R handle like on the E-M5? Seems I saw something by Paul about that in the past. I can get a new FL50R cheaper than a new 600R. Should I go for it?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
22 Mar 2013 7:44PM
Its very good, but don`t use it in the shoe, get an off camera cord and either hold the flash in your other hand or attach via a cheap basic bracket to the camera.

I`ve been told that the pin configuration on Canon leads are identical, so if you have a spare lead knocking around you could probably use that.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
22 Mar 2013 7:46PM

Quote:stick some black gloves on


Or black tape around the lens. I have been known to do that sort of thing! Wink
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
22 Mar 2013 7:48PM
Nah call into halfords and pick up a tin of touch up paint Smile
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
22 Mar 2013 7:48PM
I have an off-camera cord, but why not in the shoe? And Paul, which would you get, the 50 or the 600?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
22 Mar 2013 7:52PM
The units are big and heavy Denny, I never even used any of my FL50R`s in my DSLR shoe`s.

The 600 would be better if you do a bit of video, it has a video light.

I`d get the 50R if you use flash a lot and need fast recycling with loads of power.
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
22 Mar 2013 8:07PM
Would the 600R be effective at, say, 30 to 40 feet?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
22 Mar 2013 8:09PM
That all depends.

Don`t mean to sound blunt Denny, but under what conditions, both lighting and kit, but I`m thinking any flash will struggle at that sort of range.

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