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Sorry to gatecrash the forum, but I've just ordered an EM-5 -(hopefully due tomorrow)-, and I'm after some advice.
I gather that the supplied manual tells you how to put the battery in and turn the camera on.....and that's about it ! I know the supplied CD has a full instruction manual on it, but I wondered if anyone who's been using one for a while could give a brief idea of the settings that are "must have" to get the best out of it.
I know that's a very vague request, but any info would be much appreciated.
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Quote: Sorry to gatecrash the forum
Not gatecrashing at all, Roger! A warm welcome to you as an EM-5 prospective owner.
Quote: I wondered if anyone who's been using one for a while could give a brief idea of the settings that are "must have" to get the best out of it.
I have it on aperture priority and auto-ISO as my initial setting, i.e. when carrying the camera around. This User Guide might be of some help.
Quote: Paul, I do think it's worth biting the bullet and getting the EM-5 now rather than doing it in stages
Just waiting for funds to become readily available which should not be long now.
My main consideration will be lenses, followed by a body.
My thoughts on the issue of what to get are very straight forward; the E-M5 is so much better in all respects over the PL3, that you would regret getting the PL3 until you finally sold it, lost money, and bought an E-M5. The sensor alone makes it well worth the extra cash.
Plus; you'll never hear the end of it from CB.
Camera arrived this afternoon, and after a frustrating wait for the battery to charge, managed to have a quick play with it.
Many thanks to CB for link to the User Guide...it made what would otherwise been a fraught hour or so, a really simple job to do an initial set up.
I took a few shots using large jpegs and RAW and my initial impression is that the RAW files are extremely soft compared to the jpegs with default settings, but after running the RAW through Nik noise reduction and sharpening software the results are vastly superior to the jpegs. Noise at 1600 ISO appears not to be a problem.
Does that fit in with other users experience ?.....(First impressions say I've done the right thing buying it!)
That's in line with my experience Roger.
I hope you have as much fun getting to know the new system as I am.
I have similar first impression to yours, with around 2,000 various types of images "in the can"
Updated to EM-5 to firmware 1.2. It was quite painless!
It updated my 14-42mm II lens firmware as well from v1.0 to v1.1. Firmware on the 40-150mm (v1.0)did not need an update. Interestingly it picked up the firmware version on the Panasonic 20mm as well (v1.1) - but indicated it too did not need updating.
Do you update the bare body or with any lens on CB. Also, did I read the instructions correctly, you need to take the SD card out as well?
Quote: Do you update the bare body or with any lens on CB.
Not tried it body only. I first of all updated the camera with the 14-42mm, then I put on the 40-150mm and finally put on the 20mm.
Quote: you need to take the SD card out as well
thanks CB, just performed my first "Olympic Upgrade, " a bit nerve-racking but it went quickly and smoothly (and better yet, the camera still works )
Quote: and better yet, the camera still works
Yes, that's the good bit!
Always a bit of "Phew!" when completing firmware upgrades - ought not to be, but there y'go.
Up gradding firmwares pretty good don`t you think, no need to send anything away for re chipping
Just seen some comments elsewhere that Olympus have sent out a warning not to update the firmware yet as there may be a problem with it. Is anyone here aware of / able to confirm this?
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