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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


I've been looking for something smaller than my Nikon D700 and FX lenses for hiking/climbing/backpacking. I handled the Olympus OM-D EM-5 the other day and I have to say that I'm impressed. Solid feel, EVF good enough, small, and light weight. It also has IBIS that works with other glass - like my MF Nikkors. I have not done any test shots, but from what I've seen on the various review sites and user pictures it looks every bit as good as my D300 ever was and likely even better.

So, as the title asks, have any of you Nikon FX owners bought or considered buying the EM-5 as a lighter-weight/smaller alternative to your FX Nkon gear?

I'm asking in this forum because I want to get opinions from Nikon owners specifically, especially if you plan on using any of your Nikon glass on this m43 body.

Thanks -

John



May 25, 2012 at 06:46 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


I am considering getting one to convert to full spectrum once the price drop.I am not in a hurry to get one. I am waiting to see what Panasonic has in store for this season.


May 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


Yes, I'm very interested in the GH-3 as well - especially because it may keep the multi-aspect sensor - I really like going to 16:9 like on my LX-5 to get a little extra wideness for landscape-type images. It may not come out until later this summer or even fall.

It too can take Nikon glass with an adapter.



May 25, 2012 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


I am seriously looking to sell my D90 and then buy the Olympus. I have read lots of great reviews and wanted something that was smaller and easier for taking on trips. It's not cheap but it looks like a great camera. I was going to pull the trigger on the Panasonic GX1 but this looks like a little better. I have looked at a few websites but can't find anyone who has one in stock.




May 25, 2012 at 09:31 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


I have one for trade on B/S


May 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


I have recently gone from Canon to a Nikon D800. I also have had a micro4/3 setup for some time. I have a panasonic Gh2 and recently got an Olympus OM-D M5. It is a great camera. When i travel I almost always take either my DSLR or micro 4/3 with me -- depending on the place and the anticipated free time I have.
THe point is that you can get 14 to 600mm 35mm equivalent into a small bag. However the dynamic range and ultimate resolution does not really compete with the Nikon D800. So as always tradeoffs



May 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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mark1958 wrote:
I have recently gone from Canon to a Nikon D800. I also have had a micro4/3 setup for some time. I have a panasonic Gh2 and recently got an Olympus OM-D M5. It is a great camera. When i travel I almost always take either my DSLR or micro 4/3 with me -- depending on the place and the anticipated free time I have.
THe point is that you can get 14 to 600mm 35mm equivalent into a small bag. However the dynamic range and ultimate resolution does not really compete with the Nikon D800. So as always tradeoffs


For me, when I'm doing some serious hiking/backpacking/climbing compactness and weight are the biggest concern and IQ second. Though I like to have it all.

Right now, as I indicated, I have an LX-5 and a D700 and nothing in between.

So I was thinking:

OM-D EM-5
8MM fisheye
7-14/4
12-50 kit lens
45-XXX?

and then have something like the 12/2 and 20/1.7 around for low light..

I could even use my 105/2.5 AIS and 200/4 plus adapter and still get image stabilization!

On my last climb I took:
D700
16/3.5 FE
20/2.8D
50/1.8G
105/2.5 AIS
200/4 AIS

and though not excessive, it was a tad heavy and bulky. I'll need to compute the weight difference later on tonight.



May 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM
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I am a D7000 and D700 owner with some nice enough glass that does most of what I want it to. That said, I don't take it with me on every trip I make. I got into m4/3 when it came out, because I was attracted to the small form factor of the EP1. I have used several bodies since then, both Oly and Panny. As anyone will tell you, a camera is only as good as the system that supports it, and I think m4/3 is doing a good job of that. I Bought an EM5 recently (I got lucky and have had it since the week they shipped) and it, coupled with my 45mm 1.8 are just really a blast to use. No, it doesn't replace my DLSRS for action or really lowlight, but I'll be damned if I didn't wish my D700 had in body image stabilization like the EM5. The upcoming 75mm 1.8 is a definite 'Must Buy' for me as well.

I find that with faster glass, the Oly EM5 is more accurate with focus than either of my Nikon bodies with stationary subjects. IQ is good enough for most things. IBIS is just incredible to use with my old MF Nikkor glass too!

http://www.iflphoto.com/Other/EM5-Stuff/i-H3MM5rj/0/X2/P5030022-X2.jpg
EM5 with 85mm 1.8 AiS

http://www.iflphoto.com/Other/Pirates/i-FHZg4md/0/X2/P5120014-Edit-X2.jpg
EM5 with 45mm 1.8 m.Zuiko



May 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


Awesome shots especially that second one.


May 26, 2012 at 03:17 AM
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Josh, the one with the pirate is excellent!


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I have a lot of the m4/3 lenses. The 7-14mm is a great lens but subject to flare like the nikon 14-24. i like the 14-140mm as an all purpose lens. The 14-45mm is also quite good. I do not have experience wit h the 12-50mm. In terms of a 45mm, the olympus is great especially for portraits but the panasonic 45mm 2.8 macro is super. It is great as a close up lens and quite good at infinity. The 12mm is good but manual focus. The 20mm is so small and fast at F1.7 -- no brainer in my opinion. Quite sharp too.

So i commonly bring the 7-14, 14-140, 45mm macro, and 100-300mm. If space is an issue then i take the 14-45mm in place of the 14-140mm

jhinkey wrote:
For me, when I'm doing some serious hiking/backpacking/climbing compactness and weight are the biggest concern and IQ second. Though I like to have it all.

Right now, as I indicated, I have an LX-5 and a D700 and nothing in between.

So I was thinking:

OM-D EM-5
8MM fisheye
7-14/4
12-50 kit lens
45-XXX?

and then have something like the 12/2 and 20/1.7 around for low light..

I could even use my 105/2.5 AIS and 200/4 plus adapter and still get image stabilization!

On my last climb I took:
D700
16/3.5 FE
20/2.8D
50/1.8G
105/2.5 AIS
200/4 AIS

and though not excessive, it was a tad heavy and bulky. I'll need to compute the weight difference later
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May 26, 2012 at 03:37 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


Zichar wrote:
Josh, the one with the pirate is excellent!

+1



May 26, 2012 at 03:46 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


As part of my change over from Canon to Nikon I am going to ditch the extra DSLR body and pick an OM-D for travel and those days when one is out with the wife where you want a camera but don't feel like lugging a bunch of stuff around. Unfortunately, I am old enough to remember the OM-1 somewhat fondly so I'm actually looking forward to the form factor vs. something like the NEX7.


May 26, 2012 at 04:17 AM
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I currently use a D700 and looking for a smaller form factor for hiking and video work. I really like the idea of the Nikon V1. Small sensor, but nice video features and great price even with the FT-1 adapter. The OM-D is really nice as well, but a little too much when you throw in the nice lenses.

I really think it's only a matter of a few years before we see a full frame sensor in one of these mirrorless wonders.



May 26, 2012 at 04:48 AM
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I have a Pana G3 and tested last week a E5 and I wasn't impressed with the camera 2.5x more expensive.
Advantages E5:
-eye sensor
-feeling

disadvantages:
-iso 2 or 3 steps down in the menu
-when you have you sreen on 90 degrees with use of the toughscreen, it turn black due to the eye sensor.



May 26, 2012 at 09:07 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


I have really been pretty happy with the 12-50mm lens as well. I took it with me to a junkyard shoot, and shot the whole setup off of a tripod all morning.

http://www.iflphoto.com/Other/Old-Car-City-USA/i-cpzgb7k/0/X2/P421020607080910-Edit-X2.jpg

http://www.iflphoto.com/Other/Old-Car-City-USA/i-BstNr9f/0/X2/P42101051234-X2.jpg

http://www.iflphoto.com/Other/Old-Car-City-USA/i-3TbKSg9/0/X2/P421012627282930-Edit-X2.jpg

hjanseen, I had a G3 prior to the EM5, and I am surprised by your conclusions. I really prefer the feel and handlign of the Oly better, and I love the IBIS now. But, you are right, it is a lot more expensive. The files that come out of it are not drastically different.



May 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikon DSLR Owners Considering An OM-D EM-5?


Not an OM-D, but if I were to buy another crop after my D700, it would be an X100. It seems like the ultimate P&S.


May 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM
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What Nikon lenses would you consider using with the E-M5?
Are there adapters for G lenses that will allow you to close down the aperture?

I was thinking that the faster normal-ish primes and the longer Nikkors would make sense:

35/1.8G DX: Seems to be excellent wide open and is compact. Perhaps a very good portrait lens on m43.

50/1.8D/AIS or 50/1.8G

85/1.8G or the 85/1.8D/AIS might be a good alternative to the newly announced (and quite expensive) 75/1.8 Oly.

105/2.5 AIS: Extremely good lens and compact. Another option is the 105/1.8 AIS - the corners are not so great wide open, but these would be cropped out on m43.

Rumored 135/1.8G

200/4 AIS: Compact and light - An effective 400/4 on m43 with image stabilization

What I'm trying to figure out is what Nikkor lenses would be good to have around for the E-M5 since I won't be getting rid of my FX kit any time soon.



May 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
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I shoot professionally primarily with a d800, but just got an om-d as a personal/backpackiing/travel camera. I have a backpacking photo assignment for a local state park this coming week and I'm just taking my om-d. That's how good it is to me. My clients expect quality and I have no problem delivering files from this camera.


May 27, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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jhinkey wrote:
What Nikon lenses would you consider using with the E-M5?
Are there adapters for G lenses that will allow you to close down the aperture?

I was thinking that the faster normal-ish primes and the longer Nikkors would make sense:

35/1.8G DX: Seems to be excellent wide open and is compact. Perhaps a very good portrait lens on m43.

50/1.8D/AIS or 50/1.8G

85/1.8G or the 85/1.8D/AIS might be a good alternative to the newly announced (and quite expensive) 75/1.8 Oly.

105/2.5 AIS: Extremely good lens and compact. Another option is the 105/1.8 AIS - the corners are not so great wide open, but these would be
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I think the 200/4 would be too long on that platform. I am using a 105mm f/4 macro and it's compact, and still gets me good close up ability and working distance. I also use my Lensbaby and a 55mm 3.5 macro as well.



May 27, 2012 at 01:01 AM
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