Excerpt: The E-P5 is really solid. It feels like a camera should feel. So far we have used the photos on a family vacation, where it got a lot of use. The two control wheels are great. They really make a huge difference when compared to cameras where you have to use the menu to change F stops and shutter speed. The rear screen is good. The VF 4 viewfinder is fantastic. Menu system is hard to learn, but once things are set, the Super Control Panel is a great feature.
Pros: Easy to Use, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact, Solid build, Two Control Wheels
Excerpt: I finally joined eBay a few weeks back, and this is my first eBay bargain. Before I begin, I'd like to re-state a view I've expressed here before: When Olympus launched this camera, their asking price was absurd. Noting about owning and using this camera has changed this view. I thought the all three OMDs were great value, from the beginning. The pricing of the E-PX line seems a little odd to me.
Summary: Good pictures. Effective work with lenses with longer focal length when using the AntiShok "0" s Without a separate viewfinder - not convenient. Ergonomics is not for large hands. No moisture protection. Only slightly better than the functional OM-D Em 5 - could be in the same price category.
Excerpt: This is the second in a three-part series about the Olympus Pen E-P5, a mirror-less camera that squeezes just the right amount of pro features into a pocketable package. The first article was called Olympus Pen: Portrait Olympus Pen: Portrait of a Camera of a Camera . Here I take a look at shooting pictures with the E-P5 and trying out some of its features. I took the Pen E-P5 out for a day of shooting. Oh my.
Excerpt: I've never been infatuated with a camera - or any other piece of gear. That doesn't mean I'm not a gear hound - I am. And I like to think that my purchase decision starts with the practicalities of features + function. But with the Olympus Pen E-P5, I was smitten at first fondling. Lucky for me, turns out it's also a pro-level work horse. Because by the time I twist-locked the 17mm f/1.7 lens on and snapped the EVF to the top, I didn't care: I had to have this camera.
Summary: After a few hundred images I have mixed feelings and find I still prefer my Olympus E-P1 bodies over this model. I should note that I very rarely shoot video and have not captured any video with this camera. Positives: 1. Love the Focus Peaking. I am getting some great shots with my 40 year old Minolta MC Rokkor lenses, especially the 58mm f/1.4. 2. I shoot mostly in manual, and find the shutter speed and aperture dial work much better for me when compared to the E-P1.
Excerpt: Bought this camera primarily for it's abilities with X-Sync and the speed of the mechanical shutter. I shoot lots of skateboarding and other fast moving subject matter, which having the option of shooting a shutter speed of 1/8000 is great. Also, using Pocket Wizards and manual external flashes, I can use a shutter speed of 1/320 with flash filling the entire frame, as well as being able to hyper-sync at higher shutter speeds.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I've had my E-P5 for several weeks now, replacing the excellent E-PL5 in my kit. The E-P5 is a jewel among µ4/3 cameras. Handling : The dual-dial control combined with the 1-2 lever makes handling a dream compared to the "fiddly" (my word) E-PL5. For some reason, the button placement on this camera seems far more intuitive than on my E-PL5; I just seem to know where to press at the right time.