New Olympus OM-D EM-1

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Olympus OM-D EM-5 with the Panasonic m43 7-14 mm ultrawideangle zoom

Zion Church, Brickfields Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Olympus OM-D paired with the m43 Panasonic 7-14mm ultrawide zoom lens. Out of camera jpeg shows good dynamic range and fairly accurate exposure and white balance. Olympus OM-D EM-1 ISO 200, f11, 1/500 sec.

Will I use the Zuiko Four Third lenses more since it focuses faster with the EM-1 body? The excellent 12-60mm and 11-22mm Zuiko zooms are regarded as ‘prime lenses’ by many users. The 50 mm f2 is considered a legendary macro and portrait lens.

Macro with the OM-D EM-1 and the Zuiko 50 mm f2.0

A close up of Carmen’s closed eye with the Zuiko 50mm f2.0 Macro lens. This is a 100 % crop. Olympus OM-D EM-1, ISO 3200, f2.8, 1/250 sec. Image unprocessed except watermarking.

I probably won’t be using them outdoors or for travel. The reason I like the EM-5 so much is because of its compact size. And I have also grown accustomed to the matching lightweight m43 lenses. I rarely attach the optional battery grip except when I am doing time lapse. I might use the bigger and heavier 43 lenses in the studio, though.

It is officially confirmed that there will be NO new Four Third lenses or standalone bodies. According to Olympus, the EM-1 is the most elegant solution after thinking long and hard. They acknowledged that there is a large base of Four Third lens owners and figured this is the best move, moving forward.

According to Olympus, the new TruePic VII processor stores a database of all Zuiko lenses and it can apply in-camera C.A. (chromatic aberration) and other software corrections automatically. This feature will not work with Panasonic and third party lenses.

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2 thoughts on “New Olympus OM-D EM-1

  1. “Pro lens should come with a hood” – LOL – my E-510, E-620 two kit lenses had free hoods, the 25mm DSLR lens did not have a hood because it is a pancake, the 75mm mft lens is expensive but has no free hood. Olympus stopped giving free hoods easily when they went MFT

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