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    Morning everyone!

    First of all, if you haven't seen the FTU articles about the E-M5 you can see them here:

    Olympus OM-D E-M5 exclusive hands-on video and photos
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 previewed
    Olympus launches OM-D
    Olympus to expand high-grade Micro Four Thirds lens system

    I have a lot more information that hasn't yet found its way into articles from white papers and briefing documents, so if you have any questions there is a good chance I will have an answer somewhere.

    If you have a question, post it here and I'll do my best to answer it!
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  • #2
    Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

    ...good to see this thread.
    Q: is the focus point shiftable using the touch screen while viewing via the EVF ..or is the t-screen completely switched off ..(would be handy to be able to use my left-hand thumb to locate the focus point on to the framed/off-centred object)..

    Thanks/regards.
    E510, E3, E-PL1,E620 ,E-5,OM-D
    50-200SWD, 14-54Mk1, 50mm f2. 35mm,70-300mm,12-60mmSWD,PL-25mm-1.4,150mm-F2
    MFT: 14-42(kit)/12mm/45mm

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    • #3
      Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

      It looks beautiful, just like the old OM cameras.
      Question, How much and are there any price differences between the black and silver models or basic and pro spec, or is it just one model, one price?
      When will it be in the British shops?

      Pete

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      • #4
        Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

        Originally posted by Raj Surin View Post
        ...good to see this thread.
        Q: is the focus point shiftable using the touch screen while viewing via the EVF ..or is the t-screen completely switched off ..(would be handy to be able to use my left-hand thumb to locate the focus point on to the framed/off-centred object)..

        Thanks/regards.
        Good question - I get to use the camera at a seminar in Amsterdam next week. I will definitely have an answer for you by then, but in the mean time I will try to get an answer from Olympus.

        Based on the same question about the E-P3 fitted with an EVF, the answer would be no. But you never know...

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        • #5
          Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

          ... another quick one..
          Q: how does it now perform with the regular 4/3 lenses ..i.e. PDAF lenses.
          ..in terms of focus speed etc...specially the SWD variety.
          Thanks.
          E510, E3, E-PL1,E620 ,E-5,OM-D
          50-200SWD, 14-54Mk1, 50mm f2. 35mm,70-300mm,12-60mmSWD,PL-25mm-1.4,150mm-F2
          MFT: 14-42(kit)/12mm/45mm

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          • #6
            Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

            Originally posted by whatapicture View Post
            It looks beautiful, just like the old OM cameras.
            Question, How much and are there any price differences between the black and silver models or basic and pro spec, or is it just one model, one price?
            When will it be in the British shops?

            Pete
            In the UK if you pre-order, you get the HLD-6 grip free when your E-M5 arrives (expect shipping in late April or thereabouts). The price is going to be around 999 body only (my guess) while the official guide price with the E-M5's 12-50 power zoom and macro standard kit lens is 1149.99.

            There is just one model, available in black or silver.

            Ian
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            • #7
              Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

              Originally posted by Raj Surin View Post
              ... another quick one..
              Q: how does it now perform with the regular 4/3 lenses ..i.e. PDAF lenses.
              ..in terms of focus speed etc...specially the SWD variety.
              Thanks.
              Unfortunately, there is no performance improvement in AF when using Four Thirds lenses compared to using these lenses with Pens. Olympus hint that they are working on a solution for this issue but there are no details or confirmation.

              Ian
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              • #8
                Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

                Is the One Push Teleconverter a digital 2x zoom or something entirely different?
                Steve
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                • #9
                  Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

                  Originally posted by Ian View Post
                  Unfortunately, there is no performance improvement in AF when using Four Thirds lenses compared to using these lenses with Pens. Olympus hint that they are working on a solution for this issue but there are no details or confirmation.
                  That's really disappointing... I was hoping that the new weather sealed MMF3 adaptor meant that they were getting closer to the "one beautiful system" we've been promised.

                  Still, apart from that it looks great.
                  E1, EP3, GX1, 14-54 mkII, 70-300mm, m9-18, m14-42, m40-150, m20 1.7, m45 1.8, FL36 & various OM glass. flickr

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

                    Originally posted by fluffy View Post
                    Is the One Push Teleconverter a digital 2x zoom or something entirely different?
                    It's a digital zoom, but with the extra megapixels the quality should be reasonably OK for when you need it. I's entirely a convenience feature.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

                      I think at just below 1000 its going to be a wait a see later in the year or next year for prices drop as they usually do.
                      Pete

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

                        Hi Ian.

                        Once again thank you for all your work.

                        My first question: The viewfinder is the same we had with the VF-2 or is there any visible difference (not in dots, I know, but refresh rate, contrast, or something you noticed different)?

                        Do you know anything about the new batteries capacity? And with the grip? And by the way, does it work like pentax, with the camera's battery working together with the grip, or the grip takes 2 batteries and the one in the camera is just there "dead"?

                        Best regards,

                        Rogerio

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                        • #13
                          Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

                          OK - the grip is quite small and although I haven't seen one for myself yet, the data I have indicates the battery module provides space for one additional BLN-1 battery in addition to the one inside the camera, so that's a total maximum of two.

                          Remember, the HLD-6g section of the grip is just that, with an on-grip shutter release at the top of the 'L' shape. To add portrait mode controls and shutter release you need to add the HLD-6p section of the grip which accommodates the additional battery.

                          My information is that with two BLN-1 batteries the CIPA power consumption tests rates for 650 shots. This compares with 500 shots on an E-620 with a single BLS-1 battery but only using the optical viewfinder.

                          I have not yet had a chance to do any back to back comparisons with the new camera yet. I'll be in Amsterdam on Thursday next week to play with one!

                          Ian
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                          • #14
                            Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

                            A few questions, Ian:

                            The specs list the EVF magnification as either 0.92X or 1.15X. How can it be both? Are there different operating modes?

                            I think I also saw a spec that says the camera has face-detection and eye-detection focusing modes. Is this correct? Have you had a chance to test them? I'm especially curious to know of eye-detection works with humans only or also with other animals.

                            Is the OM-D at all backward compatible with the older batteries? The new BLN-1 looks a whole lot like the old BLS-1, at least superficially.

                            Do we know the prices of any of the accessories (HLD-6 grip, MMF-3 adapter, etc.)?

                            Thanks again for all your hard work, Ian!

                            - Hal -
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                            Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Ask your questions about the new OM-D family and E-M5 camera

                              This should explain the magnification variation - finder style 3 is 1.15x:



                              The BLN-1 is a larger capacity battery than the BLS-1 because of the extra power demands of the EVF, power zoom lens, and image stabilisation, especially in movie mode. It's not backwards compatible.

                              In the UK, at least to start with, the HLD-6 grip (both sections) is being given to early adopters for free. I don't have prices for accessories yet.

                              Ian
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