Olym – Puss

Peter’s cat Ziggy. Olympus Pen E-P5 with OLYMPUS M.25mm F1.8 lens. Exposure: 1/25 s at f/2.0 ISO 3200

The Olympus Pen EP-5 never received a lot of love on the inter webs forums. Essentially an OMD EM-5 without the viewfinder it was plagued on release by severe shutter shock which caused photos exposed within a shutter speed range of 1/80 – 1/200th of a second were subject to blur induced by the shutter closing. A great shame as that sealed its fate and the camera didn’t sell very well. Olympus to their credit did do a firmware release that solved the problem and I’ve been using one now for a couple of months and have found it to be an extremely capable camera. What makes the EP-5 currently a very attractive camera is that here in Australia it is now being sold for $400 – 450 depending on the retailer and the kit being offered. Will it take over as my main m4/3s camera? Maybe. For video yes as it allows me to plug an external microphone into it which my EM-10 doesn’t. For stills the EM-10 wins my affections at the present because of the built in EVF and the live composite and time-lapse features. As I use it more I’ll post some of my findings.

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