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My new Olympus OM-D E-M5 just arrived, with a 12-50mm zoom & 17mm pancake. I wanted a lightweight alternative to my Canon 5D MkII that I would have with me all the time. I wanted a small camera, and a pancake lens, so I would seem non-threatening doing street photography or taking pictures at events. I like the tilting back monitor, for taking overhead photos or very low viewpoints. Since I'm interested in abandoned structures and demolition / construction sites, I've been thinking about stilts, but the tilting back monitor is a simpler solution. I was astounded when I removed the body cap, to find the sensor so near ... well, what did I expect? :-) I'm pissed at Olympus for creating their own raw format. USE DNG! USE DNG! USE DNG! The more people who support and use DNG, the more permanent it becomes; ORF will never be supported by anyone else, except barking seals: ORF! ORF! I suppose they have to provide that crappy software, so people aren't "forced" to buy LR / Aperture / PS, having already spent $1700 on a camera and two lenses. Why not support GIMP? Then the software improves whether Olympus does anything or not. I put up my first-day photos, shot in P, on my pic-a-day blog: They won't change the world, but the pictures demonstrate that auto-mode pictures can be processed into something half-decent, and that there might be a future to taking the camera away from the photographer's eye, whether to waist level or to high overhead or far below. Of course, it was AFTER my purchase arrived that I found a review from LensRentals of wide-angle MFT lenses, which claims my Olympus 17mm is the worst choice of everything available :-( ... well, I'm not traumatized by today's pictures .... maybe I'll stick with it, and maybe I'll consider the Pana 17mm instead. Tom
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2012 on Zooms vs. Primes, Part II at The Online Photographer
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