I recently went to a ‘hands on’ event organized by Olympus UK, at Brick Lane in East London. It was good to meet up with people I’ve only met via twitter, and to have little play with the Olympus OMD EM-1 the latest micro four thirds camera.
First impressions are size, it’s a little bigger than my EM-5 with the side grip on, and the button layout seems less fiddly to use and better laid out, the usual rapid AF was ultra fast but that’s what we expected from this one, Olympus set the bench mark with the EM-5 and this didn’t disappoint. This model also has focus peaking which works well if you prefer manually focusing and wifi, which was very impressive to see in action although a bit gimmicky for me, no doubt it will have it’s use for others. The lens on it was the new 12-40 f2.8 which is apparently freeze proof! and will be a great walk about lens, with the pull back ring for manual focus mode.
For me I won’t be upgrading my EM-5, it does everything I need, and I can’t justify the cost. For someone contemplating moving to Micro 4/3 this would be the first choice, and as more pro’s are now seeing the benefits if lighter kit bags and smaller, less obtrusive cameras, I think Olympus have brought out another winner.
The event its self was well organized and had lots of photographic opportunities with urban performers putting on great demos to try out the new kit. I used my EM-5 with the Zuiko 17mm.