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    Senior Shooter Greg McCary's Avatar
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    Thoughts on the E5

    Well I have been shooting with the E5 for quite some time but have never really posted any thoughts on it. But I guess it time to share some info.
    First off the LCD is a dream. Bright and clear even in sunny weather.
    Second, I love is the level gauge. Enough said.
    Third, focus speed is noticeablly faster than the E3. Mostly I notice it more with the 50-200mm
    Four, Image quality, definitely sharper a thinner AA filter makes a big improvement. Noise is a good stop and a half to two stops better than the E3. Color rendition, out of camera Jpegs look better to me. Crisp would be a good word. I have printed up huge panos, 48x18 and 20x36 and the detail is stunning. If you want more IQ than the E5 can put out your asking a lot. For what I do the IQ is plenty.
    All in all the E5 is a nice improvement over the E3. Kudos Olympus.
    I can't wait to see what the E7 will bring to the table.
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

    Sony a99/a7R

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    Buglin Billy
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    Re: Thoughts on the E5

    I have both an E-5 and the E-3. I basically love both cameras with the exception that the shutter/mirror noise is far too loud for shooting wildlife photos and that is what I mostly shoot. But other than that, I think Olympus is right there with Cannon and Nikon, if not ahead in som ways.

    The E-5 is a great camera and renders a fine, detailed photo.

    Here's a few I took just last week.









    Have a good one. BB
    Olympus E-3

    Olympus E-5

    Zuiko Digital ED
    70-300mm
    F4.0-5.6

    Zuiko Digital ED
    12-60mm
    F2.8-4.0 SWD

    Zuiko Digital ED
    50mm
    F2.0 Macro

    Zuiko Digital ED
    50-200mm
    F2.8-3.5 SWD


    Zuiko Digital ED
    90-250mm
    F2.8

    A promise made is a debt unpaid!

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    Re: Thoughts on the E5

    I bet you love the x2 crop factor being a wildlife shooter. Those are some awesome shots. To be honest I haven't heard any quiet shutters. You would think that with technology where it is someone would make a quite shutter.
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

    Sony a99/a7R

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    Buglin Billy
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    Re: Thoughts on the E5

    Amen to that Greg! They can do so much nowadays in so many directions, that if they just pulled their heads out (and I am speaking of all the camera research guys from all the companies) I know they could quiet them down a lot. It's not only in wildlife that the shutter noise is a big factor, but in church weddings, conferences etc. it is distracting to many. I, like you can't beleive they haven't done something about it.

    Other than that I really like my Olympus E-5 and would encourage others to get one if they want a nice camera.

    If you don't mind Greg, I would like to ask you a question about using a 2x with my new 90/250 lens. Can you tell what effect it would have and if it would effect the focus and the IQ of the photo?

    Thanks and have a good one. BB
    Olympus E-3

    Olympus E-5

    Zuiko Digital ED
    70-300mm
    F4.0-5.6

    Zuiko Digital ED
    12-60mm
    F2.8-4.0 SWD

    Zuiko Digital ED
    50mm
    F2.0 Macro

    Zuiko Digital ED
    50-200mm
    F2.8-3.5 SWD


    Zuiko Digital ED
    90-250mm
    F2.8

    A promise made is a debt unpaid!

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    Re: Thoughts on the E5

    I would like an E-5 but cannot justify buying a $ 1600.00 camera
    when my E-520 and 70-300 are doing an OK job.
    I also like the 2X crop factor
    Squirrel and duck at 20 m
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Thoughts on the E5-duckie01.jpg   Thoughts on the E5-squirrel01.jpg  

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    Re: Thoughts on the E5

    Quote Originally Posted by buglinbilly View Post
    Amen to that Greg! They can do so much nowadays in so many directions, that if they just pulled their heads out (and I am speaking of all the camera research guys from all the companies) I know they could quiet them down a lot. It's not only in wildlife that the shutter noise is a big factor, but in church weddings, conferences etc. it is distracting to many. I, like you can't beleive they haven't done something about it.

    Other than that I really like my Olympus E-5 and would encourage others to get one if they want a nice camera.

    If you don't mind Greg, I would like to ask you a question about using a 2x with my new 90/250 lens. Can you tell what effect it would have and if it would effect the focus and the IQ of the photo?

    Thanks and have a good one. BB
    It would slow down your AF and focus speed. I couldn't tell you how much though.
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

    Sony a99/a7R

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    Re: Thoughts on the E5

    wow..very nice.......

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    Re: Thoughts on the E5

    Man I want one!

    How can I be lost
    If I've got nowhere to go?

    Sony a55 16-50mm 2.8 ssm Minolta 50mm 70-300 dt 5.6

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