(I have one, so I'm not looking for advice, but I'm interested to hear other owners' feelings and reactions—anything, really: what lenses you're liking with it; problems or annoyances; how you like using it; what RAW developer you use with it; how you like the files; etc. Whatever you'd like to say.)
[UPDATE: Given the high number of high compliments in the Comments, I probably should have added this:
P.S. If anybody has a Panasonic/'Leica' 45mm ƒ/2.8 Macro that's surplus to their requirements and that they'd like to sell, please get in touch with me. And then, right after that, I am not spending any more money on anything ever again. Nothing. Ever. [UPDATE: Bought one! Thanks...]
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Featured Comments from:
Harlan Chapman: "Have had the E-M1 since March. Very happy with it, so much so that I subsequently sold all of my Nikon DSLR gear. I can see very well through the E-M1 EVF with my thick glasses. By comparison I couldn't see well through the viewfinder on my previous NEX-7 and still can't see the whole view on my Leica M3, as good as that viewfinder is. My hands shake a lot but with the EM1 it seems I can always get the shot because of the fantastic stabilization, big bright viewfinder, and the (ideal for me) size/position of the controls.
"And I've been wowed by the quality of the glass: there is no practical IQ loss when shooting wide open using Olympus and Panasonic zoom and prime ƒ/2.8, ƒ/1.8, and ƒ/1.2 lenses. I'd never expected to be able to shoot glass that good."
Bob Rockefeller: "I'm a happy owner and am on the verge of moving off my Nikon D3 system and going all Micro 4/3. I have the 60mm ƒ/2.8 macro, the 25mm ƒ/2.8 and the 12–40mm ƒ/2.8. All are excellent lenses, the 12–40mm especially so. For me, I'm missing the 70–200mm ƒ/2.8 equivalent. Olympus has announced one for later this year, so we'll see when I can order it.
"RAW conversions via Aperture have been very good. I'm moving to Capture One Pro now, and its conversions are perhaps even better. No troubles there."
Chip McDaniel (partial comment): "I'm wondering whether Micro 4/3 is really my thing. I think that the APS-C format may have an edge over Micro 4/3. The files form APS-C are more 'there' for me. It's not just better detail at 100%. There seems to be a depth in APS-C files out of the Sony that I don't often see out of the Olympus."
Bruce (partial comment): "...Gripes...I still haven't figured out how to get HDR and self timer for real estate shots (waiting for remote release...the Giga T Pro won't allow HDR), I have to buy three more batteries, I had a guest saunter up to me at the last wedding and say, 'you call yourself a professional?!?'—he had a Nikon D3100 around his neck....
"Overall, absolutely no regrets, and I'll get an E-M10 or little used E-M5 as second backup very soon."
Mike replies: "You call yourself a professional"...made me laugh.
Hans Andersen: "You can have my Panasonic/Leica 45mm ƒ/2.8 Macro when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. It's overpriced, underspec'd, and somehow absolutely magical. I have trouble taking it off my camera bodies—I keep looking for more excuses to use it."
Mike replies: I already accepted an offer, but good to hear you like it. For me, half the rationale is to help me avoid the super-pricey 42.5mm Nocticron that I can't afford. I hope I'll end up liking the P/L 45mm as well as you do.
Eric Brody: "I had an E-M1, and based on some of the things you said in your 'Fujifilm Gets It and Sony Doesn't' article, decided to sell it. I absolutely loved the Oly IBIS and with it the ability to use legacy M Leica lenses with an inexpensive adapter and have a stabilized M Leica. I am an no expert but after borrowing an X-E1, and looking carefully at my own files, decided that the X-trans sensor was what I wanted. I now have an X-T1 and love it. The lenses are just superb."
Bob Rosinsky: "The EM-1 is the nicest camera I've used over the past 40 years. I first got hooked into Olympus a few years ago with an EPL-1. Now I have an EPL-5 (with the VF-4 finder) and an E-M1. The Oly fast prime lenses are miraculous. The files are robust; they withstand a lot of Photoshop abuse."
Howard (partial comment): "I love the E-M1. I have two if them in fact. It's my favorite camera, ever, having used a variety of 35mm, medium format, large format and digital cameras over the past 40 years or so. I love the ergonomics of the E-M1, the size and weight (of course), the in-body image stabilization and, of course, the lenses. The image quality is also top notch, IMHO, though I've only owned Micro 4/3 cameras for the past five years, so I can't compare to recent sensors in other formats."