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Wednesday, 05 February 2014


""*Josh was the manager at Oak Park Camera when he was a smart and energetic post-teenager and I lived in Illinois within walking distance of the shop. He is now a husband and father and lives in Vegas but is still a friend. JH has seen the ugly side of my camera obsession close up, which he seldom neglects to rib me about, with a relish and even glee which is most unseemly.""

Mike, having your friends criticize your
obsession is only akin to understanding that they do know who you are and feel safe reminding you (from a distance) of your insurmountable situation.

The sensor size is just too small, love Olympus but only in the film days (remember that) I moved to the Fuji X cameras as the sensor offers the most room for improvement when yo think about how much lenses cost and want to stay in a system as I did with Nikon for 30 years. In low light the Olympus hunts a lot.Not for me and I do worry that they will survive as they are so small a company, and with a lot of financial baggage recently.

I actually cleaned out the film camera closet two days ago and took a big pile of bodies and a few lenses to a local charity. So long just fine K1000 and 3 lenses, so long 3 never-tried Minolta bodies, goodbye two OM2's with sticky shutters, so long beat up Canon rangefinder, and bye-bye two film point and shoots. Keeping my OM4, which I still love and use. If I could only get up the nerve to rid myself of the old digital cameras I don't use, the EM1 and OM4 make a great set.

You need to get out of the house with your cameras and head up to the Apostle Islands ice caves. I went two weeks ago and it was amazing, plus the Village Inn in Cornucopia has the best fish chowder in Wisconsin.

Eyeballing my semi-ginormous 4/3 lens collection and given my E-M5's unenthusiastic focusing of same, I suspect an E-M1 might be headed my way. Sigh, more gear, always more gear. Frankly, given the Olympus teetering at the lip of insolvency less than two years ago, we're lucky to have these consumer dilemmas.

Don't get Josh started on the weather thing.

Hi Mike,

That E-M1 just looks and feels right. It is the first digital camera I have used that did not drive me crazy. Granted, I have not spent lots of time with the highest end digital SLRs, but this E-M1 is just right.

Don't feel bad about the cameras. I have a few 4x5s, a whole plate camera, and just about every camera I have ever owned, plus a couple that belonged to my Dad! (I only ever purchased one film SLR and used it for many years, until it was supplanted by my Dad's old Canon F-1 and Pentax MX, so it is not as bad as it sounds.)

OK, I find that multiple cameras in the same format to be overkill, but I have (and shoot) Arca Swiss 4x5, Pentax 67, Sputnik MF stereo, and Fujifilm X-E1, not to mention the iPhone, each serving it's particular need. If I feel any guilt at all, it's that I'm not shooting up the freezer of film fast enough, it being out of date, and the day my local lab stops it's E6 line is inevitably on its way.

I really like the E-M1 a lot. I own the E-M5, a camera I like very much, and the E-M1 I played with at a local retailer a month or so ago reminds me very much of the M4/3s equivalent of a Canon 1D-series: a rugged, durable, and tough professional level body that can meet the needs of photojournalists. To quote Will Smith in Men in Black, "That's what I'm talkin' about!"

When I was in NYC a couple weeks ago, I took my E-M5 as my travel camera, and really enjoyed using it and the images I was able to make with it. I walked into the brick and mortar B&H Photo store with the full intention of buying an E-M1 there on the spot.

But then I heard about the imminent arrival of the Fuji X-T1, a camera I now have on pre-order.

I'm in a bit of a quandary....I don't need two interchangeable mirrorless camera systems. My guess is the Fuji system will stay because of my attachment to the amazing image quality of my X-Pro1.

But, I still can't get the E-M1 out of my mind....who knows that the future will bring?

"Only The Shadow knows...."

Although I loathe digital on principal. (this 'principal' is my own made up 'principal') This is a camera that makes me curious. I didn't get to handle an E-M5 till September/2013 so I might not be in a place that actually has a camera store that actually has an E-M1 for who knows how long.

But all the same, I'm curious.

PS: I didn't like the EVF on the E-M5 but I hear this one is better. Unfortunately the benchmark is the 1-10 screen (plain matte with grid lines) in my OM-1 and that is a tough standard to measure up to.

[Yes it is. The screen & VF on the OM-4T was one of my favorites ever. --Mike]

Bet you wouldn't have left all those Hasselblads on the moon.

There are much worse things to be addicted to than collecting great photo gear ... like alcohol and cigarettes for example. Besides, I would be extremely surprised if you weren't up to speed with modern equipment in your job. Don't feel so bad about it!


I also have problems engaging the review button. Very odd positioning and too much recessed. It seems Olympus does not get it right with the review button on the OMD-bodies.

I wish I could map any of the other function buttons as review button. There's a plethora of mapping functions, but Olympus didn't think of this (most important) one.

Had an E-M1 with the same (review button) problem. I am now waiting patiently on my new XT-1.

Oh, no! The bastion of photographic willpower that is T.O.P World Headquarters has given in on the E-M1. How is this lowly hobbyist supposed to resist the siren's song now? ;-)

Hope that you enjoy it. It does look like a nice piece of gear.

The GX7 ain't too shabby either! I am looking forward to your comparison of the two which differ in form factor, price, and control layout. I am enjoying mine but do not have an EM-1 to compare it with.

@Nigel : "Bet you wouldn't have left all those Hasselblads on the moon."
But... which ones to bring back, and which to leave? Decisions, decisions.... : ]

Roger "only 13 cameras" Bradbury.

We have gone all italic, starting from your reply to John Robison's post.

The E-M1 offers an incredible degree of customization. I wish it also offered a way to export all of those settings. I've never before spent so much time customizing a camera. If a firmware update or some glitch were to reset all of my settings, I would have to start customizing the camera all over again. A camera like this should have a way to export all of the settings to the memory card or computer, and then to import them back to the camera. This feature would make it very easy to set up the camera again, or to set up a second camera with the same settings.

My worldly-wise wife says, "What — he's only got four digital cameras!"

The E-1 Olympus photos still grab the attention of gallery goers after all these years.

Just this past Sat 2/1 at gallery walk I still get comments about the color of my E-1 photos and closer examination thinking they might even be paintings. This suits my subject matter and style very well.

I committed to the 4/3 based on the system being build from the ground up for digital and not something cobbled from previous film cameras.

Still committed to the 4/3 and m4/3 system.

Owning more than one or two cameras is merely an expression of Man's innate hunter-gatherer instinct.

"Keeps the bloke occupied," as some might wisely say.

My friend who is an MD and photographer once said, "No man who plays with cameras (and nothing else) has ever caught AIDS!"

The problem is never how many cameras you own.

Its how the hell are you going to make sure you have them _ALL_ with you, on every photo occasion. ;-)

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