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Sep 25, 2018
So for anyone on the fence for this camera, I thought I'd drop my two cents. I bought it a year ago, and even then, it was already hitting near 2 years old. Despite that, Olympus's controls and software feels modern and intuitive for an amateur like me.
Over a year later with the camera, I've started to want to push it's limits. It's nice that it has a HLD-8 And HLD-6 grip attachments. It lets this tiny beast of a camera convert into something more comfortable thanks to the grip and extended shutter. The bottom battery grip makes it possible to hold it vertically and adds a secondary set of controls too. This greatly extended the usefulness and comfort of my camera while still having the option to remove the add-ons for a slim street shooting camera.
Now that we're hitting the third year of this camera's life, a lot of people who shoot more regularly may be feeling it's age. Something like the Pen-F and GX9 have more to show but comes with the price tag though (new bodies are still regularly 1,000 USD, used you might fine as low as $650 for excellent condition if you're lucky). A lot of competitors are now crowding the mirrorless space once shared by Sony, FujiFilm, Panasonic and Olympus. Those who need something with "future-proof" assurances might want to hold off on this purchase if they want to know the future mirror-less.
If the above description doesn't concern you, then you can't go wrong at this price. This is nearly $200 less than I paid last year from Olympus's refurbished E-M5 mkII model. Invest in some of the smaller prime lenses if you're taking it to the streets, which are always sold used at a very decent price. If you're more outdoorsy, grab a weather proof lens and go outdoors. The Olympus superzoom 14-140mm mkII is weather sealed and works well in good light. If you're more into wild-life, the Panasonic 100-300 II is weather sealed, but if you're on a budget, you can find good prices on used Panasonic 100-300 I (version 1s) and Olympus 75-200.
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Sep 25, 2018
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