*This is an initial production unit of the Olympus E-5. The features and performance of this camera may be subject to change.
*All images were taken using super high quality jpegs. Minimal post processing was applied accept some minor cropping and exposure correction. Please respect copyright and do not repost without attribution.
* Click here for Part 2 and Part 3
Hi people! If you are visiting this blog for the first time, a very warm welcome to you ! I'm Brandon from Malaysia, and I have been an Olympus user for the past two years. I started off my journey into DSLR photography with an Olympus E-510 which I purchased on February 23rd, 2008. Since then, I've never looked back, and continually strive towards excellence in my photographic projects.
I was recently contacted by the staff from Olympus Malaysia to conduct a review on the Olympus E-5. Of course, I jumped at the chance to do so, and a test unit arrived at my doorstep a few days later in a small cute Olympus back pack.
This fellow is meant to handle serious abuse due to its dust-and-splash proof construction. The magnesium alloy material used definitely adds some weight while at the same time ensuring the camera remains robust. There have been numerous reports of Olympus E-3's being used in the wettest and dustiest places on the planet, but it soldiers on despite the elements like the champ. The Olympus E-5 should perform to the same standards.
From the front, nothing much has changed compared to its predecessor, the Olympus E-3. The large hump is still there due to the 100% field of view and impressive 1.15x magnification.
Higher resolution and larger LCDs suck up more juice, hence the higher capacity BLM-5 was introduced. It has a different charger too. Zone 10 states that the BLM-5 and BLM-1 batteries shouldn't mixed up for optimum results.2 BLM-5s can be comfortably inserted into the HLD-4 battery grip for better camera handling in portrait orientation.
With the HLD-4 battery grip, the E-5 feels quite well balanced, especially with heavy lenses such as the 14-35, 35-100, 90-250/2.8 and 300/2.8.
Albeit the hype about the new 'Dramatic tone' art filters which produces HDR-like images, I very in love with the i-Enhance picture mode. (Don't worry, I'll still show some examples about the Dramatic tone art filter later). This feature selectively increases the vibrance of the colours in the image, while at the same time retaining a very natural output. I seem to notice a little 'posterization' effect in the images, but maybe that's just me.
Of course one should be more careful when a bird flies above you. You may get 'dive bombed', if you know what I mean.
Pop Art - Go Wild!
I know.. I know.. I used to despise the art filter features and say that they're only useful for amateurs who're keen to get instant results without having to post process the images using the appropriate program. Only now I can see the value of the art filters. They're pretty awesome! Although others may comment that using art filters in a flagship body looks amateurish, I don't really care what they say (and neither does Olympus for that matter). I'm expressing my photography through the art filters, and I'm happy with the results. Its that simple, really!
It's been a joy working with art filters via the Olympus E-5 body. I've rediscovered the concept of what it means to just shoot, and be happy with the results.
How you use the Olympus E-5 (or any other camera) and which art filter you choose to express your creative vision depends entirely on you. Just get out of your chair, go out, and shoot!