Posted on: 2012-02-16 21:55:00 -0500

I've placed an order for an Olympus E-M5and 12–50 lens from B&H after examining the sample raw files posted by Focus Numérique. It looks like the perfect camera for travel photography! I stared DSLR photography with an E-500 before trading up to an E-3. As much as I loved the lenses and ergonomics of the E-3, the AF system and sensor simply weren't capable of handling the wedding photography that I was doing at the time (see > link_to_page "this article", "Olympus E-3 Focus Trouble" ). I sold everything after a few months and bought a Nikon system built around a D700 (an F4 with a really nice digital sensor). The raw files indicate that Olympus finally has a competitive sensor, and the AF system will get a rigorous test immediately upon arrival. No weddings these days, so high-ISO performance isn't quite as important.

Olympus and Panasonic have most of my lens needs covered. The gaping hole is a 100 mm macro (200 mm FX equivalent) for photographing skittish insects. Until that gap gets filled, I may need to hold onto my D700 regardless of how well the E-M5 performs.