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Isabel Cutler | profile | all galleries >> Olympus E-PL5 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Olympus E-PL5

Having experienced the beautiful color from my E-PL1, I was eager to get an upgrade to that model. While waiting I bought a Panasonic GH2 which disappointed colorwise until I learned to customize the settings.

When the Olympus OM-D EM-5 came out I got very excited with its low noise high ISO images and superior image stabilization, which I really missed in the GH2, but put off by the form factor and annoying hum that people talked about.

When the E-PL5 came out I was thrilled to learn it had the same sensor as that in the EM-5 and started to read reviews. I wasn't crazy about the huge lcd with it's awkward limited range of motion, and lack of space for hand grip at the left side of the camera because of the large lcd and its location, but still decided to try it out because of the image quality and stabilization, although it is not as good as that of the EM-5.

After about a week of using the E-PL5 I can truly say, I like it VERY MUCH! It still feels strange to hold, but the images are so impressive that I will put up with the rest of the annoyances.

After months of use I can report I have gotten further used to the form factor and LIKE the intuitive placement of the controls, which I can use without looking at them. I have removed the triangular strap holder on the left side because it was annoying when I was holding lens barrels. I use a wrist strap on the right side.

I did buy a different screw-on handgrip for the front of the camera, which is only slightly deeper than the one included and that helped quite a bit. This is the handgrip: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/819804-REG/Olympus_V332020BW000_Large_Grip_for_E_P3.html

Update: April 14: Having the camera for three weeks and using it extensively I can report I am accustomed to its form factor and have learned to hold it differently, since the left side leaves so little to hold onto. I am thoroughly in love with its image quality - especially at high ISOs and am thrilled that the lcd is more visible in bright sunlight, more so than other digitals I've owned. Being able to move the lcd up so I can stealthily shoot from my lap is of tremendous help and also gives a nice perspective to people pics.
P4120009 The white balance of this camera astounds me
P4120009 The white balance of this camera astounds me
P4120299 Liz
P4120299 Liz
P4090102 Very difficult light
P4090102 Very difficult light
P3160041 18 watt fluorescent
P3160041 18 watt fluorescent
P2200009 Beegie Does Garbo
P2200009 Beegie Does Garbo
P2130006 Fairy Tale
P2130006 Fairy Tale
P2090033 Dramatic Tone
P2090033 Dramatic Tone
P2090033 Nik Silver Efex Pro from Raw
P2090033 Nik Silver Efex Pro from Raw
P1300142 It was cold last night
P1300142 It was cold last night
P1270107 No Sharpening
P1270107 No Sharpening
P1270109 45-200 No Sharpening
P1270109 45-200 No Sharpening
Wrong Focal Length
Wrong Focal Length
P1250010  Striped Morning
P1250010 Striped Morning
Martin Luther King Jr Unity Breakfast - Hendersonville, North Carolina
:: Martin Luther King Jr Unity Breakfast - Hendersonville, North Carolina ::
P1150046 Happy Trailing African Violet
P1150046 Happy Trailing African Violet
P1130019 Laundry Room
P1130019 Laundry Room
P1130021 What?
P1130021 What?
P1090040 Curl Up Time with the 17mm f/1.8 Lens
P1090040 Curl Up Time with the 17mm f/1.8 Lens
Screen Grab from Adobe Bridge
Screen Grab from Adobe Bridge
P1060006 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
P1060006 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
P1060005 House or Purple Finch
P1060005 House or Purple Finch
P1040042 Bruce Benson and the Back Cover of His Book
P1040042 Bruce Benson and the Back Cover of His Book
P1110244 Guess which one I'd rather carry around!
P1110244 Guess which one I'd rather carry around!
PC300062 Just how slow does the Panasonic 20mm focus?
PC300062 Just how slow does the Panasonic 20mm focus?
PC260120 Beegie Closeup
PC260120 Beegie Closeup
PC260108 Focus through chair rungs
PC260108 Focus through chair rungs
PC240070 Yarn
PC240070 Yarn
019 Democratic Yorkie Breaks Ice in Republican Stronghold
019 Democratic Yorkie Breaks Ice in Republican Stronghold
PB240126 A bit of sun
PB240126 A bit of sun
PB230030 Ghost Bears
PB230030 Ghost Bears
PB230028 Doubled Bears
PB230028 Doubled Bears
_B060075 Clarence at Apple Valley Model  RR
_B060075 Clarence at Apple Valley Model RR
At Apple Valley Model RR Club in Hendersonville, NC
At Apple Valley Model RR Club in Hendersonville, NC
PB040006 Dramatic Tone Art Mode
PB040006 Dramatic Tone Art Mode
_A290032 Typical Mountain Morning
_A290032 Typical Mountain Morning
_A270024 One of my favorite micro 43 lenses - probably THE favorite!
_A270024 One of my favorite micro 43 lenses - probably THE favorite!
_A140149 Olympus 17mm f/1.8
_A140149 Olympus 17mm f/1.8
Persistent Raccoon
:: Persistent Raccoon ::
_A100106 Dish Duty
_A100106 Dish Duty
_A100112 At dusk - ISO 3200
_A100112 At dusk - ISO 3200
_A090068 Silver Efex Pro 2 Harsh Structure
_A090068 Silver Efex Pro 2 Harsh Structure
_A090085 Nik Dfine and Silver Efex Pro
_A090085 Nik Dfine and Silver Efex Pro
_A090030 45mm
_A090030 45mm
_A090035 OOC jpg
_A090035 OOC jpg
_A090078 45 lens
_A090078 45 lens
_A050074 I can catch the right moment with the Olympus 17mm!
_A050074 I can catch the right moment with the Olympus 17mm!
_A020025 Great for Interiors - Out of Camera jpg
_A020025 Great for Interiors - Out of Camera jpg
_A010019 14-42
_A010019 14-42
_9290008 Some say it's an eyesore
_9290008 Some say it's an eyesore
_9290014 Unique Landscaping
_9290014 Unique Landscaping
_9290015 How to water and maintain?
_9290015 How to water and maintain?
_9150001 After Dark
_9150001 After Dark
_9130010 Broken Glass Seal
_9130010 Broken Glass Seal
_9130046 17mm lens
_9130046 17mm lens
_9070215 Shelves
_9070215 Shelves
_9070238 Studying Game for Cats
_9070238 Studying Game for Cats
_8310036 Dark
_8310036 Dark
_8170118 A. J Pyatt
_8170118 A. J Pyatt
20130816_083207 To keep VF-2 Secured
20130816_083207 To keep VF-2 Secured
20130816_083157
20130816_083157
_8140024 More eyes open with burst mode!
_8140024 More eyes open with burst mode!
_8140010 Listening
_8140010 Listening
_8100024 Beegie on HER Kitchen Table
_8100024 Beegie on HER Kitchen Table
_8100027 Stretch
_8100027 Stretch
_8100050 Skipper on Zinnia
_8100050 Skipper on Zinnia
_8100060 Skipper on Zinnia
_8100060 Skipper on Zinnia
_8100068 Great match
_8100068 Great match
_8100017 So helpful
_8100017 So helpful
Full Size
Full Size
_8020016 Rocky through the railing
_8020016 Rocky through the railing
_7300017 Cicada Exoskeleton Small Crop
_7300017 Cicada Exoskeleton Small Crop
_7300017 original image content.jpg
_7300017 original image content.jpg
_7290012 Playing with Touch Screen Shooting
_7290012 Playing with Touch Screen Shooting
_7150141 Testing
_7150141 Testing
_7140134 Is this rain ever going to stop?
_7140134 Is this rain ever going to stop?
_7100092 Relying on the E-PL5 for Very Low Light Work
_7100092 Relying on the E-PL5 for Very Low Light Work
_7020065 I am not fat
_7020065 I am not fat
_6240002 Beegie 3200
_6240002 Beegie 3200
_6220024 Just a little evil
_6220024 Just a little evil
_6150125 Lightning Arrestor Visitor
_6150125 Lightning Arrestor Visitor
Olympus MCG-2 E-P3 Large Grip on Olympus E-PL5
Olympus MCG-2 E-P3 Large Grip on Olympus E-PL5
_6070080 Bleeding Hearts
_6070080 Bleeding Hearts
_6070072 Squirrel Nest - Closer View
_6070072 Squirrel Nest - Closer View
_6070075 Sounding the alarm
_6070075 Sounding the alarm
_6060068 ISO3200 Through sidelight
_6060068 ISO3200 Through sidelight
_6060069 ISO 3200 Through Sidelight
_6060069 ISO 3200 Through Sidelight
_6060058 Snoozing.jpg
_6060058 Snoozing.jpg
_6050053 Skink
_6050053 Skink
_5250096 Laundry day again?
_5250096 Laundry day again?
_5270102 Levels
_5270102 Levels
_5270106 Her laundry room throne
_5270106 Her laundry room throne
_5010004 Early Birds
_5010004 Early Birds
_4290020 Lamp Base
_4290020 Lamp Base
Panorama from Four Panasonic 20mm Images
Panorama from Four Panasonic 20mm Images
_4280051 Out of Camera - Slightly Cropped
_4280051 Out of Camera - Slightly Cropped
 Previous Image Resized Noise Reduced with Nik Dfine and Sharpened
Previous Image Resized Noise Reduced with Nik Dfine and Sharpened
_4280052 Out of camera ISO 3200
_4280052 Out of camera ISO 3200
_4270017 Laundry Day
_4270017 Laundry Day
_4270031 Enjoying the soft bed
_4270031 Enjoying the soft bed
P4170002 Watching baseball on the Ipad
P4170002 Watching baseball on the Ipad
P4190165 Checking out a B29 at Aviation Museum in Warner Robins, Georgia
P4190165 Checking out a B29 at Aviation Museum in Warner Robins, Georgia
P4230290 I've been told it's an agama agama, a non native
P4230290 I've been told it's an agama agama, a non native
Display at Aviation Museum in Warner Robins, Georgia
Display at Aviation Museum in Warner Robins, Georgia
F16 at Aviation Museum in Warner Robins, Georgia
F16 at Aviation Museum in Warner Robins, Georgia
Tortoise at Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center in Locust Grove, Georgia
Tortoise at Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center in Locust Grove, Georgia
Missing Gear Menu!
Missing Gear Menu!
P4150007 Darned Squirrels
P4150007 Darned Squirrels
P4140091 Brother Lombardo Dancing
P4140091 Brother Lombardo Dancing
P4140116 Brother Lombardo Really Getting Into It.
P4140116 Brother Lombardo Really Getting Into It.
P4140018 Comparing Ruffles at the DREAM Scholarship Fiesta
P4140018 Comparing Ruffles at the DREAM Scholarship Fiesta
P4140143 DREAM  Scholarship Recipient
P4140143 DREAM Scholarship Recipient
P4140003 No Noise Reduction
P4140003 No Noise Reduction
ISO 2500
ISO 2500
ISO 2500 BW
ISO 2500 BW
P4060064 Who needs flash?
P4060064 Who needs flash?
P4060059 Adjusting the angle of the lcd is very helpful!
P4060059 Adjusting the angle of the lcd is very helpful!
P4100004 Harold
P4100004 Harold
P4060009 Serious Moment
P4060009 Serious Moment
P4080034 Uh oh!
P4080034 Uh oh!
P4050042 Falls Park at the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina
P4050042 Falls Park at the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina
P4050037 Falls Park at the Reedy River
P4050037 Falls Park at the Reedy River
P4050027 Welcome spring color
P4050027 Welcome spring color
P4050026 Vibrant Tulips
P4050026 Vibrant Tulips
P4050015Falls Park at  the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina
P4050015Falls Park at the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina
P3300012 March 31 2013 Sunset
P3300012 March 31 2013 Sunset
P3300009 Hell's Geezers Chocolate Chip Cookies
P3300009 "Hell's Geezers" Chocolate Chip Cookies
P3300002 Topaz HDR Nik Viveza 2
P3300002 Topaz HDR Nik Viveza 2
P3270105 Kalanchoe
P3270105 Kalanchoe
P3270104 Schlumbergera
P3270104 Schlumbergera
P3270095 I will not look at you
P3270095 I will not look at you
P3240067 Chrysanthemum
P3240067 Chrysanthemum
P3250081 FL600R fill-in bounced flash
P3250081 FL600R fill-in bounced flash
P3230060 ISO 3200 No NR
P3230060 ISO 3200 No NR
P3230056 Before Crop - Check Next Image
P3230056 Before Crop - Check Next Image
P3230056 Hellebore (Lenten Rose)
P3230056 Hellebore ("Lenten Rose")
P3220049 She owns the chair - ISO 2500 NO NR
P3220049 She owns the chair - ISO 2500 NO NR
P3220047 Dramatic Tone Art Mode in Camera
P3220047 Dramatic Tone Art Mode in Camera
P3220023 Reluctant Model
P3220023 Reluctant Model
P3170001 Dramatic Trees
P3170001 "Dramatic" Trees
P2250037 Endearing Ricky
P2250037 Endearing Ricky
P3040047 Listening
P3040047 Listening
P3100019 My Best Model
P3100019 My Best Model
P3100029 He was still in the modeling mood...
P3100029 He was still in the modeling mood...
P3100028 Potato Chip Scarf
P3100028 Potato Chip Scarf
P3100055 ISO16000
P3100055 ISO16000
P3120061 Ricky Side Glance
P3120061 Ricky Side Glance
P3190030 two sylvania halogen 72 watt table lamps
P3190030 two sylvania halogen 72 watt table lamps
P3200011 ISO 2500
P3200011 ISO 2500
P3210013 First Snow
P3210013 First Snow
P3210017 Still Life with Dog
P3210017 Still Life with Dog