Olympus PEN E-P5 Review
I got my first experience of the Olympus PEN E-P5 earlier this year when I was asked to shoot an magazine advertorial featuring the camera as part of a 'Road Trip' story with a couple of models and a Rolls Royce in Brighton. The camera wasn't out yet, but I knew I wanted it. I just loved the styling, and it was basically the bigger more spec'd out brother to my original Olympus PEN E-PL1, which will always have a special place in my heart!
A couple of months later and I was en-route to Budapest, Hungary with my own spangly new E-P5 for a photoshoot with a local team and model. This in itself was an experience. Not being a Hungarian speaker, I found that everyone else would often chat amongst themselves and I'd have no clue what they were saying. This really made me more aware of what it must be like for a lot of the foreign models I work with back home.
The shoot was great and the camera performed amazingly. It was a dream. The only thing I wish it had was a viewfinder of some sort built in, but that would mean sacrificing the flash I guess. With the Olympus VF-4 viewfinder attachment, it wasn't too much of an issue to be honest.
I was still using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for a lot of my work, but gradually the E-P5 began to get pulled out of my kit bag more and more, purely because I just preferred the aesthetic and the way it felt in my hands. Back in September, I was shooting McFly for the cover of Drafted Magazine, and chose to use the E-P5. It was amusing to me how much of a talking point it was. Harry even asked if he could have a play with it after seeing some of the images on the back of the camera.
A few days ago I was shooting Little Mix for Sony Music on the set of their 'Little Me' video, and once again I opted for the Olympus PEN E-P5. I really can't speak highly enough about this camera. The feel, the way it looks, the button and dial layout are all exactly what I want in a camera. It's definitely my new favourite!
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