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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Camera Body Silver (Ex-Demo) $398.65 + Delivery @ Camera Electronics

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Many people would be aware that the original Olympus OM-D E-M5 set a bench mark for M4/3 when it was released. This is the improved MK II version. It's not the latest but is pretty good for the price.
Cheaper than their EBay store's recent reduced price (even taking into account the EBay's discount code). Postage is $16.50. If you are in WA, pick it up from their 2 stores to save postage.
Or you can buy from EBAY with PRETZEL10 for $422 + $10 Express post https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-Mark-II-Mirror...

What does this have over the OMD EM10 MK II? Weatherproof body, better EV, articulated LCD, faster shutter speed, sensor shift high res, better IBIS, wireless RC flash. IF you can afford an extra $100 bucks or so, I think the extra features speak for themselves.

Summary:
The black Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera combines a 16MP Live MOS sensor with a TruePic VII Image Processor for increased performance speed and reduced noise throughout the ISO range as compared to TruePic VI. The Mark II also improves upon its predecessor by utilizing a 5-axis VCM Image Stabilization that provides up to 5 stops of compensation. Full HD 1080p video recording is now available on the Mark II with a higher bitrate of up to 77 Mb/s and various codecs. Built into the E-M5 Mark II is a unique feature that utilizes sensor shift to produce a 40MP image by combining 8 images in-camera.

The camera's fully articulated 3" touchscreen LCD monitor makes taking self portraits easy, and the built-in WiFi lets you quickly share your images. When not using the LDC monitor for live view, the 2,360k-dot EVF provides a virtually lag-free view with a 1.48x magnification.

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    Note that Em5 Mark 3 was out November 2019 but it's much more expensive

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    Ex-demo?
    What kind of condition would the buyer be receiving them in? Need more info in regards to, do they come with the original box? What's the warranty?

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      From their web page: Ex-Demo items come with 12 months warranty from the date of purchase

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      Need more info in regards to, do they come with the original box? What's the warranty?

      call them and let us know

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        I bought one of these last year, and paid $100 more. Might have had a label on the outside indicating it was refurbished, but otherwise, could have been new. There was one tiny mark below one of the strap lugs (obvious rubbing), and there is a stuck pixel on the rear display (not on sensor). The camera had only a couple of hundred shots on it

        A flyer inside said that it was refurb, and had a limited 6 month warranty. I had been told by CE it had full Olympus warranty, which is 2 years in Australia. On trying to get clarification of this from CE, they told me that it was actually a 6 month warranty. Then CE came back to me again and said the packing slip was a mistake, and it was a 12 month warranty. I then checked with Olympus Australia who told me it was, indeed, a 6 month warranty. I gave up trying to clarify what the warranty was at this point. Might be six months, might be twelve. Certainly not two years. I'm guessing that it's 12 months per CE advice, and Olympus stuffed up when they told me 6.

        Aside from the warranty information mess, I got the camera quickly and it was in superb condition. Great little camera. It's capable of taking seriously good photos and I really enjoy using it. I prefer the tilt screen of the previous model, but most people probably like the flippy screen. I would like the newer model (out late last year as mentioned by frekthe), with it's more modern sensor etc….but gee, for $400 the E-M5ii is a lot of camera. I would be surprised if you could do much better than that to buy one used on eBay.

        Gorgeous little camera. Looks like an old 35mm SLR. I often get asked if I'm shooting a film camera. Grab the 17mm f1.8 (will cost as much as this body), and you've got a very capable retro look street shooter.

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          You screwed yourself around with the warranty without even needing to claim? why do that to yourself? lol.

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            @Charity: Well…I thought I was getting a 2 year warranty (and had been told as much). I was pretty pissed when I opened it to find the six month warranty slip. For me, it was a positive point influencing me to make the purchase. I wanted to send it back at the time, but did not pursue it further.

  • +3 votes

    I have the mark 2 version and have been actively using it for the past 5 years. Happy to answer any question.

    Great camera, but old now, 4-5 years now. Weakest point is probably the contract-based auto focus, but only in low light.

    Metal body, the mark 3 version is plastic body. Mark 3's improvement is not worth the huge price increase

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      You mean contrast-based.

      Yes it's not going to be a sports or low light camera. Olympus colours tend to be nice though. I shoot Nikon and Canon but many years ago I loved their C750 and C770 superzoom cameras. I still have them in my cupboard but I don't think the batteries hold charge. Talk about slower focusing. I use to do zoo photography with them.

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        It's not a GREAT sports camera but you can get acceptable results, I got some half reasonable shots of the F/A-18 over Adelaide last couple of days, and the special stage of a local "rally".

        At the end of the day it's compact, it's weatherproof (with the right lens), and it's still a pretty capable body for someone who doesn't want something too serious.

        • +2 votes

          the autofocus I found to be alright EXCEPT in lowlight.

          Fast moving objects - I found a higher miss rate than I'd normally like but there'll be a few keepers. If you're not a pro - it should suffice.

          But I can't stress how weak the low light is - it struggles to focus in nice dinner restaurants where lighting is dim.

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      How do you find video on this? And how is the autofocus while using it? Thanks

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        Sorry, I should have caveat that I don't take any videos. Maybe someone else can answer on that aspect.

        I found the autofocus for stills to be acceptable during good lighting but severely lacking during low light.

        At this price though, I thought this is a good camera.

        I did have issues with the on-off button breaking twice during my 4+ years with it - Olympus repaired both for free.

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          Thanks for the reply. I've had the Olypmus-em10 for a while and found the video footage grainy, even in reasonable light. And the shutter button came right off. Glued on plastic is all it is. Wonder if they will fix mine for free. Might be worth a try. Thanks!

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            @pufffdragon: Absolutely. Give it a go. Mentioning Australia Consumer Law was what I got them to fix the button the second time out of warranty.

            I thought it was unreasonable the on off button (for me) keeps breaking.

      • +2 votes

        Best video of any serious camera I've ever owned. The bar isn't high though. Still, it did get reasonably good reviews for the video when it came out (previous model was pretty bad).

        Set on continuous auto-focus with the Oly 12-40mm f2.8, and it pulses focus…not very nice to watch. Single AF, or manual focus is the way to use it. The focus peaking is quite good, and I think it's probably worth going with manual focus for this reason. YMMV, and the pulsing may have been down to my focus settings at the time.

        People who want really good video seem to go with the Panasonic GH cameras, but I think this E-M5ii does a very decent job.

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          The autofocus is just not good enough for video work. Even in good light there is a fair bit of focus hunting. I only use manual focus for videos. The focus peaking is good, but it does not work when actually recording a video!

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            @jakentta: The peaking does work when recording. I took video recently, and it worked fine while recording.

            What is annoying, is that it only works when I use the focus ring. It will disappear after a second when not using it - this may be what you're referring to. Tweak the focus ring again, and up it comes. Not ideal, I know.

            Quite possibly there is some setting buried deep in Olympus's menu system that might allow it to stay on full time…not sure as I haven't been digging for it yet.

            But yes…if you're wanting a camera primarily for video, this is probably not the droid you're looking for.

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              @Banj0: Hey, you are absolutely correct about the focus peaking, it does work while recording a video! My memory must have been from the older E-M1, where it did not work that way. Can't believe I had never tried it in the two or so years I've had this camera. Anyway, on my E-M5 MkII the peaking also does stay on as long as required. I found that the peaking setting is in two spots, under "MF Assist" in A-menu and by itself in D-menu. I don't have it enabled in A, but have mapped to a dedicated button. That way I can turn it on and off as required, and it stays on as long as required.

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                @jakentta: Ugh…those Olympus menus! I need to do that with the button assignment…I haven't really got my E-M5ii set up the way I want.

                Love the camera though.

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                  @Banj0: Oh yes, those Olympus menus. Frustrating as hell. You think you're going down a straight road when you go into it, but then that turns into 10 more roads, and then another one appears, and you feel like you've dug a hole so deep you can never get out, and at that point, you wonder what the hell you were looking for in the first place. Arrgh!

    • +2 votes

      I would use focus peaking and manual focus to get the extra sharpness, which worked well for me, especially with good fast optics such as Lumix Leica or Voightlander lenses (the latter is fully manual). There are enough technologies/functionalities there to explore your creativity without having to spend on the latest and greatest body. Note that good lenses depreciate much slower than bodies.

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    PayPal 2.5% surcharge ?

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    BTW…if you're into macro photography, this little unit is fantastic when paired with the Oly 60mm f2.8 macro lens. This combo really surprised me. Of course, getting the aperture stopped down a lot might not be as good as with a larger format sensor, where you can bump the ISO more without being punished so much by the noise.

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      Yes great combo. Also if you want depth of field (ie no bokeh) for macro can use focus bracketing or focus stacking and stay with open aperture for low noise.

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      In larger sensor, you are against really tiny DOF. This would certainly better than larger format.

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        Yes…good point too. Everybody keeps talking about how you can have small fast lenses, but your depth of field is not as narrow as a larger format equivalent…but it's not always a bad thing (in fact, it's only ever a bad thing in one kind of shot).

  • +1 vote

    damn that's a good price! tempted to upgrade but i'll lose a couple hundred on my current camera :(

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    Pretty annoyed that Olympus is doing a price hike. The Oly 12-40 f2.8 pro went from $749 to $999 at digidirect. Occasionally they have 15% to bring it to $600. Was gonna buy in the next 2 months for the TRS claim :(

    https://photorumors.com/2019/12/01/olympus-lens-price-increa...
    https://www.43rumors.com/olympus-us-will-increase-the-pro-le...

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        hopefully consumers don't give in to these ridiculous price hikes and retails will drop it back down. Especially when the new 12-45mm f4 is at $999 - which is bizarre to me. Oly is known for its more affordable price point is ruling themselves out of the market soon

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          Those lenses are outstanding though. I shudder to think of what I'd pay for equivalent glass with a Canikon logo, or even for my Pentax! Obviously these APS-C and full frame cameras need more glass, but gee, the Olympus lenses really impress me.

          That f4 is fairly new, so yes, hopefully it should come down. Not sure if it's a lens for me, though I can see why a more compact pro badged lens normal zoom would appeal.

          I think the 12-40 2.8 is a good candidate as a secondhand lens too. They're sealed - more or less - so not too much to worry about with dust, and very robust. If you find one in 'mint' or 'little used' condition, I think they're a good buy even at $500…but you can get them between $400 and $500 usually (many people asking more).

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    This camera looks like it was designed in 1965.

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    Looks like they put the price back to $469. Deal's over.

  • +1 vote

    Did anyone else here buy one of these?

    After getting mine I doubt these are in-store demo cameras. Mine had an Olympus reconditioned label slapped on the box and the camera body has some physical damage like it's been dropped.

    The camera works fine though.

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      I got mine too with Olympus reconditioned label. Works fine. No physical damage on mine, although the rubber seal on the eyepiece is little wobbly and/or flimsy.
      What is your shutter count ?

      Ill check mine and report back.

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        Mine is quite low. Only 2 photos taken on mine.

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          btw. This is defo factory reconditioned (ie seconds) not ex-Demo.
          I am already getting a "stuck shutter" and the focussing making noises, which I felt was wierd.
          Never had noises while focussing on my Mk1.

          Most likely Ill invoke the 1 year warranty.

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            @r0nmac: Don't know if you can get given a new replacement or if you have to go through the process of doing the whole warranty thing. These only had a 6mth warranty.

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