I've been looking to upgrade my 11 year-old Olympus EM-5 (the original).
It's served me well, albeit with some shutter shock and delay issues
that have frustrated me. My mindset breakthrough came when I realized
that the EM-1 series is actually almost the same weight as my EM-5 with
an external grip added. I needed that grip, because the EM-5 is
otherwise too small for my big hands. The EM-1's built-in grip is just
big enough as-is.
Nearby Kenmore Camera had several EM-1 Mark II bodies for $499. After
trying them in the store, I came home with one. It appears well taken
care of. 31,500 shutter actuations, which leaves plenty left on the
rated 200,000. (My EM-5 has accumulated 13,000 clicks in 11 years).
So far, I've found nothing wrong, and I'm happy. This is a case of
staying a little behind the curve and saving quite a bit of cash. The
newer EM-1/OM-1 versions are 4x more expensive, and to my mind, the
improvements are incremental, not game-changing for how I photograph.
RAW image quality has not changed much. And when I want full-frame, I
still have my Brand L German rangefinder.
The one drawback is the mind-boggling complexity of the EM-1 setup.
Everything is customizable to a bewildering degree. (I remember
initially going through the same thing with my EM-5, until I achieved a
state of "set it and forget it." The EM-1 II is like that, only more so.
It's like "Fizbin," the card game in the Chicago gangsters episode of
the original "Star Trek." Function X does Y, except on Tuesday. But when
you also enable Function A, Function X does B, except at night.
Fortunately, the EM-1 II has dedicated buttons for almost everything I
normally do, so there's less menu diving than on the EM-5.
My general rule is to leave the factory defaults alone, unless I really
need to change them for how I photograph. So I've left all the buttons
at their default, except for the orange video record button. Since I
don't do video, I've changed that to turn on focus magnification, for
when I use my manual focus Oly and Leica tele lenses.
One huge help has been this link:
It explains things better than the manual. And when his writing gets
sarcastic, you know that the option being discussed is not all that
important for most people.
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/