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Garrie
23rd February 2015, 12:27 PM
Hi Guys,

WOW, its odd being back. Some of you may remember me hopefully lots of "new" people won't lol Glad the forum is still kicking around.

I sold all my camera gear when my wife and I separated so I could continue to pay the bills and Harrisons upkeep :-) till I got a job. I've not taken a photograph in anger for a few years due to a lot of personal issues and Music taking over however as always the bug is coming back.

I need some advice if possible? I've been offered a EP2 with 17mm pancake lens for 100, is this a good deal? Is the camera decent? I'm used to the quality from my E3 and will this camera produce similar results?

I shoot a lot of dark places so what is the low light performance like?

Thanks in advance.

Lovely to see some old names still about *chr

Cheers
Garrie

Bikie John
23rd February 2015, 12:44 PM
Welcome back Garrie. I can't help with the EP2 I'm afraid - but at that price maybe it's worth trying it and hoping you can move it on without losing too much if its low light performance is too much of a limit. Or until you can save more pennies and trade up :)

John

scott76
23rd February 2015, 01:25 PM
Hi Garrie hope all is well,wouldn't you consider going back down the E3,E5 route? Or even a nice EM-5? Btw I'm sure I bought your E3.

Garrie
23rd February 2015, 01:40 PM
Hi Garrie hope all is well,wouldn't you consider going back down the E3,E5 route? Or even a nice EM-5? Btw I'm sure I bought your E3.

Hey, I wish I could afford to go down that route but I've had to save for 100 believe it or not, things are a bit tight at the moment.

Hope the E3 is still going strong, I loved that camera :-)

Good to hear from you.

Thank John, that's what I'm thinking, but I'm just trying to justify the expenditure, its horrible being this skint haha but its life I guess :-)

Cheers
G

StephenL
23rd February 2015, 02:18 PM
The E-P2 is a great camera, and with that lens a bargain at £100. Sure, it won't be the fastest focussing thing out there, but plenty good enough to give excellent results.

OM USer
23rd February 2015, 02:32 PM
I don't think you will do better at that price. The 16MP sensor in the later cameras and the 17mm F1.8 rather than the F2.8 on offer (?) would be the way to go for the best in low light but is not a budget option by a long shot. Still ,the E-P2 has a good enough stabilisation system should you find yourself handholding at longer than normal exposure times.

Ulfric M Douglas
23rd February 2015, 03:06 PM
I need some advice if possible? I've been offered a EP2 with 17mm pancake lens for 100, is this a good deal? Is the camera decent? I'm used to the quality from my E3 and will this camera produce similar results?
Yes absolutely : and the only combination I always take with me all the time.
The lens still sells used for around 70 and the body is so stylish with really great colours.
It doesn't do cats in coalmines like the modern sensors but so what.
The IQ is almost exactly the same as E-30/e-620 if that tells you anything.

Zuiko
23rd February 2015, 04:08 PM
Hey Garrie, welcome back!

I had this combination for a while, before I was lucky enough to progress to an E-M5 and it gave great results in good light, not all that different from an E-3. Getting the lens and body for 100 is a real bargain and will help get you back into photography. The lens is a much better performer than it is often credited for and the body is very well built, with nice handling. Go for it - and make sure you post some shots on the forum! *chr

Garrie
23rd February 2015, 04:20 PM
Hey,

Thanks for all the advice. I think I'm going to go for it, the Camera includes a VF2 view finder also.

I can't really lose for 100 I guess and I guess it beats my current camera which is my iPhone 5s (although I've had some okay results with that

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152042882301104&l=5796f77e56

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152042882896104&l=0ff5c707cd

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152316073521104&l=ca1c62d46e

John, I'll be sure to post some pics :)

Thanks again, its great to see the Forum still here, if I go for it expect to see lots of photographs :-)

Zuiko
23rd February 2015, 04:25 PM
It seemed a real bargain before, but if it also includes a VF2 you'd be daft not to get it! Go on, snatch their hand off before they change their minds!

BTW Forgot to ask - how's the drumming? :)

Garrie
23rd February 2015, 04:28 PM
Thanks, Yeah I'm going to get it :-)

Yeah the music side of things is going great thanks for asking. Got a few bands on the go so that makes me busy in-between times when I'm dying to see Harrison *chr

Hope your keeping well? Things good at your end?

Zuiko
23rd February 2015, 04:58 PM
Thanks, Yeah I'm going to get it :-)

Yeah the music side of things is going great thanks for asking. Got a few bands on the go so that makes me busy in-between times when I'm dying to see Harrison *chr

Hope your keeping well? Things good at your end?

I'm not too bad, thanks. Glad to hear the music is going well for you. At least if you get this camera you'll be able to take lots of pics of Harrison when you see him. How old is he now?

dj69
23rd February 2015, 05:15 PM
Some of the best HDRs On dereliction and decay I'd seen before or since. Welcome home, and more of the same please

David

OM USer
23rd February 2015, 05:33 PM
I've been looking out for a really cheap viewfinder. Looks like you've found one so I suggest you snap it up as it makes the bundle even better value.

Ulfric M Douglas
23rd February 2015, 05:38 PM
..., the Camera includes a VF2 view finder also.
Hang on, you are paying 100 for e-P2, 17mm and VF-2?

That's unbelievable.

JeremyHunter
23rd February 2015, 05:44 PM
The EP2 still remains an excellent camera, especially with the 17mm and viewfinder. I have this same combination which I used on a recent assignment in which I was privileged to take a former President of the United States on a trip through Africa. I photographed a book of the trip for him, all shot on an EP2. I also used the same equipment for a reportage in North Korea. Don't hesitate; buy it.

Phill D
23rd February 2015, 09:43 PM
Welcome back Garrie and yes definitely go for it, a real bargain bundle. I think it's going to a very worthy home. I too will look forward to the image posts.

Paul19
24th February 2015, 04:42 AM
The E-P2 was my first micro 4/3 camera. Loved it so much I found after 6 months I hadn't touched my Canon 5D set-up, so sold that to buy more lenses. Took the E-P2 to China and have beautiful photos from there. Still have the E-P2 which has a Lensbaby permanently attached now while I use the E-M1 for all other photography. So in summary - Go For It!

Zuiko
24th February 2015, 08:20 AM
Hmmm, I'm having second thoughts about this deal - I think you should hold out for an 8gb memory card and a couple of spare batteries to be thrown in too! Oh, and a bag to put it all in! *laugh

Garrie
24th February 2015, 09:29 AM
HAHA John, I think that might be pushing it a bit.. Thanks Guys :-)

The person I'm buying it from is going to dig it all out over the next few days so it looks like by Friday I should be firmly back having a Oly camera again.

The camera hasn't been used for 3 years so its sitting doing nothing at the moment, I hope to put it to the test at the weekend and even have a derelict lined up for said test.

Can't wait. Wonder if there is a cheap wide angle lens for micro 4/3rds :confused:

I wonder if I can even take/post process a photograph anymore, feeling a bit nervous having to learn it all again.

Thanks for welcoming me back, I've noticed a lot of people seem to come back to Olympus after being away or using another make of camera. I can't help feeling Olympus is like a personal life choice and it becomes part of you for some reason. Maybe I'm just being a nostalgic old fool :o

Zuiko
24th February 2015, 09:42 AM
HAHA John, I think that might be pushing it a bit.. Thanks Guys :-)

The person I'm buying it from is going to dig it all out over the next few days so it looks like by Friday I should be firmly back having a Oly camera again.

The camera hasn't been used for 3 years so its sitting doing nothing at the moment, I hope to put it to the test at the weekend and even have a derelict lined up for said test.

Can't wait. Wonder if there is a cheap wide angle lens for micro 4/3rds :confused:

I wonder if I can even take/post process a photograph anymore, feeling a bit nervous having to learn it all again.

Thanks for welcoming me back, I've noticed a lot of people seem to come back to Olympus after being away or using another make of camera. I can't help feeling Olympus is like a personal life choice and it becomes part of you for some reason. Maybe I'm just being a nostalgic old fool :o

Oooh, looking forward to some derelict pictures from you - better brush up on your tone mapping skills.!

Unfortunately ultra wides for MFT, such as the 9-18mm or 7-14mm are very expensive. The 12-50mm does give you 24mm full frame equivalent at the wide end, though, and second hand is much more reasonably priced.

yorky
24th February 2015, 09:55 AM
Grab it quick, the viewfinder sells for nearly that price alone. You should enjoy the camera with that combination.
Good Luck

Garrie
24th February 2015, 12:11 PM
Hi,

Would this memory card work okay in it or is it a bit over kill?

http://www.7dayshop.com/32gb-sd-cards/kingston-sdhc-uhs-i-ultimate-class-10-memory-card-32gb-7572

or would this one be better?

http://www.7dayshop.com/32gb-sd-cards/kingston-video-sdhc-memory-card-32gb-class-10-320mins-7489

Feels though I'm asking the most basic of questions, Memory cards have changed loads, I was using Sandisk Extreme 3/4 CF cards in my E3, SD cards are totally new to me.

Thanks
Garrie

benvendetta
24th February 2015, 12:33 PM
SD cards are really cheap at the moment and those deals are superb. I would be tempted to go for lower capacity cards (say 16GB) and buy a few rather than risking a larger one such as 32 or 64GB. Less to lose if one of the cards dies. I have to replace some of mine when the safety tabs broke off - they are unusable then in terms of the camera. You might want to check if the EP2 has a maximum SD card size that it can take, just to be on the safe side.

Ulfric M Douglas
24th February 2015, 01:24 PM
Yeah go for smaller cards but more than one.
You never know if the biggest latest and greatest will play nicely with a camera which was intruduced when 4gig were the commonest card size and they were all lower speeds.

Garrie
3rd March 2015, 03:28 PM
Looks like I get my new to me camera tomorrow,

EP2 Body (silver)
17mm f2.8 + uv filter
VF 2
Leather case + strap
SD card
Battery + charger
Cables + CD
Instructions

Got it for 120 in the end. Can't wait to get taking some photographs :)

Thanks for all the advice.

WPJ
4th March 2015, 12:51 AM
Welcome back.

Sounds like a great deal. I still have the exact same set-up which I use at different times. I've even started to let my children have a go with it.

I think your right about people coming back to Olympus, I've never left them since the film days and the OM1 and 2 (still have those bodies as well).

The E3 was such a workhorse.

Hopefully see some of your images soon - I always enjoyed them.

Good luck with the new camera.