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Old 29th October 2012
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I am just moving from canon eos to Olympus E-M5. My interests are wildlife, birds and macro. I have only 1400 to spend,including the camera, what lenses should I buy? Don,'t want to makes costly mistake so any advice would be most welcome.
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Re: What do you advise?

Buy a good 400mm lens for your Canon ... for the birds.
Buy an e-M5, e-pL5 or e-pM2 with kit zoom for the rest, then the Olympus 45mm lens, then more stuff like the 60mm-Macro ... then more stuff ...
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Re: What do you advise?

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I am just moving from canon eos to Olympus E-M5. My interests are wildlife, birds and macro. I have only 1400 to spend,including the camera, what lenses should I buy? Don,'t want to makes costly mistake so any advice would be most welcome.
The E-M5 is a great camera but a total budget of 1400 won't buy many lenses. The standard 12-50mm kit zoom will cover most general photography, including near-macro and if you buy an E-M5 at the moment you get a 45mm f1.8 free. That leaves a long tele-zoom and you might have to add a little more to your budget to get a Panasonic 100-300mm, which by all accounts is a cracking lens. However, CAF on Micro Four Thirds, for birds in flight for example, is not yet as good as a DSLR, it has to be said.
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Re: What do you advise?

Hi Wolfey.
Firstly,remember that Olympus "kit" lenses are generally regarded as being of better optical quality and better value than those of other brands.The 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 "kit" lens which can be bought with the OMD E-M5 is IMHO no exception. Remember it's also weather/dust sealed to match the E-M5 body.

So, well within your budget you can get the E-M5 plus 12-50mm for 1,148.
But it's better than that.See the "sticky" thread at the top of the home page, up to the end of the year you can also get the beautiful 45mm f1.8 lens free by a cashback promotion. This is another great lens which performs much better than it's price would suggest.This would be a good starting point.

If your wildlife/nature photography extends to the "small" end of things the new 60mm f2.8 macro (also weatherproof) would be a useful addition down the line.

Of course there is a large range of lenses from other manufacturers including Panasonic. The Four Thirds Organisation have useful catalogue which details all the lenses designed for Micro Fourthirds here http://www.four-thirds.org/en/index.html

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Just seen what John posted while I was typing(slowly) and he says it more succinctly than me.
Also I have the Panasonic 100-300mm and I am very pleased with it. You will find examples of shots taken with all the lenses mentioned in my posts and gallery.
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Thanks for your advice guys. I have been looking online - it's scary. There can be a huge difference in price for the same thing. I have seen the E-M5 from as little as 715 - 999 for the body only. I have decided to play safe and go to Jessops, get the body and the 75-300mm lens, then claim my free one. I will have to up my budget at their prices but I will have peace of mind. I'll just have to save up for the 60mm macro lens. I hope to get it this weekend and will post some pics as soon as I have any worth looking at.
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Thanks for your advice guys. I have been looking online - it's scary. There can be a huge difference in price for the same thing. I have seen the E-M5 from as little as 715 - 999 for the body only. I have decided to play safe and go to Jessops, get the body and the 75-300mm lens, then claim my free one. I will have to up my budget at their prices but I will have peace of mind. I'll just have to save up for the 60mm macro lens. I hope to get it this weekend and will post some pics as soon as I have any worth looking at.
Hi Wolfey.
The low prices you have seen are probably for "grey" imports usually from Hong Kong and will not have the Olympus Europe two year warranty and will not qualify for the Olympus UK lens offer.
Have you checked that the Jessops branch you plan to visit actually have the items in stock? Not all (many) of their branches stock Olympus and from what I have read those that do can be a bit hit and miss.
If you are prepared to buy without actually handling first there are two companies that most on here would recommend. Both have very good shops as well as on-line sales and are Olympus "Elite" dealerships.Both will give next day delivery and take telephone orders as well.

Park Cameras at Burgess Hill.
www.parkcameras.com

SRS Microsystems at Watford.
www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk

Hope this helps.
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Thanks Peter, I have had a look at both sites and SRS are having a 'weekend special' and giving away freebies - must be my lucky day . They are also a bit cheaper than Jessops. Too far to travel to but if I decide to buy online it will probably be from them. Thanks again.
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