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Re: Which Camera to dip toe in water

Thanks for the informative response.

Another question, I know they are different, but which is the better lens in terms of quality and value between the Panasonic kit 14-42mm and the Panasonic 14mm Asph Prime lens ?

I ask as I am contemplating one of the GF3 kits but if I get on with it, selling the GF3 body and keeping the lens to use on an OMD M5
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Re: Which Camera to dip toe in water

At some point you will want to go for the higher quality lenses and move to primes, I suspect. The 14mm Panny is a good lens with a reasonable maximum aperture. Might I suggest you partner it with the Oly 45mm?

As an aside, about 5 years ago I moved from Canon FF to Olympus, and have never looked back. With the E-M5 things are very rosy!
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Re: Which Camera to dip toe in water

If you are wanting to collect Olympus lenses you can't buy a Panasonic body as you'll lose all IS (IS is in Oly bodies and Pana lenses).

The OM-D is well overpriced in my opinion and has some flaws, as you'll know if you've done your research. I think new prices will fall to around the 600-700 mark shortly which, if you buy now, will leave you a little upset. Also, the next in line OM-2d will likely have more features and won't be long to market I predict, due to the need to iron out the aforesaid flaws in the 'prototype' OM-D.

I have had E-PL1, moved up to E-PL2 for slightly better features (mainly the controls mirroring those of my XZ-1) and ergonomics, although ISO moves from 100 to 200 minimum, and I added an Oly m14-150 lens which would see me through to an OM-? as its IQ is fine for my general use. Get a VF-2 EVF with EP-9 eyecup for the perfect combination, you can sell it again when you buy the OM-D, or keep it to use at 90 degrees for candid 'street' shots.

Having said all that, I still pick up my XZ-1 99% of the time. What E-Series lens gives you a zoom lens 28-112mm (35mm eqivalent) at f:1.8-2.5?
Not sure how it would cope with motorsport though?

The OM-D would solve my low light issues of the E-PL2 with its better high ISO performance but I wasn't prepared to spend even the 667 it would have cost me to buy a body in the USA last week. I'm not a professional and, like you, don't need that level of performance just now.

Just my take on things....
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Re: Which Camera to dip toe in water

You are not far wrong David.

One of the otehr reasons of dipping the toe in with a cheaper body is to see what happens on the OMD front i.e. price drop and/or new model in the winter.

My intention is to either get a used E-PL2 with Olympus lenses or a new GF3 with Panny lenses which I can then use on an OMD body.

There are two GF3 kits, one with a 14-42mm and one with a 14mm prime hence my question.
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Re: Which Camera to dip toe in water

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You are not far wrong David.

One of the otehr reasons of dipping the toe in with a cheaper body is to see what happens on the OMD front i.e. price drop and/or new model in the winter.

My intention is to either get a used E-PL2 with Olympus lenses or a new GF3 with Panny lenses which I can then use on an OMD body.

There are two GF3 kits, one with a 14-42mm and one with a 14mm prime hence my question.
Having the XZ-1 with its great low f stop lens and the PL2 with not so great low light ability m14-150 lens, and always having been a zoom lens fan, I think it would be great to have the choice with the OM-D of zooms+high ISO or primes+cropping. The PL2 doesn't have either the high ISO capability or sensor size to do as well. Still way too pricey for me though!
Having said that, I could sell all my other 43 and m43 kit and afford one but the OM-D teething troubles would still make me wait for a successor.

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Re: Which Camera to dip toe in water

I am a very recent convert to Olympus having bought a OM-D E-M5 and so far I am very pleased with it. I previously had a Pentax K-5 which is about the smallest fully featured APS-C DSLR and has very good high ISO capabilities as well as good ergonomics. I had looked at the MFT systems previously but was put off by the sensor limitations and limited high ISO.

The OMD E-M5 is a "proper" camera with two control wheels as well as buttons and handling is not too different from a DSLR but without the weight and bulk. The advances in sensor technology have put it on a more equal footing with the APS-C DSLRS and the high ISO capabilities are at least as good. The built-in EVF is pretty good too. If you get a chance to handle an OMD that might be the clincher.

I must admit that in my case an additional attraction is the ability to use Leica (and other brands) lenses as I am a long time Leica user since film days.

If you can be patient and wait a bit the price of the OMD may fall but I get the impression that at present Olympus is selling then as fast as they can make them so it may be a few months before there is a significant drop.

Best of luck with your decision.

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