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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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New user advice

Hi. I have recently purchased( from John Lewis) a EM1 ( 1st gen) and a 12-40 pro lens new for 600. Was that a good price? Also I was thinking of fitting a B and W UV filter for protection etc. Is that a good choice. Is the mk2 version of the camera a big step forward in picture quality? Thanks
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Re: New user advice

Hello, welcome aboard.

I've no idea whether that is a "good" price in today's market - but you've certainly got a good setup there for your money. Both body and lens are excellent, the only limitation really is that the 12-40 doesn't go longer but there are plenty of other options if you want to expand your system.

Filters are a touchy subject and have been known to provoke a holy war! On the one hand it will protect your lens, and if you have an accident a filter is a lot cheaper to replace than a good lens. On the other it will inevitably degrade image quality. While this is probably not noticeable most of the time, under some circumstances it can be a real problem - for example shooting at night with point sources of light like streetlight, you can end up with ghost images.

My view is that I will only put a filter on if there is a reason to - either optically (e.g. polariser) or there is a need for protection (rain as I would rather clean and dry a filter than a lens, definitely anywhere near salt water and sand blowing around). There are many other views on this.

I don't think the Mark II is a big step up in picture quality. It offers lots of small steps in lots of ways - quality slightly better, high ISO performance a bit better, higher capacity battery, and so on. But the Mark I is still a very good camera.

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Re: New user advice

That would have been a good price for the body alone. If you got the pro lens as well and it's all new that was an unbelievable price. Actually really depressing for those of us who were thinking of selling ours. I'd have been looking for that for my second hand one with the cheaper 12-50 lens. Looks like I'll be keeping it now.
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Re: New user advice

The price you paid is simply amazing. Its less than half the current street price.

look here:

http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/O...-40mm-Pro-Lens
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Re: New user advice

I can only assume that it was either lost in the back of a John Lewis warehouse, or it was a demo kit The lens alone sells for nearer 700 and the body still compares well with its later siblings. It's worth checking that both are running at the latest firmware levels (that's v4.3 for the body and v1.3 for the lens) as these added some useful functions to the body. Now you've got some serious reading in front of you to check out all the options and get it set up to meet your needs I'd recommend this website as a starting point - www.biofos.com/mft/omd_em1_settings.html.
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Re: New user advice

I think it was an excellent price. Well done you.
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Re: New user advice

Always use a lens hood. Apart from keeping out extraneous light, it will give a good deal of protection to the front of the lens.
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Re: New user advice

I agree with Steverh on the use of a lens hood.

I use one of the rubber fold-back lens hoods, one per lens which stays on even when stowed and is ready for use at the drop of a hat.

Saves pfaffing on when changing lens on the hoof and they take up almost no extra space, even when taken off and folded.

They also allow a stepped cover should the need arise and are cheap to boot
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