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Hello from the west of Scotland

Hi.

I am an E1 user (got it in 2002) and am now looking to upgrade. I have really joined the forum for advice and information as I am uncertain what to upgrade to.

My initial thought was to try and find an E5 but now someone has set me thinking along the road of compact OMs.

I managed to acquire several Zuiko lenses at the same time as the E1 and the question is really is these can be used on the new compacts. I have a macro lens and a 50-200.

I am not looking to spend a colossal amount of money on the upgrade - partly because a recent vet bill put paid to a not insignificant amount of disposable income I had allocated, but mostly because I don't think I will ever trouble Nigel Spencer in the expert photography stakes.

I would however like to take better pictures than I current do and upgrading from an elderly 5MP DSLR seems to be the next step.

Any advice welcome.

ps areas of interest are nature photography, especially macro, and sports photography.
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

Welcome!

If I were you I'd be looking for a used OM-D EM-1 (the original version). It's an excellent camera and will work pretty well with your 4/3 lenses. There are lots around. Expect to pay around 400 upwards depending on condition. SRS have new ones for 649 at the moment.

The smaller bodies like the Pens or EM-5 will not work so well with your lenses.

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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

Welcome to the forum Fionnghal,

I agree with Steve, if you are looking keep costs under control, go for a well looked after E-M1 together with an MMF-1, 2, or 3 adapter (MMF-3 link) for your 4/3rds lenses.

If money wasn't an object I would thoroughly recommend the E-M1 MkII.
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

Can I assume I'd still need the MMF-3 for that E-M1 Mk II?
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

Yes you do. It converts from micro 4/3 to the regular 4/3 fit.
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

Given that the lenses are as old as the E1, is there likely to be any autofocus issues when I attach them using the MMF-3?
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

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Given that the lenses are as old as the E1, is there likely to be any autofocus issues when I attach them using the MMF-3?
If they're working well with your E-1 you should be fine with the MMF-3 and either an E-M1 MkI or MkII

Which lenses do you have? You mentioned the 50-200 and a macro, is it the 50 f/2?
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

The lens that came with the E1 is a 14-54 1:2.8-3.5

I have a 50-200 with the same 1:2.8-3.5 (this was bought in the US whish i assume isn't a problem)

The macro is a 50mm 1:2

They are all Olympus Zuiko.

In my befuddled rather unknowledgeable state I am assuming that 1:2 is the same as f/2 and the 1:2.8-3.5 is the same as f/2.8-3.5.
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

All excellent lenses.

I've had two 50-200 (SWD version in both cases), the 14-54 (mine was a MkII) and the lovely 50 f/2.
Yes you're correct in your assumption regarding the apertures.
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

Hi Fionnghal,

Welcome on board. I can vouch for both of those lenses working well on the EM-1

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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

For the type of photography you wish to do I see no reason to change a thing. The E1 is a superb camera, just because its only got 5mp should not hold you back in what you wish to. The Kodak sensor is fantastic, there are some who believe that had Olympus been able to continue to use Kodak sensors in later E bodies more people would have bought into the system, {See DP Photography website}. Add in the fact its built like a tank, has a superb shutter, the first and best dustbuster system and you can see its got a lot going for it. Bought mine in 2006 for 1200 including the 14-54. Sold it a few years later and bitterly regretted it. Graduated to an E3 with a host of lenses and was quite happy with it till last year. Age and a dodgy hip forced a rethink so I looked around for a lighter system. After a lot of research finally went with the Fuji X system and never regretted it for a moment, wonderful lenses, the best I have ever used, and I used to make my living with medium format as a wedding photographer. If your wondering where all this is going, just before Christmas I spotted an E1 kit on ebay, body,HLD2 battery grip, 14-42, 40-150 and two polarisers and two skylights, got the lot for 93. When It arrived it was all mint condition with 5200 actuations. So glad to have it back and use it daily alongside my Fuji gear. My advice, don't get GAS stick with your E1 and expand that. I will NEVER part with mine again. A true classic. Good luck and all the best. IW.
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Re: Hello from the west of Scotland

A warm welcome Fionnghal
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