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Which Camera to dip toe in water

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  • #16
    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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    • #17
      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!
      Stephen

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      • #18
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        • #19
          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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          • #20
            Re: Which Camera to dip toe in water

            Originally posted by Spy View Post
            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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            • #21
              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.

              Archie
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