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Looking for advice

I have a very good Old friend who can't do enough for me always helping with this and that and will never take anything in return .
However he is now rebuilding the transom of our old ski boat ( he is a ship right )
Again this started as let me have a look and it went from there.
I would like to buy him a camera as a thank you for his help.
He is a pilot and flys to some great remote places and sees unusual sunsets and other landscapes .
The camera would have to be easy to use have a polorising filter to shoot through persplex windows while flying good zoom and giving great jpegs.
I would appreciate your thought s as I want this gift to be worthy.
Thanks in advance
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Re: Looking for advice

To fit a polariser I would say it would need to be a m4/3 camera.

Without a polariser I would suggest a XZ-2 or and XZ-1 I love the XZ-1 myself

There is also the Pen EPm-2
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Re: Looking for advice

Hi Ozzie,

It's great when you have friends like that.

I think you need to give us some idea of what you want to pay.

There is no doubt in my mind that it would be an OM-D E-M5, but this maybe outside your budget.

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Re: Looking for advice

I'm just thinking about a polarizing filter though perspex, rather than glass, and wondering if it might emphasize stress patterns in the perspex. I don't have the knowledge to say for sure if it is a potential problem but it might be worth further research.

What type of camera will depend on your budget and what sort of a photographer your friend is. Does he already have a camera or an interest in photography? Will he be keen enough to carry his camera everywhere in a seperate bag or would he be better with a small camera that can slip in a pocket?

If a polarizer is suitable, then a lens with a filter thread is required and that points to a Pen (or OM-D if you are feeling particularly generous). Same applies if you see him as a keen photographer who will be happy to carry his kit in a small bag and may well want to expand his system with additional lenses.

However, if he seems more the sort to carry a camera only if it will fit in a pocket then the ZX-2 or ZX-10 would be prime candidates. The ZX-2 has a larger sensor and probably a better high ISO/low light performance. The ZX-10 is smaller and even more pocketable, plus it has a wider zoom range. Both lenses are top quality and represent the best of their type.

Does he have a wife or partner who you could put these questions to? Whatever you decide, I think it is a really nice thing to do.
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Re: Looking for advice

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I have a very good Old friend who can't do enough for me always helping with this and that and will never take anything in return .
However he is now rebuilding the transom of our old ski boat ( he is a ship right )
Again this started as let me have a look and it went from there.
I would like to buy him a camera as a thank you for his help.
He is a pilot and flys to some great remote places and sees unusual sunsets and other landscapes .
The camera would have to be easy to use have a polorising filter to shoot through persplex windows while flying good zoom and giving great jpegs.
I would appreciate your thought s as I want this gift to be worthy.
Thanks in advance
John
Thanks everyone for the responses
I was looking at a point and shoot that a polarising filter could be attached if possible.
I have found myself that the filter helps with reflections inside an aircraft.
I hadn't thought of a pen with kit lens and this seems the way to go.
Will start looking
Thanks again
John
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Re: Looking for advice

If anyone has seen a good deal on an older pen ,new, please let me know
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