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Old 24th September 2019
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Hello from Wiltshire

Hello all, I'm new to Olympus and stumbled upon your community here and it seems like a perfectly pleasant place to while away some online time.

A bit about me, my name is Chris I live in North Wiltshire (Calne-ish if people know the area!) I have a couple of young daughters who occupy most of my time and resources! My photographic preferences are pretty wide ranging but I guess if I looked at all of my photos the majority would be either wildlife or family snaps with a smattering of astro and landscape for good measure.

My foray into Olympus is a move from Nikon 1 where I have been quite happy for a while but the complete lack of support for the system and crippled adaption of F mount lenses has finally pushed me away.

So I found myself thinking what do I want from a new camera first it had to be something I could carry around easily and be relatively robust (remember those 2 small children!), secondly coming from a 1" sensor I wanted to be able to get my previous field of view so a 35mm equivalent of 800mm (300mm with a 1" sensor) was roughly where I wanted to be for wildlife-ing and finally it couldn't cost a fortune because while my wife is understanding there are limits and my eldest daughter (4) apparently wants a unicorn for Christmas and I understand they are quite pricey!

So some searching and pondering followed by some procrastination and a bit more pondering led me to 4/3 sensors I could get reasonable reach still only needing 400mm to get back to where I was and cameras and lens are made for the sensor size so are not oversized for the purpose. That left me with Olympus or Panasonic to choose from some more pondering later I discovered the old 4/3 Olympus lenses and looked at the prices and thought I might be onto something here! A bit more research told me if I wanted to go down that route I would really need a camera with PDAF to get the best out of the lenses couple that to limited funds and we fall squarely at the E-M1.1 which I can happily say I am now the proud owner of.

So my starting gambit saw me purchase a 14-54mm f2.5-3.5 and a Sigma 135-400mm f4.5-5.6 and an MMF-3 to make it all work together. I also have a Sigma 600mm f8 mirror in OM fit which I have an adapter for and with the IBIS is far more useful than it ever was on my Nikon camera.

Then it started raining and I was a bit bored and the light was bad and I thought what I need is a faster lens with more reach than the 54mm but obviously the 300mm pros are well out of my price range so I stumbled back to my research and the 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 said hello I will be useful and so one of those jumped into my collection as well (arriving today!).

So anyway rambling mode off, that's me I hope to contribute to the forum once again it looks like a nice place to hang out and any advice on what to do or not to do with my new system is all gratefully received.

Chris
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

Hi Dr Webb, welcome to the forum. Looks like you've started with a great set of kit that will fit your needs pretty well. Any questions ask away, someone here will know the answer. Looking forward to seeing you post some images.
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

Another welcome to the forum. You have a week to put up a Landscape in this month's Challenge...Seriously look forward to your involvement and photos......
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

I have a plan for a landscape providing it stops raining long enough for me to get out of the house!
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Good news Chris. here in South Wales we have sunshine....(for a moment)..
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

A warm welcome Chris. It looks like you have been doing your homework on the Olympus system so I'm sure you will be giving us advice soon.
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

Welcome from South Wilts, Chris. Look forward to seeing some of your work.

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Welcome, Chris.
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

Welcome, Chris. I have been using Olympus cameras since film days. You'll find them to be wonderfully robust. I look forward to seeing some of your photos.
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

Welcome. You'll find the kit you have purchased is good for wildlife photography.
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

Welcome, look forward to seeing some photos from all your new kit!
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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

Hello Chris,

Having previously lived and worked close to where you are for a number of years, I know that there are stunning landscapes all around you.

With the autumn colours arriving, and the low sun highlighting the warm Bath stone buildings, I think we're in for some treats, and I'll be seeing what's changed since I moved away from there.

Welcome to the forum, looking forward to seeing your pictures.
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Hello and welcome to the Forum

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Welcome to the forum Chris. Lots of very knowledgeable and friendly folk on here. I am just a few miles down the road from you, so maybe meet up some time.

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Re: Hello from Wiltshire

Thanks all for the warm welcome.

Does anybody have any recommendations for where to share photos from for online storage I use Amazon drive as I have unlimited photo storage but I don't think I can direct link a photo into the forum from there unless im missing something which is entirely possible as I'm trying to do this from my phone!
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