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Old 5th September 2010
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I just bought a e400 body with no lens for my daughters O level at school. Advice and offers please!

I used to be a keen photographer when a lot younger but parenthood and the rising costs of film processing drove me away. And the cost of a decent dslr was prohibitive too as I became a single dad to my wonderful though high maintenance daughter .
However circumstances has forced my hand as she has decided to take O level photography ( or whatever they are calling them these days, why didnt we have this as an option when I went to school, I may have done better in my exams ). I have a very limited budget as business has been very poor for the last few years and have even had to sign on a few times, mostly to ensure we keep a roof over our heads because of the ridiculous rent I have to pay ( dont want to get on my soap box about that here lol ).

So I have invested 120 for a body only e400 however it has no lens, so I am looking for advise, and offers as I have no idea what is the best one ( or 2 maybe ) to get. As I understand it this camera can take older lenses or dslr specific ones with autofocus, and there are even supposed to be a few anti-shake lens's. Its all a bit confusing to my poor old befuddled brain, so any advice or offers to obtain a lens would be gratefully appreciated.
As this is primarily for my daughter to learn on please take this into consideration. Many thanks in anticipation Rick

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Re: I just bought a e400 body with no lens for my daughters O level at school. Advice and offers ple

Hi Rick and welcome.

Firstly, regarding anit-shake lenses, the only ones available for the 4/3 system are some Panasonics.

For your purpose and budget, I would suggest you look for a "kit" lens, ie, an Olympus 14-42. For a "cheap" lens they really are quite good. But if you can afford to step up a grade, you won't beat the Oly 14-54. Have a look on the forums here - both lenses regularly make an appearance, and you can even post a Want ad!
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Re: I just bought a e400 body with no lens for my daughters O level at school. Advice and offers ple

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... So I have invested 120 for a body only e400 however it has no lens...
My advice would be to look for an Olympus e-410 or e-510 with kit lens 14-14mm at a price around 150 all-in. If you can get the two-lens kit and camera for less than 200 go for it.
(Without prior DSLR experience I can't imagine why you bought an e-400 with no lens : doesn't make sense.)
The best lens to stick on your existing e-400 is the 50-or-less second-hand kit lens 14-42, widely available, cheap ... and very good at its job.
The second lens would be the 40-150mm kit zoom (mkI or mkII) available for 80 or less second hand.
You can sell all this stuff for the same price you bought it : it isn'tr depreciating much since the prices are so low already.
Good cameras!
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Re: lens for E400 needed

Well look for a 14-42mm..perfect lens to learn photography with....
If your daughter has access to borrow any old lenses then just get an adapter...
Nice camera the E400...mine stil gets used
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Re: I just bought a e400 body with no lens for my daughters O level at school. Advice and offers ple

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My advice would be to look for an Olympus e-410 or e-510 with kit lens 14-14mm at a price around 150 all-in. If you can get the two-lens kit and camera for less than 200 go for it.
(Without prior DSLR experience I can't imagine why you bought an e-400 with no lens : doesn't make sense.)
Hi Ulfric, to be honest before I found this site I had looked on ebay for some time and most DSLR's were going well above 200 mark, so I figured at 112 + pp it wouldn't be too difficult to get a cheap standard lens. The rest of your question you answered yourself, I have no experience of DSLR's so didnt think it would be too difficult to pick up a 2nd hand standard lens, I know when I was doing a lot of photography with my trusty old canon a1, the more exotic lens's were a lot more expensive, but standard 50mm lens's were 10 a penny. And there were a lot of 3rd party manufactures making relatively cheap compatibles that were pretty good and a lot less expensive. Sadly I see that does not appear to be the current case. I feel that perhaps you are being a touch pedantic as I had already stated I "used" to do a lot of photography, so am obviously operating under my preconceived idea's and experiences. To tell me to buy another camera when I had already stated I have already purchased said E400 does not take into account the fact that as stated I am on a limited budget, being a single parent of a daughter who's school course which I assume you know starts next week, (as most kids go back to school then). so this isnt really an option now. Lets just say I was .... lol

Now I have made my bed and must lie on it. So it appears I need a 14-42, unless anyone can sell me a 40-150mm kit zoom (mkI or mkII) or a Oly 14-54mm for about the 50 mark which would be in my budget,

I thank you all for your advise and I am open to offers on the above mentioned items. I may well then try to source a e410 or e510 ( though as its for my 14yr daughter will probably stick to the e410 for it size ) but that will depend on getting a buyer from ebay to take the e400 1st, so will have to be done during a school break now. Again thanks everybody for your input.
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Re: lens for E400 needed

I think that you should be able to get a 14-42 for a fair price, either through this forum or on ebay, and that will do you very well to start with.
It's a very good kit lens, and I use mine a lot! To be quite honest, when starting out in 'SLR world' after a break, you'll need some time to get back into the swing of things - and although one of the better lenses/cameras would be great - would you really get the best out of it at first anyway? I know I wouldn't have!

Try the 14-42, and then see where you want to go from that. Possibly the other kit lens - the 40-150, for telephoto work, or as a reasonable macro.

By then you'll have an idea what other lenses might suit you.
I know that i wouldn't part with my basic two lenses, even if I had a 12-60 and 50-200 !!

I started with a E410, and found that took some quite good shots at times too. If you're on a budget - then the E400 is a good one to start with. You can always upgrade later!

Hope to see some of your pictures soon!
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Re: lens for E400 needed

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/OLYMPUS-DIGITA...item43a177a14b

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Re: lens for E400 needed

You may find that on the course they'll focus on the manual side of the camera, so maybe an old legacy prime would be a good cheap bet? I know our college still teaches photography using film SLRs anyway!
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Thanks for that, am watching it, at 30 would be well within my budget, only just under 2 days lef and no bids yet,
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Re: lens for E400 needed

Even if that one goes up to a silly price, there are loads around and I think you'd find one for under 70.
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Re: I just bought a e400 body with no lens for my daughters O level at school. Advice and offers ple

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Hey Rick do you have any old 50mm lenses from before? Olympus DSLRs are brilliant for using them with an adapter : educational.
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