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Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by nrowensby, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. nrowensby

    nrowensby Mu-43 Regular

    89
    Jan 25, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    I'm currently switching to :43: from an EOS system and trying to determine what to buy. I'm switching for a smaller body and I want to start using with some old MF lenses.

    I'm looking to buy used, as I don't like being the one who eats depreciation on a new camera. :D

    Requirements:
    *Must be compatible with optional VF
    *Must have hotshoe

    Preferred:
    *Image Stabilization
    *Decent ISO1600 IQ

    Suggestions?
     
  2. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    967
    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    E-PL2, VF-2, 14-42 II, 17 2.8, FL36-R.
    Or drop the 17 and grab an OM lens adapter and start hunting...

    My 2¢.
     
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  3. nrowensby

    nrowensby Mu-43 Regular

    89
    Jan 25, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    On the used market... What is the approx going rate of each item? (Sorry in advance for my ignorance of :43: pricing)

    Also, how does the 17/2.8 compare to the 20/1.7?
     
  4. Aegon

    Aegon Mu-43 Veteran

    334
    Nov 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    EPL2 is a good deal at $200-ish, commonly $250.
    VF-2 is a good deal at $150, commonly $180
    17 is a good deal at $140, commonly $165
    FL36 is a good deal at $130, commonly $155

    These are just estimates.

    Nobody likes the 17 when compared to the 20. Except for people who use the 17, who tend to like it a bunch. Including myself.
     
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  5. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    702
    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Get the 20 mm. Worth the extra $$ over the 17.
     
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  6. nrowensby

    nrowensby Mu-43 Regular

    89
    Jan 25, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    How do the Olympus and Panasonic kit lenses compare? Are either known to be significantly better (sharpness/contrast/focus speed/etc)


    Also, what is the difference in the EPL1 & EPL2? The specs on all these bodies look so similar... :confused:
     
  7. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    967
    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
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  8. nrowensby

    nrowensby Mu-43 Regular

    89
    Jan 25, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    Thanks... I forgot about Snapsort... Definitely going with the EPL2, I was leaning towards that camera before creating this thread anyway... Thanks for the validation...

    Now... Onto lens decisions... :D
     
  9. pxpaulx

    pxpaulx Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    Midwest
    Paul
    Only the original Panasonic 14-45mm kit lens was lauded to be worth an extra expense. Otherwise the newer II and II R kit lenses from Olympus are silent focus for video (the Panasonic 14-42mm may be as well, don't know). 1st Gen Olympus and the panasonic 14-42 should be found easily for under $100 total, while the newer Olympus may fetch another $20 or so than that. The original Panasonic 14-45mm goes a shade above $200 used on ebay.
     
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  10. nrowensby

    nrowensby Mu-43 Regular

    89
    Jan 25, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    Thanks... Just got a call and set up a meeting to possibly sell my 1DII... Hope to be movign to :43: quite soon! :)
     
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  11. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    welcome to the club .. Hope ur camera sells quickly
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
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  12. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
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  13. zerotiu

    zerotiu Mu-43 Veteran

    222
    Sep 13, 2011
    Indonesia-Singapore
    It's easy when you say IS..Olympus :D
    Used PEN series + VF2, EP3 for better 1600 ISO performance.

    Even better if you have Nix Dfine :biggrin:
     
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  14. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    but the E-PL2 autofocus is quicker than the E-P2...

    I would recommend the E-PL2 if price is a concern, as it represents, IMHO, the best value for money. If price is not too much of a concern, I would try to look for a used E-P3...
     
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  15. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    With only an $800 budget, a used E-P3 leaves the poster very little left for lenses....
     
  16. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    967
    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    [shameless plug] It just so happens I just listed one of my PERFECT E-PL2s in the classifieds here! [/shameless plug]
     
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  17. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 13, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    E-PL2 and E-P2 focus the same on 14mm and 20mm, only the kit lens that makes the difference.
     
  18. nrowensby

    nrowensby Mu-43 Regular

    89
    Jan 25, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    So... are you saying the lens that comes with the E-PL2 focuses faster than the lens that came with the E-P2?

    So... Will the kit lens that came with the E-PL2 focus at the same rate on the E-P2 and E-PL2?
     
  19. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    Last year I got my GF2 + 14/2.5 pancake for $379 or some crazy price like that. I also got my GH1 for $299. Crazy prices. Create a Google Alert and friend Panasonic on Facebook and be patient for a deal young padawan.
     
  20. nrowensby

    nrowensby Mu-43 Regular

    89
    Jan 25, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    Leaning towards Olympus for Image Stabilization...