Advice needed on camera trade

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by puckpack, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2014
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    Hi,

    New to this forum, I've enjoyed reading through all the great information.

    I currently have a sony nex 5r and am thinking of getting a olympus 4/3. I found a person wanting to swap his epl5 with kit lens and Evf for my nex and 30mm lens.

    Thoughts?


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  2. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    IMHO, you're getting a better body, but being shorted on the lens side.
     
  3. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2014
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    Thanks for the reply. I have a few legacy lenses that I would have to get new adapters but could use as well.


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  4. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    The seller agreed to include a nikon ais 50mm 1.4 as well. I think I am going to make the leap!


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  5. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    I would get a few more details : exactly which EVf is it? Hopefully VF-2 rather than the lesser VF-3.
    Which 30mm lens do you have?
     
  6. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    It is the vf-2. I have the sigma 30mm 2.8.


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  7. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Oh yeah, go for it.
    The VF-2 is good, and your next step (after the trade) should be to spend that hundred dollars on a m4/3rds Sigma 30mm :biggrin:
     
  8. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2014
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    Like the way you think!! :)
     
  9. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2014
    Minnesota
    So, I have another request for advice.

    I am not familiar with the native lenses for 4/3 set ups. What is good initial purchase that is affordable and has nice IQ?

    Like I mentioned earlier, I will have the kit 14-42mm lens. I also have some legacy lenses from my nex system: 58mm, 100mm, 70-210mm and 300mm. I mostly take photos of my kids, nature, landscape and general family gathering things. Any suggestions?
     
  10. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    The kit lens is pretty good at the wide end, less so at the longer end. And you could certainly use a wider aperture as well. Depending upon your shooting preferences, I'd recommend either the Olympus 25mm, Olympus 45mm, or Sigma 60mm.

    I don't believe your legacy lenses, will be useable on Micro 4/3 because they need electronics to control the aperture
     
  11. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2014
    Minnesota
    Thanks Doug. I will look into those.

    My old lenses are old film lenses. They are mostly canon fd lenses plus an old Minolta rokkor. Can't I just get an adapter and use them on the e-pl5?
     
  12. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 5, 2013
    San Diego
    Doug Green
    Yes, you can use Canon FD and Minolta MC and MD mount lenses with adapters. When I said that you couldn't use them, I thought you were referring to modern NEX lenses, not film lenses that had been adapted to NEX. Any lens you've adapted and used on Sony NEX can be adapted and used on Micro 4/3 by changing the adapters, and they'll work the same way - except they will have more reach (2x factor as opposed to 1.5x factor on NEX).
     
  13. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    Whew! Thanks Doug!


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  14. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I was not happy with the Sigma 30, on m43. It was a neat and compact lens, but just did not seam to have that extra "something" for nature, that I want. It tended to Focus on background, rather than main subject. I very much liked it, for focal length, and size/looks.
     
  15. puckpack

    puckpack Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2014
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    Thanks for the input. I loved that lens on the nex, it was on there most of the time.

    I am intrigued by the oly 25 and 45, I need to read more and stop by my shop and check them out.


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  16. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Mine is always on my e-pL2 body, it focuses every time on the subject, I use centre square only and often bounced flash indoors.
    I don't aim it at nature much ... maybe it doesn't like flowers?
     
  17. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    Maybe you have a bad copy. That extra "something" is subjective so no argument with that, but m43 lenses shouldn't backfocus.