Amateur Photographer and 350-400 euro for camera ?

Discussion in 'This or That?' started by PantelisMor, May 29, 2013.

  1. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013

    A friend of me wants to buy a new camera. She is amateur. She wants to give 350.00 euro maximum 400.00 for the body and the lens . Which camera you suggest ???

    I was thinking for Olympus E-PM2 with 14-42mm ??

    thx a lot
  2. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
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    Sean Rastsmith
    A Panasonic G3 kit can easily be found for under 400, and leaves enough budget to get a couple of extra batteries. Gives her enough physical controls that she has easy access to everything, and has a built-in EVF.
  3. szanda

    szanda Mu-43 Regular

    My girlfriend fell in love with this one

    And I realized that simple controls and look of the camera really matters over added buttons and evf :)
  4. davidolarte

    davidolarte Mu-43 Regular

    May 14, 2013
    Bogotá, Colombia
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    Juan Olarte
    GF=girlfriend? GFs are the girlfriend cameras!!!
  5. ranxoren

    ranxoren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 22, 2013
    Toronto, ON
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  6. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2013
    A Panasonic LX7 is around 400€ and It would be a great start for learning a bit more about photography.

    It has a lot of light (F1.4/F2.3) and versatility (24~90mm) .
  7. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yes. This is exactly what I would suggest. Try to get a cheap prime in there if you can. The pancake lenses are rather affordable, like the Lumix 14mm f/2.5 and the m.Zuiko 17mm f/2.8. The Lumix 20mm f/1.7 is quite a bit more expensive.
  8. WasOM3user

    WasOM3user Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 20, 2012
    Lancashire, UK
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    Slightly different option Pixmania are advertising silver EPL-3's with TWO zooms (14-42 + 40-150) in the UK at £315 (~378 Euros?) which although slightly older sensor would give you movable LCD and a longer zoom over the EPM2. I assume they would be available to most of Europe.

    Still capable of very good results - just been looking through my sons EPL-3 pictures from the weekend - I can tell the difference (just) between them and my OMD but a beginner using HDTV or non retina iPad for display probably would not.

    The second zoom would give them a much bigger range to play with from day one and doesn't perform too badly either
  9. threebees

    threebees Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 13, 2013
    I always think that for most pictures viewfinder is a must, rather than IS, so I would go for a Lumix G with a versatile lens like 14-140, and then, in the future, upgrade lenses.

    Or better, E-PL3 + viewfinder + mzuiko 14-150. That would be my beginning choice!
  10. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2013
    The problem is to keep all that under 400€ :cool:
  11. PantelisMor

    PantelisMor Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    I agree , she wants to give maximum 400.00 euro..

    I think this is a good choise
  12. threebees

    threebees Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 13, 2013
    Mmm.. sorry. She wants it brand new, right? I was thinking in second hand.

    Then I'd definitively go to the double zoom kits.
    In the spanish redcoon there very cool PEN kits, better than pixmania.