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E-PL3 kit advice

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by dennisk, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. dennisk

    dennisk Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 4, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    Dennis
    I am finally moving up from a P&S camera for my digital camera. I'd like to keep the entire kit under $2000. What lenses would you get to create your dream E-PL3 kit? Thanks everyone.
     
  2. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    • Panasonic 14mm f2.5, or Oly 12mm if you want the stretch the budget
    • Panasonic 25mm f1.4, or Pan 20mm f1.7 if you go with the Oly above as it will save some bucks and give you one pancake
    • Olympus 45mm f1.8
     
  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Depends on what you like to shoot, but if you want to really cover the range, get the camera with the 17mm kit lens, then add a 9-18 for wide angle and get the 14-150 as a walk around zoom. Over time you may want to add more specialty lenses but this gives you a huge focal range and a good little semi-wide angle prime that's decent in low light. Of course if you want to start with a more specialized setup now, there are other options, but you didn't say that.

    -Ray
     
  4. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 3, 2011
    Scotland
    My dream kit may not be yours - if you're moving up from P&S you probably want a zoom lens? If so, the 14-150mm is a great all rounder and you can add the 20mm F1.7 to give you speed and small size.....
     
  5. dennisk

    dennisk Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 4, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    Dennis
    Thanks krugorg! I forgot to mention that that I will be getting the E-PL3 that comes with the 14-42mm zoom.
     
  6. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    I did leave out zoom lenses, as others mentioned above, you may want that coming from P&S. But I think one of the huge advantages of m4/3 is the small, fast prime lenses.
     
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  7. dennisk

    dennisk Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 4, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    Dennis
    I agree. I was so disappointed with my low light and overall fuzzy pictures on my last trip that the small fast prime lenses are what convinced me to buy a m43 system.
     
  8. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Assuming the E-PL3 body eats less than half your $2000 budget, with the rest I would buy...

    m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 and Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux

    If you had a larger budget, I would buy...

    Leica 45mm f/2.8 Macro-Elmarit and Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Nokton

    If you need a wide angle lens, I would consider adding either...

    m.Zuiko 12mm f/2 prime or Lumix 7-14mm f/4 zoom

    Those lenses will both break the budget though if you want to add any standard-length lenses to go with them.... so I leave them as a final thought, though for my purposes I don't need such a wide angle personally.
     
  9. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 9, 2011
    Canada
    Well since your getting the 14-42, I'd sell it and get the 14-150 or get the panny 45-200 and keep the 14-42. Then get a couple of primes like the panny 20 and the oly 45 unless you want macro...then get the panny 45 instead. Should be around 2 large in total, I'd hold off on wide til you've shot for awhile with the camera, unless your used to wide angle or get the panny 14 to start and if you don't use it you shouldn't lose to much reselling any of these lens. Or get an e-pl2 for $399 from unique photo and voila one extra lens can be afforded.
     
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  10. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    579
    May 3, 2011
    Scotland
    Actually, that's a better idea...... :thumbup:
     
  11. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    OK, if its small primes you want and you're definitely keeping the 14-42, I'd change my recommendation above and go for the 14 f2.5, 20 f1.7, and 45 f1.8. Or you might be able to squeeze one of the higher end 12 f2.0 or 25 f1.4 in place of one of those, but that starts getting a bit above $2000 I'd guess. But if you have those, I don't know what you want with the kit lens. Actually the 40-150 is pretty cheap, so you could probably get the three I mentioned and find a deal on that and have some tele capability to go along with the rest - if you care about telephoto.

    -Ray
     
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  12. dennisk

    dennisk Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 4, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    Dennis
    Thanks everyone for your input! I like grinch's idea of keeping the 14-42 and adding the panny 45-200 or sell the 14-42 and get the 14-150 and adding a few primes: panny 20mm, oly 45mm or oly 12mm depending on whether I will take more portraits or wide angle shots. And pretty close to my budget! $700+$250+$360+($700 or $800).

    Good idea to save a few bucks with the PL2 but the slower autofocus is a deal breaker for me.
     
  13. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 9, 2011
    Canada
    And then there is the world of legacy glass, which now has my autofocus lens mostly sitting idle. I'm addicted to my tak 50 f4 macro, and tak 55 f1.7 at the moment...
     
  14. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade

    Pentax Takumar 50mm F4 Macro is by far one of the sharpest lenses out there.

    I use it to take product pictures for ebay items. I don't have M42 to MFT adapter yet so I haven't tried it on my e-p1 but I can't wait.
     
  15. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    If it was me...

    EPL-3
    VF-2 (2nd hand)
    Lumix 14/f2.5 (2nd hand)
    Lumix 20/f1.7 (2nd hand)
    m.ZD 45/f1.8 or CV Nokton 40/f1.4 with M-m.43 adapter
    Domke F9

    Come to think of it, damn that looks like a nice travel kit! :smile:
     
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  16. dennisk

    dennisk Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 4, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    Dennis
    Ah, the travel bag! Nice. Thank you for the suggestions. I will substitute the Oly 12mm but overall, it's good to know that most everyone is on the same page.
     
  17. dennisk

    dennisk Mu-43 Regular

    110
    Jul 4, 2011
    Bay Area, California
    Dennis
    I ordered the E-PL3 w/14-42 kit zoom and the Oly 12mm on pre-order (though the status changed to "in stock" as of last night) :) Thanks again to everyone for the feedback. I'm still undecided on the next lens to get whether it should be a 45mm prime or a zoom lens but I figure that after a little use, I'll know what I want. This is a great forum and I will try to contribute in the future.
     
  18. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I vote for 14-42, 45-200 (or 75-300 or 100-300, some telephoto of your choice). Then pick a fast prime or several as money allows. I like my 14mm a lot, but there's a strong case for the 12, 20, 25, 45. Primes are great but being able to get the shot you want to get is more valuable IMO. It helps to use the zooms to get a feel for what focal lengths you really want, too.
     
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  19. $2000 = E-PL3 + kit lens + holiday
     
  20. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    After you get the 12mm, a 45mm prime is a natural progression. :) Those two lenses will cover a surprising range for you, and the focal lengths in between can be easily covered by stepping forward or backwards a bit. I don't think you need a zoom until you get into the super-tele range. Then a zoom comes in really handy to back off when you're getting too close.
     
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