E-PL3 or E-PL5

Discussion in 'This or That?' started by djd256, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. djd256

    djd256 Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 1, 2013
    I want to try Olympus.

    1-E-PL3 14-42mm + 45mm 1.8 $700
    2-E-PL5 14-42mm $600

    Sony sensor vs fast lens ?
    If you had to choose , what would you do-option 1 or 2 ?
  2. twokatmew

    twokatmew Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2012
    Lansing, MI, US
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    Most will say go for lenses. But the new Sony sensor in the E-PL5 is so much better, that I'd go for that and save for the 45/1.8. But I shoot at high ISO a lot, so fast glass is even better on the newer Olys. That is, unless you want to keep that E-PL3 as a second body when you upgrade. Its resale value won't be much. But then it's not much now, either. :smile:
  3. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
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    I own the e-pl3 at the moment, it's a great camera that I love using.

    If I was buying into m43 now and deciding between those two - I'd buy the newer e-pl5 without a second's thought. The sensor *is* that much better, my e-pl3's shadow noise still drives me nuts in lower light - so I'm saving for an e-m5.

    Do you know you like the 45mm length by the way? If it's your first prime you might be better off with a wider fast lens first. I love the 45mm, but my 20mm gets more use.
  4. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    43rumours has been reporting that Olympus may be releasing an EPL6 in the next few weeks. Apparently it is an upgraded outside body (whatever that could mean). If this gets released then the price of both the EPL3 and EPL5 should drop again. May be worth the short wait to see what appears on the market. Olympus are usually quite quick to supply to stores so availibility may assist in lowering the prices ofthr other 2 models.
  5. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    Knowing how well the Sony sensor works vs the old 12MP, I would have to recommend the EPL5 for a new owner coming off a DSLR. You're going to want the better sensor anyway, unless you mainly shoot in good light.

    I can buy a nice old 50mm and an adapter for under $40. That's a good interim solution until you get enough money for the 45mm. You also might need to look for a nice deal on a VF2 or VF3 with a PEN.

    Cost of Olympus ownership can be higher, which is one argument for a G3 or G5 kit on sale.
  6. suntoryjim

    suntoryjim Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    As an EPL2 and EPL5 owner, I say option 2. Save up for the 45 1.8 and purchase later, if that's the lens you really want.

    No question that fast glass is desirable, but once you stop-down (and you will eventually), you will be glad that you have the better high ISO performance of the PL5.
  7. asterinex

    asterinex Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 14, 2012
    I would wait. The E-Pl5 price will drop soon !
  8. djd256

    djd256 Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 1, 2013
    Thanks for all your comments
  9. woody112704

    woody112704 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2012
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    I agree with Sokar, I'd wait till the ep5 comes out at least. I would imagine that they would put a decent sale on the epl5. Unless of course you can't wait do you need the kit lens? If not you could just get a epl5 body and buy the 45mm. Or maybe you could look into finding a used 14-42 online for a decent price. I'm just shooting out ideas here lol. :biggrin:
  10. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Both. E-PL5 + legacy 50mm f/1.4. :) Assuming you have or can afford a VF-2 or VF-3 viewfinder.
  11. woody112704

    woody112704 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2012
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    I didn't even think of that. I do want a nice legacy 50mm.