Getting into the M43 game cheaply.. sorta.

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by psknapp, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. psknapp

    psknapp Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 7, 2013
    I wasn't taking my t2i with me because it was too awkward and bulky, so I decided to down-size and really liked the look of the Olympus PEN cameras. I found a good deal on a refurbished e-pl2 from Cameta, but they only had the silver (I preferred the black).

    Instead of waiting, I bought it and looked around for some ways to make it more mine. So, I looked for wraps/skins and found there were not many options. However, I found a couple good reviews of the skins from aki-asahi (I highly recommend him - fits great and fast shipping).

    Well, it arrived yesterday (4 days after the bodycap lens). It's looks great, in my opinion. I like it even better than the black e-pl2. Here it is:

    So far, it's just cost $300 for the camera (1 year warranty) and skin and lens. Not a bad start. The Sigma 19 and 30 are next. And I do want to change to a wrist strap, so time to start looking for that and a cheap camera case.

    I can wait to start using it. Should be fun!

    So here is my e-pl2. Can't wait to have some fun with it.
  2. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Welcome to the user group. Nice looking E-PL2 there - hope it serves you well!

    One other "budget" lens you may want to check out is the Panasonic 14mm. It can be had for $160 or so new on Ebay and it isn't much bigger than that cap lens.
  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    E-PL2 still rocks! I have nothing but love for mine! :2thumbs:
  4. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I can't help but worry that you're starting with the worst lens out of the whole system!
    Did you at least get the kit zoom 14-42 too? It's quite good.
  5. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    It does look nice. You'll find the 19 and 30 to be much better than the 15, although the 15 is fun.
  6. riverr02

    riverr02 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2011
    New York
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    Camera looks great- hope you have fun with it!
  7. psknapp

    psknapp Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 7, 2013
    Thanks for the advice. I love working with primes, so I'll add that to my wish list.
  8. psknapp

    psknapp Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 7, 2013
    Don't worry, I know how limited the bodycap lens is. I did get the kit lens and the Sigma lenses are on their way. Had to sell my Canon lenses first.
  9. psknapp

    psknapp Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 7, 2013
    That's what I expect. Since I'm not trying to make money off of it, it's all about fun.
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  10. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
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    Same here, all about fun with the :43:. Agree about black bodies, I was luck enough to pickup my gently used E-PM1 with the Franiec grip.

    Have the kit, 100-300, and Fotodiox adapter for my Nikon stuff. Will add the P14, might add the body cap. But for now that's probably it.

    Welcome to the club.
  11. arentol

    arentol Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    I prefer silver bodies because both black and silver lenses look great on a silver body, but only black lenses look good on a black body.

    However, what you did with your silver body is a great idea, it looks better than either plain silver or plain black.
  12. suntoryjim

    suntoryjim Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    I just ordered the black refurb E-PL2 body from Cameta yesterday (bargain at $170) as a backup body to my OM-D.

    Yours looks great with the black Aki-Asahi skin. :thumbup:
  13. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    Welcome to the forum - I like that look, definitely classic. :cool:
  14. psknapp

    psknapp Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 7, 2013
    Thanks for the warm welcome! The skin turned out better than I had hoped so I am looking forward to taking it with me a lot in the future.
  15. ReallyBadPictures

    ReallyBadPictures Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 12, 2013
  16. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA
    Welcome to the forum. I think you will really like the two Sigmas. I have them both and one is almost always on my camera. I just got the 30 so its the one I'm using the most right now. I also use legacy lenses quite a bit, but less now that I have the Sigmas.
  17. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    Sounds like a great way to get in for very little money, and very good choices for the money.