If you were given. . .

Discussion in 'This or That?' started by caimi, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
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    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    a choice of the new Fujifilm x100s or a new Olympus EPL-5 with VF2 and Panasonic Lumix 25mm lens, and told to take one with you on a trip to London to take pictures for a week, given what you know about each, which would you choose?
  2. silversx80

    silversx80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 27, 2012
    North Carolina
    Depends on what you want to see in London. You're comparing a 35mm equiv lens to a 50mm equiv, with a 1-stop advantage going to the PL25.

    I did the trip two summers ago with an E-620, 50mm/2 macro and 11-22mm. I should have done the trip with the 14-54 only. Anyway, live and learn.

    If I did the trip again, I'd take the 12-50 and get the PL-25 as low-light backup. Scrap the VF-2, because the tilt-screen is going to be much more useful.
  3. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    I mostly shoot 50mm FL (135 equiv.), so to push myself I'd consider taking the X100s. You can't go wrong with either combination IMO.
  4. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    The penny 25mm is = to 50mm
  5. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Yep, that's why I'd pick the X100s and go a little wide. It's fun to bring in variety at times.
  6. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    It really depends on what types of shooting you think you're going to be doing, but I think if those were my only choices, I'd go for the smaller size of the X100s. However, I'd really prefer an in-between option: the E-PL5 + P20.
  7. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    X100s since you will be bringing only one camera body (and lens), may as well make it a very versatile machine.

    Don't forget that high sync leaf shutter - amazing!
  8. jziegler

    jziegler Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2012
    Salem County, New Jersey
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    Given only those choices, for a European city, I think that the wider lens of the X100s would win out for me. The close quarters of such a city would make 50mm equiv. a bit limiting for me. That said, I'd go for an E-PL5 +P20, or E-PL5 + PL25 + P14 over either of your initial choices.
  9. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
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    Eric Cote
    I prefer 35mm for lifestyle photography so I would take the X100s. But if that was the P20, I would probably take the E-PL5
  10. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    I am a big fan of the 25mm - so I would choose the E-PL5. I'm also used to using Olympus cameras so I'm familiar with the menus and controls. :cool: