lens' or e-m5

Discussion in 'This or That?' started by gtesta13, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. gtesta13

    gtesta13 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 3, 2013
    hi guys, fairly new here, i was a member a while ago but forgot the password and username. just a reader and never really a poster. anyways, i have been thinking about picking up an omd e-m5 and possibly a oly 45mm to go along with it.

    orrrr.. i have also been thinking about just picking up a oly 45mm and 75mm to attach to my e-pl2

    i was ready to bite the bullet on the e-m5 but i think i have done a 180 and think that the lens' will be my better option. im not a pro or anything i just like to take pictures, i dont have big prints although i do print out a good amount of 4x6 to fill silly frames around the house

    i dont use the stock 14-42 that i got with my e-pl2 all that often, right when i bought it i picked up an om 50mm 1.4 that i use the most often and that produces some good pictures, im just not quick enough to manually focus all the time and would like better low light performance and autofocus ( mainly in my house ) which is why i was thinking about picking up the e-m5 but those shots are the rarest for me. im more of take the dogs on a hike and take a picture of interesting, a cool tree, landscape, a river, etc and some portraits of me and my fiancé .

    so what would you do? im really liking the idea of having the amazing 45 and 75mm lens' with my e-pl2 over the em5 and a 45mm

    thanks for any input and sorry for the long rant
  2. abl33

    abl33 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 2, 2010
    I haven't posted much on this forum, but I have used and loved both cameras.

    Certainly the OM-D is superior in many ways, but the E-PL2 is quite good. I'd say get the lenses now - they will not depreciate. Later you can get the OM-D cheaper or pick up the next big thing then.
  3. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2011
    London, England
    Lenses are a better investment than bodies in that they are not replaced anything like as quickly. Unless you are finding that your photography is more limited by limitations in the E-PL2 that are solved in the OMD E-M5 than by the absence of the 75mm focal length at f/1.8, you would be better off with the lenses.
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Before I got my E-PL5,
    I got the Leica 25mm, M.Zuiko 45mm, & M. Zuiko 75mm - and I used them on my E-PL2.

  5. gtesta13

    gtesta13 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 3, 2013
    did it give you a better impression of your epl2 ?
  6. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I'm another epl2 owner who can't bring himself to update his camera. Personally, given the current options, I'd get a 75mm (and am thinking about doing so anyway).
  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Tough question to answer since I really didn't have a bad impression of the E-PL2. I could shoot comfortably at ISO 1600 without any worries so that was quite nice. :smile:
  8. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    Lenses everytime.
  9. LeeOsenton

    LeeOsenton Mu-43 Button Clicker

    Jun 25, 2010
    Hayes, Virginia, U.S.A.
    Real Name:
    Lee Osenton
    Sounds like an Olympus 45mm is on your list whether you buy an OM-D or not. Pick up the 45 (you will love it!) and see if you are happy. The E-PL2 is a very good camera and may well suit your needs with the 45 attached. If not, your new 45 will work even better on an OM-D!

  10. gtesta13

    gtesta13 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 3, 2013
    Thanks for all the input and confirmation of my own thoughts ! Especially this one quote this is exactly what I plan to do. If I find I NEED better results ill upgrade if not I saved myself 800$

    Thanks again
  11. aimawayfromface

    aimawayfromface Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 19, 2012
    Here's my philosophy. When it comes to bodies, buy what you need. When it comes to lenses, buy what you want. As has been mentioned, bodies continue to improve with time, and there will always be a nice selection and price range to choose from--so just get the minimum you need at the moment. For example, I used an E-PL1 for a long time with great results, and only upgraded recently when I needed better 1600/3200 ISO performance.

    On the other hand, you'll never truly know what lens will suit you without trying them out. Renting is not ideal since you may need to live with a lens for a time to see if it will work for you. So go ahead and buy that expensive lens. Try it out for a few months and if you end up not liking it, sell it on for a slight loss (good glass keeps its value and even appreciates sometimes). If you do take a liking to it, then congratulations you have just found a new life partner in your photographic adventures.
  12. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Where do you live? In the UK Oly have a promotion that I think is still running where you get a free 45mm 1.8 when you buy the OMD-E5!!

  13. gtesta13

    gtesta13 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 3, 2013
    U.S .. Ohio
  14. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    If you don't really feel limited by your current camera/don't take pictures in the dark all day long, get a nice lens. Bodies come and go, and I've never really understood folks who upgrade bodies on each iteration/generation.

    My 300D (Canon) was eventually replaced, but only once the 5D mark II came along 5 years later, and that might, maybe get replaced when a new generation (not the 5D mark III, gains too minimal for me) comes around. But I've never regretted buying glass.
  15. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Without a doubt the lenses will do you far more good. The E-PL2 is a fine camera with the right lenses. Go with the m.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 first, since you already have the Zuiko 50mm f/1.4, which is still a fine lens.

    In fact, instead of the 45mm I would suggest first investing in a VF-2 viewfinder for the E-PL2. This will make your OM lens much more useful but will also be a big asset for your new 75mm. Then when you do want to upgrade your body you can save money and get all the technology of the OM-D in a smaller and cheaper body like the E-PL5 or E-PM2. Then finally I'd look at the m.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 to replace your Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 if there's still money left over... or maybe save up for something like the Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux instead?
  16. homerusan

    homerusan Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 25, 2012
    izmir, TURKEY
    i am excatly at the same position.
    going on OMD or get 45mm (or 20mm maybe)
    i love my e-pl2 but OMD is very charming.
    but, after i read all posts, i realize to get good lenses is much more meaningfull...
  17. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    The m.ZD 75mm is pure photographic porn. I just dunno how else to describe it...