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Lets build two kits....

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by SZRimaging, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2011
    Hypothetically, I have $1600 (selling my Nikon gear) to set up m43 gear.

    What I'm getting rid of: D7000 w/ third party grip, SB800, Nikkor 70-300 AFS, Nikkor 35mm DX, and an 18-85mm Sigma f2.8-4.

    What I have: E-Pm1 with 14-42mm kit lens and Olympus 45mm f1.8.

    What I shoot: Some skiing (getting less and less), travel and landscapes. Also do the occasional portrait or studio still life setup (Have Elinchrom Quadras for flashes), or motorsports if I happen to be at a race. I do lots of HDR, so bracketing (at least +-2, prefer to do a 5 shot bracket in two EV steps) is important.

    So, given a $1600 budget, what kind of kit would you think is best? One for an E-M5 and one for a GH3.
     
  2. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
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    EM5 for stills w/money left for 40-150($200) and 25PL($450-500) or 20 panny($300). w/25PL $1500+/- w/20mm $1250 +/-
    I've got a refurb. EM5 for $830. W/20mm you could get a 14mm panny,too!
    GH3 and 45-150 (175) panny for video too. $1500+/-


    I'm in same boat deciding between OMD and Fuji X-E1.:confused:
     
  3. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2011
    Yeah, those Fujis look really nice, just not sure they are quite there yet. That said, I have never seen one in person, so I'm not qualified to speak...

    Video is a weird one... I keep saying I'm going to start shooting it, and that is one of the main reasons I went with the D7000, but then I end up shooting it once or twice a year. I figured if I really wanted to do video and end up with the E-M5, I'll just pick up a used GH2 and hack it. If I just need a few videos every so often, the 1080p60i on the E-M5 would do just fine. And I have a full range of audio gear, so that is no issue.
     
  4. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I think with the E-M5 and GH3 and a budget of $1600 you'd be putting a little too much money toward the body and not enough toward the glass. If I were building an ideal $1600 kit I'd go with the G5 kit ($600), P14/2.5 ($180), P20/1.7 ($300) and O45 ($0 - since you have one already) then add a telephoto like the P45-200 ($200). Also given the way Panasonic bodies go on sale at fire sale prices I'd bet you could get the G5 for even less if you look around.
     
  5. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2011
    G5 is all plastic, right? I really like to have at least partially weather sealed (or completely) and a nice metal frame. Just makes me feel safer when I'm carrying the gear in some of the areas I shoot.

    Long term, there will be more primes, but the $1600 is a kit to get started with.
     
  6. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    Might could throw a 60mm macro in there,too. G5 body only goes for $499 plus you could get $75 off of the 20mm on Amazon!
     
  7. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2011
    Hmm...just found out a feature I didn't know of is on the E-M5, the live bulb feature. This would be huge for me, as I am always doing shots that are very long. That may be a killer feature....
     
  8. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    The G3 is aluminum and plastic. I would assume the G5 would be the same. That said if you want weather sealed then the E-M5 and GH3 are it. Of course a weather sealed body doesn't mean much if the lenses aren't also weather sealed and very few m43 lenses are.
     
  9. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    The G5 has Bulb (limited to 2 minutes) and the GH3 has Bulb (limited to 60 minutes)
     
  10. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2011
    Yeah. My original thought had me getting the EM-5 with the 12-50mm kit to get a weather sealed combo. Then adding a 60mm as soon as I could. Also probably the 40-150mm when I got the EM-5. Then down the line the two f2.8 Panny zooms (unless Oly releases some that match).
     
  11. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2011
    Live bulb gives you a preview of the image as you shoot. And I need longer than two minutes on the bulb (often hit the 4 to 8 minute marks).
     
  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    Then you have your answer...the E-M5
     
  13. SZRimaging

    SZRimaging Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 16, 2011
    Yep. Off to the photo store tomorrow. See what he has, and what he'll give me on trade in. Last time he was very reasonable when I was trading in for new gear.