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Oly em5 Still a good camera? And what lenses to get?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Syndonai416, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Syndonai416

    Syndonai416 New to Mu-43

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    Feb 21, 2016
    Total beginner: I am about to snag an used em5+ HLD-6 for under 300. Is it still a good camera to get?
    What lenses to get? I have a 900 dollar budget for lens.
     
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  2. Catch22nm

    Catch22nm Mu-43 Regular

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    May 10, 2015
    The EM5 is a great camera and weather resistant. Image quality and IBIS is right up there with the best of M43 cameras. The newer stuff just adds some bells and whistles like built in wifi. Em10 and EM10 mkii are also good in a similar price range if you don't need weather sealing but want built in wifi.
     
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  3. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    $900 will get you some nice lenses. If you're a total beginner to photography, I'd suggest going with the 12-40 zoom. Use that for a while and then decide what else you'd like.
     
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  4. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    The 12-40 f2.8 Pro is a great all around lens that covers wide to short telephoto, has almost macro focussing and is weather sealed like the E-M5 body. It's worth considering if you're only going to have one lens for a while and don't need extreme low light capability.
    Here's a hand-held shot with the 12-40 in very low light:

    20416212825_4e3440e0bc_c. Orpheum Theatre Original Round Door Safe by Graham Moore, on Flickr

    And here's a closeup with the same lens:

    20288698190_99a6cdf73f_c. Snack Time by Graham Moore, on Flickr
     
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  5. Syndonai416

    Syndonai416 New to Mu-43

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    Feb 21, 2016
    I'm torn between getting a ultra wide prime and a mild telephoto or the pro zooms.
     
  6. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Ultra wide lenses take some getting used to. In any case, what UW prime are you thinking of? About the only ones I can think of are all manual and pretty exotic (Kowa, Samyang, Voigtlander, SLRMagic).

    Seriously, if you really are just starting, then the 12-40 is hard to beat.
     
  7. Syndonai416

    Syndonai416 New to Mu-43

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    Feb 21, 2016
    My bad. Wide angle primes such as the 12mm f2, 15mm f1.7 etc
     
  8. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    There aren't any wider primes than the 12mm f2.0 at this point. The Pro 7-14 f2.8 or 40-150 f2.8 are a lot more than $900, even used. Tele choices are 45mm, 60mm or 75mm from Olympus or Panasonic.
     
  9. Syndonai416

    Syndonai416 New to Mu-43

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    Feb 21, 2016
    The 12-40 looks good ill check that out.
    How is the EM5 for video?
     
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  10. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Well, there is the 8mm f1.8 Pro fisheye, but that is emphatically out of your budget. :)

    You can find the 12-40 Pro reconditioned on getolympus.com for $639, but you have to act quickly when it's in stock. When there's a discount coupon for reconditioned Olympus lenses, they disappear even faster! I have it and I'm very happy with it.
     
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  11. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Samyang/Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye will get you there. Relatively cheaply too - although its manual focus and you may need to de-fish.
     
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  12. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    Except for size and one stop, the 12-40 will probably give you similar IQ to the 12/2.0.

    --Ken
     
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  13. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Well, that's not technically correct:
    - Kowa 8.5
    - Voigtlander 10.5
    - SLRMagic 10
    - Samyang 10
     
  14. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 28, 2013
    Tasmania, Australia
    Yes, it's a great camera! With a $900 lens budget, I'd go 2nd hand (or refurb) 12-40 + the very cheap and excellent value for money Oly 40-150 R. Can be had for around $100! Maybe you can even squeeze in a 7.5mm (Rokinon/Samyang) for fun fisheye.
     
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  15. wbuzatto

    wbuzatto Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 17, 2011
    Campinas, SP - Brazil
    Walmyr T. Buzatto
    Why not a 12-50, which is a very good all-around lens? I have both the 12-50 and the 12-40Pro and I'm surprised by the good photos I can get with the 12-50, and it has the extra macro function.
     
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  16. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    There's very little in it between the 0.36x of the 12-50 and 0.3x magnification of the 12-40. Importantly you don't have to go into a fixed 43mm focal length to achieve close focussing with the 12-40, and you're not limited to just f/6 and beyond. The 12-50 is great as a wide angle zoom (12-20 ish) but is just so darn slow beyond that...
     
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  17. wbuzatto

    wbuzatto Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 17, 2011
    Campinas, SP - Brazil
    Walmyr T. Buzatto
    I assume that you meant 12-50 on your comparison (0.36x and 0,3x). I use the 12-50 for UW pictures, and I can get real close to the subjects for macro pictures. I don't think I could do the same on the 12-40, even if there was a port for it in the Nauticam housing line. I could never get this picture with the 12-40, I guess (the pygmy seahorse is under 2cm in length):

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    On the other hand, if he wants to spend most of the $900 on a single lens, the 12-40 is an excellent choice, by all means. The 12-50 would leave him more room for other lenses..
     
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  18. Hazza

    Hazza Just Clicking

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    Aug 10, 2013
    Huddersfield UK
    Harry
    I have both the 12-40 and the 12-50 and would choose the 12-40 any day. The 12-50 image quality is very good for what it costs but is really slow at the long end and imo a bit on the ugly side :)
     
  19. wbuzatto

    wbuzatto Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 17, 2011
    Campinas, SP - Brazil
    Walmyr T. Buzatto
    If budget is not a concern, I agree.
     
  20. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    Total beginner? Start with a used Olympus 14-42 zoom for $50. Better yet is the tiny Panasonic 12-32 zoom, often available new on ebay for $150. Many users set aside the Oly zoom as a beginners/throwaway lens, but most everyone keeps the 12-32 because it's versatile, gets 12mm, and is reasonably good.

    Get yourself used to the size of the EM5 and its capabilities compared to a smart phone, and then decided how you want to spend the rest of your budget.
     
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