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Should i buy E-PM1 with 14-150mm?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Velsa, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Velsa

    Velsa New to Mu-43

    3
    Jan 21, 2012
    Finland
    Hi! I'm going to buy e-pm1 camera, but i'm trying to decide between two new e-pm1 kits. 14-42mm kit will cost 459$ and the 14-150mm kit will cost 699$. Is the 14-150mm kit a good value for money? How is the handling of 14-150mm with e-pm1?
     
  2. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

    301
    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England

    The 14-150mm is a good lens. Optically, it is better than you would expect for a 10X zoom and it is surprisingly light and compact - much more so than the Panasonic 14-140mm which has in-lens image stabilisation. However, it is mechanically cheaply made and the zoom action is a little jerky. I have tried two out of the box and both were the same, but they may get smoother with use - others may be able to advise you on this.

    The handling of the 14-150mm on the E-PM1 is surprisingly good. The lens doesn't feel too big at wide and standard focal lengths because it extends as you zoom out to the tele end. It's a clever design.

    The original 14-42mm was not a great lens, but the 14-42 II is optically better than the 14-150mm. That's not to say the 14-150mm is a bad lens, but some weaknesses are inevitable because of the severe compromises necessary when designing a 10X zoom. A 3X zoom is less demanding so can be made optically better. But make sure it is the Mark II version.
     
  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    $240 extra to get a $600 lens? I'd jump on it! :D  It will make a very light and versatile kit. The !4-150mm is a very well-regarded lens, though I don't use slow ultra-zooms myself (due to the compromises Colin mentioned). Over the 14-42mm kit lens though, I would easily pick the 14-150mm unless you're saving your money for some nice fast primes. As I said though, the 14-150mm retails at $600. Even if you were saving up for more upgraded lenses, selling that lens used would probably give you even more towards buying prime lenses and give you a better lens to start off with in the meantime... or it'll give you a versatile zoom that you can still use alongside your fast primes down the road. Any way you look at it, this kit would be a worthwhile buy. :) 
     
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    If you need an all-in-one solution, the 14-150 is your ticket. If not, the 14-42 kit lens + 40-150 is both optically better and less expensive. It's a tradeoff between convenience and quality.

    That said, the 14-150 is a $500 lens, so getting it for an extra $250 - the cost of the 14-42II isn't a half bad deal.

    DH
     
  5. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Good price on that lens. You can sell it for about $400 if you don't like it.
     
  6. Velsa

    Velsa New to Mu-43

    3
    Jan 21, 2012
    Finland
    Thank you all for the replies. I just ordered the 14-150mm kit and hoping it will arrive for next week :)  Later when my financial situation allows, i'm going to buy the panny 20mm for low light shooting.
     
  7. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Massachusetts
    Herbert
    I know the choice has been made, but the accountant in me cannot let it go. :biggrin:

    If the 14-42 is truly $250, then he is actually paying $500 for the 14-150:

    14-42 kit $450
    14-42 lens (250)
    = EPM1 body $200 + 14-150 $499 = kit for $699.

    He did save $100 compared to the retail price of the 14-150, but not the misleading "pay 250 for a 600 lens". :smile:

    Sent from my iPhone using Mu-43 App
     
  8. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Or you can look at it this way...

    The 14-42mm will probably sell for about $150 used, whereas the 14-150mm will probably sell for about $400. So if she buys the 14-42mm kit for $450 and sells the lens for $150 then she will have paid $300 for the body. If she buys the 14-150mm kit for $700 and sells the lens for $400, then she will also have paid $300 for the body. :) 
     
  9. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

    301
    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England

    Excellent decision. :smile:
     
  10. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    If the 14-42mm lens sold for $150, you could also just get the E-PM1 kit for $400, and have the body for $250. Sadly the 14-42 will net under $100.

    DH
     
  11. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    The E-PM1 kit is what the OP was looking at, and in his/her area it's $459. I have seen the 14-42mm II or IIR sell for $150 - even right here on this forum, but that was when it was newer. I have no idea what it would net now, but I'm sure the 14-150mm would hold its value a lot better! Especially when there's a new 14-42mm kit lens out every year, lol.
     
  12. Offriver

    Offriver Mu-43 Regular

    50
    May 17, 2011
    Great combo - 14-150mm and e-pm1. I don't think you can get a more compact big sensor superzoom than this!
     
  13. mqavila

    mqavila Mu-43 Regular

    Just wondering... Which shop sells the E-PM1 with 14-150mm for US$699?
     
  14. khiromu

    khiromu New to Mu-43

    5
    Apr 29, 2010
    +1:smile:
     
  15. Velsa

    Velsa New to Mu-43

    3
    Jan 21, 2012
    Finland
    I live in Finland and here is camera shop called Rajala Pro Shop. I just went to their web site and there is no longer the same kit i ordered. Now it's with E-pl1 and price is 515$. That's not too bad price either.
     
  16. Pennyann

    Pennyann Mu-43 Rookie

    11
    Sep 27, 2010
    Liverpool UK
    Thanks to this forum I have just checked that my new E-pm1 white will come with the kit14-42 II lens, I may buy the pany pancake 20mm at a later date.
    Priced £364.00 including p&p UK
    I considered buying the body only for £249 and the Oly 17mm for £199. total £448.00 but think the pany 20mm will be more suitable at alater date.
     
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