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Wanting to replace aps-c kit- Need kitbuilding help

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Catz, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Catz

    Catz Mu-43 Regular

    25
    Aug 8, 2013
    Tromsø, Norway
    Hey
    First post here. I am the owner of a classic though uncomplete aps-c kit. I have a canon 60d, tokina 11-16, tamron 17-50 and a canon 28-200. I want to replace this kit with something smaller with better iq.

    I shoot stars and aurora, landscapes, action, wildlife and general travel images(portraits)
    Budget: 1500€ for starters.
    I need help to be pointed in the right direction. Thanks!
     
  2. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 9, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hi Catz,

    Welcome! Hope you enjoy hanging out here!

    My advice given your budget constraints would be to buy an Olympus OM-D body... Lens-wise (ha ha, no pun intended) I'd recommend the Lumix 20 & Olympus 45. Both are superb lenses (fast, SHARP and compact). That's a great start...

    Cheers! :th_salute:
     
  3. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    773
    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    I agree with the E-M5, but as you seem to be a zoom type, I would recommend:

    For the 11-16, get the Olympus 9-18. Not cheap, but an excellent lens.

    For the 17-50, get one of the 14-42/45 kit zooms. Use the search function to find comparisons.

    For your 28-200, an equivalent would be the 14-140 superzooms, but that would break your budget, so I suggest the Olympus 40-150. This lens performs well above its modest price.

    You would have 3 zooms covering 9-150, ie 12-200 in aps-c terms, and a kit which willkeep you happy for a long time.
     
  4. Catz

    Catz Mu-43 Regular

    25
    Aug 8, 2013
    Tromsø, Norway
    Thanks guys!
    I have looked at both the omd and the 9-18, but i am thinking about buying one or two primes instead of the midrange zoom. Any recommendations? And I want something longer than 145mm for wildlife.
     
  5. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    773
    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    Both the Panasonic 20 and the Olympus 45 are tremendous value for money, excellent IQ.

    My kit doesn't have a midrange zoom either, never missed it. I have the 45 and the 17 1.8, the latter my 'almost always on' lens.
     
  6. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    The 45mm f/1.8 is probably the best bang for the buck if you want a good prime for portrait.

    As a wider angle prime I only have experience with the 17mm f/1.8 (my most use lens) but people are also raving about the pana 14mm and 20mm.

    For longer lens, again I havent used this but the cheapest and apparently the best bang for the buck option is the Oly 40-150mm that comes as kit in some cameras. It's cheap with good feedback.


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  7. BeyondTheLines

    BeyondTheLines Mu-43 Veteran

    262
    Sep 23, 2012
    Spain/USA
    Patrick
    If the Oly 40-150 isn't long enough there's the Oly 75-300 II (or the Panasonic 100-300 but if you have an E-M5 the IS becomes redundant) but that will be more expensive
     
  8. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    Steven
    I was thinking he meant 145mm on aps-c... if he meant 145mm on m43 then yes the 75-300mm is a good choice :)

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  9. BeyondTheLines

    BeyondTheLines Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2012
    Spain/USA
    Patrick
    I wasn't sure since all this equivalent focal lengths can get get confusing when talking about different formats so just to be safe I included the Oly 75-300 =)