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What is the cost of your m43 kit?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Art, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    I was just thinking about my m43 kit and came to realization that I spent close to $3000 building it. I started out with E-PL2 which I purchased upon release (full price) with Panny 20mm. Then I added Panny 14mm, Oly 45mm, E-PM1 (upon release), Oly 40-150mm, Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye, FL-300R flash, two manual self-auto flashes, a series of filters, wireless remote, tripod, two camera bags, memory cards, etc. Funny the whole system fits in one bag (except tripod). All those purchases were made in less than a year. What is the cost of your m43 kit and how much more are you planning to spend on it?
  2. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    About 370GBP for NOS E-P1 and 14-42 (bought in NZ dollars).
    250GBP for the 45/1.8
    150GBP (also translated) for 17/2.8

    I will be buying a 20/1.7 in the new year (about 275GBP) but selling the 17 and a flashgun to claw back most of that cost.

    I tend to be a minimal gear type of guy :smile:
  3. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    How much have I CYCLED through buying/selling gear? WAAAAY to much.

    Current value, though, is a little more than $2K.
    EPM1 and kit lens: $440
    VF2: $150
    40-150: $100
    14mm: $275
    25mm: $550
    45mm: $500 (macro)
    FCON: $100
    Fujian 35/1.7: $35
    OM 50/1.4: $50
    Takumar 50/1.4: $50
    OM 100/2.8: $100

    Total: $2,350
  4. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    More than I want my wife to know.
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    It adds up.

    I've bought and sold a fair amount.

    Currently I have:
    E-PM1 + 14-42 kit - $450
    VF2 - $200
    20/1.7 - $300
    45/1.8 - $350
    DMW-MA1 - $100
    12-60 - $500

    That's $1900. Feels like a lot.

    I'm planning on replacing the 12-60 and adapter with something native but there's nothing good enough yet. I'd also like to add the 14-42X if the price ever settles down to something reasonable (<$250 secondhand). I might consider a better body at some point too, but only if it were capable of also replacing my DSLR.

  6. winx14

    winx14 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 1, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    G3: 450
    GF3: 250
    25mm: 600 (full price damn it)
    14mm: 200
    45-200: 200
    OM lenses + adapters: 300 (estimate)
    Pentax 25mm + adapter: 100
    Total: $2100 USD

    Damn, that was a scary exercise.

    Edit: And this doesn't even include money lost from selling the old bodies / lenses!
  7. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Stopped counting, but somewhere between "pretty nice watch" and "cheap new car" (and that's buying a lot of my lenses used!)
  8. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Dublin, IE
    About $600 for the E-P1 (which I gave to my sister)
    About $600 for the G2 which I later sold for $400, so the total cost of ownership was $200
    About $1100 for the GH2
    $400 for the Panasonic 20mm lens
    $150 for the Nissin Di466 flash
    $330 for the Olympus 45mm lens
    $550 for the Olympus 9-18mm lens

    Various adapters and legacy lenses: $200 in total

    Total: $3530 USD

    Not bad, I thought it was more than this.
  9. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I've actually done pretty well on buy/sell used gear.

    EP1 - bought for $400 with kit lens. Sold lens for $150. Repaired EP1 for $150. Sold EP1 for $150. So, new cost of EP1 for 2 years of shooting: $250. Fully acceptable.

    EPL2 -- purchased for $300. Sold the body for $250. Still have the kit lens, expect to sell for $150 net (maybe a little less)

    Many lenses I bought and sold at the same price, but there are occasional gear I've taken a bath on. Bought my OM 100/2.8 for $180. Seems the actually sell for about $120. Bought my PL25 for $599. About 5 weeks later, you could get them from Panasonic direct for like $449.
  10. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    I think I've done pretty well for myself, although I already had all of my adapted lenses, so I'm not including them here.
    -Panasonic G2 a few months ago for $300
    -Brand new 14-42mm lens from the buy/sell forums here, still wrapped and with hood, $120 shipped
    -Olympus 40-150mm lens for $100
    -RJ Camera C/Y adapter, $15 from the buy/sell forums here
    -Kipon Nikon adapter $70, I overpaid but I don't mind throwing some money at my local camera shop once in a while, they deserve it.
    -Cheapo Olympus adapter $15 shipped

    It comes out to $600 total. Considering the GH1 was clearanced a year and a half ago for $350, and the GH2 prices are steadily falling, I'm expecting to be able to find the GH2 for cheap enough within a year. I like my G2 overall, so I'm not in a hurry to upgrade, but the increased ergonomics of the GH2, along with the multiple format capability and improved sensor, are making me watchful. I'm doing the same with my Nikon D200: I love the camera, but considering the prices that the D300 are falling to, I'm keeping my eyes open.
  11. aznick

    aznick Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    Arizona USA
  12. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again and again Subscribing Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    I'm a few weeks in.

    E-PM1 $450
    45 1.8 $400
    14 2.8 $210

    14-42 $125-

    total $935 with another $500 approx to play with.

    I just received and shipped back a damaged used 20 1.7. I'm actually relieved and re-thinking this one. I may go with the 25 1.4 or rokinon 7.5fe/VF-2. This is just too much fun.
  13. Isn't this question like asking a lady how much she weighs?
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  14. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    Don't even want to get there. Will make me feel like an micro four-thirds hoarder.
  15. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again and again Subscribing Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Lady to lady ok. Camera person to camera person ok.

    Camera person to lady maybe not ok.

    Lady to camera person definitely not ok. :smile:
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  16. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    I don't have the exact figures but I'm guessing easily more than US $3000. Mostly because I bought the GH2/14-140mm kit when it was BRAND-NEW and that's close to $2000 right there. Added 20mm for $400 (used), the 100-300mm for another $400 (used), maybe $100 in legacy lenses, and another $300 or more in random assorted accessories (filters, tripods, bags, flashes, remotes, etc., etc.). Luckily I got my 45mm f/1.8 as a gift!
  17. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 20, 2010
    Around $1.2k, including adapted lenses
  18. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    $2000-$3000 USD for a kit is nothing!

    I don't want to even get started with my Nikon DSLR work kit! :eek: 
  19. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
  20. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    But that's for work. We are talking about hobby... My job has absolutely nothing to do with photography (and never did). Or maybe I should start charging my friends for photographing them with my 3k kit, lol
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