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M4/3 must-have lenses

StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
20 Aug 2014 8:16PM
I think you're dreaming if you think the 300mm f4 will go for less than $2000.00. It's the thoroughbred that's been missing from the stable since the inception of M4/3. I believe it will be by far the most expensive M4/3 lens yet. If I'm still upright and warm, I'll get one; I'm beginning to get frustrated with the 100-300mm at the long end, it just isn't cutting it unless conditions are absolutely perfect. I could keep the 100-300mm to fill in the gap, we'll have to see.

Here's a turnabout for me, which isn't surprising, I'm selling my Olympus 12-50mm, and buying the Olympus 14-150mm. I was going to wait for the 40-150mm f2.8, but I think the 14-150 will be a more useful tool for my needs, here's why; minimum focusing distance of 19.69 inches at all focal lengths, that's about as close as I want for anything, 3 feet for the 40-150; the performance figures of the 40-150 can't possibly be significantly better than the 14-150, except for the wider aperture limit. The 14-150 has impressive numbers across the board. I wish I had listened to CB a year or so ago when he bought one, he knew what he was doing. I think the bargain days for that lens are gone, it's expensive from what I've seen. Even at the extreme ends, the 14-150 is impressive, plus it only weighs something like 280 grams, .62 lbs. Maybe we'll see a pro lens emerge in the 200-250mm range between now and the release of the 300mm f4.

That would complete my needs; 17mm f1.8, 14-150mm, 100-300mm, and the 300mm f4.

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Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
20 Aug 2014 9:30PM

Quote:Didn't know about a credit, will have to look into that? I'm not looking forward to credit card bill next month; incentivised to have a clear out. I've got a 1D2, which never gets used and a 10D, due to the very small screens on the back of these they sell for pittances and it feels like they are worth more to me to keep, will have to be ruthless though.

Its mentioned bellow the description, handy for spare batteries, cards etc.


Chris_L Plus
4 4.5k United Kingdom
20 Aug 2014 9:56PM
Great, I do get it, I get 15 for 1 and 25 for the other, so 40 quid not to be sniffed at. It'll be automatically applied to my account according to what I've just read Smile I did the claim for the zoom on the Panasonic site. Got a spare battery now and a wrist strap. Finding my way round the buttons a lot quicker now, menus still not so good at.

I want to get some lens sleeves next to protect lenses in coat pockets or ordinary bags.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
29 Sep 2014 10:56PM
Chris_L Plus
4 4.5k United Kingdom
29 Sep 2014 11:36PM
I hadn't but someone was telling me about it, just had a look Smile
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
30 Sep 2014 2:13AM
CaptivePhotons 14 1.7k 2 England
30 Sep 2014 7:27PM
Top of my shopping list Grin

Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2014 8:11PM
Top of mine too Graham Grin

As you know first wave of funds from Canon sale has gone on E-M1, 12-40 f2.8, 75mm f1.8 and FL600R flash. Canon 5D3 and three lenses will raise enough for the 40-150 f2.8 and extender. The rest is going into savings pot to await the 7-14 f2.8 and 300mm f4.

The E-M1 is just an amazing bit of kit.
Chris_L Plus
4 4.5k United Kingdom
30 Sep 2014 8:21PM

Quote:The E-M1 is just an amazing bit of kit

I'm starting to think how useful it would be to have two bodies. Just to stop me having to change lenses as much hahaha
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2014 8:40PM
If you don't think a viewfinder is essential MBP have some GX1s second hand for a hundred smackers. Wink
Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2014 8:42PM
With the E-M10 too I have that option now Smile

Selling the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS I had to weigh it for postage. It came in at a fairly hefty 2.2kg. That compares to the Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 at a nicely lightweight 800g; almost 1/3rd of the weight of the Canon lens. That coupled with the OMD's being less than half the weight of a 5D3 makes for a lightweight zoom package.

As I've said before the quality of FF particularly at higher ISO's cannot be matched pixel for pixel by the MFT however in real world use and up to ISO 3200 print output to around 20x16 is barely discernible. As I don't output beyond this size then it just negates the need for the best quality available from my camera kit when the OMD and MFT delivers more than I would need.

In all the debates and questions about FF versus APS-C versus MFT I think this is often overlooked and any enthusiast and even professional photographers should consider this as part of their investment process into the kit they use. Canon and Nikon undoubtedly offer the best quality from their FF bodies and vast choice of lenses yet the increasing choice in MFT lenses and quality has to make it a serious contender for most enthusiast photographers. The genre of photography will also dictate what is best suited for the job but for me as a generalist enthusiast shooting street, landscape and portrait with a bit of cycling photography thrown in I am delighted with the quality and usability I am getting from the OMD system.

The remaining Canon kit will be on sale from this weekend to raise the funds for the 40-150mm and extender.

BTW Chris a good price you got for the Canon 70-200mm f4. You must be pleased. Is it clearing the mounting credit card bill or is it burning a hole in your pocket to add to the MFT kit? Grin
Chris_L Plus
4 4.5k United Kingdom
30 Sep 2014 9:18PM
Hhahahahahahaha, it was burning a hole, but I've given myself a reality check and it's going to pay credit card.

Quote:In all the debates and questions about FF versus APS-C versus MFT

As far as MFT goes the pictures do the talking. I've not took a 'killer' photo yet, sort I'd put in the gallery, but loads I'm extremely happy with. Actually I think I'll put one of the sheep ones in.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
30 Sep 2014 9:22PM
M4/3 users are plagued by Gas attacks Smile
mikesavage 15 299 2 England
1 Oct 2014 12:20AM
I've recently bought the Sigma 19mm f/2.8, 30mm f/2.8 and 60mm f/2.8. I'd recommend all of 'em. 130 each from Wilkinson Cameras.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
1 Oct 2014 12:27AM
Yeh I`m using the 19 and 60, In an ideal world I would be using the 17 and 75 instead but they are currently out of my reach.

Nothing wrong with the sigma`s though.

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