Olympus E-PM1 Questions/Recommendations for Novice

Started Nov 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Richard Biffl
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Re: Olympus E-PM1 Questions/Recommendations for Novice
In reply to regiolanthe, Nov 26, 2012

regiolanthe wrote:

The Panasonic 45-200 has image stabilization in the lens, which you don't need because Olympus puts it in the camera. Save some money and get the Olympus 40-150.

An adapter is just to hold the lens the correct distance from the sensor, so cheap is okay but return it if it doesn't fit well. You can use just about any manual focus SLR lens - Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Pentax, Olympus, etc. - if you have the right adapter. A good first purchase is a "nifty fifty" (50mm or thereabouts) because such lenses are relatively plentiful, cheap, small, and bright. They gave a "normal" field of view on 35mm film cameras but they give a "portrait" field of view on the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor, and their wide apertures are useful for isolating the subject against a blurred background.

I never heard of a ClearViewer before, but after looking it up, I would not bother with it or even with a viewfinder unless your daughter decides she needs one. The E-PM1 has a decent LCD and it can magnify the image when manually focusing a lens. Your daughter's young eyes will probably have no trouble with it.

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