What lens do I need OM-D E-M5 16MP

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Re: What lens do I need OM-D E-M5 16MP
In reply to Jaylist, 5 months ago

Jaylist wrote:

Hi all

New to photography and this site , always had top of the range $300+ Sony compacts but heading on a 6 National Park tour of the US next year so wanted to up my camera skills to take some great shots. I've obsessively (yeah I'm a super obsessive compulsive) read a lot of reviews on DPReview and other places and decided on the Olmypus OM-D E-M5 as my new 'grown up' camera (was going for the Sony NEX 6/7 but decided weatherproofing was important..)

I bought it second hand and it's coming fully loaded with the accessories like the Battery grip and battery and it comes with the Olympus ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 lens instead of the standard (yay!).

So my question. I want to take pictures of the sweeping expanse, e.g Yellowstone, Grand Canyon , nature shots etc. But also want to take close ups (my kids in various random pictures) , and also buildings etc. The odd night time star scene as well but thats a bonus.

Is the Olympus ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 any good at close up shots inc portraits. Should I look at another lens to make the most out of this investment like the Olympus M Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 ?

Caveat . I don't want to break the bank on lenses, nor do I want to carry round loads of them. I go on lots of hikes with the family so this needs to be a practical solution I can whip out and take shots in wherever we go.

IS the Olympus ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 + Olympus M Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8 a really good mix of lenses. Can I get away with just the 14-150 for the time being till I learn the ropes?

Also amazing site and community. I've already spent far too much time reading the forum posts (and already read the DPR guide to the Olympus camera.

hi jaylist!

i think this is a good starter set-up for the em5, steps better than the standard 14-42mm kit lens. one option is to try to get proficient with the em5 and its vast customization options. if you can have some passable degree of mastery and confidence with this combination, the next, hopefully better and faster, lenses will be easier to handle. but my recommendation for you, since you have put importance to weather-sealing is the mzuiko 12-40mm f2.8. this should take care of most of your shooting needs short of wildlife/nature/bird photography. if you are on a tighter budget but weather-sealing is very important, my second best recommendation is to consider the other kit lens for the em5 - the mzuiko 12-50mm. plus this lens has a passable macro function and power zoom for those hd videos of your hike/trip highlights.

i hope this helps and good luck!

fred s

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