Around $1000 budget... Pana GX7 or OMD EM-10... Locked

Started Feb 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
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traveler_101 Senior Member • Posts: 2,027
Re: Even the PM2

Lab D wrote:

traveler_101 wrote:

I am pushing past the boundaries of this thread, I am sure--and I haven't read the 6 pages of responses. But for $1000 the highest picture quality might well come from this combination:

E-PL5 -- $460

Panasonic-Leica 25/1.4 -- $520

VF-2 viewfinder -- $100 (used e-Bay)

Just over a $1000 I reckon. Add a Olympus 40-150 for another $125 and you have normal and tele covered, what you need minus wide angle. Keep in mind that a good lens is worth investing in; camera bodies come and go.

The E-PM2 is a little harder to operate, but as good as the E-M5(without 5 axis IBIS) and E-PL5. Like you said you can get the VF-2 to use with it. Add a pocketfull of pancakes and you get a very portable system with very high quality.

Yes, I have the E-PM2 and I agree it is very usable! I still think spending $100 more for the E-PL5 is probably worth it for the better controls and flip screen, but yeah you could take the minimalist option and go with a E-PM2. Absolutely!

In addition, in terms of lenses, I just read a review which suggests (without proving) that the new Olympus 25/1.8 more than holds it own against the by now famous Panasonic 25/1.4 lens I recommended above. The Olympus lens sells for $399.99 saving you about $125 over the Panasonic lens AND IT IS MUCH SMALLER AND LIGHTER. Check it out, if you are interested.

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Olympus PEN E-P1 Olympus PEN-F Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 +2 more
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