Buying my first camera.

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nairad New Member • Posts: 7
Buying my first camera.

Hi folks,

I've been doing tons of research the past few days because I have been interested in getting into photography. I've literally never owned a camera before, but have had much exposure to them due to many of my family members already owning some. I've settled on the MFT system as there's a pretty good deal on a used Olympus EM10 Mk2 ($330) at a local camera store, and the lenses are comparatively cheap compared to other brands (I live in Canada).

The store carries only the body, so I've been looking over what lenses I think I'll need. I think I'll mostly be doing portraits, street, landscape, and architecture. I've settled mostly on the Olympus 40-150mm f4-5.6 ($150) for zoom and the Panasonic Lumix 25mm f1.7 ($186) as a prime lens. That being said, I definitely have a few reservations about my decision-making:

1. There's definitely a focal length gap between the two lenses I chose. Is it important to fill that gap with a standard zoom? I suppose I can buy a kit lens ($230) but I don't really want to spend anything beyond that. What would be the best lens for me in this focal length and price range?

2. I chose the 25mm f1.7 as a prime lens mostly because it was the cheapest one I could find on Amazon Canada and it has pretty good reviews. Should I really get it? Having a good prime is important to me so I wouldn't mind spending a little more I guess. I've been looking at the Olympus 45mm f1.8 ($350), Sigma 30mm f1.4 ($397), or even a 17mm one. There's so many choices that price and versatility are pretty much my main factors for narrowing it down. What would be good for travel and walking around the streets?

3. From the lenses here, I don't think there are any for landscape ones right? I have the Rokinon 12mm f.2 ($356) in mind, but is it okay that it's a fixed lens? I should probably just get a standard zoom then?

I really appreciate y'all taking the time to read and hopefully respond to my noob post.

Thanks!

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