Well, I took the E-M1 plunge.

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mount evans
mount evans Regular Member • Posts: 401
Well, I took the E-M1 plunge.

I finally pulled the trigger on a used E-M1 mk II with 12-40mm PRO for $1200 and change on eBay.  Less than 5000 activations, allegedly comes with a lens hood, ships from Japan.  Did I get a good deal?  Or jump on board a sinking ship?  Does the fact I am buying it used from Japan have consequences I am unaware of?

I am thinking of using the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO and Zuiko Digital 50mm f2 as walking around lenses, with the Zuiko Digital 50-200mm and EC teleconverters in the car as backup.  Any point to including the Panaleica 25mm f1.4 in the mix?  What should the next lens be?

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Jvlahakis
Jvlahakis Senior Member • Posts: 1,019
Re: Well, I took the E-M1 plunge.

Congrats!  It’s a camera that will last you a while.  You’ll have the enjoyment of using it and personally I’ve never had an issue with mine.  I converted mine to infrared this past spring after I upgraded to the EM1X and EM1 MK III.  I believe that they will keep upgrading the firmware on that camera for some time to come.

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Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 19,153
Re: Well, I took the E-M1 plunge.

I'd say well bought - that kit would have been $3k US when released. Does it come with the little flash? That was deleted from the M1iii and is pretty handy. Hope you enjoy it, terrific camera and lens to be sure.

Cheers,

Rick

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joeletx Veteran Member • Posts: 3,478
Re: Well, I took the E-M1 plunge.

Good buy. I still shoot with the 50-200 SWD and the both EC since switching to the M1 series. The 50-200 is so good that it keep me on the fence on getting that 100-400 dream about, and forget the 150-400 mega bucks.

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mount evans
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Re: Well, I took the E-M1 plunge.

joeletx wrote:

Good buy. I still shoot with the 50-200 SWD and the both EC since switching to the M1 series. The 50-200 is so good that it keep me on the fence on getting that 100-400 dream about, and forget the 150-400 mega bucks.

So, what would you carry in the bag with the camera besides the 12-40mm PRO?  The 50-200mm will be in a second bag in the car.  I like the idea of promoting my Zuiko Digital 50mm from a special purpose legacy lens to a regular part of the kit, but it gets pretty big once you add on the adapter.  And I don't know if it makes sense to carry the EC-14 or 20 around just to use with the 50mm.  My standard in-the-bag-with-the-camera kit has been the Oly 17mm f1.8, the PanaLeica 25mm f1.4, and the Oly 12-50mm EZ.  the latter will of course go into storage now that I'm getting the 12-40.

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joeletx Veteran Member • Posts: 3,478
Re: Well, I took the E-M1 plunge.

mount evans wrote:

joeletx wrote:

Good buy. I still shoot with the 50-200 SWD and the both EC since switching to the M1 series. The 50-200 is so good that it keep me on the fence on getting that 100-400 dream about, and forget the 150-400 mega bucks.

So, what would you carry in the bag with the camera besides the 12-40mm PRO? The 50-200mm will be in a second bag in the car. I like the idea of promoting my Zuiko Digital 50mm from a special purpose legacy lens to a regular part of the kit, but it gets pretty big once you add on the adapter. And I don't know if it makes sense to carry the EC-14 or 20 around just to use with the 50mm. My standard in-the-bag-with-the-camera kit has been the Oly 17mm f1.8, the PanaLeica 25mm f1.4, and the Oly 12-50mm EZ. the latter will of course go into storage now that I'm getting the 12-40.

The 12-40 2.8 and the 45 1.8 are always in my bag and sometime with the FL-900R. Mounting on my E-M1 III has been the 25 1.2 lately because I started to discover its goodness; this brings me back to the days I zoomed with my feet from the OM-4T. The 50-200 2.8-3.5 goes with the EC-14 and the EC-20 when I go to the Galveston bay or the state parks. All of the above fits nicely in my LowerPro AW200 and that is the beauty of m43 systems. My other favorite lens, the 25 1.8 was given to my son along with my old Mark II.

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