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    Default What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    Hello Everyone,
    I am sure this has been discussed. Here is my current situation. I have 2 E510's as backup to my E-30. I shoot mainly friends and family, portraits, weddings, group shots of 30-40 people and events. My kids want the E-510's and if I should want another body to complement the E-30 or perhaps become my main camera, what format would you suggest? I am budget minded, and don't mind used equipment. I understand the limitations with my current bodies but have been somewhat successful for the last 7 years using them. All of my lenses and equipment are classic 4/3rds. Is there a body that is just killer and reasonably priced that would utilize my lenses and FL50's, even with the use of an adapter?
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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    I would go with the E5. If the price new is too much then either used, reconditioned, or demo model. The E3 is great. In 2007 I bought a demo for $800. It was my main camera until I upgraded to the EM5. I don't use it at all anymore. I have been thinking about selling it.

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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    I didn't see the e-5 as much of an upgrade from my e-3 and e-30 and skipped it. I waited until the E-M1 firmware was upgraded to the point where legacy 4/3 lenses had good auto-focus and then purchased one. I couldn't be happier. It is a huge upgrade from the e-30 in terms of dynamic range, low light performance, and much more. At this point I only have one m4/3 lens (the 75MM f1.8) and am very happy with its performance with all my legacy 4/3 glass. I'm just as happy using it with my OM lenses. With the great viewfinder and 5x zoom capability, using manual focus lenses results in almost 100% in focus shots where with my e-30 or e-30 it was more like 50%.

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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Greg View Post
    I didn't see the e-5 as much of an upgrade from my e-3 and e-30 and skipped it. I waited until the E-M1
    Me neither. That's why I stayed with the E3. I really love the designed of the EM5. I am not going to get any new camera for quite some time. I have invested in the super fast primes and I'm really loving it.

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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    E-5 is a step forward, as it's better in a hundred small ways, just nothing dramatic. Specific to IQ, you'll get more detail, less noise and greater dynamic range, plus a stop or two higher ISO range. Compared to the E-30 it's a little big and there's no mode dial. E-M1 is the only other realistic choice for the 4/3 lens user, and it's a solid generation or two advancement from the E-30. I own all three, FWIW.

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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    Thank you for all your input. So which unit would be the best bang for the buck in a used model? And has no production issues or common failures of hardware?
    Thanks again,
    Kim
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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    I think it entirely depends on how much you want to spend. Why not check out both the E3 and E5 on www.keh.com. They are a good resource for used gear.

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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    Quote Originally Posted by kfbarros View Post
    Thank you for all your input. So which unit would be the best bang for the buck in a used model? And has no production issues or common failures of hardware?
    Thanks again,
    Kim
    If you want to stay with the E-series, I'd limit your choices to a second E-30 (hard to find), E-620 (cheap) or E-5 (not cheap). I would definitely not go backwards in time to an older sensor and processor. In 4/3 your only choice is the E-M1, which can occasionally be had as a refurb for a few hundred off full price.

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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    I have an E3 with 3000 clicks and its like new, really only used it for night sky when I wanted two cameras shooting at once.. if you want it I will put it on the buy sell, I want 300 measly bucks
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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    Quote Originally Posted by kfbarros View Post
    Thank you for all your input. So which unit would be the best bang for the buck in a used model? And has no production issues or common failures of hardware?
    Thanks again,
    Kim
    I skipped the E-3 and went directly from E-1 to E-5. The E-5 was the main camera I used for my business work. I sold it after I closed the business to a friend who uses it now for his work. It's a fine body and superior to the E-3 in several ways, IMO.

    But nowadays I'd buy an E-M1, MMF-3, and battery grip instead. Except for very specific shooting circumstances, the E-M1 is a better performing camera than the E-30 or E-5; it makes me smile when I use it like the E-1 does.

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    Default Re: What is a good upgrade from E-30?

    The E-30 came out after the E-3, and so I wouldn't go to that body. The E-5 has levelling meters and focus adjust like the E-30, with a better sensor, better AA filter, larger viewfinder than the E-30 and better processing software - and video, if that tickles your fancy. IF you want an optical view finder, it's the only one to go for. To keep best compatibility with your 4/3 lenses, it's either E-5 or E-M1 and adapter, and the E-5 is cheaper.
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