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    Default Crazy - But I'm Going Old School Digital

    I have to say that one of the lenses I really miss, is my 70-300 (140mm to 600mm equiv.) Olympus. After selling of a lot of my 4/3 gear a couple of years ago - E-3, 50 f2 macro, 50-250 SWD, FL50R - I gladly gave an Olympus 4/3 using Nicaraguan fellow I have come to know, my 70-300 as a gift ---- figuring that I would soon get a new one in the micro 4/3 designation.

    Fact is that until it was gone, I didn't realize how much I depended on and missed that lens for my travel work. And then the reality of having to spend serious money ($600 plus with taxes) on the 75-300 version for my micro 4/3 bodies, I was left in a quandary about what to do to fill that need.

    My decision came yesterday when I perused through Kijijji Classified ads, to see what was available used for 4/3 gear in my area of Ontario Canada. Turned out to be a fair bit.

    And so today I picked up a virtually new Olympus E-520 to hang any lenses that I get on to. The owner (from Argentina), purchased it new 5 years ago, to take pics of her newborn baby with but instead ended up using her iPhone to capture most of the moments. It has a measly 2,000 actuations on it - about what I would shoot in one average wedding day. I purchased it for what I consider a steal at $150 (no 13% taxes added on obviously). It's a good thing because I still have and can benefit from my favourite lens of all time - - - - my 12-60 SWD. I have it because I haven't been able to sell it, even at give away prices

    Moments later I came across a fellow who had switched to Pen cameras and found his 70-300 4/3 lens not suitable to focusing and rather unwieldy on the bodies. He was firm at $175 (again without adding 13% taxes) - - - but that was great being it was in mint condition and came in at $50 to $150 less than what was being asked for the same lens by other sellers on the classifieds.

    So instead of moving ahead with my micro 4/3 purchases, I am finding myself digressing to the slightly less spec'd but wonderful system I enjoyed up until just a couple of years ago. Guaranteed that for 80% of my work - especially in travel and street - I will be using one or all of my 3 Pen cameras, kit lenses, and a few manual primes with adapters, that I have been using successfully recently. But now I can benefit from two wonderful lenses that I really miss - my 12-60 f2.8/4 and 70-300.

    I hoped and tried going with just one system (mirror less micro 4/3), but for the next few years at least, it looks like I will be sticking with 2 systems instead. It is just plain more economical for me. Heck I was even tempted by a couple of good condition E-1's, but the reality is that the E-520 will serve me much better. I loved and many times preferred my E-510 over my E-3, at least until it died.





    EPL58093 by Robert Watcher, on Flickr
    Photo taken with Olympus E-PL5 w/14-42 kit lens @ 3200 ISO

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    Default Re: Crazy - But I'm Going Old School Digital

    For the money, it's hard to beat 4/3 as a system. I regularly tell people who are looking to get into step-up photography from their phones or point-n-shoots to move into 4/3 with some eBay buys. For less than $500 you can easily get a great kit. If you want to evolve at a later date, 4/3 is ready to take all your lenses. The E-1 is my #1 daytime camera... ergonomically perfect and just a thrilling shooting experience. The 14-54 is perfect. The 50-200 is reason itself to buy into the system. I use 4/3 for low-light, but for everything else it's old school for me. The 9-18 is a brilliant walk-around-in-nature lens. The 70-300 was, I thought, one of the weaker lenses in the system but certainly offers a lot of reach for no weight; it just needs an awful lot of light to focus happily.

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    Default Re: Crazy - But I'm Going Old School Digital

    A huge motivator for going this route had to do with my not wanting to fork out huge money for every new micro 4/3 lens that I want and can really use. And then of course some of the lenses would require at least an E-M5 if not the preferred E-M1.

    So here was some of my logic yesterday - - - I have a huge expensive paper weight in the 12-60 SWD, with no way to use it. If I could sell it, I would be replacing it with the 12-40 f2.8. Oh wait, I can't sell it. Plus the asking price I could maybe wish for is say $500. But then the 12-40 is around $1100 with taxes. It will be kind of big on my Pens and so will be best with a new E-M5 or E-M1 body. Plus as wonderful as the 12-40 may be, it falls far short on the focal length I already have and prefer. Huge bucks for no gain.

    Then there was my desire to get the 70-300 focal length that I far prefer over the 40-150 m4/3 that I do own and use for my Pens. So was that going to be my next choice for purchase? Well at around $600 that would be a serious purchase. But hey, I also really need the 45mm so I can do some quality portrait work with my Pens. Besides that 24mm (35 equiv.) as the widest coverage of the lenses I have, isn't wide enough for my preference - so I really need either the 9-18 at $850 with taxes or the preferred but totally out of my current ball park for economical reasons - 7-14mm. Those don't cover all of my wants of course.

    So I either work out a practical and pragmatic way to get what I need, or do without and dream. I'm afraid that I'm a shooter not a dreamer.

    My current requirements so that I can do travel and professional portrait work are at least one E-M5 Mark II (or E-M1) body with 12-40 f2.8, 45 f1.8, 9-18 wide angle, 75-300 super zoom, and for pro work, 40-150 f2.8. Those are my needs beyond the Pen cameras and lenses I already have that suit fantastically the one area on photography I am currently consumed with in Central America.

    So that is why I am going back to old cameras that provide very little difference in image quality and are manageable financially. No doubt that I benefit from the higher ISO ability of my Pens and and I will continue to make use of them when that functionality is needed. I prefer small size and flip out LCD screen for my carry around camera. So for now it appears that it will take both systems to keep me shooting and content - - - even though I was hoping to just drop the old and move on with the new.

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    Default Re: Crazy - But I'm Going Old School Digital

    Hmmm. Since I have not yet stepped into the micro 4/3 world, I still shoot and travel everywhere with the kit listed in my sig. So perhaps I'm still old school. But Robert, your reasoning basically hits the logic I have in keeping my 4/3 gear: It does what I want it to do for the shoots I do, and it's completely paid for. Moreover, I still earn a bit of income with this gear. I have absolutely no doubt that there are probably advantages to using micro gear, but I love my two f2 lenses and the others are no slouches, either, and all of them function just fine without requiring an adapter. Moreover, I have no plans at all to acquire new lenses since I'm quite happy with what I already own. So, while I suspect that I might purchase some future em body, grip, & adapter, I can't imagine acquiring the micro lenses. Instead, I still dream of owning the 300mm f2.8 and the Sigmonster 300-800mm in the Oly 4/3 mount.
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    Default Re: Crazy - But I'm Going Old School Digital

    Great post.
    I had my own Old School moment last weekend when I noticed my old Canon 1DIII sitting in the back of the cupboard. So took it to the beach just after dawn with the 400mm f5.6 and dog. I had forgotten how good it was, and it sure will be getting more exercise once again.
    Cheers,
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