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Re: [OM] Seeking advice on entering MFT

Subject: Re: [OM] Seeking advice on entering MFT
From: Martin <mwalters1440@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2023 17:59:13 -0500
As a "casual" shooter, my 12-100 is permanently attached to my E-m5 mk2. Yes, it's a little porky, but it doesn't feel unbalanced on the camera. It's also the only weatherproof lens I have. It also supports focus stacking, depending on the body. Only challenge - with the 5 mk2 - is that the 12-100 eats batteries (2+ for a day at Epcot!). I've learned to live with this....

If I want to go ultra-wide, I have the Laowa 10/2, which is delightfully compact and which I bought it before the Panny 9mm came out. For really low-light situations, I have the four Oly F1.8 primes. For inside or evening events, I tend to use the 75mm. That said, I shot the Disney 50th anniversary light/fireworks show at Epcot with the 12-100 handheld. The dual IS seemed to work just fine.

One other point: there's times I need more than 100mm; however, the 12-100 doesn't really fit well with the other pro zooms. I do have the 75-300 and the Tammy 180/2.5 (+/- 1.4x) if I know that I need a telephoto. For occasional macro, I have the OM 50/3.5 and 135/4.5.

Hope this helps.


On 2023-02-11 9:21 a.m., Greg McGrath via olympus wrote:
I'm coming out of digest/lurk mode to ask for recommendations from the list on 
getting started in the MFT world. I've recently retired and hope to be able to 
get back into photography now. I've got several E-system bodies and lenses on 
hand, but would like the advantages that MFT now offers in the areas of pixel 
count, size, and other features. I've been a dedicated Olympus user since 
buying an OM-10 (my first camera) in about 1981 and want to continue with 
  My plan is to purchase an OM-D E-M1 MkIII. Lens selection is a big question. Recent comments 
about the 12-100 are making me consider it, though I've previously been thinking about purchasing a 
group of lenses to cover what focal lengths I want: 12-40 f/2.8 II, 40-150 f/4, and 60 macro to 
start. Now, maybe get the 12-100 to start learning about the body, then expand. On the other hand, 
I'm concerned about light-gathering capability and leaning toward the f/2.8 aperture of the 
12-40. And I'm planning to break a cardinal rule, buying new equipment right before a 
vacation. Having only one lens (the 12-100) to carry around is attractive for travel. Any 
advice/comments muchly appreciated. Greg
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