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  • Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs. E-P3 | M.Zuiko 14-42mm/40-150mm vs. 17mm

    Hello there!

    I would like to ask few questions about new digital SLR camera and lens for me to get great pictures.

    I'm thinking between Olympus PEN E-PL3 and E-P3. I've heard that with E-P3 you get way more better quality shots, but some says the difference is very small. That's why I've thought to buy E-PL3 because it's lighter and smaller, cheaper and it has turnable screen.

    Can you say how good it really is, if it's mentioned to be a close-up shooting - let's say flowers and other little details - and to capture breath-taking nature. Of course the colors should be great!

    Also I couldn't find any direct comparisations between 14-42mm / 40-150mm kit (or 14-150mm lens) and 17mm lens. Can you recommend either one?

    With E-PL3 I would get 14-42mm / 40-150mm lens-kit and with E-P3 17mm lens.

    Of course I will get 14-150mm (seperated [14-42mm/40-150mm] or together [14-150mm]) and 75-300mm lenses with MCON-P01 macro - how does this MCON-P01 work, by the way. Is it bad or worth-to-buy?

    Any suggestions, ideas, thoughts, corrections and so on are welcome.

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    Olympus PEN E-PL3
    M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm + 40-150mm

    or

    Olympus PEN E-P3
    M.Zuiko Digital 17mm

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    Re: Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs. E-P3 | M.Zuiko 14-42mm/40-150mm vs. 17mm

    I'm also a bit torn between the E-P3 and the E-PL3, but I'll probably go for the E-P3. I already have the VF-2 and almost always use it, so the screen is less important. But, and there's always a but, the articulating scree on my GH-1 gets a ton of use. As to the lenses, the 14-42 is a gem as far as I'm concerned. At least mine is. I haven't used the other two. For longer range work I really like the Panasonic 100-300 which is a tad faster and much cheaper than the Olyy 75-300. And for close-ups nothing beats the old Olympus ZD 50 Macro on whatever adapter you like. Forget the accessories that use the hot shoe. The macro lite is only good for eBay style macro shots in a very fixed setting, and the MCON is a strange device that I can't get to do much useful. Indeed, if you wind up wanting one, I'll sell you one cheap. Plan on an EVF for hot shoe. No matter which way you go you'll wind up with a superb camera and lenses.
    Steve
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    • #3
      Re: Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs. E-P3 | M.Zuiko 14-42mm/40-150mm vs. 17mm

      Hi fluffy!
      Thanks for your comment.

      I already knew they both are great since I tested Pen E-PL1 with 14-42mm with regular factory settings and noticed the quality. And of course, most likely, things go better when they are upgrated.

      However, at least with E-PL1 this 14-42mm lens did not work so well on far. Close-up shots I did manage to make, but still not close enough so I viewed Olympus' websites and only thing I noticed available on PEN cameras was MCON-P01 used with 14-42mm / 40-150mm / 14-150mm lenses.

      Is the quality of PL3 and P3 much different (colours, quality, ...) ?

      Also, I talked with a friend of mine and he said Panasonic 20mm is almost the most perfect one for MFT but I'm not sure how to react on that because he prefers Panasonic in every way - televisions, blu-ray/dvd -players, cameras, etc.

      - Heikki

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      Edit

      Oh, and can someone please advice me a bit with these viewinders. What exactly I can do with them? And how useful they are? Can you maybe recommend some?

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      • #4
        Re: Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs. E-P3 | M.Zuiko 14-42mm/40-150mm vs. 17mm

        I don't think there is much difference in image quality between the E-PL3 and E-P3. They have the same sensor and image processor. You may find that the E-PL3 produces slightly more saturated JPEGs by default as it's aimed more at consumers, and this was the case with earlier E-PL models, but I haven't checked this.

        The main differences are controls and effects features (Art Filters) where the E-P3 has more, plus the better (although non-tilting) screen that is also touch-sensitive.

        Ian
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        • #5
          Re: Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs. E-P3 | M.Zuiko 14-42mm/40-150mm vs. 17mm

          Hi Ian!

          I appreciate your comments. I think I turned to E-P3 since the biggest camera shop in Oulu, Finland told that if the size doesn't matter go for the E-P3 and buy viewfinder with it.

          But he gave me a great offer (at least I think so?) but I'm not sure wich way to go?

          1st choise: Olympus Pen E-P3 + 14-42mm + 40-150mm = 1049€
          2nd choise: Olympus Pen E-P3 + 14-42mm II R = 889€
          3rd choise: Olympus Pen E-P3 + 17mm = 899€

          So any comments? And what about those viewfinders?

          Oh, he also gave me another offer from other camera I just quickly asked about him:

          4th choise: Nikon D5100 + 18-55VR + 55-300VR = 999€

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          • #6
            Re: Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs. E-P3 | M.Zuiko 14-42mm/40-150mm vs. 17mm

            How about the E-PL3?

            Is the first deal with Mark 1 14-42?

            Ian
            Founder/editor
            Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
            Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
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            • #7
              Re: Olympus PEN E-PL3 vs. E-P3 | M.Zuiko 14-42mm/40-150mm vs. 17mm

              Well, with the E-PL3 the deals are following:

              1st: Olympus Pen E-PL3 + 14-42mm = 629
              2nd: Olympus Pen E-PL3 + 14-42mm + 40-150mm = 739

              So it's way more cheapier, but I think I'm a bit more into E-P3 - unless anyone has a good reason to go for E-PL3.

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