Also consider that the EM10 allows u to purchase an optional grip for better hold should u go for the pro-level MFT lenses such as 12-40/2.8 or even 40-150/2.8.
Lastly , the EPL7's build even though significantly upgraded from the previous iterations is still not as solid as the EM10.
Anyone is using Sirui EN or ET (traveller?) series tripod + E series ball head?
How are they as compared to TX series?
The current promotion is as follows:
1. OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 [SILVER] + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R
2. OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 [SILVER] + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm EZ + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R
The price difference between Option 1 and 2 is around $1.5k. Is it worth the $1.5k for the body and the kit lens for Option 1?
I also read up on this but do not quite get it.
Last edited by renol; 24th November 2014 at 10:07 PM.
The 12-40 f2.8 is the 24-70 f2.8 equivalent for m4/3 (it's 24-80, but the purpose is still the same). Whether or not you need such a lens depends on your own needs/wants.
The E-M1 and E-M10 are also cameras of different leagues. They are not worlds apart, but for a beginner, the E-M10 with 14-42 and 40-150 should be sufficient. If you want to play with a larger aperture lens, the 45/1.8 is a pretty popular choice.
That link just linked us to a bunch of lenses. They are different lenses for m4/3 camera.
As for is it worth the 1.5k, it is difficult for any of us to tell you. To me, it is worth that much of money because the 12-40mm f2.8 PRO is a fabulous lens and is in a totally different league as the 14-42mm lens. But can you get good result with a 14-42mm lens? Yes, you can. I have survive for more than a year with the 14-42 and up till today, I still didn't find the need for the 12-40mm f2.8.
As to the differences between the EM1 and EM10... from reviews, it is noted that the EM1 do have better overall performance including sharpness, contrast and noise performance and it had a better Image stabilizing system. But do you need all those? Nobody can safely and responsibly tell you. Because all these are up to oneself. EM10 is a great camera, it will serve you well.
All that said, I would always advise people to buy within their budget and buy the best within that budget. However, do keep in mind that there is really no point stretching your budget till you feel the pinch. Photography is suppose to be a very fun hobby, no point tightening your belt and get something top of the class.
Also I would really advise you not to look at prime or single focal range lenses, yet. Not that I don't believe you can do it, but I have seen many newbies (myself included) jumping into the prime lenses only to dump them in the dry cabinet for a while. Zoom lenses are more feasible for most people, at least until they know which focal length they used most of the time, then get a prime lens that is suitable for the length. For example, use your kit lens (14-42mm or 12-50mm) for most of the time, then as time goes, you found that you only use one focal length (say, 12mm) most of the time (say, around 80 to 90%), then you invest in a 12mm lens.
Will sololy M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm EZ or M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm EZ + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R able to cover most of the ranges for scenery shooting?
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How are lever locks (Sirui ET series) as compared to twist locks (Sirui TX series) in terms of sturdy and stability?
Last edited by renol; 24th November 2014 at 11:15 AM.
Last edited by brapodam; 23rd November 2014 at 07:45 PM.
But if you ask me, I still prefer the twist and turn more, mainly because I am more used to them, having five tripods, all of which are twist and turn and only two clip lock monopods. And I find dismantling the twist and turn tripod for cleaning and maintaining is easier than dismantling the clip lock system (experts can correct me here though).
Anyway, when you choose your tripod, I would advise you to bring down the heaviest of your gear, go to the shop and mount your gear to the tripod and ballhead, then test to see if it was stable. For the tripodhead, normally you look at the maximum loading of the tripodhead, then you look at the maximum weigh of your gear (camera body + lens + accessories (flash, etc)) and multiply your maximum weigh of your gear by a factor of 3. If that load is not more than the maximum loading of your tripodhead, then it is possibly okay for the tripod head.
Why you need the factor of 3... it is to simulate your camera in weird position (this can be see in the link I have provided to you before).
So I'd definitely recommend a twist lock tripod. I've heard that twist locks wear more easily, but I think as long as you maintain your stuff properly, the tripod should last very long.
The possible heaviest weight should be 369g (Olympus OM-D E-M10 with battery) + 87.8g (ECG-1 Grip) + 760g (M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO) = 1.2168kg x factor of x = 3.6504kg
I have used both twist lock and clip lock (my first tripod is clip lock, although I have sold it away), and so I can safely tell you that to me, it don't have any differences... it is all up to yourself and what you prefer.
About Sirui tripods.
E series tripods are all flip lock tripods
The rest are all twist locks
flip lock or twist lock is very much personal preference. I like twist locks because they are a lot easier to maintain in the long run. Flip locks usually have metal screws that will corrode in time if you submerge them in, say, sea water.
But in the end, it is really up to you. What you prefer. The best way to find out is to go down to a shop and try them out. You can check them out in TK foto in Funan, they are the distributor of Sirui.
Last edited by daredevil123; 25th November 2014 at 02:58 PM.