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Olympus PEN E-PL8 16MP Mirrorless Camera + 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens EXPIRED

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Adorama.com has Olympus PEN E-PL8 16MP Mirrorless Camera + 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens on sale for $289.99. Shipping is free. Thanks JuJuFrankenbean

What's Included:
  • Olympus E-PL8 Camera
  • M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black) (V314050BU000)
  • BLS-50 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • BCS-5 Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
  • FL-LM1 Flash
  • CB-UAB6 USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap LC-37B
  • Rear Lens Cap LR-2
  • OLYMPUS Viewer 3 CD-ROM
  • Olympus 1 Year Warranty
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Adorama [adorama.com] has the Olympus PEN E-PL8 Mirrorless Camera with M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens on sale for $289.99 + Free Shipping.
  • Key Features:
    • Sensor Size: Micro Four Thirds Format
    • Resolution: 16 MPMax
    • Video Quality: HD 1080
    • Built-in Wifi to control remotely
  • What's Included:
    • Olympus E-PL8 Camera
    • M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Lens (Black) (V314050BU000)
    • BLS-50 Lithium-Ion Battery
    • BCS-5 Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
    • FL-LM1 Flash
    • CB-UAB6 USB Cable
    • Shoulder Strap
    • Lens Cap LC-37B
    • Rear Lens Cap LR-2
    • OLYMPUS Viewer 3 CD-ROM
    • Olympus 1 Year Warranty
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I only know good cameras for North East Asia. Sorry
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Short answer: sure!

I've used 4/3 and micro 4/3rds for years. When I worked at Sears portrait studios, we used to use the 5mp Olympus E1.

The lens is the common everyday-use zoom we see on all camera makes, and should be good for real estate. The lens covers a range of (35mm film equivalent) 28mm wide angle to 84mm tele, and if I remember correctly this is the special video recording version of the lens. 35mm is the wide angle that was used by disposable film cameras (about 17mm on the lens), 28mm feels quite wider for interior spaces without creating a fishbowl distortion. 84mm is like a portrait telephoto length, though you will have a deeper range of distance in-focus than a similar lens on APS-C or "Full" Frame sensors (this can be a plus when looking at things close-up, or a negative when trying to artistically limit what is in-focus). The "movie recording" feature of the lens is based on how quick and silent it refocuses, optimized for CDAF and not making a sound that is picked up by the camera microphone. If you decide to pick up more lenses later, Olympus has a full and robust lineup of options including fast lenses for low light and ultra-wide lenses, and they will generally be more compact than APS-C camera equivalents (due to physics). Also, because the way the lens mount is designed, you can also adapt cheap lenses from Olympus, Nikon, Canon, and more... but you may find the 14-42mm lens that comes with it is all you need.

The camera is great too. An 8mp sensor was more than enough to make 8"x10" prints with as much detail as the eye can see, and this Olympus offers double that detail (and more than 35mm film did). An important feature is the in-body image stabilization: this reduces blur from camera shake no matter what lens you use, meaning you don't need a bulky tripod or big fast lens for the static shots of building interiors. The touchscreen on the back can flip up a bit so you can hold the camera at your waist and lower and still see what the lens is pointing at, or flip it down to see from overhead or all the way down so the screen faces forward for selfies or setting the camera back right up against a wall. Auto and P (program) modes work well and make pleasing color, especially if you use one of the White Balance presets or a custom white balance (use a white sheet of paper to make sure the colors aren't too orange or too blue). Art Filters are like in-camera photoshop effects, though the only ones I use are the pinhole, high-key (bright, "clean" feeling shots), and low key (mostly dark with dramatic highlights). There are a lot of traditional manual controls if you want to try that (I've had fantastic flash/studio results). Lastly, I like how the Olympus/Panasonic cameras are basically maintenance free... you don't have to get special tools to blow dust off the image sensor.

How does it stack up against other cameras, like the other Sony recommended? Well, a full-frame camera might have less noise (color speckles) at high-ISO settings, maybe a stop or two, but with the still scenes of real-estate the image stabilization gives you about 3-4 stops of more usable handheld shots anyway (so you don't need High ISO as much in your situation). Micro4/3 and APS-C are both much much better than smartphone cameras when indoors. Fuji also makes nice APS-C sized sensor cameras, with manual controls and a cool retro vibe, but I can't say they're better or worse than the Sony (most of the same stuff applies). Panasonic also uses micro4/3rds sensors and lenses that are cross compatible, and the Panasonic GH Series are extremely capable for making videos... but I prefer the color rendition from Olympus. You could also look at higher-build-quality Olympus or Panasonic bodies from the used market at similar prices – because the sensors are protected, the image quality stays great over time unless the camera has been baked in high heat (which hurts all electronics).

Hope that gave you some insight! Make sure you turn on all the house lights and open all the windows when possible, a lack of light in the unfurnished rooms is the BIGGEST problem I see in real estate photos of these empty houses. Consider getting a light box or a flash umbrella to bring with you to these dark interiors, in case there isn't enough lamps or lights there!
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Use this website [dofsimulator.net] to determine if the camera lens in mm or F stops is right one for you. While deals are good, one should know what kind of photography you are going to use it for.
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Is this the lowest price on this camera with kit lens?
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Is this the lowest price on this camera with kit lens?
This is the lowest price I could find. The next lowest price I could find was $400.
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The resolution of 16MP should be mentioned.
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Good travel camera if i put an Olympus 17mm f/1.8 on it? How's the auto focus for capturing kids?
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Good travel camera if i put an Olympus 17mm f/1.8 on it? How's the auto focus for capturing kids?

I used the 25mm f2.5 pancake on mine and loved it. Super compact.
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Good package for real estate photography??


Or wait for other deals this month ??
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https://www.adorama.com/ifjxa2sl.html?rfkref=productPage


How is this ??
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What would be the best dedicated travel camera for south east asia? Already bringing a GoPro + Mavic and have a Pixel 3 but looking for a compact camera that will give me better shots.
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The resolution of 16MP should be mentioned.
Thanks for the tip. I added some of the 'key features' to the OP
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What would be the best dedicated travel camera for south east asia? Already bringing a GoPro + Mavic and have a Pixel 3 but looking for a compact camera that will give me better shots.
I only know good cameras for North East Asia. Sorry
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The EPL 10 just came out. This is still a really good buy though. I have a E-PM2 and that little still takes awesome pictures.
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Also it's good to know that this doesn't have a built in flash. That's the biggest difference between this and the 9.
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