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Old May 7, 2008, 9:26 PM   #11
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Well, Zig, you're friend is correct. The only IS in the E-420 is so-called "digital" image stabilization, which merely raises the ISO to allow for faster shutter speeds in an effort to avoid blur.

As for the 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko lens... it'll fit and work on the E-420. B&H actually had such a combination on display that I picked up and worked with for a while. Actually, the combination really didn't feel that out of balance, either. But it's clear that the whole advantage of an E-420 - namely, its diminutive size and weight - are tossed out the window by mounting such a lens on that body.

Here's my personal take: There are genuine, legitimate reasons for wanting to own an E-420 - despite its lack of "real" IS. It's small, light and inexpensive for a DSLR. Like the E-410 and E-510, it also seems well-built. And the sensor and software improvements make it a more significant update on the E-410 than many might first realize. And, face it - it's just a cool little DSLR. But it was meant for the Zuiko 14-42 and 40-150mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lenses. And, of course, the new 25mm f/2.8 pancake lens. The camera just seems "right" with any of those three. If anyone considering the E-420 can live with the speed of the kit lenses, it's a great camera.

But if we're talking about upgrading to the larger and heavier 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 lens, it just seems much more "right" on the E-510. But the sensor and software improvements (better dynamic range, better white balance, etc) on the E-420 make me wonder if I shouldn't wait for the E-520 - assuming we'll actually be offered such a model in the near-term. Olympus has made no announcements about an E-520 yet. And if they do, you know it'll be more money.

Of course, I could also opt for the E-420, go with the kit lenses and save some money. But there's still the slower speed of those kit lenses to deal with. Anyone have any thoughts?
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