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Old May 24, 2010, 10:20 AM   #11
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The macro lens is nice but way to expensive. But it is leica. I went with the oly 35mm 3.5 macro with the 4/3 adapter the whole setup was under 300.

I saw that ad yesterday. Olympus has a TIPA winner and they are really pushing it, about time oly start to advertise. They have good products.
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Old May 24, 2010, 10:52 AM   #12
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wow, really Greg, they are pushing the commercials that hard?

I will have to head over to natgeo and check it out. haven't stopped by that channel in the last week or 2.
It was, truly, almost like the Twighlight Zone, watching all those commercials about the Olympus Pen.

Olympus was the primary sponsor during a couple of shows, one that lasted two hours. My daughter is here visiting and I commented to her about how many Olympus commercials we were seeing and how I've never seen advertising of any kind for Olympus.

Panasonic was also pushing their Lumix TZ series quite hard. It was almost like they alternated at times during the show breaks.

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I wonder if we'll see all those spots during TV coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in early September. Olympus has been the official camera of the tournament for several years now.

Back to lenses... I agree, Panasonic's micro four-thirds lenses have all been pretty much superb - but most are pretty expensive. The 20mm f/1.7 pancake, at under $400, is pretty much a no-brainer. But Olympus's wide-angle and super-zoom lenses for micro four-thirds are hundreds of dollars less than their Panasonic equivalents - and still seem to get pretty good reviews (at least so far). Only Oly's 17mm f/2.8 pancake has gotten - wait for it - "panned."

If I didn't have my Pentax DSLR system already and micro four-thirds was my only system, I'd probably buy a GH1 as well as the E-PL1 and buy most of the Panny lenses. But, as it stands, unless the Oly's get bad reviews, I'll probably lean toward them most of the time.

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Old May 24, 2010, 10:05 PM   #14
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The EPL-1 has gotten great reviews, including TIPA's best compact system 2010. So you will not get much bad review with the oly.

The Panny lenses are really great. I have 2 of them now for the epl-1. 20 1.7 and the 45-200.
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The prices will drop some more I suspect when sony's nex hit the market. ...
I would not count on it. If the Sony was m4/3 compatible, then perhaps (although the Zeiss/Sony lenses tend to be very expensive as well). But, they are hitting a different market. The Lumix users will continue being the Pana/Oly owners, w/ or w/o the Sony camera. Their lenses will not be another option for m4/3 users.
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Old May 26, 2010, 6:30 PM   #16
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The price of the 45-200 is at 280, the 20mm is drop a bit form the msrp of 499 to 380 at the store.
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Actually, Amazon has the 20mm for $362.
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Old May 27, 2010, 10:32 AM   #18
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It is well worth it, the lens is super sharp. I am loving it on the epl-1
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Good looking images. It seems like an excellent match!
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3 stop ND filter.
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