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Old Oct 30, 2010, 4:30 AM   #1
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I am loving my E420, the next lens I want to get is the pancake. Is it only Olympus that make a pancake for the E420 body?

Can any of you Guru's recommends another make?
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Old Oct 30, 2010, 7:21 AM   #2
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Hi, Sam

Dunno what the gurus would say, but as far as I know there is no other pancake for the 4/3 mount. Panasonic makes a couple of pancakes for the 4/3 system but 4/3 lenses won't (actually, cannot) work on the 4/3 mount.

The Oly pancake is a nice lens and (at $206USD) is the third least expensive lens Oly sells. Its optical quality is decent. Not as good (nor as expensive) as many of Oly's other lenses but part of the reason for that is that the pancake design inherently requires some compromises to achieve that very small size. I've noticed that a lot of people on various 4/3 forums (including myself) have and use that lens particularly for street photography where they want the camera to be as inconspicuous as possible. For street photography, ultimate image quality isn't as important as being able to capture the moment. So for that, folks feel the pancake's image quality is just fine. (You don't buy a motorcycle and then complain that you get wet in the rain, you ride it in good weather and have a great time.)

It is particularly favored with the DMC-L1, where you end up with a rig that looks like a Leica rangefinder but is in fact an autofocus DSLR, but a lot of folks also like it on the E-4XX bodies because you also end up with a rig that's small, and lightweight for carrying around.

Be advised that the pancake comes with a remarkably annoying lens cap - it screws into the lens inslead of clipping on like all other Oly lens caps. Most owners of the pancake would advise you to order a 43mm clip-on lens cap or UV filter at the same time you order the lens. This will allow you to immediately leave the screw-on lens cap in the original box for the lens (in case you ever decide to sell the lens someday).

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Great advice Ted!
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All the 4/3 lenses ever made are listed at http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/lenses.html

While you're there, click on the "Other Articles" link where you can learn a lot more about your camera.

And here's a site where you can see what any 4/3 lens will look like on your or other 4/3 and micro4/3 bodies...http://www.four-thirds.org/en/special/matching.html
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Thanks, thats a great site. I am just trying to find the funds to get the pancake lens. Wonder where I can sell a kidney! LOL
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Have you applied for Amazon store credit? (it's thru GE bank) I've found it ridiculously easy to get financed, and apparently many items have financing promotions (no interest for blah blah months)..
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Have you applied for Amazon store credit? (it's thru GE bank) I've found it ridiculously easy to get financed, and apparently many items have financing promotions (no interest for blah blah months)..
They don't have that on Amazon UK
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They don't have that on Amazon UK
Like most other store-specific credit cards, the Amazon card's interest rate is pretty high.

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Yeah, it's not ideal... easy to qualify tho, and I picked up my gear at no interest for six months I think.
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They don't have that on Amazon UK
Thats typical ... live in the UK and be ready to be fleeced!
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