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Old Jan 4, 2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Comparison of the 12-60mm SWD& 9-18mm

Well, this is not a scientific comparison but rather the results of taking
the E-PL1/9-18mm micro 4/3 combo and the E-30/12-60mm SWD down to one of my favorite places to take images. I thought it might be of interest to some.
It should be pointed out that each lens was set to the widest angle possible.
The first two are taken with the E30+\12-60mm SWD lens:





The next two are taken with the E-PL1 + micro 9-18mm lens:



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The Micro 9-18 is quite an incredible combination of size and image quality. Combining it with the E-PL1 and the micro 40-150 Zuiko, maybe even throwing in the Panny 20/1.7, would make quite a formidable, extremely compact outfit.

Other than the obviously wider perspective of the 9mm setting, there's not much difference shooting these type subjects with either system, which is why the Micro system appeals so much.
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The Micro 9-18 is quite an incredible combination of size and image quality. Combining it with the E-PL1 and the micro 40-150 Zuiko, maybe even throwing in the Panny 20/1.7, would make quite a formidable, extremely compact outfit.

Other than the obviously wider perspective of the 9mm setting, there's not much difference shooting these type subjects with either system, which is why the Micro system appeals so much.
You're right Greg,

The 9-18mm micro lens is an incredible little lens. The faster AF on it makes me want to go out and get the m40-150 Zuiko. Then I think I'd be done (I think???) adding lenses.

After using this camera for the last few weeks, I can better understand why Olympus has put so much time and effort into the microFourthirds system at the expense of the full size Fourthirds. They really do have a winner here.

The only changes I would like to see is a body having a built-in EVF and 5 frame EX BKT.
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Okay Zig, cut it out, enough already.

I can't afford an E-PL1 right now, and I don't want to see any more temptation from you!
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Okay Zig, cut it out, enough already.

I can't afford an E-PL1 right now, and I don't want to see any more temptation from you!
Consider it done, Steven.

But I did make a New Year's resolution to myself that I was going to take a photo a day for the entire year. Hmmm, what to do, what to do.
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Consider it done, Steven.

But I did make a New Year's resolution to myself that I was going to take a photo a day for the entire year. Hmmm, what to do, what to do.
LOL! I could never seriously ask a talented photog to stop posting his photos. But any old cast off lens that you don't really need you can feel free to ship them to Florida for safekeeping. I won't even charge you any storage fees.
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As much and as well as they've done, there's still basic stuff they need to address, like AF assist lights, either on the body or a working AF assist light on a micro-specific flash. It's so frustrating trying to use flash in normally-lit rooms when the camera cannot focus, and not being able to use both an accessory flash and eye level finder at the same time (the combined delay induced by the wireless flash trigger of the E-PL1 and the TTL pre-flash is a real nuisance).
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As much and as well as they've done, there's still basic stuff they need to address, like AF assist lights, either on the body or a working AF assist light on a micro-specific flash. It's so frustrating trying to use flash in normally-lit rooms when the camera cannot focus, and not being able to use both an accessory flash and eye level finder at the same time (the combined delay induced by the wireless flash trigger of the E-PL1 and the TTL pre-flash is a real nuisance).
Hi Greg,

All good points. I have yet to use the on-board flash as I tend to avoid the use of them. Sometimes my enthusiasm gets the better of me as I'm sure there are other issues that I've glossed over or just haven't encountered as yet.

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One of the uses many seem to post about over at DPReview is how good the camera could be due to it's size at parties and such in clubs and other potentially low lit places, often with no flash and equipped with the 20mm f1.7, and it's a common complaint the Pen simply refuses to acquire focus, while others there with their little inexpensive point & shoots just fire away happily with their Built-in AF assist lights.

You only have to look as far as the Panny GF-1 to see how good a camera like this could be if it only could focus well in almost any type light. The E-PL1 would be a total flop trying to shoot in light like this..

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=37357485

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One of the uses many seem to post about over at DPReview is how good the camera could be due to it's size at parties and such in clubs and other potentially low lit places, often with no flash and equipped with the 20mm f1.7, and it's a common complaint the Pen simply refuses to acquire focus, while others there with their little inexpensive point & shoots just fire away happily with their Built-in AF assist lights.

You only have to look as far as the Panny GF-1 to see how good a camera like this could be if it only could focus well in almost any type light. The E-PL1 would be a total flop trying to shoot in light like this..

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=37357485
Dunno if it will help focusing, though.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1101/11...lympusepl2.asp

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