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Old Apr 20, 2011, 5:52 PM   #1
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My retirement present to myself is Oly's pancake lens and I've taken a variety of shots to see how it behaves. Overall I think it will do what I want. The 1st photo is what I am likely to do with it, indoors, low light, hand held. The extra 2/3ds stop over the kit lens is worthwhile. Number 2 you get simply because my wife liked it. While the lens isn't really for birding this mallard obliged (#3). Number 5 is to see how it handles close-ups which I think is just fine.

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Old Apr 20, 2011, 6:21 PM   #2
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It's a solid little lens. In certain venues it could be invaluable for anyone. In places like museums and such where security can be hard on anyone looking to carry a bag around with 2-3 zooms, any Olympus DSLR fitted with this lens and having the 50mm f2 as an extra longer lens in a small bag/pouch could be all one would need.

Your images are very well done. Shooting up close this lens shows quite a bit of bent-line distortion that I do not notice in the longer distance shots. I need to start carrying this lens in my bag, if for no other reason than it costs nothing weight or bulk-wise to do so.
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Looks good. That appears to be a good walking around lens. you could carry your camera all day without feeling like it weighs a ton.
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...In places like museums and such where security can be hard on anyone looking to carry a bag around with 2-3 zooms, any Olympus DSLR fitted with this lens and having the 50mm f2 as an extra longer lens...

Your images are very well done. Shooting up close this lens shows quite a bit of bent-line distortion that I do not notice in the longer distance shots. ...
Thanks. Yes, museums were a major consideration with this lens. The barrel distortion is more than I expected as well but not so bothersome if you keep the straight lines away from the frame edges. The session that had the lodge and the flower photos I carried only the 25 and the 50 (my jacket pocket was big enough for the 50) and I really didn't feel restricted.

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Old Apr 20, 2011, 10:03 PM   #5
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well, the lens certainly seems sharp enough.

I think the clarity of the first and last are outstanding.

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Old Apr 21, 2011, 6:45 AM   #6
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It really is a very good lens, and remarkable IQ for its size (although it does have 5 elements). When mounted on an L1 the kit feels (and looks) like a Leica rangefinder but with the advantage of an SLR viewfinder.

Your photos show once again that Oly doesn't make a mediocre lens regardless of price.

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Your photos show once again that Oly doesn't make a mediocre lens regardless of price.

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Thanks. I quite agree that Oly's SG lenses pretty much set the price/performance bar for affordable (is that politically correct?) lenses. I have four of the eight and none embarrass themselves against the 50 f2. I shot the daffodil with the 50 as well and at the apertures called for by the light the differences were subtle at best.

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