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sdcs Oct 16, 2010 6:33 PM

Some old lenses side by side size
Kit and Tokina 28-70mm:

Tokina 28-70mm, Vivitar Series 1 28-105mm and Vivitar 70-210mm

Same as above but adapter on the Tokina:

Tullio Oct 17, 2010 10:22 AM

Although I understand some of those 70-210 lenses are excellent (Minolta beercan is a great example), I think they are huge for a little camera such as the EPL1 and a tripod becomes pretty much a must. I have an excellent Chinon (Pentax PK mount) 30-70mm macro w/ two rings just like the Tokina you listed. It works beautifully as you can adjust focus with either ring and it's very compact as well. Does the Tokina have macro?

sdcs Oct 17, 2010 3:38 PM

Yes great macro and close up with the tokina, 1:4. The Vivitar 70-210 does great macro too, but the Series 1 is useless for macro (1:6.5) and close up - the minimal distance is way too long. I thought the Series 1 was a cult lens and it is very fast (f2.8), but I don't like it.

Right now I'm thinking about a 18-200 or 250 IS or VR lens for about $200.

Tullio Oct 17, 2010 4:50 PM

You will not benefit from a VR lens on the EPL1. Even though the stabilization is on the lens, it needs to obtain information from the camera body in order to operate correctly. Having these lenses on the EPL1 with the adapter is like having the lumix 14-45mm on the G2 with IOS switched ON but IS disabled on the G2 menu.

sdcs Oct 17, 2010 5:15 PM

Thanks for the info, how about Canon IS? In this article, the Canon IS lenses are used with Pentax cameras for image stabilization:

According to this site, IS works as long as power is provided:

So it seems possible to use the IS feature by wiring power to the lens from EPL1 or a battery.

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