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Old Feb 28, 2010, 4:27 PM   #11
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I also note that there doesn't appear to be a pancake kit, which speaks volumes about the market they are aiming this at.... yes, I know you can buy body only and add either the 17mm or Panny 20mm - just an observation!
For the market they are aiming this at, I expect the killer combo will be the 14-150 when it comes out in June. Can't believe it will actually be smaller than the old 14-45 (and same weight).
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Old Feb 28, 2010, 4:37 PM   #12
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Well from my researching I think I will opt for the panny 45-200mm over the new 40-150mm. And the panny 20mm 1.7 also. It will be my later purchases. Not this month.

But in Europe, they package the epl-1 with the 14-42mm and the mmf adapter with the 40-150mm lens from the regular 4/3 oly lenses.
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Good point... I had forgotten about that lens announcement, and haven't seen it appear on "pre-order" anywhere yet (certainly here in the UK).

Whilst I'm still in 'decision mode' (over GF1/E-P1/E-PL1) I've been looking out for the Panasonic 20mm and 14-140 lenses appearing on eBay and other online outlets - I'd actually quite like the longer 10x range for 'everyday' use, along with the slightly longer Pana-pancake (i.e. 20mm rather than 17mm).... quite a nice combo IMHO.

The new Oly 14-150 certainly is compact - I just checked out the simulator thing on the four-thirds.org website which nicely illustrates (amongst other things) that it's actually smaller than the 40-150 with MMF-2 adaptor that Olympus are selling as their second lens in the double-zoom kit!
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Well from my researching I think I will opt for the panny 45-200mm over the new 40-150mm. And the panny 20mm 1.7 also. It will be my later purchases. Not this month.

But in Europe, they package the epl-1 with the 14-42mm and the mmf adapter with the 40-150mm lens from the regular 4/3 oly lenses.
I wasn't 100% sure what to put into my virtual shopping basket of lenses.... Panny 20mm for sure, but if marrying with a PEN featuring in-body stabilisation, I thought the Olympus 70-300 f/4-5.6 was a better value option than the Panasonic 45-200 maybe? Offers extra reach and 1:1 macro capabilities which could prove useful.....

Depends what you're shooting of course!
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well with the 70-300mm I was in discussion about it with some other photog. And with the MMF adapter it is slightly slower when AF, not by much. Also it is a larger lens when you factor in the adapter.

So for those reason. I am seriously looking at the panny option. If I get the 14-42mm lens. It would double up my range if I were to get the 14-150mm lens. And the 40-150mm with the adaptor is will be larger similar to the 70-300mm. This camera is meant to be my families compact solution.
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Also on the longer zoom range, you would want to turn the inbody off and use the IS of the lens, it will give better results.
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well with the 70-300mm I was in discussion about it with some other photog. And with the MMF adapter it is slightly slower when AF, not by much. Also it is a larger lens when you factor in the adapter.

So for those reason. I am seriously looking at the panny option. If I get the 14-42mm lens. It would double up my range if I were to get the 14-150mm lens. And the 40-150mm with the adaptor is will be larger similar to the 70-300mm. This camera is meant to be my families compact solution.
The 70-300 is indeed a bit larger, but it's interesting to hear it may be a touch slower AF-wise...

However, it would seem that the 40-150 with MMF adaptor (i.e. the kit we can buy here in the UK) is actually slightly smaller than the Panasonic 45-200 you mention. You've doubtless seen it already but check out here which lets you stick any compatible lens on any body. Really useful and insightful.

It's a real shame IMHO that we won't be able to buy an E-PL1 kit from the outset with the 14-150 which is smaller yet again - for many it's the ideal 'compact' solution.
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It runs into the old question of super zoom vs 2 lens option. I am pretty sure the 14-150mm will be a very good lens, but will no doubt have a bit more distortion over the 2 lens option.

But I am committed to the epl-1 with the standard zoom. And 35mm 3.5 macro with adaptor this week. The the 20mm 1.7 for the holiday. The zoom may come over the summer. Next year the 50mm .95 from noktor
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one more thing in my consideration process. The new 14-150mm will be a 600 dollar lens while the 45-200 is a sub 300 lenses with better reach.
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The EPL1 EVF might be nice and all but when I see the picture of the EPL1 with that chuncky EVF mounted on top, it turns me off. I'd prefer a slightly larger camera with a built in EVF instead. It seems that the real advantage of the EPL1 over the EP1/EP2 is the built in flash.
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