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Old Aug 23, 2010, 4:50 PM   #21
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Hm, try a video recording between NF OFF and STD, the difference is huge, all details are totally killed. I was initially very disappointed with E-PL1's video until I turned NF OFF.
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When I get around to that some day I'll have lots of questions. Haven't tried video yet with mine and have never really been into video...probably, partially, because I've never really had a camera that was very good at it and I won't spend the money to buy a dedicated video camera.
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Good plan. Even though the camera can display all the settings on the LCD, it seems like our eyes simply ignore them. I don't even know how many times I shot with the wrong ISO or aperture settings. I've also shot with incorrect WB setting but that is very obvious so I could fix it right away.
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Zig, I saw your image where you got caught changing lenses! The ultimate longest focal lengths are close comparing the 50-200+EC20 to the 70-300+EC14. Do you see much difference in image quality?
Hi Greg,

I do see a significant difference between the 2 combos with the 50-200mm + EC20 routinely coming out on top. I'm not exactly sure if it's the glass being sharper as much as it is the fact that the 50-200mm +EC20 just focuses faster.
So, when I'm trying to get a bird in mid-air, I think the 50-200mm/EC20 snaps into focus a heck of a lot faster.

Surprisingly(to me) are the results when I compare pictures taken of the Ospreys just sitting in the next using both combos. I'm about 80 to 90ft away from the nest. That's a pretty fair distance from the nest. My logic tells me that the 70-300mm/EC14 is doing less work. So, it should be sharper. Yet, when I compare, the 50-200mm/EC20 images are cleaner, have a higher degree of sharpness, etc.

P.S.; good luck with your dental surgery. Having spent a lot of time in the dentist's chair this summer, 'I feel your pain'.

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I've been playing a little bit with my 50-200 SWD on the E-PL1 and it, by far, is the worst on that camera in terms of focus speed. Abysmal, really. The best 4/3rd's lens I have used on it as far as focus speed has been the 40-150 f4-5.6, with the 9-18 and 70-300 a close second and third, especially when I use the reduced size focus box. A little disappointing, the 25mm f2.8 is both not very fast focusing and is the noisiest of the lot by quite a large margin....really ugly sounding.

The smallest two-lens combination I have liked working with so far is the 9-18 and 40-150...just light, light, light, but at 150mm, my copy is annoyingly soft along the bottom of the frame when horizontal/on the right-side vertically. The 70-300 is my best overall lens with the E-PL1 and coupled with the EX25 and VF-2 finder is a closeup machine, works really, really well.

Have I said I want the micro 14-150 and 9-18 Zuikos?!

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I've been playing a little bit with my 50-200 SWD on the E-PL1 and it, by far, is the worst on that camera in terms of focus speed. Abysmal, really. The best 4/3rd's lens I have used on it as far as focus speed has been the 40-150 f4-5.6, with the 9-18 and 70-300 a close second and third, especially when I use the reduced size focus box.

The best two-lens combination I have liked working with so far is the 9-18 and 40-150...just light, light, light. The 70-300 and EX25, used with the E-PL1 and VF-2 finder is a closeup machine, works really, really well.
Not surprised that the 70-300mm/EX25 works well with the E-PL1 I would think, given the jpeg engine. Add the inherent sharpness of the 70-300mm & you've got yourself quite a set up.

I'm looking forward to some of your posts using that system.

I am more than a little surprised by your findings using the 50-200mm SWD.
That's not necessarily an equipment set up that I would find myself using a whole lot, given the weight of the lens and sheer size as compared to the E-PL1. Never the less, I would think the output would be sharp indeed.

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I just don't think the SWD motors and the contrast detection focus system works well enough together to be a legitimate combination. The 12-60 physically is a decent match for the E-PL1...definitely no worse than using a lens like the 14-35 f2 or 7-14 f4 on a camera like the E510/E520, but the AF action is quite jerky and sounds like it's going to shake itself to pieces trying to find focus.

There are enough designed-for-DSLR Zuikos to make a very serviceable and respectably light E-PL1 outfit, and the less expensive models are the better ones, but I can see why the micro Zuikos would be much better. I prefer having just a two lens outfit so I don't have to think much about what I want to be using and right now I have three...the micro 14-42 (and least used of the three), the 9-18 and 70-300 DSLR lenses.

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I went to BestBuy this past Sunday and took a look at the E-PL1 w/14-42mm lens. I've got to admit that it is a very nice camera to hold. I should have brought along a memory card and taken some photos with it to take home and play with on the Mac.

I will say though, that I find viewing through the lcd screen a bit of an issue. I can see why you prefer to use the viewfinder option.

I'm waiting to see what, if anything, Olympus has in store for release at Photokina in September before I pull the trigger on a new lens or camera body.

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...40-150...just light, light, light, but at 150mm, my copy is annoyingly soft ...
When I first bought the E510, I chose the two-lens kit. However, I was not happy with the 40-150mm so I went on eBay and bought a copy of the old 40-150mm f3.5 that came with the E500 kit. That lens was made in Japan, bigger and heavier but the optics were much much better. So much so that when I replaced the E510 with the E520, I bought the E520 body only and sold the E510 and the kit 40-150mm with it. Unfortunately, later I made the mistake of selling my Oly gear altogether but that lens was one of my favs. You might want to look for one of those.
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Does the older f3.5-4.5 version work with contrast detection focus? I know the current kit lenses received the firmware upgrade to work with image-AF in live view with Olympus DSLR's and the older ones did not.
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