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Old Sep 19, 2010, 10:52 PM   #1
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I found this lens to be cheaply made and flimsy but it has decent optics. The 4th picture was taken with Art filter Soft Focus.
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the one that comes with the epl-1 is all plastic, and feels flimsy. The one that comes with the ep1 and ep2 is metal mounting plate, and has a good feel to it. But they do take very nice photos, and the collapsing it down makes it more compact.
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yea, i dont care for the plastic mount, but that is how kit lenses are going these days unfortunately. but having it collapse down is nice for travel. wish i had the metal mount one like the ep1/2, but oh well, optically the same.
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i like these photos. the beach bungalow shot is nice.
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I upgrade for style reason. it does feel allot better made with the metal mount.
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The same happened when Oly released the E510/E410. The two kit lenses were much smaller and lighter than the ones that came with the E500 (and older models). However, the optics were not nearly as good as the old siblings. The E510 is a great camera capable of producing excellent OOC JPEGs but its DR is the worse among probably ALL DSLRs out there (according to dpreview's comparative charts). The camera blows highlights very easily. Since I had heard so much about the quality of the old kit lenses, I bought both and they were indeed better. Not only images looked better but they helped the E510 in terms of improving its DR. I don't know how substantial the differences are in terms of optics between the two 14-42mm kit lenses but unless it's very significant, I don't think the EPL1 justifies the extra $$$ on a kit lens upgrade.
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the same happened with the g10 and g20, the new kit lens is all plastic. Like hards said. That is where the industry is going with kit lenses.

But optically the are the same. I shot the plastic for the first month, before trading it in and getting the metal mounted one. All my early epl-1 photos were the plastic one, and they look just as good as the metal mounted one.
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Another concern is AF, it has something to do with the servo motor in the lenses. My EPL1 won't focus sometimes.
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I've experienced the same problem but I think it's the camera, not the lens. The reason is because it happened a few times with the Lumix 20mm as well as the kit lens.
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