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Old Nov 6, 2010, 2:19 AM   #1
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Default The Micro 40-150 f4-5.6 Friday Night NHL Action

From the upper deck, row 1, using the E-PL1. In-camera Fine quality JPEG's. Manual exposure, ISO 2000-2500, some tweeks/cropping (150mm is too short shooting action at the other end of the rink) and a little white balance adjustment. Not perfect, but then again these weren't meant for the morning news sports section, either..

Reverse power play at one on five...



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Old Nov 6, 2010, 8:15 AM   #2
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Hi Greg,

Considering you took these with the E-PL1, I'd say they are pretty darned nice.

At first, as I was looking at your images, thinking to myself that, while they look good they are not as clean and detailed as some of your other posts. Then, I remembered I was comparing apples and oranges as the others I was thinking of were taken using a slightly more expensive set up.

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...well, echoing Zig...... these are pretty darn good for the 'tiny' hardware, light and action movement.

With light and the 70-300 o 50-200 I can see reasonably decent potential for baseball where one anticipates action according to play situation.

BTW, I will call B&H Monday to question will they honor the Olympus 40-150 $100 discount for bundling a 40-150 lens with a PL1 kit purchase. That may be the proverbial 'straw' for my rationalization load....... he he

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I'm suspecting this is one that needs to be asked for...........
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Right up until the morning I left for work I was still thinking I really wanted to take the E30 and 50-200 SWD. I knew from last year that, where I was sitting, 200mm was really stretching it in terms of covering the opposite end of the rink, 150mm was really not long enough without lots of cropping, and the 50-200, while not as long as the 70-300 allowed much faster shutter speeds at lower, cleaner ISO settings, but in the end the (non-existent) weight of the micro combination won out.

There were spots during the game that I switched to dual JPEG+RAW capture, and I have not yet processed any of the RAW files to compare to the JPEG's, which were shot at the default settings (except for the Large-Fine compression), Standard noise filter. The RAW+JPEG setting slowed down the shot to shot capabilities of the camera by quite a bit, causing a lot of hesitation in the finder while writing the combined file, where the JPEG only setting was a somewhat smoother process, but neither allows the machine gun-like 5 frames per second burst shooting and ability to keep the subject accurately framed while it moves like the E30 does.

I also had the 20mm f1.7 in a coat pocket so, not having a bag on my shoulder, I did not have to stop at any security points going in. I do not think the combined weight of what I had weighed much more than an FL50R flash loaded with batteries. That was nice.
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Bob, the offer that includes the 40-150 for $199 does sound pretty darn good. Eventually, I'd hope the 40-150 is around that price anyway. $199 is still quite a bit more than they charge for the 4/3rd's model (B&H has it new for $112), but the micro model is better/nicer feeling than the 40-150 4/3rd's unit I have.
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...and the 40-150 4/3 I have is the original 3.5-4.5 from 5-year ago, it is a good one, hardly used and maybe good enough.
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Even if B&H gives you $100 off the 40-150, you're not saving any, because other places are selling E-PL1 + kit for $450 (vs. $600-$50 offered by B&H).
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Great shots, Greg. It looks like a fine lens to me. Unfortunately Amazon does not sell it but eventually it will and then I'll give it a try (even though I already have the 45-200mm).
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