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Old Nov 15, 2010, 9:08 PM   #1
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Olympus just announced the release of a new MKII version of the 14-42mm kit lens to be supplied with a slightly redesigned E-PL1 body. The lens and body will be available in Japan first.

By the way, the official release did state that the ISO has been upped to 6400 with this newer version.

You can read all about it at DPReview.com
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Old Nov 15, 2010, 10:40 PM   #2
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Yes, that's interesting. The new lens is apparently smaller and lighter, and focuses faster and more quietly. Now if they only improved that rear LCD.
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Old Nov 16, 2010, 7:15 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info Zig, personally I would rather have seen Olympus increase the shutter speed to 1/4000 or 1/8000 instead of increasing iso to what will be most likely an unusable level unless they tweaked the firmware a little more for noise reduction. the 1/2000 max shutter is a little limiting with fast glass unless you use a ND filter.
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Chances are, we'll never see this camera since it's a Japanese-only release. The lens though, looks good to me and the lens is what DPReview noted would be available soon world-wide. With the release of the new internal focus lenses, the 40-150 most specifically, the 14-42 needed to be updated before they started shipping any two-lens kits including both it and the 40-150. It would have made no sense including a primary lens like that not optimized for video with the next series knowing this technology was available.

According to Richard at DPReview, nothing has been updated electronically other than the noted differences in that article, so no faster shutter speeds, increased LCD resolution and that ISO 6400 setting is probably pushing the bounds of useability. Meaningful internal improvements are, no doubt, being saved for the next model updates.

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Firmware can simply unlock the 6400iso. The sensor can shoot there as the ep2 does have 6400iso. But it is very noise.

The lens will make it's way to the states I am sure.
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... personally I would rather have seen Olympus increase the shutter speed to 1/4000 or 1/8000 instead of increasing iso to what will be most likely an unusable level ...
Couldn't agree more. When I first got the EPL1, I felt like a downgrade from the EP1 (smaller LCD, shutter speed topped at 1/2000, etc.). So, adding the speed back would certainly be a welcome upgrade.
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