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Old May 29, 2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default New to micro 43. Just picked up E-Pl1 kit from Dell

My regular big rig is a Canon 10D. Sometime it is just too big to haul around and I end up grabbing my Casio P&S but I end up giving up too much so I figured the E-pl1 with the 2 kit lenses will fit the bill. So far I am very impressed by the size, image quality as well as the function of the camera. I also picked up the VF-2. Of course all my Canon lenses are EF and will not work with the new camera but the two lens will work for now. I am also thinking about the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8. The other route would be used glass with an adapter in manual mode. Recommendations? Just looking for a prime that I might be able to shoot mostly portrait.
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Old May 29, 2011, 11:20 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the new camera and welcome to the forum. Quick question, the two kit lenses? Is the second lens the 40-150?
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Yes that is the second lens.


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My regular big rig is a Canon 10D. Sometime it is just too big to haul around and I end up grabbing my Casio P&S but I end up giving up too much so I figured the E-pl1 with the 2 kit lenses will fit the bill. So far I am very impressed by the size, image quality as well as the function of the camera. I also picked up the VF-2. Of course all my Canon lenses are EF and will not work with the new camera but the two lens will work for now. I am also thinking about the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f2.8. The other route would be used glass with an adapter in manual mode. Recommendations? Just looking for a prime that I might be able to shoot mostly portrait.
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Hi,

Hope you like your new EPL-1 as much as I do mine. you'll find the VF-2 a very useful option -invaluable, in fact, for manually focusing old prime lenses.

As for the 17mm 2.8, you may instead want to take a look at Panasonic's 20mm f1.7. It, frankly is a better performer. Here is a review done on it by DPreview:
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/...ic_20_1p7_o20/

As for a portrait lens, keep in mind that with the 2x crop factor of the micro four thirds sensor doubles the focal length of a particular lens. Thus, the 20mm f1.7 Panasonic becomes a 40mm f1.7(35mm equiv). It may be a perfect choice for portraits.

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I found a clean prime 50mm 1.4 minolta Rokkor lens for cheap. It does a great job and I find a certain satisfaction in taking a good pic with the manual lens.
I also used the E-PL1 with the kit lenses that came with the camera at my daughters high school graduation as well as my Canon 10D and the Canon has nothing on the Pen. I am very pleased with my purchase. Only problem is the other daughter is taking it to Europe for 2 weeks and I have to let it go.

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congrats, nice little camera great to travel around with.
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I found a clean prime 50mm 1.4 minolta Rokkor lens for cheap. It does a great job and I find a certain satisfaction in taking a good pic with the manual lens.
I also used the E-PL1 with the kit lenses that came with the camera at my daughters high school graduation as well as my Canon 10D and the Canon has nothing on the Pen. I am very pleased with my purchase. Only problem is the other daughter is taking it to Europe for 2 weeks and I have to let it go.

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Funny that you should bring up the 50mm f1.4 Rokkor as it's my favorite manual focus lens to use with the EPL-1. I find it is very sharp and offers a really good out of focus background.

you will have fun with it.

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I noticed the blur on the first pic I took with that Minolta lens. I really like that lens. I would like to find a few more to play with. At that price range, it makes it that much more fun.

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I noticed the blur on the first pic I took with that Minolta lens. I really like that lens. I would like to find a few more to play with. At that price range, it makes it that much more fun.

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Hi,

You might be interested in reading this article on the use of Minolta's 'Rokkor' lenses on the 43 system. It is a bit dated as the microfourthirds cameras hadn't been introduced at the time it was written. However, the information still applies and is valid.

http://www.rokkorfiles.com/olympus.htm

If you go to the home page of www.RokkorFiles.com, you can access a fairly complete listing of reviews of the various Rokkor lenses.

Another great site to bookmark is John Foster's Biofos.com. Mr. Foster has compiled a tremendous amount of information on OM Zuiko lenses and their use on the Micro43 systems. Here's a link:

http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/omz_ep1.html

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Hi,

You might be interested in reading this article on the use of Minolta's 'Rokkor' lenses on the 43 system. It is a bit dated as the microfourthirds cameras hadn't been introduced at the time it was written. However, the information still applies and is valid.

http://www.rokkorfiles.com/olympus.htm

If you go to the home page of www.RokkorFiles.com, you can access a fairly complete listing of reviews of the various Rokkor lenses.

Another great site to bookmark is John Foster's Biofos.com. Mr. Foster has compiled a tremendous amount of information on OM Zuiko lenses and their use on the Micro43 systems. Here's a link:

http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/omz_ep1.html

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