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Old Apr 18, 2012, 1:03 AM   #1
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Default Indoor testing of Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6

My new lens came in this afternoon. First thing I did was to upgrade the lens firmware to ver,1.2. Then I put the E-PL1 with an old Vivitar 283 flash with a Cloud Lambency Flash Diffuser ( A Gary Fong LSC-01 Universal Lightsphere knockoff)..
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Aperture: f/11
Shutter: 1/125 sec
IS0: 200
Focal length tested: 45, 61, 72, 97, 148 and 200 mm.

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Old Apr 18, 2012, 1:07 AM   #2
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Here is the picture taken with lens set to 200mm. Please note, the order of #1 and #2 was swapped.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 11:07 AM   #3
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It's a nice lens and I find it works better on my EPL1 than on my old G1 and new G3. It looks like the EPL1 is metering very accurately across the entire zoom range.
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That is a great lens with the pen, it is one of the sharper panny lenses. And it is a bargain to boot with 400mm of reach
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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The EPL1 was mounted on a tripod and set to shoot in manual mode at about 6 feet from the doll. I am very happy with the indoor results. The next challenge is to learn to cope with using the not very bright LCD view finder outdoors under bright sunlight since I don't have an eye level electronic view finder like a VF2. The Vivitar 283 which I owned since 1978 still works great in this modern digital camera.
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Good luck with that. IMO, the EPL1 LCD is nothing but mediocre. Low res and dull, making it very difficult to shoot with MF lenses. You should be OK with the 45-200mm since it's AF. That has been my pet peeve with this camera. Eventually I ended up buying the VF2 and it stays mounted on the camera 100% of the time. I can't live w/o it.
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Good luck with that. IMO, the EPL1 LCD is nothing but mediocre. Low res and dull, making it very difficult to shoot with MF lenses. You should be OK with the 45-200mm since it's AF. That has been my pet peeve with this camera. Eventually I ended up buying the VF2 and it stays mounted on the camera 100% of the time. I can't live w/o it.
The one accessory i didnt think i needed but now that i have it i couldnt live without is the vf2 and that is on an epl2 which has a much much better screen.
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The VF-2 view finder is the next item on my most wanted list. I wish it can be a little cheaper. Why is the little device so expensive? Before I got into owning the EPL1, the VF-2 was selling about $200 and now is around $225 (amazon) and $250 elsewhere. Is this the result of the devaluation of the U. S. dollar?
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That is a sharp lens, very nice.
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That is a great lens with the pen, it is one of the sharper panny lenses. And it is a bargain to boot with 400mm of reach
I would say 400mm FOV but the reach is still really only 200mm if by reach you mean ability to bring a distant object closer, which is how I usually think of reach.


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The VF-2 view finder is the next item on my most wanted list. I wish it can be a little cheaper. Why is the little device so expensive? Before I got into owning the EPL1, the VF-2 was selling about $200 and now is around $225 (amazon) and $250 elsewhere. Is this the result of the devaluation of the U. S. dollar?
WCKSer - not sure the reason why they seem to have gone up in price since you started looking, but the original retail was something like $269 so they have come down a little. They seem to hold their value very well as most people only sell them when they sell their Olympus camera. I was able to get a factory refurbished one for $169 + $9.95 shipping from Cameta's ebay store. I almost grabbed one on bhphoto that was used for $150 but by the time I went back it was gone. I also saw a used one being sold on the flickr E-System deal central thread for $150 just a few days ago, gone now though..

http://www.flickr.com/groups/olympus...7604995713024/

... my point is you can get one for under $200 if you are patient and look for a used or factory refurbished (I would go for the later as you get a 1 year warranty).
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