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Old Mar 1, 2013, 2:07 PM   #1
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Name is Bob . New here and first post
I have an EPL-1 with 14-42 and an E-410 wih 14-42 and 40-150
My only real complaint is the slow AF on the EPL-1
Is the EPL-5 AF really Noticeably quicker tha the EPL-1 ?
I have an adapter comming to try my E-410 14-42 and 40-150
if I were to buy an EPL-5 with the 4/3 14-42 and 40-150 work and be
Noticeably quicker
I would really like an OMD but
EPL-5 = $ 600.00 with new 14-42
OMD= $ 1250 witn lens

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Old Mar 1, 2013, 3:09 PM   #2
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Yes the AF is noticeably faster, especially with the new mcs lenses. The older non msc lenses are not really fast in the AF department. With the newer msc lens and all the lastest firmware updates. The epl1 gets faster af, but no where like the new AF of the epl5.
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Old Mar 1, 2013, 3:27 PM   #3
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The E-PL5 also shares the same sensor as the OMD.
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Hi,

I agree with James and the previous post. In fact, the E-PL5 is some kind of "mini" OM-D and the QA is about the same.

I have the 4/3 to m43 adapter in order to be able to use my 4/3 lenses on my OM-D and ... do not expect miracles in focusing speed with it. However, they are working fine otherwise.

You will be happy with the E-PL5 kit (the new 14/42 is faster that the old one).

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Old Mar 2, 2013, 4:54 PM   #5
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Hi
here in my 2 cents
I have an EPL-1 with a Voltrox adapter
All of my 4/3 lenses work fine . 14-54 40-150 and 70-300
AF is not Blazing but OK for me .
IMO wait for the adapter then decide .
If you go the EPL-5 route please let us know .

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Old Mar 2, 2013, 7:36 PM   #6
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In a word, yes. The lenses you use for your E-410 will focus faster on the E-PL5 than they would on your E-PL1.
But, none of the fourthirds lenses will AF as quickly on an E-PL5 or for that matter an EM-5 as would a lens designed for the Microfourthirds system.

The issue is the type of AF systems employed in the fourthirds vs the microfourthirds.

Fourthirds employs a phase differential detect (sensor)
The microfourthirds employs a contrast detect (sensor)

By the way, the EPL-5 utilizes the same sensor, Auto Focus, and processing engine as the EM-5. What it lacks is th weatherproof construction and built-in EVF. In other words, the performance of your four thirds lenses wouldn't work any differently on the EM-5 than the E-PL5.

Now, having said all that, depending on your style of shooting, this may not be an issue to you.
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epl5 is several generations ahead of the epl1 and the AF performance is going to be much better.

In addition to the better sensor and AF system you also do get an AF assist light which can improve focusing in low light. The continuous auto focus is also greatly improved, I have seen some indoor sports shots with the e-pl5 and the 75mm f1.8 that would not be possible with the prior versions of the pen cameras.

Will these features make the 4/3 lenses focus faster? yes of course, but they will still not focus as fast as they do on your e-410.

I'm not a huge fan of the 14-42mm II lens even though it focuses faster than the 14-42mm I I just don't think it is sharp enough and it is generally not fast enough to produce bright colors. If I were you I'd only buy the 14-42mm II because it is $50 and you could sell it for $75...

Also worth pointing out that the m43 40-150mm is on sale for $99 if you shop around or buy the camera from Olympus.
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Old Mar 3, 2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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Ramce, although I feel the 14-42mmII is a decent lens, the 40-150mm is noticeably better as these pics will show.


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Thank you for all the help
I made the mistake of looking at an EPL-5 yesterday . I WANT ONE !!!
The EPL-5 will kill my camera account for now
So the game plan is to use my 4/3 40-150 and and the 14-42 that comes with the EPL-5
Later buy a 70-300 and go from there
There is NO point of selling my EPL-1 . Its a good back up and if I am LUCKY I can get $ 150.00

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Old Mar 11, 2013, 3:55 PM   #10
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Just a guess Bobs1444
The AF on the EPL-5 from an EPL-1 using the
FT 70-300 is at LEAST 50 % quicker
I assuming the same performance on the 40-150
That is what the speed increase was from my EPL-1 to my EPL-5

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