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Old Jan 16, 2014, 1:44 PM   #11
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Oh definitely. Don't get me wrong this lens could be a gamechanger in bringing in the "PRO" crowd.
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Old Feb 25, 2014, 4:20 AM   #12
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AP UK reviewed the lens last week and they could not stop praise this lenses enough. They gave it 5 stars across and I think from memory they were stating it was possibly the best m43 lens todate. Here'e a mini prereview with sample pics .. its not the full review which was in the print edition - that was several pages long.

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk...cticron-review

What I've never understood with Pana is why they don't make the lenses weathersealed, esp at the price this thing is going for?

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Old Feb 25, 2014, 10:57 AM   #13
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Those pictures looks fantastic, very sharp and nice bokeh but I agree with you Harj about the weather sealed element missing specially at that price point.

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Old Feb 25, 2014, 11:11 AM   #14
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Used in conditions where weather is an issue, the better option for me would be using something that'll limit lens changes, like the 35-100mm f2.8 that is both weather-sealed and gives you more composition flexibility. Doesn't hurt either that it's incredibly small for what it is.
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Old Feb 25, 2014, 11:51 AM   #15
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Used in conditions where weather is an issue, the better option for me would be using something that'll limit lens changes, like the 35-100mm f2.8 that is both weather-sealed and gives you more composition flexibility. Doesn't hurt either that it's incredibly small for what it is.
I get that. But if it's bad enough that you need weather sealing, won't it also be dark enough that you want a really big aperture?
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If I were still shooting with the E-P3 that'd be a legitimate issue with the less than optimum higher ISO performance, but with an E-M1, E-M5 or any of the newer 16MP bodies, moving up the ISO range two stops with an f2.8 zoom is not an issue.

The lowest, murky lighting I ever shot in was down in the Paris Catacombs with the E-P3 and 12mm f2 at ISO 400, very slow shutter speeds and the E-P3's stabilization worked very well. If I were there today with the E-M1 and its' 5 axis stabilization system, I'd be using one of the f2.8 normal zooms, the 35-100mm f2.8, would not think twice about using ISO 1600-3200 and be perfectly happy.
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Old Feb 26, 2014, 11:25 AM   #17
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Gotcha. I'm probably underestimating the difference that the sensor upgrade would make.
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Speed is always nice though. If $1,800 ever became "available" in my account, there's no telling what I might do....
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