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Old Dec 28, 2015, 9:14 AM   #11
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The 14-54 you already have is an excellent zoom lens, honestly I thought I wanted the 12-40 for the longest time but the 14-54 really is very good and if you have the mk ii it focuses just fine on the non pdaf bodies.

The 12-32 is really neat for the smaller bodies but I wouldn't consider it if I am carrying the em1
Thank you Ramce. Yes, the 14-54 is a great lens and I have yet to try it with the new camera. With the holidays among us I had very little time to play with the camera other than take a few shots. I am just on page 13 of the advanced manual. I was thinking that by using 4/3rd lenses defeats the purpose of reducing weigh as the 14-54 is a heavy lens compared to M43 lenses. Of course I'm not going to sacrifice weight for a lesser quality lens. I do not have the II model lens. I guess I will know for sure when I start playing with it. If I have focus speed problems with it then I will sell the 14-54 and go with a M43 lens.
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Old Dec 28, 2015, 10:02 AM   #12
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Well the bad news is that the mk I version will focus about the same as your 35mm on the EM5 and they are going for peanuts ($100-150). The good news is the mk II is only going for a few more peanuts ($175-225) so if you can manage it you might be able to trade up for a small incremental cost.

I understand your thoughts about size and weight, but there really isn't a huge difference between the 14-54 and 12-40 as they're both well made heavy fast lenses. Only stepping down to a slower lens with plastic construction gives you less weight.

14-54: 2.93 x 3.48" and 440g
12-40: 2.75 x 3.31" and 382g
12-50: 2.04 x 3.26" and 211g

Obviously I'm leaving the MMF adapter out of the equation but if you're going to use it for one lens it doesn't cost more to use it for other lenses.
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Old Dec 28, 2015, 10:32 AM   #13
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Well the bad news is that the mk I version will focus about the same as your 35mm on the EM5 and they are going for peanuts ($100-150). The good news is the mk II is only going for a few more peanuts ($175-225) so if you can manage it you might be able to trade up for a small incremental cost.

I understand your thoughts about size and weight, but there really isn't a huge difference between the 14-54 and 12-40 as they're both well made heavy fast lenses. Only stepping down to a slower lens with plastic construction gives you less weight.

14-54: 2.93 x 3.48" and 440g
12-40: 2.75 x 3.31" and 382g
12-50: 2.04 x 3.26" and 211g

Obviously I'm leaving the MMF adapter out of the equation but if you're going to use it for one lens it doesn't cost more to use it for other lenses.
Yes that's the stinger, even if it is a fast, sharp lens, it isn't much good if you have to wait a while for focus to lock. Other option is manual focus which I can live with until I decide. I see there is a ton of the 14-54 Oly lenses on eBay and it sure doesn't look like they are moving too fast. The Oly 4/3 line is slowly being phased out so I guess I should probably try to get what I can for them if I could even find a buyer. Same goes for the E-3. Before I'll give them away I'll keep the lenses and the E-3 just for a backup camera.
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Yes that's the stinger, even if it is a fast, sharp lens, it isn't much good if you have to wait a while for focus to lock. Other option is manual focus which I can live with until I decide. I see there is a ton of the 14-54 Oly lenses on eBay and it sure doesn't look like they are moving too fast. The Oly 4/3 line is slowly being phased out so I guess I should probably try to get what I can for them if I could even find a buyer. Same goes for the E-3. Before I'll give them away I'll keep the lenses and the E-3 just for a backup camera.
Maybe sell the E-3 with the 14-54 as a kit?

If you get the mk II version of the 14-54 the focus was pretty quick on the E-PL2 and even quicker on the E-PM2. One advantage with the number of 14-54 lenses on ebay is that occasionally a mk II may get listed as a mk I and go for a low price if you shop alot.
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Maybe sell the E-3 with the 14-54 as a kit?

If you get the mk II version of the 14-54 the focus was pretty quick on the E-PL2 and even quicker on the E-PM2. One advantage with the number of 14-54 lenses on ebay is that occasionally a mk II may get listed as a mk I and go for a low price if you shop alot.
I think it is a good idea to sell the 4/3 gear but this days is so hard to do it.

I have listed in a photo forum for 6 months a E620, 14-54mm, 70-200mm SDW at a steal price and no one is interested.
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I agree Marcelo. There are quite a few E-3's for sale on eBay but it doesn't look like they are moving too fast. I decided I'm going to try and sell it as a kit with the 14-54mkI and 40-150mkI and start the bidding at 300.00 and see what happens. I'm going to keep the 35mm macro lens because auto focusing is not much of an issue to me as I don't mind manual focusing the few shots I will be taking with it. Heck, I've had more film cameras than digital and manual focusing was just a normal function of taking a shot back in the days.
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