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Old May 16, 2008, 8:55 PM   #1
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Am looking at the Olympus E-420 with Leica mega OSI 14-150 zoom lens. Will this work? looks like it would be the lightest and most compact system with live view and image stabalization. Would prefer an articulated LCD screen like E-3 but that is a big heavy camera. Comments requested.
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That would do the trick, but if that's all you want, there are cheaper ways to do it, and some will include an articulated LCD screen.
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Articulated LCD? APS sized sensor? throw out some names.
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I meant, 4/3 sensor or APS. OOps
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Am looking at the Olympus E-420 with Leica mega OSI 14-150 zoom lens. ...
Huh?

Do you mean the Leica 14-50?

The E-510 and the Zuiko 14-54/2.8-3.5 would save you some money and weigh about the same. Or, for about the same money, the E510 and the 12-60/2.8-4.0 would give you a longer zoom range, but it would be heavier.
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Old May 16, 2008, 10:57 PM   #6
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No, there is a Leica 14-150 in the current B&H catalogue. I am moving up from a Nikon 8800 from three years ago. It has 10X zoom, 8 MP, VR, Articulated LCD., and 2/3 size sensor.It takes great pictures, but only at ISO 50.

I just noticed that the E-520 was announced, Now I will look at other approx 18-300 zoom lens for it.

The New Canon xsi is very light but I can't find any super zoom IS lenses for it.
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Ok, yes. I see it. It's pretty dim. What do you intend to use it for?

And let me caution you that superzooms are jacks-of-all-trades-and-masters-of-none. They can do most things adequately, but few things well. They tend to be soft wide open (making them dimmer still), soft at the long end, have geometric distortion at the wide end, and chromatic abberation just about everywhere. It would not surprise me to learn that the Leica was an exception, but I'd be real careful.

DSLRs are 'No Compromise' cameras, but superzooms are compromise lenses. I had an 18-200 that I thought I'd be happy with when I bought it. After taking a close look at the results I was getting, I bought mulitple used lenses that cover the same zoom range, are brighter, and give better results. If you're looking for something convenient, a superzoom on a dSLR will give you better results than a P&S digicam, but the dSLR is capable of much more that the superzoom will give you.
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