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Old Jun 10, 2010, 9:46 AM   #1
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Default Olympus 70-300mm or Panasonic 45-200mm?

my interests are mainly in traveling/landscape photography but I also want to be able to get involved in nature and portrait photography. I guess in other words I want to have the gear that will enable me to take the most types of shots possible. I am also concerned about image quality. So with that said and the help I have already gotten from other people here are the lenses I am considering right now:

Olympus 14-42mm
Olympus 11-22mm
Panasonic 20mm
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Panasonic 45-200mm
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Olympus 70-300mm

The images I have seen produced from an E-PL1 with the panasonic look good but the Olympus is going to have a farther zoom. I would take the panasonic over the olympus if I knew that the images were better but acording to slrgear.com the olympus is rated a little better (and cheaper). Also if you look at the graphs they provide on the performance of these lenses the olypus seems to fair better until the distortion chart... well that is if I am reading the charts right.

Olympus - http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...t/1102/cat/all

Panasonic - http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...t/1226/cat/all

What do you think about this? Is there anything more technical about either one of these lenses that would make one better than the other?
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 10:14 AM   #2
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You will need a adapter with the 70-300mm if you want to mount it on a micro 4/3 body. Adding another 120-170 dollars to the cost. Also if you go with the kit lens 14-42mm, the 70-300mm will give you large gap of coverage from 42-70mm so form 82-140 in 35mm equivalent, which is a big gap.
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 12:42 PM   #3
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so in amount of zoom (1x, 2x, 5x, 10x), how much more does the 70-300mm have over the 45-200mm?
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so in amount of zoom (1x, 2x, 5x, 10x), how much more does the 70-300mm have over the 45-200mm?
That "zoom (1x, 2x, 5x, 10x)" number is the ratio of the shortest focal length to the longest. On P&S digicams, those numbers mean something (sort of) becasue they only have one lens. For cameras with interchangeable lenses, that zoom ratio doesn't mean as much as the actuall focal lengths (in "mm"). For instance, the 45-200 and the 70-300 are both (roughly) 4X zoom lenses, even though they have different focal lengths and different angles of view.
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 2:19 PM   #5
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The 200mm will reach out to 400mm and the 300mm will be 600mm in 35mm eq. Most dslr kit lens with a 200mm or 250mm are in the same ball park in range as the 45-200mm.

But if you combine the zoom range of the kit zoom 14-42 and 45-200mm you have a 14x zoom. And with the 70-300, you have a 21x zoom, but have a hugh coverage gap.
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oh ok now that says something to me. (I still don't have anything to base my perceptions of distance with mm yet).

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Your eye's view is equal to 50mm in the 35mm film or full frame equivalent. So with a micro 4/3 system a 25mm lens would be eye view with the 2x crop factor. Hope that gives you a sense of range in mm.
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I'll add another for consideration.



The little 40-150 (f4-5.6) is shown mounted to the E-PL1 and beside my E-3/50-200. The little lens is a feather weight, but has stunned me with its image quality. It is a consistant performer throughout its zoom range, even wide open. (pardon the old retired digicam shot, my good cameras are both in the pic) The 40-150 and the Pen are well balanced. You need the adapter which you can see in the above pic.

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...t/1086/cat/all


The 20mm Panny pancake is a winner on your wish list. It make the little Pen a great little camera.
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actually the 40-150mm and adapter is part of a 2 lens kit that olympus europe sells, and it is a good deal. But not an option here, so the 45-200mm is a better deal, 290 for the lens, while you would have to spend more for the 40-150 and the adapter in the states.
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Quick pic from the 40-150 @ 79mm f4.7

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