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bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 9261
Country: United States

#1: Lumix 100-300 @200mm cropped
#2: Zuiko SWD 50-200 @ 200mm cropped

#3: Lumix 100-300 @ 300mm no crop
#4: M. Zuiko 75-300 @ 300mm no crop



Pixel Perfect
Registered: Aug 16, 2004
Total Posts: 21251
Country: Australia

Zuiko 12-60 has much better contrast, but otherwise detail looks the same.

Rumours are strong Oly will announce a 12-60 f/2.8-4 for Photokina.

That 100-300 looks very good to me overall. I think I might look into one.

Thanks Bobby.

Did you get you camera bracket yet. Mine arrived this week so I can now put the Oly on my tripods.



bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 9261
Country: United States

Yes, the Zuiko SWD has better contrast but otherwise the resolution and sharpness is quite comparable.

Are you referring to the RRS plate? No, I have not received mine yet. What did you order ... the camera plate or the pricey L-plate? Can you post a picture please? I may want to get the L-plate instead if it's very nicely made.

~Bobby

Pixel Perfect wrote:
Zuiko 12-60 has much better contrast, but otherwise detail looks the same.

Rumours are strong Oly will announce a 12-60 f/2.8-4 for Photokina.

That 100-300 looks very good to me overall. I think I might look into one.

Thanks Bobby.

Did you get you camera bracket yet. Mine arrived this week so I can now put the Oly on my tripods.



RCicala
Registered: Jan 09, 2005
Total Posts: 3121
Country: United States

Leica 90mm f/2.5 Summarit (love it on the OM-D)













garyvot
Registered: Apr 02, 2003
Total Posts: 3539
Country: United States

Thanks Bobby for the tests. The 100-300 looks nice.

Obviously the Oly SWD 50-200 is larger and heavier, and lacks CD focus, but I like it's speed. How did it handle? Was the AF workable?



mohamed alfari
Registered: Sep 05, 2006
Total Posts: 1143
Country: United Arab Emirates

Hi Boby,
I am planning to get OM-D, but wondering to go with the kit or buy body and a lens since don't have lenses other than canon. what I don't like about the kit is the size, but Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm seem big too. I was leaning toward 12 prime love the looks too. but your comment about the practicality of 7-14 seems very true.
so wonder what a good lens to go with OM-D, I am actually leaning toward a fast one
thanks everyone



bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 9261
Country: United States

The 7-14 is a really nice lens ... and so is the 25/1.4 and 45/1.8. These are my favorites and they are all high-grade lenses. Only reason I got the 12-60 kit lens was because of the "kit deal" and the 12-60 would make a nice P&S kit for those times when you are not doing any serious photography. The grip is necessary too IMO.

mohamed alfari wrote:
Hi Boby,
I am planning to get OM-D, but wondering to go with the kit or buy body and a lens since don't have lenses other than canon. what I don't like about the kit is the size, but Panasonic Lumix 7-14mm seem big too. I was leaning toward 12 prime love the looks too. but your comment about the practicality of 7-14 seems very true.
so wonder what a good lens to go with OM-D, I am actually leaning toward a fast one
thanks everyone



bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 9261
Country: United States

Personally Gary, I wouldn't buy the 50-200 because it's heavy and the AF is really slow ... it takes between 1 and 3 seconds to AF - not instant like native m43 lenses. If you already own this lens, then by all means get the adapter and use the lens ... but I wouldn't go out and buy one. Also I think it's just a matter of time before Olympus (or Panasonic) releases a high-grade long zoom lens in the m43 mount. I am waiting for that.

garyvot wrote:
Thanks Bobby for the tests. The 100-300 looks nice.

Obviously the Oly SWD 50-200 is larger and heavier, and lacks CD focus, but I like it's speed. How did it handle? Was the AF workable?



Pixel Perfect
Registered: Aug 16, 2004
Total Posts: 21251
Country: Australia

bobbytan wrote:
Yes, the Zuiko SWD has better contrast but otherwise the resolution and sharpness is quite comparable.

Are you referring to the RRS plate? No, I have not received mine yet. What did you order ... the camera plate or the pricey L-plate? Can you post a picture please? I may want to get the L-plate instead if it's very nicely made.

~Bobby

Pixel Perfect wrote:
Zuiko 12-60 has much better contrast, but otherwise detail looks the same.

Rumours are strong Oly will announce a 12-60 f/2.8-4 for Photokina.

That 100-300 looks very good to me overall. I think I might look into one.

Thanks Bobby.

Did you get you camera bracket yet. Mine arrived this week so I can now put the Oly on my tripods.



I got a camera plate that I was told would properly fit the E-M5. What a joke, it's way too big about 1/2" wider than the camera and also fouls the flip out screen.. Have to send it back tomorrow.



bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 9261
Country: United States

I don't know RRS or Kirk can make an L-plate or even a conventional camera that would fit the OM-D perfectly, as the body is so slim. I mean, these plates for example may kill the beautiful lines of the camera:

http://reallyrightstuff.com/Items.aspx?code=BodySonyNEX5&key=cat

Pixel Perfect wrote:

I got a camera plate that I was told would properly fit the E-M5. What a joke, it's way too big about 1/2" wider than the camera and also fouls the flip out screen.. Have to send it back tomorrow.



garyvot
Registered: Apr 02, 2003
Total Posts: 3539
Country: United States

bobbytan wrote:
Personally Gary, I wouldn't buy the 50-200 because it's heavy and the AF is really slow ... it takes between 1 and 3 seconds to AF - not instant like native m43 lenses. If you already own this lens, then by all means get the adapter and use the lens ... but I wouldn't go out and buy one. Also I think it's just a matter of time before Olympus (or Panasonic) releases a high-grade long zoom lens in the m43 mount. I am waiting for that.


Thanks Bobby... that's what I wanted to know.

Just knowing that lenses like the 150 f/2 exist make me drool, but I guess we'll have to see what finally emerges for M43.



kewlcanon
Registered: Mar 28, 2009
Total Posts: 4645
Country: United States

7-14mm garbage... 12 f/2 rocks .



bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 9261
Country: United States

12/2 certainly rocks .... but the 7-14 on the OM-D is a match Made in Heaven!

kewlcanon wrote:
7-14mm garbage... 12 f/2 rocks .



jstephens62
Registered: Feb 09, 2006
Total Posts: 1123
Country: United States

traveler wrote:
I know some of ya'll are real critical and all enamored with the exotic expensive 3rd party lenses. But for the OMD just hanging out and to be able to just snap something like this off for me is a treat. After years of lugging around full DSLR setups to accomplish the same this is a welcome change. With just the lowly kit 12-50 lens on the OMD.







I am interested in upgrading from the Panasonic G3 to the OM-D. The 12-50 lens seems a bit big to me, in a way negating the advantage of a small handy quality camera. Do you find that to be true in actual use?

I was interested in the Panasonic 14-45 OIS lens with the OM-D, but Roger Cicala at Lensrentals.com wrote:

Its a decent little lens when shot on a Panasonic Micro 4/3 camera. Its become clear that Panasonic does some in-camera processing to even the RAW files to remove chromatic aberration and distortion which makes the lens pretty decent on a Panasonic camera, but not if shot on the other brand.

Any thoughts on this? Could this be fixed with a Lightroom lens profile?


kewlcanon
Registered: Mar 28, 2009
Total Posts: 4645
Country: United States



bobbytan wrote:
12/2 certainly rocks .... but the 7-14 on the OM-D is a match Made in Heaven!

kewlcanon wrote:
7-14mm garbage... 12 f/2 rocks .




bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 9261
Country: United States

I have not tried that lens myself but PZ's test/review looks pretty good to me:

http://www.photozone.de/olympus--four-thirds-lens-tests/414-pana_1445_3556

I understand that there is some correction when you import RAW files into LR-4.1 (perhaps Jordan or someone else can confirm this) but there is no Olympus or Panasonic lens correction profiles in the Develop mode.

jstephens62 wrote:

I am interested in upgrading from the Panasonic G3 to the OM-D. The 12-50 lens seems a bit big to me, in a way negating the advantage of a small handy quality camera. Do you find that to be true in actual use?

I was interested in the Panasonic 14-45 OIS lens with the OM-D, but Roger Cicala at Lensrentals.com wrote:

Its a decent little lens when shot on a Panasonic Micro 4/3 camera. Its become clear that Panasonic does some in-camera processing to even the RAW files to remove chromatic aberration and distortion which makes the lens pretty decent on a Panasonic camera, but not if shot on the other brand.

Any thoughts on this? Could this be fixed with a Lightroom lens profile?



snapsy
Registered: Feb 24, 2008
Total Posts: 7733
Country: United States

7-14mm @ 7mm f/4






RamónT
Registered: Jan 03, 2004
Total Posts: 110
Country: Spain

bobbytan wrote:
I don't know RRS or Kirk can make an L-plate or even a conventional camera that would fit the OM-D perfectly, as the body is so slim. I mean, these plates for example may kill the beautiful lines of the camera:

http://reallyrightstuff.com/Items.aspx?code=BodySonyNEX5&key=cat

Pixel Perfect wrote:

I got a camera plate that I was told would properly fit the E-M5. What a joke, it's way too big about 1/2" wider than the camera and also fouls the flip out screen.. Have to send it back tomorrow.




http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=BOEM5-L-Set&type=3&eq=








































Ramón


traveler
Registered: Jan 08, 2002
Total Posts: 3798
Country: United States

I don't feel that the 12-50 lens is big at all. In fact quite small and light. I also feel it is very versatile and a excellent performer. Some pan it because it's not a prime, but otherwise it offers a LOT more than just a prime can, especially for walk around and video purposes. It does a heck of a closeup if I do say so myself



bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 9261
Country: United States

DXO is currently testing the OM-D sensor and has discovered "some surprising measures" which could mean that it's either very good or very bad. I am willing to bet that the results are astonishingly good - perhaps beating most APS-C sensors. This would not come as a surprise as most people have reported that the images are better than NEX and are as good as the 7D sensor.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=42013479

Can't wait to see the final report.



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