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  • Panasonic 7-14mm f4.0

    15 12.61%
  • Panasonic 14-45mm f3.5-5.6

    13 10.92%
  • Panasonic 14-140mm f4.0-5.8

    7 5.88%
  • Panasonic 20mm f1.7

    69 57.98%
  • Panasonic 45mm f2.8

    5 4.20%
  • Panasonic 45-200mm f4.0-5.6

    3 2.52%
  • Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6

    1 0.84%
  • Olympus 17mm f2.8

    6 5.04%
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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Hey, leave our emoticons alone! it's a top feature of this forum...



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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    What makes me tired, in your case, is your constant use of the idiotic motion emoticons.

    IME, don't look at them if they tire you just as I do not look at some of the stuff you post.


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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    I'm in the minority here, I tried the 20mm and thought it was a wonderful lens, but ultimately decided to pass on it. I find that if I need autofocus I'll use the kit lens, if I need speed I'll use an adapted lens.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    Hey, leave our emoticons alone! it's a top feature of this forum...



    Cheers

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    is better than LOL, IMHO, or a feeble ;-) some post.

    I agree it is a great feature of the forum.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    I'm in the minority here, I tried the 20mm and thought it was a wonderful lens, but ultimately decided to pass on it. I find that if I need autofocus I'll use the kit lens, if I need speed I'll use an adapted lens.
    Unlike you, I decided to keep it.

    It makes a superb macro lens when used reversed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    It makes a superb macro lens when used reversed.
    How do you reverse the 20? You using a 52mm m4/3 reverse adapter, then a 46-52 step down ring?

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    Well, I just heard a rumour that it's not a 20mm lens, but a 12mm lens due from Olympus - waiting for confirmation, but that would be far more interesting to me than another 14mm lens.

    As for brand superiority, one of the things that attracted me to GetDPI in the first place was the lack of brand bashing... hoping that will continue as I've been recommending the forum as an oasis of Photography related chat, rather than brand championship.

    Of course, as the forum grows, that may change, but I hope not.

    Cheers

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    Brian, I regret that my post may have suggested I was engaged in brand bashing. Had that been my intention I would certainly not have referred to the "proud Olympus heritage". Having purchased (and been consistently delighted with) six Pen F lenses in the last five months, I would hardly describe myself as an Olympus basher. Ironically, I owe a debt of gratitude to you (and also Godfrey, Vivek, and Cindy) for alerting me to the stellar quality of the Pen F lenses.

    If it is a 12mm lens, Olympus deserve credit for offering an alternative (rather than a duplicate) of the already announced Panasonic 14mm offering.

    My disappointment with the Olympus m4/3rds system is primarily with the lenses. I'd love to have an m4/3rds camera with body IS but find neither the EP-1 nor the EP-2 appealing. Should Olympus offer a camera with better build quality and an integrated EVF, I'd buy one in an instant (to use with my Panasonic, Pen F, Hexanon, Contax G, and Rokkor lenses).

    Basically, it's my contention that conferring the "Pen" brand on the current Olympus m4/3rds system was cynical, manipulative, and an insult to the achievements and memory of Mr Maitani, whom I regard as not only a gifted designer and engineer but also a truly great artist.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    This poll is skewed and unreliable. There is an average of >100 visitors to this forum on any given day and only 94 votes?

    The 17/2.8 is technically the most sophisticated of all the m4/3rds AF primes.

    I will take the rumored 12mm Oly lens over the 14mm Pana. Thanks.
    Had the results shown an overwhelming preference for the Olympus lenses (particularly the 17/2.8), would the poll then be regarded as "skewed and unreliable"?

    I'll take the 14mm Pana over the 12mm Oly but that's because 28mm-e is as wide as I care to go. Olympus also deserve praise for their 9-18mm zoom. Unfortunately, that and the 12mm prime that Brian mentioned are the only glimmers of originality in the Olympus m4/3rds lens road map for 2010:
    Olympus 8mm fisheye (duplicate of previously announced Panasonic 8mm fisheye)

    Olympus 9-18mm (useful alternative to current Panasonic 7-14mm)

    Olympus 12mm (useful alternative to previously announced Panasonic 14mm)

    Olympus 14-150mm (near duplicate of current Panasonic 14-140mm)

    Olympus 50mm macro (near duplicate of current Panasonic 45mm macro)

    Olympus 70-300mm (near duplicate of previously announced Panasonic 100-300mm)
    So, out of six lenses on the Olympus road map, four are either near or exact duplicates of lenses that Panasonic currently offer or had already promised.

    Perhaps I'm being unfair. After all, Nikon and Canon essentially duplicate each other's lens ranges. But, then again, perhaps not. Pentax -- alone amongst DSLR vendors -- offer a number of original, high quality prime lenses (31mm, 35mm macro, 40mm, 43mm, 70mm, 77mm, for example).

    I guess I'm saying that I wish Olympus would zig to (rather than merely replicate) Panasonic's zag. And that they'd produce m4/3rds cameras and lenses that are genuine descendants (rather than hollow imitations) of the Pen F heritage.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Delacour View Post


    Had the results shown an overwhelming preference for the Olympus lenses (particularly the 17/2.8), would the poll then be regarded as "skewed and unreliable"?

    No. All such polls are skewed.

    I would take the Olympus-D prime lenses (even if they are in the same FL range) over those from Pana.

    The construction and operation of the 17/2.8 compared to the 20/1.7 has convinced me that Olympus can deliver better primes.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Delacour View Post
    Brian, I regret that my post may have suggested I was engaged in brand bashing.
    No worries Jonathon, we all have our preferences... let's just remember that the most technologically advanced users here mix and match bodies and lenses to get the best solution regardless of brand. In fact, that's a major strength of the m4/3rds standard - and hopefully if Fuji join the group that will become even stronger.

    Cheers

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    My next m4/3rds body will be a Fuji (unless they mess it up really badly) for the rumored sensor.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    I've seen the roadmap with the 8mm, 9-18, 12 or 14mm prime and 14-150. Where are you seeing information of the 70-300 or the 50 macro on the lens roadmap?

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    I've seen that. I must have blanked out about those two lenses. I'm happy right now with the 45 macro. Don't think I'm going to get the Panny 100-300 so the 70-300 probably won't have a lot of interest for me either.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    The problem with that road map: it is a up to a year and a half away...

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    The problem with that road map: it is a up to a year and a half away...
    And the 70-300 seems to be late in the queue as they haven't exactly settled on the focal length yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    The problem with that road map: it is a up to a year and a half away...
    That has been my issue with Olympus for a good long while. They lost me in late 2001--I had an E10, wanted an interchangeable lens DSLR--gave up after the wood mockups appeared repeatedly and moved to Canon with the D60 and D30 in early 2002. There's a possibility I would still be an Olympus shooter otherwise (altho' I might have moved to the 5D anyhow as I did want a 35mm FF, but it would have depended upon my investment in Olympus lenses). I never looked at it again until m4/3rds--and that was because of the Panasonic G1.

    I won't rule out an Olympus body, and certainly not lenses (as I own 2--the 17 f/2.8 and Oly 9-18) in the future, but if they tarry too much, my needs will all be met by Panasonic offerings (and MF lenses).

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    The problem with that road map: it is a up to a year and a half away...
    Hey, that is very fitting with the way the AF works.

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    That's why I like manual focus lenses so much.

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    I agree. Only after retiring the wretched 20mm lens to do only Macros (reversed) and going back to real manual focus lenses I realized that I lost several weeks shooting.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Different strokes folks That's why I don't stress the AF speed, it's pretty much equally slow on either body

    Cheers

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    I agree. Only after retiring the wretched 20mm lens to do only Macros (reversed) and going back to real manual focus lenses I realized that I lost several weeks shooting.
    Vivek, I wonder if there could be something wrong with your Panasonic 20 or my Olympus 17. I have tested the Olympus 17/2.8 and Panasonic 20/1.7 on my G1, and they take exactly the same amount of time to focus. Both are equally slow. Yet I know that you find the Oly to focus more quickly. One of us probably has a bum copy of one of these lenses.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    No worries Jonathon, we all have our preferences... let's just remember that the most technologically advanced users here mix and match bodies and lenses to get the best solution regardless of brand. In fact, that's a major strength of the m4/3rds standard - and hopefully if Fuji join the group that will become even stronger.

    Cheers

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    Agreed -- as I suggested in my earlier post, the moment Olympus (or Fuji, or anyone else) produces an m4/3rds camera or lens that appeals to me, I'll be there with my wallet out.

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    Re: Vote for your favourite Micro 4/3rds lens!

    Amin, That is a possibility (although I doubt it). Either way it does not bode well for these plastic wonders. Sample variations/sub standard lens quality within 90 odd polled.

    AFAIC, I am upset about the lost time on the over hyped piece of plastic than the money I downed.

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