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    e410, 25/2.8 pancake lens, this lens may, by numbers resolve no better than the excellent kit lens, but it has a sparkle, a presence, that defies numbers.
    For now I am carry the Oly as my Normal Lens and the GRD as my Wide Angle.
    Primes rule!

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    Re: Going back to Primes

    Be sure to check out the 50mm f2... it will blow your socks off!

    The 25mm pancake is so small though, transforms the E-410 into an ultra-compact DSLR!

    Glad you're having fun... keep posting

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    I agree with Brian.

    The 50mm F2 is a killerlens !!! It is razor sharp and delivers out of this world quality pics... i know it for sure... have one always in my photobag !

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    Klaus and Brian;
    Have heard very good things about this lens, 100mm F2 will simply rock for concerts.
    Its next on my agenda; perhaps if the Pentax sells

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    The main reason I stick with Pentax are the ltd primes. The 77 is magic.

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    I think I've learned a lot with the GRD2 being restricted to a 28mm lens. I've been going back to my Oly more recently and I don't really feel I'm using the zoom lenses well, so it's time for me to pick up some primes too.
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    nostatic, the Pentax Primes are awesome, sadly I find the cameras too big
    cjlacz, I learned this lesson long ago with my Hexar AF and again with my GRD.
    Do not get wrong, in some cases zooms are terribly convenient and useful.
    But I enjoy very much the challenge and benefits of Primes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    Do not get wrong, in some cases zooms are terribly convenient and useful.
    But I enjoy very much the challenge and benefits of Primes
    Couldn't agree More Lili
    I'm Totally Prime....can't SEE shooting any other way

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    I'm getting ready to go out soon and I'm debating if I should pick up the PL 25mm and/or either 50mm. The sigma or the macro. I THINK the sigma might be available in Tokyo by now, but not sure. I'm just a little worried about my E-510 being able to focus in lower light with them, but I won't always be using them that way. Think I should go for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by helenhill View Post
    Couldn't agree More Lili
    I'm Totally Prime....can't SEE shooting any other way

    Best-H
    Exactly, I can, sometimes, previsualize using a zoom. But it never becomes nearly as instinctive as use of a prme lens can be.
    Mostly with zoom I see a scene and fiddle about searching for best FL.
    With fixed FL it is more like dancing when I am 'on'
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjlacz View Post
    I'm getting ready to go out soon and I'm debating if I should pick up the PL 25mm and/or either 50mm. The sigma or the macro. I THINK the sigma might be available in Tokyo by now, but not sure. I'm just a little worried about my E-510 being able to focus in lower light with them, but I won't always be using them that way. Think I should go for it?
    I find my e410 and the 25 focuses as fast or faster, and far more accurately than my K100d ever did with the 50/1.4 FA ( a lovely lens too BTW).
    I got the 25 as a more all rounder FL, the 50 (100mm efl) will be for more specialized usage.
    Either shold server you well cjlacz

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    The GRD2 is simply a great camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    nostatic, the Pentax Primes are awesome, sadly I find the cameras too big
    Compared to most dSLRs, the K20d is actually on the smaller side, but I understand. Compared to the G1 it is quite large. But compared to a D300, it is small. I have fairly big hands to the G1 is a bit of a challenge for me. Even the K20d is a bit cramped, but it works well, especially with a 43/1.9 mounted. Sadly I'm sending back the 31/1.8 though, as it is just too close to my existing 35/2.8 macro. But with that money, I can buy a CV 58/1.4 and am pondering a Zeiss 25/2.8. Mmmm, manual primes...

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    I went to the store today, but unfortunately their lenses were well over $100 more even after deducting the points. It will have to wait for another day.

    For better or worse, I found out the washer I wanted won't fit in my apartment, so that's more money for lenses I guess.
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    One from an outing Teusday

    e410, 25mm pancake

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    Okay Lili, so i see the 25 mm pancake is a must have lens !
    But it looks terrible on my E-3

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    Quote Originally Posted by kweide View Post
    Okay Lili, so i see the 25 mm pancake is a must have lens !
    But it looks terrible on my E-3
    Easy solution, get yourself an E-410 while they're still available so cheap!

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    Re: Going back to Primes

    Anyone tried it on a G1? Is it any less medocre?
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    Hi Ben,

    yes, I've tried it on the G1, and it's pretty good... supports CDAF and the G1's weaker AA filter, together with couple of extra Mpixels helps too.

    Unfortunately, with the 4/3rds adapter you lose some of the size advantage. I'll be in line for the 20mm f1.7 when it gets released - unless Olympus announce a ZD m4/3rds alternative before then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    Anyone tried it on a G1? Is it any less medocre?
    What? Ben, I have never heard the pancake described anywhere like that. My example it is remarkably good, even wide open.

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    Klaus, yes any of these tiny pancakes look odd on the bigger bodies, rather like a glorified body cap!
    I once saw the little Pentax 40/2.8 on a K10d
    I think they were made for the smaller bodies, as Brian said, the e410's are dirt cheap now

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    Anyone that likes primes should snap up that 50/2 Summicron in the for sale section, it's only $100. It'll work great on 4/3 or 4/3. Not a pancake tho.

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    ... and i still have an adapter Leica R to Oly FT.....

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