12.28.2009

The EP2, San Antonio Fun shoot, shake out, field test, fun color stuff.

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Olympus EP2,  50mm f2 Olympus Macro Lens.


Wow.  I'm in love all over again.  A little background:  I dumped ten years worth of other system cameras and bought a modest amount of Olympus e-series gear this past Summer.  I liked the stuff.  When the EP2 came out I thought the combination of features, the usability of existing Olympus e-series lenses and the similarities to my old Pen FT system were too much to pass up.  Little did I know that I would fall in love so hard for this little micro 4:3rds system.

If I could do all my assignments with the EP2 I would get rid of everything else in a heartbeat.  If I assume the role of "practical businessman" I'd quickly tell you that this is a camera for the pro that already has a systems he or she is happy with.  At the moment there are too many gaps in the system and gaps in the operating capabilities to make it your one, "go-to" camera.  But that doesn't negate my belief that this is the funnest camera to shoot on the market today!  My e3 focuses better.  My Nikon gear did stuff faster.  But none of them are as much fun to shoot during a day of walking around in a visually resplendent city with a pocket full of cards and a good friend.

We're between jobs and my good friend asked me to go shoot with him in San Antonio.  I figured it would be a great venue for shooting with the new EP2 stuff.  We left Austin at the crack of dawn and hit SA early in the morning.  We hiked and shot from the area around the Alamo to the area round the Mercado.  It was crispy and fresh outside and the big jackets felt good.  We were both carrying the EP2 and extra batteries and memory cards.  Otherwise we traveled light and easy.  Here's my take on this camera system:


     Olympus EP2 with the kit zoom lens.  14-42mm.


Let's start by looking at the metering.  Just like any camera on the market you can fool it's light meter with scenes that have small points that your want right surrounded by bigger areas of opposite tonality.  Most camera have conventional viewfinders that can't show a preview.  They can show a review but by then you've already snapped a shot and perhaps the moment is already gone when you've reviewed the results and have decided to shoot again.  In the EP2 (and also in the Panasonic GF1, G1 and GH1) when you look through the electronic viewfinder you are seeing the image from the main processor with all the Jpeg settings incorporated into the scene.  In other words you are usually looking at exactly what the photo will really look like when you press the shutter button.  The colors are a match.  You can preview what the exposure settings are giving you and you can watch the screen as you make changes.  When you see just what you want you trip the shutter.  Amazing that point and shoot people have done this for years but to us DSLR shooters it's a new method.  A new feature.

The EP2 has a wonderful EVF finder.  Right now it's impossible to buy the camera without one and that's a pretty good thing.  It's one of the best EVF's I've ever used.  There's no lag and the colors and the resolution of the screen mimic the clarity of a good quality optical finder.


  St. Joseph's Church.  ISO 1000.  Hand held exposure at 1/13th of a second.  Kit Lens.


Let's talk about image stabilization for a moment.  Since the camera does not have a moving mirror and has good mass for its size it already does a good job of providing a steady platform for hand held photography.  The in body stabilization is the gravy.  And it is delicious gravy.  I am consistently able to hand hold the kit lens at its longest focal length at speeds of down to 1/10th of a second.  Reliably.  And it's a feature that works even with the lenses I play with from my old Nikons, via an adapter.  Is it the best in the world?  Is it better than Panasonic's in lens IS?  Don't know and don't care.  It does a fine job and helps me get stuff that previously would have required a tripod.

A few words about various ISO's.  I generally shoot with the camera set to ISO 200 and leave the lens set at its widest aperture, changing just the shutter speeds to control exposure.  The Olympus cameras have one difference vis-a-vis Nikon and Canon.  The camera comes with the ability to control noise reduction.  You can set it on high and see smooth photos with the detail smeared out of them and you can also set it to off and see amazingly sharp and detailed images with a lot of noise, even at 200 ISO.  Canon and Nikon don't give you the "off" option.  Everything seems a bit cleaner but you lose the option of getting exactly what you want from the N & C cameras.  I guess they think their customers are too dumb to leave setting the right noise reduction to....  But, and here's the fatal flaw, Olympus has one other setting that effects noise in their cameras and that is an auto gradation setting.  When this is set it lets the camera boost the darker areas to give the appearance of more detail in the shadows.  But it comes at the expense of a big jump in shadow noise when it kicks in.

If you use the "no" setting on noise reduction and also leave "auto gradation" as the default you'll see big noise in frames from 400 ISO on up.  There's a simple cure.  Set the gradation to "normal" and you'll have no big problems.  I want control over my noise stuff.

That said, I am happy with noise performance up to ISO 1000 in low light settings and up to 1600 when there is enough light to slightly overexpose my files. (There's headroom in these Jpegs that is quite good).  I'm happy to stick to 200 most of the time but I never fear faster speeds, where necessary.  These cameras won't compete in the noise department with Nikon's D3 series or Canon's 5Dmk2.  Don't expect them to.  But if you shoot what I shoot you probably don't need to go much over ISO 800 and in this range don't expect to see any difference between your demure and discreet Olympus versus that big hulking brute of a D3.


Park Custodian.  San Fernando Cathedral. Early Morning.


So, the finder works and the metering is reliable (if not spectacular) and the IS is great.  The ISO range is ample and well matched to the price point of this system.  But what about the color and integrity of the files that come squirting out onto the SD memory cards?  Well, when I shot Nikon I pretty much shot in raw.  I wanted control because the metering would occasionally burn me and the mid tones would go dark and the shadows, when corrected, would sit on the verge of banding.  I profiled my D700 and made custom curves but I was still never reliably happy with the jpeg files I got straight out of the camera.  That's okay.  Raw programs are really speedy these days.  But when I started playing with the EP 2 I noticed that the color and the tonal curve of the camera looked great in just about every jpeg I pulled out.

Now that I can have "what I see is what I get" control via the preview in the electronic viewfinder I choose to shoot mostly in the large super fine jpeg setting and see now reason to lash myself to the computer to convert raw files.  The tonal curve shows a much nicer distribution of mid tones than most other cameras I've used.  The contrast at defaults is just right and flesh tones work well.  Raw is beginning to remind me of the early days of digital when getting good exposures and colors out of the primitive cameras was really hard and demanded some skills.  Now it's more a hang on from those days....if you are a careful worker.  You'll need to get the images right in the camera but once you do you free up so much space on your card when compared to raw files.

What people say about "Olympus Blue" is correct.  Somehow they have tuned their color algorithms to produce very deep and natural blues that take additional saturation gracefully.

Here's how I set the camera up to shoot:

I set the camera on "natural" color.  I use single shot.  Evaluative metering (corrected by experience).  Aperture priority or Manual.  And I set the white balance for each type of lighting.  I use the camera's aspect ratio settings to show me a square composition in the finder.  If you shoot raw you'll see a square in the EVF and you'll see the full frame with a square imposed to show the right cropping when you shoot raw.  If you shoot raw you can always go back and try a different crop from the available full frame but I think that's cheating.  We Jpeg shooters burn our bridges and there is no turning back for the life jackets once you commit.....

If I'm shooting for hot color I'll set the color settings to "vivid" and go to town.  I've used the info control to show me a finder that has no extraneous information on it.  It's just not necessary.

One of the coolest things about using the EP2 and the Panasonic equivalents is that their short "flange to sensor" distance allows the use of a very wide range of lenses, all with infinity focus.  I've used the kit lens that came with the camera (and is small, light and sharp enough for most work) along with most of the Olympus e-series lenses.  I've also used a Nikon 50mm 1.2 with an adapter.  My friend Paul is using his Panasonic GF1 with Leica M series lenses.  And I'm also waiting for the Olympus Pen F half frame to micro four thirds adapter to come.  Those lenses should be really wonderful on this descendant of their body buddies.

When I use a manual lens like the Nikon I set up the info window to show the green box that indicates the position of the chosen focus area in the EVF.  I push the center button on the back mounted wheel control to show me a 10X magnification of the shot for fine focusing.  I push the button again to see the full frame for composition and shooting.  Unless your subject moves around a lot you'll only need to fine focus after you or your subject changes position.  It's easier to do this procedure than to write about it and it is much quicker.

At first I thought I would get a lot of use out of the various adapters but I've come to find the kit lens good for most applications and am loathe to remove it unless I need more reach.  I've found that my second most used lens is the "pancake" 25mm lens for the regular Olympus e system.  It is small and light and doesn't overwhelm the ergonomics of the camera body.  It's also a good lens and a good value.

Am I happy?  Very.  I've found a wonderful camera I can carry and use almost everywhere without the big camera stigma.  Will I give up my regular cameras?  For assignment?  No.  But I'll rue the weight and size and lack of preview every time I do a jobs.

Anything else?  Yes.  I've shot some video but I'm not ready to post any examples.  The video is good 720p stuff with lots of detail.  And thankfully, unlike the Canon 5dmk2, the Oly people gave us total manual control over exposure and focus while doing video.  It's a great "combo" camera for those making that step.  If only they would rush me out a microphone adapter!!!!!!!!! Dammit.

Thanks to my friend, Keith, who got me out of the house at 6 am to do this fun "walk around" project.  He was also shooting with an EP2 but, since he is much less lazy than me he was pretty persistent in shooting with adapter equipped Nikon lenses.  His stuff looks great.

That's it.  Go to the link to see everything but I'm throwing one more picture in at the end.  I don't get paid by Olympus to use or talk about their stuff.  I bought my own camera and lenses.  But I do have some books for sale at Amazon.  Full disclosure strikes again!

Thanks, Kirk



Wait staff and mural at Mi Tierra.  Kit lens.  Hand Held.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great write-up Kirk. I'm enjoying my EP2 too. Most fun I've ever had with a camera. There is something special about the EP2. A lot of character. BTW,your write-up in Amazon tipped me over the edge, when I was wondering whether or not to get an EP2.

-Armanius

Eduardo said...

I´m glad you had such a great day with your friend, the photos are really nice and razor sharp!!!

Luke said...

Thanks Kirk. How does the 10X magnification look in the EVF when you use manual lenses? Does it feel "natural"? Is the resolution good enough?

I have the EP1 (purchased a week before Olympus announced the EP2, story of my life) and I really love it. I got the kit with the 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens, but also shoot it with various old Nikon and Olympus lenses. My only complaint is using the LCD for manual focus.

Other than that, I love the camera. I take it everywhere with me when I travel and have been impressed with it's low light performance. Any noise is easily managed in post processing anyway!

kirk tuck said...

Luke, The EVF is great for fine focusing manual lenses. It's very high res compared to the LCD. I love the whole concept and if I were to use the 17 I'd also go with the finder. I actually love optical viewfinders.

Bill Beebe said...

I'm falling "hard" in love with my E-P2 as well. And it's a good thing the JPEGs OOC are as good as they are, since I've got nothing (except Olympus Master) that can read E-P2 RAW files.

I've also grown to really appreciate the kit zoom lens. It's fantastic. The whole system is my go-anywhere shoot-anything camera. I might (I say might) get the Panasonic 20mm, but I've got no strong reason to use it; the kit zoom covers the range I really care about.

Thanks for the review. And the photos.

channel_mixer said...

The Digital Pen has been taking a back seat to the GF1 on the interwebs so it's nice to see another aficianado of the system singing its praises.

In the past year I purchased a Zeiss Ikon and a Mamiya 7 and in the interim my D300 has gotten less and less use. I've decided, for my interest in photography, I'm going to focus on film for a while--so what did I do? I bought a digital camera.

Actually, I plan on selling the D300 and unloading my Nikon DX gear--thus the rationale. Anyway, I had some misgivings, but they melted away once I started using the camera. My D300 feels like a machine, the EP2 feels like a camera (i.e. the way that the Ikon feels like a camera). The fact that the system can use my m mount lenses, and maybe consolidate my rig, really cemented the deal.

I plan on shooting jpegs with it too. It's so liberating, and they look so good - and I say this after having gotten fed up with the plasticy overcooked digital look that is so prevalent (and hard to avoid, which the Pen does). And the square format is cool. Honest, I was thinking these things before I read your blog.... really.

Ranger 9 said...

Interesting that you like the EVF so much, considering that you're the guy who wrote less than a year ago:

"The first thing to go will be the pentaprism and the beautiful image projected optically through the finder...In one fell swoop every mechanical connection between man and camera will be eliminated... we've gone down a sinister path that may be more devastating to our culture than the present economic disaster..." and so forth.

Must be a REALLY good finder!

Anyway, I've been shooting a lot with a Panasonic G1, which also has a very high-res EVF, but maybe not as "natural-looking" as the Olympus'... ever had a chance to compare? Any comments?

kirk tuck said...

Everything changes. It's a great finder. What I wrote last year was absolutely accurate. To me. At the time. Photography is a whole different thing now. Funny how that happens......

neil said...

Beautiful pictures. This is a good camera for the price. It is simple to use and takes clear, crisp pictures. Also, the battery life is good. And the price makes it affordable to take good pictures.

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Chad Wadsworth said...

Hey Kirk,

Your Rollingwood neighbor here.

I made the same purchase a few weeks ago and have been very pleased with the output of the camera but am still contemplating a switch to the GF1.

I won't get into what bothers me about the E-P2 because these things are so subjective. Your positive is someone else's negative.

Quibbles (and platforms) aside, I think the general theme here is that these systems really do represent a positive advancement in the path towards the full frame compact digital camera. The E-P2 (and the GF1) are enabling photographers to shed the heavy gear without sacrificing much IQ.

Glad to hear you are so enamored with the E-P2.

Poagao said...

How are you finding the AF, particularly with street shots of people?

SoftLight Photography said...

Kirk, I loved the informal and off the cuff review. You summarized a lot of what I've felt about my E-P1 since being a "rush" buyer last summer. These little cameras fulfill a lot of the passion and joy I felt in carrying the Yashica rangefinders. Casual but capable of the serious and all the while being low key. This is a practical review and a great read even for those of us who already own one.

After thousands of shots buying a Nikon adapter to let me shoot with all my "old" Nikkors has made the E-P1 seem like a brand new camera. I'd love to see more sharing among those shooting with Nikon glass on the M43 cameras. For a real treat try out the old Nikon 55mm f/3.5 macro, tac sharp!

As an E-P1 shooter the only thing that would make be consider the E-P2 is the microphone input, but I may just buy a portable sound recorder since there is no gain control over audio in the EP2.

At any rate, thank you for sharing your experiences!

kirk tuck said...

My friend made really good use of the Nikon adapter with the EP2. The lenses work as anticipated.

To Poagao, The AF in broad daylight is good but not particularly fast. Definitely not a sports camera but for quick portraits and grab shots it's definitely good enough. Works best with the kit lens and the newest e series lenses like the 25mm pancake. I'm itching to try it with the 20mm.

Anonymous said...

Kirk,
I really enjoyed your write up on the EP2. I've been lugging lots of gear around for years and it actually got to the point I wasn't enjoying photography anymore. On top of all the big Canon gear, I have two small children so the camera stuff often got left behind. I heard about the EP2 and thought it might be what I was looking for. Read your earlier write ups and Amazon review and decided "what the heck." Stopped by Austin camera shop, made a few trades on now am happy owner of EP2. Still learning, but it's sometimes fun just to relearn things to open your eyes to new opportunities. Thanks. Daniel

John Krumm said...

Hi Kirk,

Enjoyed the enthusiastic, detailed review. I almost bought the E-P2, then had a flash of cheapness and went for the 620, which I really like, and in some ways is similar to the EP-1 and 2 (similar tone curve, same IS unit). Still want the EP-2 or a future variant, though. Olympus and Panasonic definitely have found an unexplored gear lust niche.

Vic said...

Hi Kirk -
Over a year ago, I read your review of the Leica M8 on photo.net. I had been considering shedding my SLR systems for the Leica, but your review put me over the top, and I have not looked back since after buying a Leica M8.2, and four lovely Leica lenses to go with it. Now, you have done it to me again! I just placed an order for the EP-2 for those times when I don't want or need the Leica with me. And, as an added bonus, I can still use the Leica lenses on an image stabilized EP-2 - - great times we are living in. Thanks Kirk - you are a fine photographer and a very persuasive writer!

Happy new year - Vic

Mats said...

Hi Kirk,
I have been following your Olympus adventures for a while and have been using an EP1 since this summer. I agree with most of you observations and the only thing I miss on the EP1 is the EVF. I really miss using a viewfinder, the lcd is not quite the same thing! Looks like I will have to get an EP2.....
What I wanted to add is that you really have to try the Panasonic 20mm and the 7-14mm zoom, two absolutely outstanding lenses. The 7-14 is a gem, there is nothing like it. High quality, smooth operation and tiny size (considering what it offers).
My 17mm hardly gets used at all any longer. Ironic considering the great reputation that Olympus lenses have.
Looking forward to more updates.
Mats

Gordon said...

Thanks for the review, Kirk. I especially appreciate the fact that you took pictures of actual subjects instead of test charts. The look of the images conveys so much more than words alone.

My only question is whether the EP2 is a camera you could or would use with flash. The EVF occupies the hot shoe, so it appears you'd have to choose between EVF or flash; you couldn't have both.

kirk tuck said...

Thanks for the good words, Gordon. The adaptation of the hot shoe for the EVF, or the microphone adapter, or flash is the Achille's Heel of the whole EP2 concept. If you shoot on the street you'll be fine with it but if you want to use the system in the studio to shoot portraits you'll be locked into either composing on the LCD screen in order to trigger flashes or using the EVF and substituting continuous lights for flash. I wish they had gone ahead and put a pc sync on the body. But they didn't so you need to accept the limitation.

In my mind this points to a professional product like the Panasonic GH1 coming down the pike from Olympus sooner rather than later. The chips are there, the finder electronics are there, now they just have to make a body that works for studio pros.

The other option is to actually use the GH-1 but it has it's own limitation= no IS with Olympus lenses.....

That's what makes all this so much fun, the choices.

Anonymous said...

Kirk, I’m posting this question here and on DPreview. I’m trying to decide between two cameras that you like, the Canon G11 and the EP-2. I know the bigger sensor of the Oly will have better results at iso 800-1600, but I don’t shoot too often in those ranges.
I’d really like to know what you think about the image quality of the two cameras at lower iso – 80 to 200, maybe 400 in a pinch. If the Canon can hold its own, I would prefer it for the interface, the compactness, the flash, the swivel screen, and oh yes, the price!
Thanks in advance for your opinion.

Steward Robbins

kirk tuck said...

Steward, If I had to choose one the nod would go to the Olympus. Here's why: Better overall imaging performance at anything over ISO 100. They are equal on focus. Video is better on the Olympus and the interchangeability of lenses is the final straw. Sorry, I'd go with the EP2.

But if you only get to have one camera neither would be my choice. If I were limited to one camera it would be one of the entry level DSLR's. Probably the e600 from Olympus but no reason not to look at N&C. I think the EP2 is perfect for someone who is filling out a tool box full of specialty tools. It's one more tool. Not a "do everything" tool.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kirk

I have a Nikon D300 which I use for photographing dogs (I do a lot of that) and I love it and will never sell it. I'm looking for an easier to carry camera for my other photography, but I don't think I could live with significantly lower image quality than I get with the Nikon. Oly is for me!

Steward Robbins

Anonymous said...

Hi Kirk, thanks for the great writeup.
I have a question about your third photo, the park custodian.
What type of settings/lens did you use? Has the photo been edited in any way?

I really liked that picture.

Thanks again

kirk tuck said...

That's the kit lens (14-42) used wide open at the long setting. I think I brought down the exposure by 1/2 a stop and warmed it up a bit.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with EP-2.

You mentioned how your friend had GF1 with him. Did you try GF1 yourself and how would you rate it against EP-2, please?
I'm mostly concerned about the image quality and high ISO quality.

Thanks again.

Vu Le, DDS said...

I really enjoy reading posts like these about superior fun from "inferior" equipment. The one omission in your informal review is auto-focus speed. Slow focus is the #1 reason my SLRs come out for moving subjects (ISO noise is close #2). Other reviews have panned the Oly EP-2 for glacial AF; how does the AF speed compare to your G11, your other pocket rocket? Have you compared it to your friend's Pano GF1?

kirk tuck said...

Vu, the focus is slower than my SLR's and about as fast as my G11. With a 20mm on the Pano GF1 the focus is much faster. But. It focuses well and is, for the most part, dead accurate. Not for sports, fine for portraits.

Anonymous said...

Kirk-
I think your blog is great and very, very helpful. Quick question (sorry to post on New Year's Eve Eve) which boils down to: Is your praise of EP-2 limited to stills/posed shots? Context:
-Most of my photos are of my small children and family dogs, out of doors in the English countryside ('nuff said about available light/sunshine/clouds!)
-Very few posed (I prefer candids using a short-med telephoto) to forced shots
-D300 has served me well-- fast focus, good high ISO

BUT D300 + zooms can be a drag to carry around-- I'm ready for m4/3. I want the Oly but wonder if the GF-1 focus speed will make a difference?

kirk tuck said...

The focusing speed of the GF1 is faster by all accounts. I haven't spent enough time with that camera to make any really meaningful assessments but I have close friends who own both and give the GF1 the nod.

Jim said...

Glad you're enjoying your EP2, KirK...I know I'm enjoying my GF1. It is liberating to carry something so small that delivers so much quality.

For those asking about the GF1, I have some recent shots posted here:

http://www.jimtardio.com/panasonic/panasonic-gf1.html

Hope I'm not intruding on your blog by adding the link, Kirk. Feel free to delete if I am.

Happy New Years to all.

kirk tuck said...

The more the merrier, Jim. Keep em coming.

louisjkim said...

Kirk, It's been a while since I lived in SA but is that top photo the back side of EZ's?

nycity paul said...

im an ep1 and gf 1 user who shoots with alot of adapted glass from 110 cameras from slrs from rangefinder from fixed focus p and s etc your quick review was one of the most compelling cases for an ep2 purchase ive yet read , thanks

Anonymous said...

Kirk, thank You for such positive approach. Digitally speaking, Oly EP is a new entity in the photo world and it needs entusiastic energy to support it, previously introduced by EP1, though.
I' ve got ready of Lumix G1: Swiveling LCD and Pop up Flesh/uggliest looking camera/ and bought Oly EP2. It is all packed in one solid black body.
I think they followed the LEICA M design concept: Bottom loading and modular external optional accessories.
I only wish to add as an optional bottom attachable black hand grip.
The Oly EP2 is a great complement to my two M8s.
Kirk: Thank You
and
Cheerz, Tomislav.

3shoes said...

I really enjoyed your review, and it has made me think about the choice between the GF-1 and the E-P2, but the latter is so expensive in the UK.

That last photo is excellent.

Finally, the possessive form of "it" is "its", by the way ...

Chris

achrome said...

Realy a very good blogging

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your EP findings. I have been playing with mine since Xmas and am also impressed. Of course, it cannot substitute for my EOS gear, as it is at least a stop slower, has slow AF and does not have the Mpx or FF potential or system range. IMO the EP is for
1) Small size (about the same as my OM SLRs! WOW! Progress!)
2) Uses OM, M, MD and FD glass. Nikkors, of course, are usable on EOS. Only the RF stuff is suitably compact, IMO, because of the size of the adapters for 35mm SLR glass. How well thse kluges actually work in practice, and if they can beat the comparable new AF offerings in 4/3rd remains to be seen. But if you already have it gathering dust...
3) Has 3-4 stops of IS. As long as you can deal with MF (ie you are an amateur) this is the killer application. and limits the relative appeal of the Panny models. Compare the prices of long Nikon and Canon teles in manual and AF models. The difference can pay for, in some cases, several EP-2s, and the focal length doubling means that you are using a lens plus tele combination half the size of the 35mm alternative. Handhold a 1200mm equivalent f8 and start worrying about atmospherics instead of camera shake! On another note, how many other M mount IS cameras are there? I have never figured out how people actually use the full resolution of Leica glass without tripods or broad daylight... At 10X you can see it in the EP-2 EVF...
4) Can use 4/3 AF glass, such as the Oly 50mm 2.0, which are much smaller than their IS Nikon and Canon competitors and cost half as much, with, per reviews, at least equal quality. As with the adapted MF glass, you will not be using a tiny camera setup with these lenses, but it will be much smaller than the alternative.
5) Goofy experimentation with high quality cine and 110 relics and $40-$80 Ebay adapters. Some of these relics are very high quality, and much smaller than the current AF micro 4/3rds offerings.
It will be interesting to see what becomes available when the industry figures out how to reduce the electronics at the same rate as 12mpx sensors. 110 film cameras were a fraction the size of the current micro 4/3rds offerings.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kirk,
Thanks so much for your blog and the good information about the ep2. I am thinking of getting one but still thinking about what lens I want with it. Perhaps you can answer a question for me. I see that 4/3 and micro 4/3 lenses double their focal length (e.g. the 25mm pancake is a 50mm equivalent), so if I used my old OM 50mm 1.8 lens with the adapter, would it still perform like a 50mm 1.8, or does it then become a 100mmm? Do you (or anyone else) have any idea how it would perform? I like portraits with shallow depth of field.
Tom

Anonymous said...

"I've found that my second most used lens is the "pancake" 25mm lens for the regular Olympus e system. It is small and light and doesn't overwhelm the ergonomics of the camera body"

Any chance of putting up some shots of this combo? It intrigues me but I can't find any photos online of the E-P1/2 with the 25mm pancake.

Anonymous said...

I found a shot of it

http://www.radiantlite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/olympus-e-p1-25mm-f28-lens.jpg

Top Rated Cameras said...

Wow. these are some really wonderful photos! :D I love the first and 2nd photo! Their colors are so good and bright! :)