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    Olympus 75mm f/1.8 Official Samples, Specs Posted. Previewed by DPReview

    Sure. Canon's own 135mm f/2 L. It is optically superb, regardless of whether it is being used on a FF or APS-C body. I used to own one, and it was just as sharp at f/2 on my 5D as it was at f/4. Not to mention that it is almost two whole stops faster than the equivalent f/3.6 aperture that...
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    Olympus 75mm f/1.8 Official Samples, Specs Posted. Previewed by DPReview

    More than twice the cost of the Canon 85mm f/1.8 Ultrasonic, even though the latter is a full-frame lens that uses more glass in its construction. Also, f/1.8 on micro 4/3 is only equivalent to f/3.5 on full-frame in terms of depth of field. Considering the $900 price tag, I expected something...
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    S90 vs. GF2 for low-light stills

    Those things are the reasons why I have my 5D ;) But, due to the tone of your post, I feel compelled to answer your points. Since you mentioned DOF control as a reason shy Micro 4/3 is supposedly "superior" to a compact, I'll discuss that point. Let's face it, Micro 4/3 does not really...
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    S90 vs. GF2 for low-light stills

    Right. I realize the GF1 is about 2 stops better in terms of high ISO perforamnce (as judged by DXOMark RAW numbers). But that's not the point I am trying to make. My point is that for relatively still subjects in low-light, the 4-stop IS system and the faster f/2 lens of the S90 work...
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    S90 vs. GF2 for low-light stills

    I used to have a Micro 4/3 cam, but sold it due to the size and obtrusive shutter noise. Now that I have a Canon S90, I was able to use both extensively for low-light shooting. I had previously thought that a DSLR or a micro 4/3 camera would have a pretty big advantage in low light, but now...
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    A few high ISO GH2 images

    Any chance you could post some unprocessed 100% crops?
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    Low Light P&S vs mu 4/3

    The twilight mode may be useful, but only under a limited set of conditions. What happens when you want to take a picture of something that is not standing still? How are you going to get 6 shots in then? In that case, you need either good high ISO performance or a fast-aperture lens, neither...
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    Centipedes

    Nice video!
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    Low Light P&S vs mu 4/3

    Not necessarily. The conception that lower MP=better low light performance is often seen on forums, but keep in mind that you can downsize the output of the G11 to 5MP to reduce the amount of visible noise. I recently shot an event with a 5D and 7D. Many of the 7D shots were taken at ISO...
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    Low Light P&S vs mu 4/3

    Truly "compact" cameras like the Canon S90 are still nowhere near DSLR performance, even if you compare to DSLRs from a few generations ago. I don't really agree with this statement, unless you consider a 3-4 stop noise deficit to be "almost caught up." Have a look at the following two...
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    Low Light P&S vs mu 4/3

    Actually, I fully agree with usayit. Whether the test images were taken in low light or bright conditions does not matter, as long as the comparison shots for all of the cameras were taken in the same conditions. This is the ONLY way that you can accurately compare results between cameras...
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    Low Light P&S vs mu 4/3

    The same argument still holds with compacts. Look at the best compact (in terms of high ISO) from a few years back...the Fuji F30fd with the SuperCCD sensor. Its high ISO performance is comparable to the LX3 or S90, despite being much older. None of these small-sensor cameras, new or old, can...
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    Low Light P&S vs mu 4/3

    I can't agree with this statement. My 5D completely annihilates my E-PL1 at >400 ISO. By ISO 1600 the micro 4/3 camera is looking very much like a watercolor painting, while the 5D's images still look great even without any noise reduction applied. All this despite the fact that the PL1 has 5...
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    Pixel Peeping (and dust on Sensor)

    Looks like sensor dust. Dust that's really stuck on there will not come off after the camera's built-in cleaning. Micro 4/3 is really susceptible to dust during lens changes because there is no mirror/shutter protecting the sensor from dust. I'd recommend a wet-clean. The problem does not...
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    COMPLETED SOLD: Olympus E-PL1 with 17mm f/2.8 Pancake ($430 for the whole kit!)

    Everything sold on Fredmiranda forums. Thanks for the interest.
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    Strange "artifact" on E-PL1 *EDIT: Mystery solved!*

    Ah, thanks! Mystery solved.
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    Strange "artifact" on E-PL1 *EDIT: Mystery solved!*

    I was shooting a nighttime event for my school's paper today and noticed a very interesting thing in one of the photos. Link: http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/8510/lightingofthequads.jpg Look at the lower right at the red spot. It looks like a person's face, no? Does anyone have a...
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    Compact case/bag for E-PL1 w/17mm or Panny 20mm?

    Yeah, seems like no US sellers are carrying that Olympus PEN wrapping case. Anybody know of a source for them here?
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    Compact case/bag for E-PL1 w/17mm or Panny 20mm?

    I usually carry my PL1 inside a jacket pocket or inside a backpack with other things, so I'm looking for a small, compact bag or case to protect the camera. The lenses I use most often are the Oly 17mm and Panasonic 20mm, both of which are quite small. Are there any bags that fit the...
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    E-PL1 noticeably louder than a DSLR in live-view quiet mode

    I meant to say quiet mode. Basically, a DSLR in live-view quiet shooting operates similarly to a micro 4/3 cam because the mirror ir permanently flipped up and the shutter is the only thing left to make noise. I wish Oly or Panasonic would enable a quiet shooting mode. It would be very...
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    E-PL1 noticeably louder than a DSLR in live-view quiet mode

    I made a video comparing the shutter sound of the Canon 7D in its live-view quiet mode to the sound of the E-PL1. The 7D is noticeably quieter when used in the live-view quiet mode. This seems very strange to me, since a DSLR in live-view mode operates much like the PL1...the mirror is taken...
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    Zoom, zoom...

    Actually, I found myself to be in exactly the opposite position as you. I used to be a big fan of fast aperture zoom lenses, and a 17-50mm f/2.8 was my Canon 40D's primary lens. Once I got a full-frame 5D, however, I realized that the full-frame sensor was much more demanding of lenses and...
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    E-PL1 noticeably louder than a DSLR in live-view quiet mode

    Added a sound comparison between the two. The 5D is louder, but the PL1 has its own very distinctive shutter sound that I wouldn't exactly call "quiet" especially considering it has no mirror. The PL1 is definitely louder than most DSLRs when used in their live view "quiet mode."
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    E-PL1 noticeably louder than a DSLR in live-view quiet mode

    After shooting several theater shows and speaking events with my PL1, I've noticed that its shutter sound is distinctive and quite loud (comparable to my Canon 5D). Is there any chance of Olympus or Panasonic implementing a "quiet" mode on these cameras? Most modern DSLRs have a "silent"...
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    COMPLETED Sold: Silver E-P2 w/ 17mm, Price Reduced

    Payment sent for the 17mm. Thanks
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    COMPLETED Sold: Silver E-P2 w/ 17mm, Price Reduced

    PM'd on the 17mm lens.
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    [EXPIRED] Found: Olympus 17mm f/2.8

    Bought one.
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    COMPLETED SOLD

    Lens+Adapter sold, E-PL1 body still available.
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    will e-pl1 users upgrade to E-PL1s ?

    $400+ for a f/3.5-5.6 kit lens is pretty ridiculous. Canon and Nikon only charge about $100 for their 18-55 stabilized kit lenses. For $400+ I'm expecting f/4 or f/2.8 constant aperture
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    will e-pl1 users upgrade to E-PL1s ?

    $440 for a slow variable aperture kit lens? That's ridiculous! Hopefully the street price will be a more reasonable $200 or so.
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    COMPLETED SOLD

    Bump, everything still available. This would make a great starter kit for someone who wants to get into Micro 4/3!
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    COMPLETED SOLD

    Hey everyone, Yes, it doesn't come with a lens, but I think that gives you more freedom in lens choices if you don't like kit lenses :) I did add a legacy lens to the sale thread if any of you are interested. PM me if you are interested in either or both.
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    COMPLETED SOLD

    Price dropped to $280
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    COMPLETED SOLD

    PL1 withdrawn for now. Decided to give it another try with the 17mm. Minolta 50mm and Adapter SOLD.
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    3 EP2 shots

    Actually, according to the EXIF data, it seems like the first 2 were with the telephoto zoom and the last one (the bench in the woods) was with the Panasonic 20mm. Nonetheless, nice pictures!
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    1/3 Stop ISO: are they real or software-generated?

    I am relatively new to Micro 4/3, so I was wondering how the 1/3 stop ISOs on these cameras are produced. In most Canon DSLRs, the intermediate ISO steps (i.e. 1000, 1250) are generated by the camera pushing or pulling an exposure taken at a standard ISO (in this case, ISO 1000=ISO 800 pushed...
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    Why you should not use a filter for night photography

    Even the best multi-coated filters (i.e. B+W F-Pro MRC or Hoya Super HMC) can cause flare and loss of contrast in certain conditions. They are fine for use in standard conditions, but for night photography filters should generally be avoided.
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    [EXPIRED] FS/FT: Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

    Came in a kit with my E-PL1, but I haven't used it much at all since I tend to lean more towards prime lenses. As a result, this lens has had maybe 100-200 shots on it. It is in great condition and will come with both lens caps. See pictures below or email me if you want larger images. I...
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    Image quality loss inherent with all adapted lenses?

    I wasn't reading too much into the test. I was simply interpreting the quote from Olympus regarding light bouncing around in the adapter and sensor chamber. They way it was stated implies that any lens designed for 35mm film will have the same issues on a Micro 4/3 body.
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    Image quality loss inherent with all adapted lenses?

    SLRgear.com reviewed the Olympus OM 50mm f/1.8 on the E-P1, and the results were far from good (especially at large apertures). Here is the review if you want to see the results for yourself: http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1279/cat/14 Specifically, this line in the...
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