14-54 II Focus time

willo

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I brought the 9-18mm and Panasonic adapter, whilst at the shop I did try try the 14-54mm II on my E-P1. I found it slightly faster than the kit lens and better quality but obviously it is a big lens for the E-P1. I do think it balances the camera better, give it a try if you can.

Both lens where firmware 1.1 which upgraded the CDAF time.
 

Brian Mosley

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I have the combination, but I can't remember how the CDAF speed compares with the kit lens - I guess it's about the same.

I've come to the conclusion that the Pen is primarily about rangefinder sizing for me... which means the collapsible mZD 14-42, pancake primes etc.

For the 14-54 and larger - I'd prefer my E-620.

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Brian
 

Djarum

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I have the combination, but I can't remember how the CDAF speed compares with the kit lens - I guess it's about the same.

I've come to the conclusion that the Pen is primarily about rangefinder sizing for me... which means the collapsible mZD 14-42, pancake primes etc.

For the 14-54 and larger - I'd prefer my E-620.

Cheers

Brian
Brian,

Thanks for the info. I would agree with you that for carry around and lightweight, those sorts of lenses are great. However, I really am looking for something with a wider range, sharper, and faster for hiking. I already carry a good bit of gear when hiking, so a little heavier lens is no big deal. I'm even considering the Sigma 18-50mm 2.8 4/3 lens also. I think it would be great if OLY would make a mFT version of the 14-54.
 

et100

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I'm back.. now with E-PL1 and 14-54 mk II... this lens focuses fast. I've used it indoors and also works well. Its not as fast as when I used it on Olympus DSLRs but its acceptable. The extra time is due to making a back-and forth around the focus point.
The only time its not focusing (any no other lens-camera i tried did) was when i tried to focus on featureless object: like a completely uniform wall or even worse on a dark featureless object.

Unfortunately I cant compare it to any native m4/3 lenses since I do not own any at this point in time :-(
 

et100

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make sure its mk II (mk I would not be as fast since has no live-view CDAF)
- easy way to differentiate is to look for the blue ring around the focus ring, check out the pic below:
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