Four Thirds lenses on the E-P5

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by With_Eyes_Unclouded, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    It has been rumored that the E-P5 offers quite substantial gains in focusing speed for FT lenses.

    I just found these videos on Youtube which seem to confirm this assumption. Personally, I haven't seen faster AF speeds from older :43: cameras. That doesn't mean they are actually fast, mind you, just that they are begining to become practically viable. Esp. the 12-60 and 50-200 speeds are easily useable in a common shooting routine.

    Here is one video, the same user has a number of them for various lenses:

    [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7kvVdZygt4&list=UUJQ3mEeS_ECVr7kIWE_rGCg]E-P5轉接ZD 50-200mm SWD II - YouTube[/ame]
     
  2. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It's not a rumour but a claim by Olympus. Here is a quote from their press release (in Australia).
    ". The E-P5’s new autofocus (AF) system enables the same world’s fastest AF speed performance as the OM-D E-M5 and improves on it by providing up to 45% faster AF performance with Zuiko Digital SLR lenses (mounted with a dedicated lens adapter)." It does vary for different lenses though.

    Found here.
     
  3. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    Thanks Ross! In fact I had seen this and forgot where :frown: and actually looking for it. :thumbup:
     
  4. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I'm not sure but I think there was a link in a post earlier this year to someone (in Canada maybe) with a blog with tests showing the improvement or something like that. If I find it I'll add it here.
     
  5. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Thanks for posting this. I hadn't tried my 70-300mm on the E-P5 yet, and wow, the difference from my older bodies is like day and night. Not only is it faster, but it actually achieves focus much more often.
     
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    You're probably thinking of Doug Brown's comments. There was a thread on DPR too.

    I have to admit I'm skeptical. I've seen too many of these videos in the past that look good, but when I finally try the gear, it's still slow. Whether it's differences in shooting scenarios, or something else, I don't know.

    Also, I would not use an SWD lens on m4/3 without having a good extended warranty. The SWD motors do have a history of conking out even when used as intended (on DSLRs), and my experience suggests that the extra stress of CDAF does the lens no favors.

    Of course, for CDAF-enabled lenses, like the 14-54mk2 or 70-300, it's a different story. I could certainly believe that performance there has improved, as sampling rates and AF algorithms get faster.
     
  7. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That's it thanks. Those last two lenses work reasonably good on my E-M5 but then the 70-300 lens was never a fast focussing lens & also the 14-54mk2 isn't really fast enough for action but fine for static shots (or more distant mild action). The better the light, the better the focussing speed IMO.

    :drinks:
     
  8. pen2omd

    pen2omd Mu-43 Regular

    46
    Jul 29, 2013
    California
    E-P5 AF with a 35-100mm

    Got my E-P5 last Friday and did some testing of the AF improvement claim when it comes to FT lenses.
    I have tried the 35-100 on E-M5, E-P1 and E-30.
    For some reason the 35-100mm always had trouble to focus (bought it used...)
    Now I can say that focusing with the E-P5 changed that.
    It missed very few shots in a pre-twilight ambiance shot wide open.

    I even used to face detection and time laps to do some auto portrait (10s then 2s between shots) with the camera just set on a unstable garden table.

    When I manage to actually be in the frame :) the E-P5 focus on me and not my surroundings. Very impressive especially that it started with nothing close to where I were to be in the frame.

    One word about the IS same lenses at 78mm hand held shutter speed: 1/6
    with perfect focus (f/2.0) I will say it is even a tad better than the E-M5 which was already excellent.

    So :2thumbs:
     
  9. Falconhg

    Falconhg New to Mu-43

    5
    Jul 5, 2013
    Anybody tried the 14-54mk2 mark ii on the E-P5? seems good range with some macro possibilties.
     
  10. Declan97

    Declan97 Mu-43 Veteran

    379
    Feb 3, 2012
    Padang, Indonesia
    It is (mk2) with epl2 2, sure do even better with ep5

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk 2
     
  11. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I have the 14-54II on my E-pl5 as my kit lens and it works well. Reasonably fast and excellent IQ.
     
  12. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Would you suggest the 50-200 MKI with m4/3? I'm undecided between a used MKI and MKII version. The MKI is 50% cheaper. Which would you suggest?
     
  13. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    If you're going to use them with a m4/3 adapter on current bodies, the mk1 will AF faster and more accurately. But the mk1 is still pretty slow and still misses often.

    For bodies that support PDAF (older 4/3 DSLRs, the new E-M1), the SWD does focus faster, although in my view the difference is not enormous.
     
  14. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I'm considering buying an E-30 just in case... I mainly shoot static subjects so I suppose that AF speed (unless its turtle like speed) should not be a concern. IQ instead is a concern but if MKI and MKII have the same IQ, the MKI comes much cheaper.
    What do you think?