I know that the E-P2 has a slightly larger LCD than the E-PL1, but they both have the same # of dots (230,000). Is it much easier to use the larger one, or are they mostly the same, given the same resolution?
I'm not too critical about the back LCD, and have both the larger sized screen on my E-P1 and the smaller on the E-PL1. From the specs and messages online, I expected to experience a noticeable difference. But in real life usage, I don't notice the difference in size, just the difference in info on the screen (no levels in the E-PL1, different colored guidelines, things like that).
I know there's quite a bit written about the E-PL1 regarding manual focus and that many feel it is even better. I never did much manual focussing so can't make any personal recommendations. I'll see if I can find a good link for you when I have the chance.
Thank you BBW, I will check it out. If you see anything on focusing in video (especially manual focus), please let me know. Unfortunately, you can't magnify the view while recording video (you can't even magnify the view before recording if you are on the video mode dial). That's why I'm wondering whether a simple magnifying loupe over the LCD might be better than the optional EVF view finder.
Manual focus is a must for me because I have only one 4/3 lens. All of the lenses I want to use are high-speed Nikon lenses.
I'll look around when I have the chance for you. Don't forget to try the Advanced Search method and choose the option of showing results by posts, rather than threads. It's time consuming but a very good way to search. Meanwhile, if you post in the video forum about this you might get some more direct help w/video and manual focus issues. You may already have done this - my memory banks are almost full right now - if you know what I mean.
I saw one in the store when I went to pick up my Nikon lens adapter, and I was stunned by how much clearer than my E-PL1 it was. It really made me regret the E-PL1, because with the EP-2 screen, I might not need the EVF, hence wiping out all I saved by getting the E-PL1. But you can't tell this from the spec, because both LCDs have the same number of dots.
as ST mentioned i shoot the kiron viv 105 macro and a fd 1.4.
basically my mf workflow is; using non-magnified view focus as close as i can, then pop down to magnified view for critical focus, then pop back out to confirm framing is still good and fire.
i think that is pretty much the only way to shoot any of these cams with mf, you will have to use magnified view (unless you are shooting narrow aperture with plenty of dof) to get any critical focus since you dont have a split prism like old MF cams.