My new best friend!

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by soundimageplus, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/4753893737/" title="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. by soundimageplus, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="381" alt="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S."></a>

    PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S.

    Read my totally over the top, "We're not worthy" mutterings at:-
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  2. Herman

    Herman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Thanks, interesting article to read. It's the allround lens I like, with over 10 times optical zoom range. How about size and weight?
     
  3. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Quite chunky - but not over heavy. 480g I think. It feels more comfortable than it looks.
     
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  4. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Congratulations - I've been raving about this lens ever since I bought mine... but with the mZD 14-150 f4-5.6 being so close in IQ, and so much better in size/weight/price I think I'll be selling mine soon.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    David, fun blog post :thumbup:. I've heard only great things about that lens. Have you considered getting an L1 or D3 to pair with it? Seems like it would be quite the enjoyable combination to use.
     
  6. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    You might be able to help me with something. Does the O.I.S work with Olympus cameras? I can certainly hear that it comes on as the whirring noise starts up as soon as I switch it on. I say this because I've been able to take some pin-sharp pictures with it hand -held at 1/8th second.

    Does it mean that there are two IS systems working on Olympus cameras or does only the in-body IS work.
     
  7. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Yes, the OIS will work on the Pen - just remember to switch off IBIS in the camera (via the quick control panel) and enable OIS on the lens (via the lens barrel switch).

    You'll notice the lens takes a little time to 'settle' on the scene you're about to shoot when using lens based OIS.

    What I tend to do, to conserve battery power is leave OIS switched off and IBIS switched on... when I shoot video, I switch the lens OIS on (IBIS is automatically switched off during video anyway) - then back off for stills shooting.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  8. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I've got an L1 at the moment. I bought one S/H mostly for the 14-50 f2.8-3.5 that comes with it. I did have a digilux3 / 14-50mm combination a while ago but it suffered from the intermittent shutter sticking problem that I gather these things are prone to, so I sold it. I loved the lens though.

    I tried the 14-150mm briefly on the L1 and the results were excellent. I've always liked the camera, very "chunky" and only having 7.5MP gives astonishingly good results on the 4/3 sensor.

    The 14-150mm has the advantage of AF on my GH1 which the 14-50 doesn't.
     
  9. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks for the OIS INFO.

    Regarding what you wrote above. I was as you know very interested in your Olympus 14-150 experiences and certainly thought your images looked really good. I then looked at some other reviews and samples and was a bit underwhelmed by what I saw. The dpreview samples were a case in point.

    On an far eastern website I saw some blow ups from samples of the Lumix 14-140, Olympus 14-150 and the Vario-Elmar and it was the leica that jumped out at me, being significantly sharper.

    In terms of sharpness, your samples were the best I saw, particularly your house/brickwork blowups. If all the others had looked like that then I might have gone for the Olympus.

    However in the end I decided to go with the Leica, mainly as a result of these reviews. The comments from the dpreview team were luke-warm at best regarding image quality, distortion and CA.
    I also use use a GH1 and the fact that the Vario-Elmar has IS built in and can't make the same corrections that the Olympus can makes it more useful for me.

    Finally I think its interesting that 4/3 and m4/3 are showing what can be done with these "superzooms" Some of the offerings from other manufacturers are pretty mediocre, to say the least, whereas Olympus and Panasonic seem to treat them as important elements in their lens line-ups. I've used Nikon, Canon, Sigma and Tamron zooms and been disappointed with them all. Not even close to the performance of the Vario-Elmar.
     
  10. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    David, I think there's an unmistakeable Leica touch to this lens - could be the coatings used also... but in real terms, as I said the IQ of the m4/3rds version is in the same ballpark, and the focusing of the mZD 14-150 on any m4/3rds cam will be way faster than the Vario-Elmar.

    As for dpreview samples... I think their lab based widget tool is fantastic, nuff said :rolleyes:

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  11. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Some Samples

    A few samples from my first days "real world" shooting with the lens.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/4757899962/" title="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. by soundimageplus, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="412" alt="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/4757263835/" title="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. by soundimageplus, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="375" alt="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/4757264169/" title="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. by soundimageplus, on Flickr">[​IMG]"375" height="500" alt="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/4757900990/" title="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. by soundimageplus, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="375" alt="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/4757264769/" title="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. by soundimageplus, on Flickr">[​IMG]"500" height="230" alt="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/4757265057/" title="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. by soundimageplus, on Flickr">[​IMG]"358" height="500" alt="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S." /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45203414@N06/4757265357/" title="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S. by soundimageplus, on Flickr">[​IMG]"477" height="500" alt="PANASONIC LEICA D VARIO-ELMAR 14-150mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ MEGA O.I.S." /></a>


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  12. hmpws

    hmpws Mu-43 Regular

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    Those images do look really sharp (and nicely coloured) indeed!
     
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  13. Yotsuba

    Yotsuba Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 28, 2010
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    Hi

    I'm more interested in your leather casing. It looks really nice.
     
  14. soundimageplus

    soundimageplus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Its a GF1 case I bought on ebay. An E-P1 case will fit the E-PL1 too.
     
  15. Yotsuba

    Yotsuba Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 28, 2010
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    Oh! I didn't know that the GF1 and Ep1/2 cases fit the E-PL1 as I thought they are wider and the E-PL1 taller.

    Is it too much to ask for more images of your E-PL1 and the case? Thanks!