Using panasonic lenses on e-m5- problems?

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I have the 14-45mm and the 20mm lenses, and my e-m5 is on its way. using those lenses on the e-m5 causes any problems? Will there be a lot of CA or distortion using those lenses?
 

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I have the 14-45mm and the 20mm lenses, and my e-m5 is on its way. using those lenses on the e-m5 causes any problems? Will there be a lot of CA or distortion using those lenses?
I use the Panny 20/1.7 on my E-M5. The camera occassionally locks up when using this lens (never happened with my other lens - Oly 12-50). Just last week, after shooting a few 5-frame bursts, the camera locked up and the battery compartment/grip was quite warm to the touch. I ended up having to remove the battery for a few seconds, then put it back in and the camera came back to life.
 

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I use the Panny 20/1.7 on my E-M5. The camera occassionally locks up when using this lens (never happened with my other lens - Oly 12-50). Just last week, after shooting a few 5-frame bursts, the camera locked up and the battery compartment/grip was quite warm to the touch. I ended up having to remove the battery for a few seconds, then put it back in and the camera came back to life.
How frequently is it happening for you? Is it something that make this combination (the 20mm+om-d) unusable?
 

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Panasonic lenses on EM-5

The Panasonic 14-45 and 20 are my most used lenses on the EM-5 and am very pleased with the results. If there is any CA LR4 takes care of it nicely. The only Olympus lenses I have at the moment are the m9-18 and the 40-150.

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Leo Reinhard
 

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I have an E-M5, and no problems using the 14/2.5, 20/1.7, 7-14/4, and 100-300. There are reported banding issues with the 20/1.7, but I haven't really shot it much in low light...
 

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How frequently is it happening for you? Is it something that make this combination (the 20mm+om-d) unusable?
The camera has locked up twice with this lens.

The first time, it wouldn't wake back up after going into sleep state (long time between pictures...). In that case, I simply had to turn the camera off and back on again.

The second time was just last weekend (as described in my earlier post). I shot a bunch of HDR brackets and the grip area got rather warm. (This happens with my Oly 12-50 as well when shooting frequent brackets). I can't recall exactly, but I THINK that I turned the camera off after shooting the brackets (which is my usual procedure when I expect a lengthy gap between shots), but the camera remained warm. That never happened before while the camera was off. When it came time to shoot again, the camera wouldn't start up until I removed the battery for a few seconds. (It cooled off at that point.)

To be honest, it could be that it's a battery problem - since the camera heats up a bit with either lens. (I'm using the OEM battery.) When replacement OEM batteries become available, I guess that I'll find out whether it's a battery problem or not.

Do I consider it a major problem that makes this combo (Panny 20 and E-M5) "unusable"? - Definitely NOT. Actually, I love using this lens!
 

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To echo some of the comments above, yes, expect some CA. I see it most with the 7-14, but it doesn't bother me much and is reportedly easily removed with LR or another PP app. I've NEVER (knock on wood) had a lockup with the 20mm combo, but I have upgraded the firmware to the most recent one designed to address the issue- the one that I believe was pulled because of installation issues.

Hope this helps.
 

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From what I gathered from your comments:
1) There is some CA, but it can easily be fixed in LR 4.
2) Sometimes the 20mm frizes the OM-D with no apparent reason (but it rarely happens)
3) Overall both this lenses will provide very good IQ in most occasions.

I have another questions if you don't mind:
1) Would the OM-D JPEG's provide good image quality? Can you correct JPEGs with LR 4?
2) I heard reports of banding with high ISO using the 20mm. What is banding exactly? Is it very noticeable?
 

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Got the 14 and 25 here. No problems.

I played with the 20 a bit but I didn't really like the auto focus so I went for the 25 instead. There have been reports for aperture blade chatter and I experienced it once my self. But it's not something that bothers me and I have a hard time duplicating it.

You'll get banding with just about any camera system when you push the ISO, I wouldn't be too bothered by it.
 

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I just picked up a 25 mm Summilux DG and I was surprised that after the first day of shooting, I had HEAPS of chromatic aberration.

I never noticed CA on my Olympus m.zuiko lenses using my Om-d EM-5. Yet the Leica is a lot more expensive. I would have thought that these artifacts would be a lot less.

Does anyone know why the Olympus lenses barely show fringing?
 

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I just picked up a 25 mm Summilux DG and I was surprised that after the first day of shooting, I had HEAPS of chromatic aberration.

I never noticed CA on my Olympus m.zuiko lenses using my Om-d EM-5. Yet the Leica is a lot more expensive. I would have thought that these artifacts would be a lot less.

Does anyone know why the Olympus lenses barely show fringing?
The Olympus doesn't correct for CA with Pan. lenses as it does with Oly lenses. LR4 fixes it easily.

It's interesting how much distortion and CA correction goes on behind the scene with cameras and software these days. I took a look at one of my Canon shots with a 24-105 L lens without correction and couldn't believe the barrel distortion. With the correction on. it's gone.
 

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The Olympus doesn't correct for CA with Pan. lenses as it does with Oly lenses. LR4 fixes it easily.

It's interesting how much distortion and CA correction goes on behind the scene with cameras and software these days. I took a look at one of my Canon shots with a 24-105 L lens without correction and couldn't believe the barrel distortion. With the correction on. it's gone.
Although longitudinal CA isn't corrected in any camera/lens combo, and the PL 25 just has a whole lot more of that (esp at 1.4, on my Pana and Oly cameras) than the Oly 45.
 

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Damn. I had no idea. I'm gonna stick with oly lenses for my omd from now on. Not only for the CA correction but the fact that oly lenses also autofocus a lot faster.

The pl25 is fast but not as fast as my zuiko 45mm I found.
 

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Damn. I had no idea. I'm gonna stick with oly lenses for my omd from now on. Not only for the CA correction but the fact that oly lenses also autofocus a lot faster.

The pl25 is fast but not as fast as my zuiko 45mm I found.
I think you'll find it more productive to learn how to remove CA in post-processing than to exclude from consideration those Panny lenses for which there may be no comparable Oly lens. For instance, what Oly μ4/3 lens would you substitute for your PL25? Answer: there is no Oly μ4/3 lens in the 20-25mm range.

That's one of the beauties of μ4/3: two manufacturers with interchangeable lenses and cameras. The issues are manageable.
 

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I think you'll find it more productive to learn how to remove CA in post-processing than to exclude from consideration those Panny lenses for which there may be no comparable Oly lens. For instance, what Oly lens would you substitute for your PL25? Answer: there is no Oly lens in the 20-25mm range.

That's one of the beauties of μ4/3: two manufacturers with interchangeable lenses and cameras. The issues are manageable.
I wouldn't say it's replaces the PL25, but oly does have the 4/3 25...
 

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I wouldn't say it's replaces the PL25, but oly does have the 4/3 25...
If Mark is looking for fast autofocus, I'm thinking the adapted 4/3 lenses wouldn't satisfy...but it is an Oly option! I edited my post to be specific to μ4/3.
 

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Thanks for all your feedback guys. You're right that there is no replacement for the PL25. That's why I wanted it so much. But I was just so surprised at the amount of CA I saw coming out of it.

I've been trying to remove CA via Aperture and Photoshop CS5 and so far it's not easy. Everyone says that Lightroom is good at this but I I don't have it :(

Mark
 

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Just wanted to mention that while I was shooting with the PL25 today, there was lens chattering, on two occasions.

I switched the camera on and off both times to get it to stop. Sounds really nasty. What's going on in there I wonder?
 
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