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Who uses the E-PL1 but not the kit lens

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by MacBook, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. MacBook

    MacBook Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    I just mistakenly ordered and received the E-PL1 without the kit lens -- no wonder why it was less expensive. I'm interested in people who just use the Oly 17mm, Panasonic 20mm, and other lenses and do not use the 14-42mm.
     
  2. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Is it OK that I have an EP1 (not EPL1) and don't use the kit??

    I've replaced the kit with the 14-150 -- much more versatile lens for outdoors travel. I use the 20/1.7 indoors, and I have a 50mm 2.0 OM macro for macro and manual focus portrait. My last lens is a 30mm 1.7 CCTV lens (also MF), which gives some very trippy results, so it's a "fun" lens.

    I'd sell you my kit lens, except I'm saving it. When the EP3 comes out (if it ever comes out), I plan on giving my EP1 + Kit to my daughter.

    Do you have a sense for how you shoot? If you do, then get the lens range that matters to you. If you don't then you might want to start with the kit, as it's pretty affordable.
     
  3. MacBook

    MacBook Mu-43 Regular

    183
    Jul 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    No rules, E-P1 is okay, too!

    In the digital age, I have been mostly a digicam person, and have tracked lens usage during the last several years. 40mm seems to make up a healthy proportion of shots, so either the 20/1.7 or 17/2.8 might work really well. I seem to like the 90-110 range for which I have the 40-150. I also have a 50/1.4 Zuiko lenses from an OM-1 and the adapter for it.
     
  4. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Sounds to me like you are good to go!

    The ONE thing you might consider the kit for -- it's a cheap wide angle lens. That's what I kept it for until I got the 14-150.
     
  5. MacBook

    MacBook Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    This makes me think that maybe I should forego the 14-42 and not worry about the return (and additional $80), return the 40-150 instead and then purchase the 14-150. For the time being, I would have the 14-150 and the Zuiko 50/1.4 and then consider the 20/1.7 in the future or when a good used copy becomes available.
     
  6. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 16, 2010
    Australia
    I mainly use the 20/1.7 on the E-PL1, but that is because it's newest, and I like the focal length and shallow DOF:

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    BUT... I really like the 14-42 kit zoom (much more than I thought I would), and wouldn't want to give it up:

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    In your shoes, I might be tempted to get the 14-150mm and be done with it. I think you will miss the wider end eventually (but everyone is different, so who knows for sure).
     
  7. kappa546

    kappa546 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 17, 2010
    Like Rudi, I didn't plan to like the kit lens as much as I did and if i didn't already have several excellent adapted legacy lenses then I would not be upset about using it fulltime.
     
  8. MacBook

    MacBook Mu-43 Regular

    183
    Jul 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    I found someone who had a kit lens they were not using, and so I bought it. I should have it early next week and so will serve my wider angle needs until I decide if I wish to get the 14-150.

    Thanks for feedback from people, it's good to hear that the 14-150 is something people really like.....and that people like the 14-42, too.
     
  9. burro39

    burro39 Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 14, 2010
    Cupertino CA
    Paul
    People are quite enamored with the 20/1.7 and for good reason but I think the 17/2.8 is sometimes pushed aside because of that. It is a very good lens indeed, and the smallest setup I know for the E-pl1.
     
  10. Rudi

    Rudi Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 16, 2010
    Australia
    Problem solved. :biggrin:
     
  11. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    as well...

    I don't actually care for the kit lens. I sold my 14-45 when I had the Olympus E500, sold the 14-42 when I had the E520 and plan to sell this one as well. It seems like a perfectly serviceable lens but I use my legacy lenses instead. Haven't even snapped a single photo with mine. I don't miss it.

    Kevin
     
  12. blackSP

    blackSP Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 9, 2010
    Amsterdam
    I have the kit lens and never use it, only the panasonic 20mm 1.7...
     
  13. dismalhiker

    dismalhiker New to Mu-43

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    Aug 18, 2010
    Little Rock, AR
    I bought the E-P2 with the 14-42mm kit lens... and then added the Pana 20mm/1.7, Oly 9-18mm, Pana 45-200mm and various MF primes in the 40-50mm range.

    The 14-42mm kit zoom never gets used. In fact, the only Oly lens I ever use on the E-P2 is the 9-18mm (which is outstanding).

    The versatility of this camera, allowing such a wide array of lens options, is one of the most fun things about it.
     
  14. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    This lens can do very well and there are plenty of photographs out there and in here to prove it. I sold mine because I wanted the 9-18mm with it's wider angle.

    So many lenses and only so much money.:wink:
     
  15. shinobi

    shinobi Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 11, 2010
    I don't use any m4/3 af lens on my E-PL1, except for the kit zoom lens which I have kept for some uses, like if my little kids wants to use the camera. It's a good kit lens to have.
     
  16. Yalcrab

    Yalcrab New to Mu-43

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    Sep 11, 2010
    I use the pany 14-45

    I got the pany 14-45 as the Oly 14-42 kit lens was to slow in focusing. The pany is really fast to focus.

    The Pany 20mm is not as fast as the 14-45 at focusing but not as slow as the Oly 14-42.

    I have the Oly9-18 and it is fast at focusing.

    The IQ of the pany lenses on the EPL1 is same as Oly lens as far as I can tell.

    Need them to bring out more primes though.

    Cheers ken
     
  17. chylld

    chylld Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 13, 2010
    Same here - I'm only keeping my kit lens to help sell the camera later on. Otherwise I would have taken it apart and turned it into a candle holder. (That's how much I think of it)
     
  18. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    I shopped so that I got a 20mm as the kit lens, so I'm always a bit confused by threads like this. :)
     
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  19. chylld

    chylld Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 13, 2010
    That's the best way to do it :) When I was shopping though no one was willing to offer a panasonic lens and an olympus body as a kit :(
     
  20. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    Belatedly, I realized this was an Oly thread. My bad!

    I blame jet lag. My body is still catching up on 17 hours of time changes.