olympus pen e-p2, what lenses are there for it?

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windkick
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olympus pen e-p2, what lenses are there for it?
Aug 9, 2010

Hi, I have always mainly used Canon products and I am thinking of either getting a Pen EP-2 or a Lumix GF1 (If any one recomends one over the other please or has suggestins I am all ears).

I am leaning towards the EP2, but I cant find a site that has a list of all the lens's I could possibly put on it? Like I said, I am new to Olympus as I have always used Canon products. I was mainly looking for a top end fisheye and what not. If any one could link me to a site, or give me a list of lenses I could check out I would be very gratefull

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In reply to windkick, Aug 9, 2010

http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/lense.html should have a fairly complete list of lenses. Also keep in mind that 4/3 lenses can also be mounted on m4/3 bodies using the mmf1 or the more recent mmf2 adapter.

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In reply to windkick, Aug 9, 2010

Try the Four Thirds org.

http://www.four-thirds.org/en/index.html

Bodies, 4/3 and Micro 4/3
Lenses 4/3 and Micro 4/3

and "simulation" showing lenses on bodies

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In reply to windkick, Aug 9, 2010

Canon's lens lineup has developed more or less organically, where Canon says "Hey, I bet we can sell an 85/1.2, somebody go make one", and they do. So, over the years, Canon's lens list has no real order to it.

Olympus, having built a system from scratch recently, planned out the lens lineup (more or less) in advance for Four Thirds. You can use all of the 4/3 lenses on your m4/3 with an adapter. It's too early to tell on the m4/3 lenses, as we're just at the beginning of that.

The system works like this: there are "standard", "high", and "super-high" grade lenses, with all types (ultrawide, standard, etc.) covered in each range. Standard is standard; high is on par with Canon's L series, and super-high is on par with the best of the Canon L's. Here's the full list:

STANDARD

9-18 f/4-5.6
14-42 f/3.5-5.6
40-150 f/4-5.6
70-300 f/4-5.6
35 f/3.5 macro
18-180 f/4-6.3 superzoom
25 f/2.8 pancake

HIGH

11-22 f/2.8-3.5
14-54 f/2.8-3.5
12-60 f/2.8-4
50-200 f/2.8-3.5
50 f/2 macro
8 f/3.5 fisheye

SUPER-HIGH

7-14 f/4
14-35 f/2
35-100 f/2
150 f/2
90-250 f/2.8
300 f/2.8

These will all work on your E-P2 with an adapter, but some will focus faster than others since they are specifically designed for high-speed contrast detect autofocus. These are: 14-42, 40-150, 70-300 (I think), 25 pancake, 14-54.

There are a few more lenses from Panasonic and Sigma.

Somebody else can answer about the dedicated m4/3 stuff, as I don't follow it too closely.

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As was mentioned...
In reply to windkick, Aug 9, 2010

... an E-P2 will work with the 4/3rds lenses when using an adapter.

Here is a list of the 4/3rds lenses includiing those made by Sigma and Panasonic/Leica:

http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/lenses.html

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If manual focus lenses are your thing, then you can mount just about anything on the m4/3 cameras with appropriate adaptors (and a willingness to MF and use stop-down metering, of course). The 2x crop factor makes wides not wide, but makes normals into nice portrait lenses and teles more tele.

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In reply to ginsbu, Aug 10, 2010

Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it

Whats the best available Fisheye I could get?

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ginsbu wrote:

If manual focus lenses are your thing, then you can mount just about anything on the m4/3 cameras with appropriate adaptors (and a willingness to MF and use stop-down metering, of course). The 2x crop factor makes wides not wide, but makes normals into nice portrait lenses and teles more tele.

You don't need to use stop down metering, the cameras automatically adjust exposure as the aperture ring is moved - it's liveview.
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MMF-1 (discontinued) or MMF-2

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papillon_65 wrote:

ginsbu wrote:

If manual focus lenses are your thing, then you can mount just about anything on the m4/3 cameras with appropriate adaptors (and a willingness to MF and use stop-down metering, of course). The 2x crop factor makes wides not wide, but makes normals into nice portrait lenses and teles more tele.

You don't need to use stop down metering, the cameras automatically adjust exposure as the aperture ring is moved - it's liveview.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by this ("the cameras automatically adjust exposure as the aperture ring is moved - it's liveview"), as this is true for non-LV cameras (or cameras in non--LV mode) as well. On my E-620 in A mode the camera automatically adjusts exposure as I turn the aperture ring. This is still stop down metering.

I take it that what you mean is that the gain applied for the LV image is increased automatically as you decrease aperture, giving you a bright enough image to focus even while the lens is stopped down. But at smaller apertures and/or lower light conditions the additional gain for LV introduces enough noise to make manual focusing difficult, so depending on the conditions one will still need to focus at a larger aperture and then stop down to take the shot. How small/dim will depend on one's own abilities/tolerances.

Based on experience with my 620 in dim-ish indoor conditions (e.g. ISO1600 f/2.8 1/30), I can MF via the OVF with reasonable accuracy down to f/4 or maybe f/5.6 (depending on subject matter); using LV, I can can focus down to f/5.6 or f/8 (again, depending on subject matter). Based on this it seems like LV gives a 1-2 stop advantage for MF over the OVF for me . I expect other have different abilities with OVF focusing and different tolerances for noise when focusing in LV. In any case, using LV in conditions such as these I would probably focus at no smaller than f/4 and then stop down if I wanted a smaller aperture. As a rule, I can get a sharp handheld shot using IS at shutter speeds where I can't manage stopped down MF via LV (for a given aperture and ISO).

How much of an issue this is depends on what kind of shooting you're doing with MF lenses, of course. It will arise more if you use flash indoors, or with smaller apertures and polarizers or ND filters outdoors. For many, it may be no problem at all.

This is all based on my experience with the 620's LV. Perhaps the m4/3 cameras are much better, but my understanding is that they are not that much better. I'd be interested in hearing others experiences.

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In reply to windkick, Aug 10, 2010

The Panasonic fisheye is new, still hard to get, and expensive, but would fit the camera nicely.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-8mm-Fisheye-Digital-Cameras/dp/B003O868UG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281467448&sr=8-1

The Olympus fisheye is cheaper, larger, and needs the adapter...

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Zuiko-Fisheye-Digital-Cameras/dp/B000EMXB82/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281467557&sr=8-1

I suspect they both work well, but the Olympus is a good lens according to users here.

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In reply to ginsbu, Sep 20, 2010

Just wanted to add a pic to this conversation....

and the results with the 50mm f/1.4...

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