4/3's and MTF was, until this year always a step or two behind the FF and APS format cameras until the advent of the OM-D. AS far as I can determine, the OM-D is a match for any APS cameras on the market in terms of resolution and IQ. The full frame newer offerings remain the benchmark, but I wonder how long it will be before 4/3's catches up to FF. I'll admit that it doesn't seem logical, but larger sensor area just doesn't seem to tell the whole story. It would be a terrible shame if Olympus, having made such a big product breakthrough,were to go under. Perhaps they will get a white knight like Pentax so that their product line will continue to advance.
Before we can make a judgement about this lens, it would be useful to have a head to head comparison with the Panasonic Lumix 20mm /1.7. I have the Lumix and have found it a wonderful little lens with few faults aside from it's plastic lens barrel. I bought it for my GF1 and kept it when I bought my Olympus OM-D. But is it worth it to buy the Zuiko 1.8 instead of the Panny?
I would think that it is a question worth pondering and can only be answered by an objective comparison.
I am not surprised by the results. The more I use my OM-D, the more impressed I am. Image quality is on a par with my Sony NEX5N and is superior to my Nikon D300. It is infinitely customizable and with the accessory grip it is a perfect fit in my large hands. It is not pocketable, but neither is the NEX unless you put the lens in another pocket. Both the NEX and the OM-D are superior products, but for features, the Olympus gets the prize.
In 2004 as part of the presidential campaign, there was an effort to tie Kerry to Jane Fonda, a political lightning rod if there was every one by showing a news photo of him on the podium when Ms. Fonda was giving a speech at a political rally. It wasn't till after the campaign was over that someone found the original photo and lo and behold, he wasn't in it. Whether the photo affected anyone's opinion isn't the issue. It was wrong and shabby to do it.
A few months ago a well known photographer was stripped of his honors when it became apparent that the prize winning photo had been photo shopped. The incident was well covered by DP Review at the time.
The issue is not whether fake photographs change anyone's mind about the subject. The issue is honesty in photography, honesty in reporting and, frankly, honesty in general. Anyone cynical enough to ignore this simple truth deserves pity, scorn or both.
The purpose of the article is to show how photo manipulation is used to manipulate opinion. And what is the result? A bunch of dead head ideologues come from under of their rocks to spout their politicized crap. This is a site for photography, so take your mindless political regurgitation to places where they will be more appreciated like Fox Snooze, MSNBC or Rush Limburger.
Addendum:Who is a professional?
From the Leica website re.: the Barnack Awards competition:
"...The “Leica Oskar Barnack Award” competition is open to all professional photographers. To take part, participants must send in a series of photographs taken in 2011 or 2012 or long-term projects containing at least one photo from 2011 or 2012. Only one entry per photographer is accepted.
The “Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award” competition is open to any (prospective) professional photographer aged 25 or under at the time of entering. To take part, participants must send in a series of photographs taken in 2011 or 2012 or long-term projects containing at least one photo from 2011 or 2012. Only one entry per photographer is accepted...."
Since it their competition, they set the rules and definitions.
So, that settles that.
Re.: Who is a professional?
A few years ago, one of my images was on display, having garnered high honors in our local camera club competition. I got a call from some woman who loved it and wondered if it was for sale. I quoted an insane price of $250 because I didn't want to be bothered. She said it was a deal.I was so surprised, I told her that rather than give her that print, I would custom print one for her on exhibition paper. It is the only print I ever sold since most of my work I do for myself and my own satisfaction and/or club(s) competition. I don't recall if I took it with my Leica or Nikon.
A professional is anybody who's work product is for sale. So, I guess I qualify...sort of. Chuckle.
I cannot bring up the Super Control panel even when I followed the instructions in this guide. Any suggestions?
To G. Davidson,I contacted Metabones a few months back about a similar adapter for Nikon lenses since I have a respectable inventory of them. Metabones responded with a categorical NO. It may be something about the Nikon architecture that mitigates against it. Whatever the reason, they do not plan to do so. Photodiox makes a neat adapter that has an aperture ring on it for late model Nikon lenses to MFT bodies, so even if it is manual focus, you can still control the aperture on the lens. I have one and it works very well. It is their Fotodiox NIK(F)G-m4/3 model. You should see my Nikon mount Sigma 50-500 attached to the OM-D, or should I say OM-D attached to the Bigma. It works, though.
Why don't they put the movie disable feature on the NEX5N as an update?
DNG has all of the advantages of all other formats and none of the disadvantages, since it is an open format. For those who are committed to their camera proprietary formats nothing more can be said. Serious photographers use post processing in LR, CS, DXO, etc. and find it damned annoying that every time they buy a new camera, they have to wait until these excellent processing engines incorporate yet a new format among another 1000 or so other proprietary formats. Surely camera manufacturers, Leica and Pentax excepting, should realize by now that serious photographers do not use their clunky proprietary processors that they supply with their cameras. But I suppose it is like p-----g in the wind to say this. As the saying goes, you can't teach a pig to sing. it's a waste of time and it annoys the pig.
hoggdoc: @ all - If you check the following link to Olympus USA there is no mention of an update beyond 1.2 which was withdrawn from the downloads after install issues came up.
So what gives, DPreview says there is not only a 1.5 vers, but 1.3 and 1.4 are these not for North American consumption? How frustrating is that! :>(
Make sure you have the latest version of Olympus Updater v1.06.If not, delete you current version and download the new one. Then plug in your camera to the computer, click o.k. on the back of the camera and open Olympus updater and click continue. You should get a window that shows v.1.4. Install that and then you can go to v1.5. Now those are the instructions. did it work for me? Nope! I'm still working on it. Olympus support told me I had to bypass my wireless router and plug directly into the computer. I'll have to try it although i think it is B.S.! The only updater more screwed up than this is the one for my Sony NEX5N which only updates using a Win computer.I shudder to think what will happen when Sony and Olympus merge. Anyway, try what I told you. Who knows? It may work for you.
Batian: The humming noise is almost gone, but now the blades of the lenses (a least the Panaleica 25mm AND the Olympus 45mm) started to chat again! A terrible and noisy behaviour if you point the camera into a light source, even a light source as bright as the LCD screen. After a few seconds the chatting starts...You should wait with the update!!!
I do get the sensor humming noise, but it is very faint. As for lens chatting, I never experienced it. My E5M has the version 1.2 which I installed before that version was suspended and I have no problems with it. The camera does everything it is supposed to do all the time.I have to wonder what all the fuss is about.
Olympus has no v.1.5 released yet. There is only v.1.1 and of course v.1.2 which while suspended, I downloaded without any problems. So, if there is a v 1.5, where and when is it?
As a U.S. buyer, I wonder if I can get it at the Euro price and get the VAT knocked off as a non-Euro resident. Or is it more probably that DXO simply charges more to U.S. customers?
Jim Evidon: To those of you who complain about the NEX5N and the lack of pancake lenses, Please take note:1. It is true that the NEX5N has a dumbed down consumer appearance, but don't let appearances fool you. The camera is full featured and as fully capable as any of the best of them under $1500. I shoot Raw and the images are spectacular and require very little post processing in CS5.
As for pancake lenses, both Sony and Panasonic make MFT pancake lenses. The camera comes with a zoom kit lens because marketing tells the manufacturer that it is what sells. BTW, it is an excellent lens. As for pancakes, I use an Panny f 1.7 20mm and the results are very sharp and contrast moderately high.
So, I'll say this as politely as possible: Shut up unless you know what you are talking about. Your ignorance is showing.
As I use both the Sony NEX5N and the Olympus OM-D, I got a little carried away in my comment. Sony Does not make MFT lenses and the NEX5N is obviously APSC format. Sony does make a pancake lens and all the rest of my comments remain unchanged.
To those of you who complain about the NEX5N and the lack of pancake lenses, Please take note:1. It is true that the NEX5N has a dumbed down consumer appearance, but don't let appearances fool you. The camera is full featured and as fully capable as any of the best of them under $1500. I shoot Raw and the images are spectacular and require very little post processing in CS5.
I would say that the topside wheel is a welcome addition. I find that in using the wheel on my 5N, it is all too easy to activate one of the cursor buttons; the wheel and cursor buttons being entirely too small and tightly packed. I have large hands and the NEX controls are entirely too small. I'll not buy the 5R because buying a new camera every year, while making the companies happy, really doesn't do much for me as the consumer. Nevertheless, kudos to Sony.
Why would an Apple user be interested in McAfee ware? McAfee is designed for PC architecture and not Mac or its "i" relatives.
Said the wife looking at all the empty chairs in the funeral parlor:"I don't understand it. He had 2000 Facebook friends."
Facebook shot up like a rocket and what goes up must and will come down.Better to stick with dedicated sites like DP Review, Flicker, 500 PX and Smugmug to mention a few.