Why are all M43 zoom lenses so abysmally dark?

Started Sep 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
kevin wilkins Contributing Member • Posts: 725
Are they abysmally dark?

Right, situation:
Live music event to film with Olympus micro four thirds.

Kit bag:
E-PL3, E-P1, kit lenses, 17mm f/2.8, 43rds adapter, 25mm lens, E-30 for stills


E-PL3 with kit lens on manual movie mode, shutter 1/30, ISO 1600 and aperture as open as possible (about f/4.7-5 if I recall)
E-P1 on Aperture priority for close shots with the 17mm f/2.8

On other nights, the 25mm was used on the E-PL3 as it wasnt required on the E-30.


A selection of videos that represent the night effectively and certainly not to dark, although at times the lights got to bright. The artists have given me feedback on what they think and the whole thing went down well.

Sure the video wouldnt stand up against similar footage from a setup with better quality lenses that are both brighter and sharper (resulting in a smoother video and less noise from the high ISO) but it has served its purpose and seems to work.

So your statement about them being abysmally dark isn't really the truth.

Get yourself some f/2.8 or faster lenses (14mm, 17mm, 19mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 45mm, 75mm and thats just the primes available for the system) and get the camera so you can enjoy using it.


IMHO with that range of prime lenses you should be able to obtain the large majority of your shots in an acceptable manner.

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