Okay...Got my E-P2 tonight

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stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
Okay...Got my E-P2 tonight

My kids and I have spent a couple of hours playing with it. I have to say I was surprised at how small it is. I knew it was but seeing it in person next to my E3 was quite the scene.

FYI the 20mm is awesome on this camera. Totally agree with everyone that it's pretty much a must have lens.

Viewfinder is sweet. Manual focus is really nice through this. What's really nice is when you manual focus it automatically zooms to where you are focusing on and then goes back when you quit. That is really handy.

I think I'm going to turn off face detection, but it's pretty nice. I will definitely have to play with this a while to figure that out.

I have a question though: I bought the panasonic 4/3 adapter, and attached my 50mm lens onto the camera. (all of a sudden this lens looks really large). I couldn't focus with it, manually or automatically.

I asked several people before I bought it and they told me it would work, and actually with the E-P2 color it matches it much better than the silver Olympus adapter.

Any help on this???

I have to say I had a LOT of fun with the camera tonight. Since I do a lot of professional work using my SLR had become like work, even when I did family stuff. Using this camera tonight really kind of put some fun back into picture taking. That is quite a revelation for me. FYI the video is really nice. Anybody who says this isn't needed in an SLR is sorely mistaken. It's very useful.

I took a little video of my daughter and I'll try to post it up on youtube when I get a chance, and also maybe some samples. Everything I took in my house tonight was mainly ISO 1600, F1.8. I can already tell I probably won't be taking the 20mm off very often. The little kit lens is pretty neat though.

I'll post some more updates later for anyone interested. Thanks.

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Teski
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Congrats Tim!!

Very cool, and I'm glad that you're happy! The E-P2 does look sweet, and it sounds like their EVF is a winner from the initial reports. Please do post some pics and your video when you can.

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Robbie_EP1 Regular Member • Posts: 426
Re: Okay...Got my E-P2 tonight

Can you please do me a favour? Can you post some shots of the e-p2 with the 20mm lumix on it? I'm guesing it would look really nice
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Have you tried the simulator?

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

You can select the E-P2 and 20mm. You can't get a very large view, but it's a good glance. I'm sure Stimmer will share.

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OP stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
First video...my daughter singing

Shot at ISO 1600, F1.8, 20mm.

Hopefully I uploaded this in high quality. I don't know what I'm doing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPXk5fsy_jI

OP stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
Thanks so much Teski

As soon as I get a little free time I'll post pics. SLR's in this form factor are beautiful. If everyone caught on to how nice this is they would migrate this way.

It's just plain fun to shoot with.

OP stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
Yes...I'll do it pretty soon

I just need to have time to resize and upload them, and I will do it.

I'm also hoping to do some comparison shots with it and my E3. That would probably be interesting to see as well.

FYI, I got my autofocus issue to work. Didn't have the adapter screwed on right.

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FYI the camera fit in my slacks pocket..and shorts pocket..

It's a little large for that but it does work. Couldn't even image doing that with my E3.

G1Houston Senior Member • Posts: 2,919
Re: Okay...Got my E-P2 tonight

How well does the AF work? Does it work reasonably well? There is still no IBIS during video, correct?

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Re: Okay...Got my E-P2 tonight

stimmer wrote:

I have a question though: I bought the panasonic 4/3 adapter, and attached my 50mm lens onto the camera. (all of a sudden this lens looks really large). I couldn't focus with it, manually or automatically.

I asked several people before I bought it and they told me it would work, and actually with the E-P2 color it matches it much better than the silver Olympus adapter.

I just tried, and the Olympus 50mm f/2 and the Panasonic DMW-MA1 adapter focused ok in this room (ISO 1600-3200 territory). Sure, it hunted a little, but it did focus. If anything, the 50mm seemed to focus a little faster than my 14-54mm (original version). I did have 1-2 times when the 14-54mm couldn't focus, but I'm not sure whether it was too close to focus. I'll have to do some times with the E-1/E-3 when I get some time.

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Congratulations Tim, have fun again! :) /nt
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Roger65 Regular Member • Posts: 245
Re: Okay...Got my E-P2 tonight

Here's a crummy iPhone shot:

What's really cool is that with the extra stability of the EVF I can handhold down to 1/4 second. Add in f1.7 and you have night photography without a tripod!

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Re: Okay...Got my E-P2 tonight

Here is a slightly better one:

OP stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
Focusing works well...

Compared to my E3 it's a little slower, but you really won't miss many shots. I would say if you are worried about it you don't really need to worry.

I plan on posting a video of the focusing soon when I have some time to do it, if people would be interested in seeing that.

I shoot a little different than most people in that I usually always pre-focus and anticipate shots.

Manual focus is really nice. It zooms in automatically for you while you are focusing, and then backs off when you are finished.

I believe IBIS works during movie mode as well. The video of my daughter was taken at ISO 1600. It's pretty noiseless, so the camera is doing a good job with noise reduction.

OP stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
Thanks Michael...

I didn't have it screwed on correctly. Once I did it focused just fine.

The 50mm isn't fast on any body that I use, even the E3. It's actually about the same on the E-P2 as the E3 I think.

It's a very nice option to have to put all of my lenses on the E-P2.

For the first time in years I was able to put a camera into my jacket pocket, go to my daughter's basketball game, and shoot some video and take some pictures. It just relieves a lof of pressure of taking a large camera bag and having to babysit the camera the whole time so it doesn't get stolen.

OP stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
Thanks Brian...

I'm having a lot of fun. Even though I paid a ridiculous premium to buy that camera and the 20mm, I really feel like it was worth it. There are basically 3 camera models in the world with the combination of quality/portability, and I have one of them, so I feel really lucky.

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Re: First video...my daughter singing

Your daughter has a talent with regard to perfect pitch. Nice job by her and a very nice sample video.
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OP stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
That was very nice..thank you...

She'll be pleased to hear that. She really loves to sing. And take pictures!

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Continuous focus in movie mode

Have you tried continual focus during movie mode? I'm curious if the 20mm will be more quiet than the 17mm, which grunts like a rusty gun turret.

Not that I'd try to use audio from most footage I shoot with the EP1, but wow that 17mm makes itself known during movies if you allow it to focus.
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OP stimmer Veteran Member • Posts: 5,219
I have tried it...

I haven't used the 17mm, but from what you are telling me it's definitely quieter. I haven't gotten to do it a bunch but I do think it's quieter.

I'm really going to love this movie capability when I get some time to mess with it. I will probably be using some of my zuikos on it, and maybe doing some manual focusing.

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