Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is essentially silent and surprisingly quick too, thanks to a solution whereby only one compact and lightweight lens element moves on focus. The use of this solution also earned the lens the 'MSC' - Movie & Still Compatible - designation. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/2.8 Review @ Photography blog

The 17-20mm lens for m43 mount group is pretty crowded, with a total of 5 lenses competing for our interest (and money) so far.

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-P2 camera body, focusing is fairly quick but by no means instantaneous. As long as you are photographing still or slowly moving subjects, you will find the focusing speed entirely adequate. Note: given that Micro Four Thirds cameras use contrast-detect autofocus, whose speed also depends on their sensors' read-out speed, the lens may perform better on

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Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 Review @ Photography blog

"With the lens attached to an Olympus E-PL2 camera body, focusing is fairly quick but by no means instantaneous. As long as you are photographing still or slowly moving subjects, you will find the focusing speed entirely adequate. Switch your camera's autofocus system to C-AF and try to photograph something more demanding – like birds in flight –, and you may find the AF speed lacking. Note: . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH

Hard choice, this, or the 20mm f1.7?

"The LUMIX G 14mm F2.5 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing which is internal, so the lens never changes length. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-G2, and it should be potentially even faster on the DMC-GH2.

Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without your having to press

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH

Probably the best wide-angle zoom lens available for any mirrorless mount. It also costs as much or more than the best mirrorless cameras.

"The LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo.
Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5

"The LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm F3.5 lens offers virtually silent focusing which is internal, so the lens never changes length. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, and actually enables the camera to display a magnified view of the subject automatically, i.e. without . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. Review @ Photography blog

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S

100-300mm translates to 200-600mm in 35mm equivalent terms. Thats some serious zoom reach.

 

"The LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo. With the focus mode on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 set to AFC, the lens tracked moving subjects well. . . . read more

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 Review @ Photography blog

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6

"The M.ZUIKO Digital 14-150mm lens offers virtually silent focusing thanks to a solution whereby only two of the fifteen lens elements move. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the E-P2, certainly faster than the first version of the 14-42mm kit zoom, though still not quite as zippy as the GH2+14-140mm lens combo we tried out at Photokina. With the focus mode on the Olympus E-P2 set to “C-AF+TR” (AF tracking), the lens unfortunately did not track the subjects well, even though they were not moving very fast. . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6 review @ DPreview

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4-5.6

"The M Zuiko Digital 14-150mm F4-5.6 is Olympus's fourth lens for its Pen series cameras, and the first to venture into the telephoto region. Its 10.7x zoom ratio places it firmly in 'superzoom' territory, covering a very useful 28-300mm equivalent range, and making it ideal for general purpose 'walkaround' or travel use. (Indeed Olympus says that with it on your camera 'you will never miss a photo opportunity', perhaps begging the question as to why the company still makes other lenses.)

Like all superzooms the 14-150mm uses a complex optical formula, with 15 elements in 11 groups including 3 aspheric

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 review @ d preview

"The Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 is Olympus's latest all-new lens design, announced in May 2008. It sits in the company's 'Standard' series of lenses, and offers ultra-wide angle capability to the more budget-conscious user. In this regard it costs around 15% less than the venerable 'Pro' series Zuiko Digital ED 11-22mm 1:2.8-3.5, while offering significantly wider angle coverage, but . . . read more

Panasonic Leica 45mm F2.8 Macro OIS Lens Review @ DPreview

''The Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS is one of two compact lenses for Micro Four Thirds that Panasonic announced alongside the DMC-GF1 in September 2009, the other being the Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Pancake. Like its sibling it fits a lot into a very small space; the 45mm measures just 2.5" in each dimension, yet manages to to incorporate both optical image . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS @ DPreview

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS

"A fundamental component of the Micro Four Thirds system design is the use of software to correct certain lens aberrations. For most users this is completely transparent - the camera corrects both the viewfinder image 'on the fly', and the JPEG files it records. Also, both the SilkyPix software supplied with G-series cameras and industry-standard alternatives such as Adobe Camera Raw convert raw files . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Lens Review @ DPreview

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH Lens

"The Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH was announced earlier this month as the natural companion to the compact Lumix DMC-GF1 Micro Four Thirds camera, alongside a Leica-branded 45mm F2.8 Macro (the camera is also available with a 14-45mm kit zoom). The H-H020, as Panasonic curiously likes to call it, is a large maximum aperture 'normal' prime in a very compact 'pancake' type body. It gathers a stop and a half more light than Olympus's M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 pancake (which is only marginally smaller), and is therefore sure to be of interest to E-P1 owners who want to . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f2 Macro Review @ Photography blog

Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f2 Macro

"Macro lenses tend to autofocus in a relatively lazy fashion, and the Zuiko Digital ED 50mm f/2 is no exception to this rule. Your camera does matter a lot in this case though - AF speeds will be noticeably better with the lens mounted to an Olympus E-30 or E-3 than any other compatible body. Autofocus accuracy is quite good, but when the system does miss the target, hunting will occur. This is when the aforementioned omission of a focus limiter strikes back - it takes quite a bit . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake @ DPreview

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8 Pancake

"The M. Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8 Pancake gives acceptable results in our studio tests, but again its extreme portability comes at the cost of some optical compromises. Image quality at the centre of the frame is high, but it's less impressive towards the edges due to a combination of (relative) softness and chromatic aberration. Compared to the kit zoom, there's no hugely compelling optical advantageto the 17mm (although it's faster and more portable), and overall its performance leaves us feeling just a little 'flat'." . . . read more

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 @ DPreview

"A fundamental part of the Micro Four Thirds system is the use of software to correct lens distortions. For the majority of users this is absolutely nothing to worry about; the viewfinder image is corrected 'on the fly' when using the camera to take pictures, likewise JPEGs have the distortion removed too. However raw files are slightly different, and while both the supplied software (Olympus Master) and . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS @ DP review

Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS

"With all this software correction of lens aberrations going on, it's perhaps inevitable that some people will look upon Panasonic's approach as 'cheating'. After all, the argument runs, film camera lenses were always properly corrected optically, so surely the use of software to achieve the same effect is simply cost-cutting, and therefore somehow 'cheating'. We think this is fundamentally the wrong way to look at it. In photography, what ultimately counts is the final image - the means to get there is relatively unimportant. As we've s . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm F2.0 SWD Review @ Photography blog

Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm F2.0 SWD

"The SWD abbreviation in the name of the lens stands for Supersonic Wave Drive. This is similar to Canon's USM, Nikon's AF-S, Pentax's SDM, Sony's (originally Minolta's) SSM and Sigma's HSM in that it means the lens has its own "supersonic" focus motor to move the glass elements for focusing. This results in quick and whisper-quiet AF operation. On our test sample, focusing speeds were generally fast. Low-light auto-focus was, at times, slower, occasionally taking up to 3 small adjustments in rapid succession before focus lock - but the lens always acquired focus, down to and including -1 EV with . . . read more

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 review @ DP review

 Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4-5.6

"The M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4-5.6 is Olympus's third lens for the Micro Four Thirds system to reach the market, covering the wideangle end of the spectrum. It was first announced at the same time as the E-P2 in November 2009 (alongside a forthcoming 14-150mm superzoom), with more details appearing coincident with the E-PL1's launch in February 2010. Its headline feature is undoubtedly its miniscule size - it adopts the same collapsing design as Olympus's Micro Four Thirds 14-42mm kit zoom to realize dimensions of just 2.2" x 1.9" (57 x 50 mm) when retracted, and an extremely light . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro Review @ DP review

"The Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro was one of the very first Four Thirds system lenses, announced along with the launch of the E-1 back in June 2003. With an unusually fast maximum aperture for a macro lens, it's described as a dual purpose optic also suitable for portraits; indeed it's the closest to a classic portrait prime Olympus currently produces. The optical design is suitably . . . read more

Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm 1:2.8 Pancake Review @ DP review

"The Olympus Zuiko Digital 25mm F2.8 Pancake lens was announced in March 2008 to coincide with the E-420 ultra-compact DSLR, and occupies a unique position in the current market as the only fixed focal length ('prime') lens which is bundled as a kit with a camera body. In this it harks back to the 1980s heyday of the classic manual focus 35mm SLR, when cameras were supplied with . . . read more

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