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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:14 am 
I don't own a 9-18. But I tried the 70-300 on the EP2 yesterday to shoot the Moon. Not a great result (b/c I don't know what I am doing), but not too shabby either.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:48 am 
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looks great to me Armanius

A blue moon on new year's eve .. I remember the last time that happened in 1990/1991 .. it turned out to be an exceptional year!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:45 am 
Here's another pic with the EP2's 14-42 kit lens:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:59 pm 
@Japhy: Thanks! But what's a blue Moon?

I'm totally shooting myself on the foot ... I had this long write up about my experience with the EP2. I was writing it as an Amazon review and then was going to cut and paste it here. Was fumbling for the phone, and accidentally highlighted and deleted 99% of the write up, because of my netbook's over-sensitive touchpad. Then found out that the stupid Internet Explorer browser does not have an "undo" function. AAAARGHHHH.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:05 am 
got a chance to handle the camera with evf and 17mm prime.

For me the focusing is similar to compact camera, around 1 sec in good light, 2-3 second in bad light. Not as fast as DSLR, so it is not DSLR replacement. Fortunately, the Manual focus is very usable because when you MF, it screen automatically magnified.

It is a lot smaller than DSLR and surely save a lot of space in the bag, but unfortunately not pocket-able. I am a bit surprise because it is a bit heavy for it size.

Menu is a bit confusing, there are a lot of abbreviation, some without any text, just a symbol. It takes a while to understand it.

Customizations are available too, there are two functions button we can set, and also we can tweak several thing like swap the direction of zoom etc.

quick control panel is there, but I am a bit disappointed because it is not like super control panel in Olympus DSLR. It is much like Canon compact camera.

EVF1 is also very good. It a lot brighter and bigger than many DSLR out there (except full frame camera). Unfortunately I can't activate EVF together with the main screen.

Shutter sound is quieter than ka-ching sound of typical Olympus DSLR but it is still there, louder than typical compact.

Then, I like the camera design, it is very well designed. handsome and stylist. The EVF design however, is a bit too bulky.

So far so good. comparing to GF1, I lean forward to E-P1/E-P2 because of the availability of body IS, and better control. But I might prefer 20mm f/1.7 than 17mm f/2.8.

E-P1 is pretty good deal now, because it has everything E-P2 has, minus the optional EVF / external mic which you might not use.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:01 am 
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Hi guys,
first, prosit 2010!
excited about this little camera (looks like it will become my fav), did a quick video comparison with the GF1 (and to show size with the 7D set up for street shooting), planning to use it mainly for street. just uploaded, might not play in HD yet..direct link
http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=415
:D mike

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:22 am 
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Hi Mike,

I found your video via http://43rumors.com/ . Nice job. 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:11 pm 
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thanks Bob :)

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Hi everyone, we just published our review of the E-P2!

Olympus E-P2 review!

This includes details on all the differences between it and the E-P1, full RAW results compared to a traditional DSLR, and a report on the 17mm f2.8 lens. There's also a discussion on the verdict comparing it against the latest E-PL1. I hope you find it useful.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:08 pm 
Great review Gordon.

One point you might want to add in favor of the EP-2 vs GF-1 is that the EP-2 can use all normal 4/3 lenses (at least all Zuikos) with autofocus, the GF-1 can only autofocus with m43 lenses.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:01 pm 
Great review Gordon. Pretty much my thoughts on the EP2, especially as an early adopter that feels ripped off by the release of the EPL1, with a built-in flash.

On a more positive note, I would add that the EP1/2 probably has the best IQ out of any Oly cameras. It has the dynamic range of the E620 (and presumably the E30), with less noise and a weaker AA filter for more detail.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:54 am 
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Hi everyone, I just updated our test E-P2 and 17mm lens with the version 1.1 firmware recently released. I can confirm the autofocusing feels noticeably quicker than before, and it seems more confident in terms of going back and forth to find a lock.

Note it is early days though, so as always, upgrade at your own risk.

If anyone else feels like updating their E-P2 firmware, please report your before and after findings in this thread.


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Note a similar update has also been provided for the E-P1. Tried to get it last night but I kept getting server errors and haven't managed it yet.

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Hi folks,

Couldn't decide where to post this initially because the subject concerns Leica lenses on both the M9 and the E-P2 but then I thought that Leica owners already know how Leica lenses perform.

For a brief overview and some sample shots check out Leica lenses on Olympus PEN. The English version is thoughtfully included in the right hand column.

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Hi folks,

Olympus have just announced that the E-P2 will be available as a special edition in black with either a matching flash (€1,049) or EVF (€1,079). Available in October apparently.

Maybe the E-P2 aficionados can point out what's changed between this special edition and the original E-P2 which is also black. :?

Bob.

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Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
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