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DarthVader
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Nov 23, 2012 16:20 |  #1036

Save your $$ :).

http://www.43rumors.co​m …8-lens-review-at-lenstip/ (external link)

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And I am officially eating my hat. Very nice!


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Nov 23, 2012 19:45 |  #1037

I like Lenstip a lot, but they are harsh, and sometimes seem to have made their decisions before their review is written. To give 3 examples, they trash the Tamron 24-70, Samyang 24mm, and Sigma 12-24, all of which are praised by Klaus at Photozone. They also make the Pan 14mm F2.5 sound pretty weak, when it is, IMO, a really sweet little lens. They (he?) has a tendency to start with very high expectations and then plunge straight into disappointment. That said, he kind of repeated what we said a ways back, this lens would have to be pretty amazing to make people replace their 20mm 1.7s.


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Nov 23, 2012 20:09 |  #1038

BTW Olympus has Black Friday deals...

https://www.getolympus​.com/us/en/black_frida​y?bf (external link)


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Nov 24, 2012 04:28 |  #1039

Mookalafalas wrote in post #15281242 (external link)
I like Lenstip a lot, but they are harsh, and sometimes seem to have made their decisions before their review is written. To give 3 examples, they trash the Tamron 24-70, Samyang 24mm, and Sigma 12-24, all of which are praised by Klaus at Photozone. They also make the Pan 14mm F2.5 sound pretty weak, when it is, IMO, a really sweet little lens. They (he?) has a tendency to start with very high expectations and then plunge straight into disappointment. That said, he kind of repeated what we said a ways back, this lens would have to be pretty amazing to make people replace their 20mm 1.7s.

Well, it's looking to be less than amazing--even the pro-Olympus bloggers like Pekka Potka and Robin Wong aren't so hot on the lens, qualifying their praise a lot more than usual--but I'm still considering getting it. It's 17mm with fast AF, and those two attributes are worth a lot to me. I'm just trying to figure out if the lower center sharpness compared to the 20mm will matter for my use.




  
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Nov 25, 2012 20:42 |  #1040

Yohan Pamudji wrote in post #15282380 (external link)
I'm just trying to figure out if the lower center sharpness compared to the 20mm will matter for my use.

As much as I like pixel-peeping images, and as much commentary as I've read on how "unsharp" the 17/1.8 is, it occurred to me that literally every image that I have ever printed large was taken using a zoom lens, and it's doubtful that any of them could out-resolve even the 17/1.8 on a test chart. I also wouldn't be using the 17/1.8 for close-focusing, portraits, or similar so the extra centre sharpness the 20/1.7 would be less useful.

My only reason for keeping the 20/1.7 currently is that I like it on my GH1, but I rarely use it on my E-M5 because it feels a bit clunky on an Olympus. Replacing the 20/1.7 with the 17/1.8 would create a bigger gap between it and my 25/1.4 and make it more likely to want to switch from one to the other. I'm not totally sold on the new lens just yet but I feel that the improvements in AF and the wider-angle could be more useful to me than a small loss of centre sharpness.


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Nov 25, 2012 21:53 |  #1041

I took the plunge anyway. I think the 17mm-ness of it and the fast AF will add more value than the slightly less resolution subtracts for my use, so I'm going for it--put in a pre-order. We'll see how it goes.




  
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Nov 27, 2012 21:49 as a reply to  @ Yohan Pamudji's post |  #1042

Those that have shot video with the OM-D, do you notice if the on-board mic picks up the IBIS noise? Also has anyone used the SEMA-1 and noticed a difference in sound quality?




  
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Nov 27, 2012 22:47 |  #1043

titanaircraft wrote in post #15298063 (external link)
Those that have shot video with the OM-D, do you notice if the on-board mic picks up the IBIS noise? Also has anyone used the SEMA-1 and noticed a difference in sound quality?

Sorry, just a casual video shooter here so I haven't scrutinized the audio and don't have the accessory mic. Maybe somebody else can chime in, but I think the consensus is that if you're serious about video over stills you should be looking at the GH2 instead. Or the GH3 now since early reports on it say that it's incredible for video.




  
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Nov 28, 2012 11:14 |  #1044

Yohan Pamudji wrote in post #15298242 (external link)
Sorry, just a casual video shooter here so I haven't scrutinized the audio and don't have the accessory mic. Maybe somebody else can chime in, but I think the consensus is that if you're serious about video over stills you should be looking at the GH2 instead. Or the GH3 now since early reports on it say that it's incredible for video.

I am planning on just using it for casual videos too. In videos I've watched, there seems to be a lot of background hiss either from the mic themselves, possibly autogain, or the IBIS.




  
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Nov 28, 2012 11:45 |  #1045

Let's know what ya think.

Yohan Pamudji wrote in post #15289263 (external link)
I took the plunge anyway. I think the 17mm-ness of it and the fast AF will add more value than the slightly less resolution subtracts for my use, so I'm going for it--put in a pre-order. We'll see how it goes.


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Dec 15, 2012 00:46 |  #1046

I can't believe it... I sold my Canon gear and now I shoot exclusively with the OMD and I have no regrets. Never thought this day would come.


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Dec 15, 2012 03:37 |  #1047

pxchoi wrote in post #15368761 (external link)
I can't believe it... I sold my Canon gear and now I shoot exclusively with the OMD and I have no regrets. Never thought this day would come.

Congratulations! That's a good day, I think. For the price of a 5D3 and a 24-70 II, you can pretty much have the entire M4/3 lineup. And it will all fit in a fanny-pack:)


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Dec 15, 2012 07:15 |  #1048

I sold a ton of gear when I got the OMD, but I found that I only use it for hanging out with the family or walking around with my wife, or whatever. For sports or paid shoots/portraits I still need the big camera.


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Dec 15, 2012 10:43 |  #1049

titanaircraft wrote in post #15298063 (external link)
Those that have shot video with the OM-D, do you notice if the on-board mic picks up the IBIS noise? Also has anyone used the SEMA-1 and noticed a difference in sound quality?

I'm not sure if what you're hearing is IBIS, but there is a ridiculous amount of white noise. I'm picking up the SEMA after Christmas if I don't get it, I'll update in the thread with some examples if you like.




  
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Dec 16, 2012 04:44 |  #1050

pxchoi wrote in post #15368761 (external link)
I can't believe it... I sold my Canon gear and now I shoot exclusively with the OMD and I have no regrets. Never thought this day would come.

I have been considering this move as well




  
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