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  1. #1
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    Zuiko 14-42mm vs 14-54mm on E510

    For E510 owners that have both the kit 14-42mm, f/3.5-5.6 lens and later bought the 14-54mm, f/2.8-3.5 lens:

    1. Is the image in the viewfinder using the 14-54mm lens noticeably brighter or clearer?

    2. What's the difference in the live view picture using either lens?

    Or does setting the E510 for the proper exposure make both the viewfinder and liveview look identical with either lens? I know the 14-54mm would be better for low light photos but just wondering about its effect on the viewfinder and LCD.

    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    Well, I don't have the 14-54 f2.8, and for that matter I only have the older 14-45 f3.5 from my previous E500 kit. I did compare it to my two faster lenses, the 11-22 f2.8 and the 50mm f2 macro. If they are any indication then the viewfinder certainly appearred at least twice as bright to my eye on either of the faster lenses. This was inside in a less than bright room at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgosden View Post
    Well, I don't have the 14-54 f2.8, and for that matter I only have the older 14-45 f3.5 from my previous E500 kit. I did compare it to my two faster lenses, the 11-22 f2.8 and the 50mm f2 macro. If they are any indication then the viewfinder certainly appearred at least twice as bright to my eye on either of the faster lenses. This was inside in a less than bright room at night.
    Wow, that is a revelation. Till now I thought faster lenses would only show their affect by having less noise in the picture. Never thought about their affect on increasing the brightness of the picture in the viewfinder in lower light situations, though now it does make sense.

    Do you think the viewfinder brightness is the same outdoors on sunny days?

    Thanks for taking the time,
    Mike S.

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    Mike, I use them all outdoors a lot and I really don't notice it there, but I would assume it is brighter outdoors. I have not had any real issues with the kit lens until I get to extremely low light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgosden View Post
    Mike, I use them all outdoors a lot and I really don't notice it there, but I would assume it is brighter outdoors. I have not had any real issues with the kit lens until I get to extremely low light.
    Thanks!
    Mike S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgosden View Post
    Well, I don't have the 14-54 f2.8, and for that matter I only have the older 14-45 f3.5 from my previous E500 kit. I did compare it to my two faster lenses, the 11-22 f2.8 and the 50mm f2 macro. If they are any indication then the viewfinder certainly appearred at least twice as bright to my eye on either of the faster lenses. This was inside in a less than bright room at night.
    Slightly off topic but how do you like your 50mm 2.0 macro? I am thinking about getting one now since Olympus has a $50 rebate through the end of July.

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    It is a very nice lens. It is certainly sharp as a lens can be. I have occassionally used it for non-macro work, but you need to carefully chose your subject; it works best when isolating something in the frame. The depth of field can be too shallow at times for my taste. I find this a bit ironic everytime I read an anti-4/3's post that says you lose shallow depth of field compared to APS-C. Live View can really help with the focusing in macro work on a tripod.

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    Agree about the 50mm Oly Macro. Very sharp lens with excellent bokeh. I also use it for portraits with my 510.

  9. #9
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    Ordered it from B&H ($425 - $50 rebate) and should be at my house when I get home from work today. Can't wait to mess around with it tomorrow and over the weekend.
    Last edited by Gary24; 07-24-2007 at 07:39 AM.

  10. #10
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    Got the lens yesterday and was surprised at how small it is! Brought my gear into work today and plan on going down to the local park to shoot during lunch. Hope to post some pics over the weekend.
    Olympus E-500, 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, 40-150mm f/4-5.6 , 50mm f/2.0 Macro, FL-36 Flash, Manfrotto 680B Monopod with 3265 Grip Action Ballhead and quick release stored in a LowePro Slingshot 300.

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