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Kyle Anstey

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Olympus 17mm f/1.8 in Toronto's Alleys and Streets

Published April 15th, 2013

First day shooting with this lens. First impressions compared to the Lumix 20mm 1.7:

+/- Equally sharp in the centre

- Softer and less contrasty in the corners

+ Manual focus clutch ring is nice to have.

+ Nicer build quality, especially the filter threads

General Impressions: Seems to work for street shooting just fine. A keeper I think, but lets see some images!

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OMD E-M5: Amazing, except....

Published May 11th, 2012

I love this camera. the IQ of Micro 4/3 is finally at the stage where it does not feel like a sacrifice to leave the Nikon (DX) behind. As with any camera, it has a few things that could be improved. I'll only note those I have not seen discussed at length elsewhere.

PROBLEM:

1. There are serious banding issues at ISO 1600 and above with ONLY the Lumix 20mm lens. I tested the 12mm, 12-50mm, 45mm, 100-300mm lenses under the same light conditions as the 20mm (natural and artificial separately). Switching off IS or AF does not change things. I've produced it in two different environments so it is not likely rare interference. Underexposed shadow areas with a uniform white or off-white surface (e.g the corners of a room) seem to most consistently provoke the banding. I have no idea what causes this but it would be nice to get a fix! If it was only 3200+ I wouldn't care, but I do set Auto ISO to 1600 when it is on and some banding does show up there. Set the limit to 1000 if you want ...

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Quick Reviews: Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8

Published October 11th, 2011

Do you have a M4/3 Camera? Do you want a portrait-length lens? If so I highly recommend this lens after only a brief time testing it. Combine this with the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 and either the Olympus 12 mm or 9-18 and you have a very light, very high quality M4/3 setup.

THE GOOD:

- Very sharp, even wide open.

- Tiny for this focal length

- Reasonably priced

- Build quality is fine. Metal where it counts, looks metal elsewhere but feels solid.

-Well damped MF ring.

THE BAD:

-37mm filter size, but a 46mm step-up ring matches the circumference of the lens and does not vingette.

Below are some wide open shots.

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