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    1. 07-21-2009 11:36 PM #36
      Nice shots. I like the DOF on the guy on the horse. Lensbaby looking almost!

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      07-22-2009 07:48 AM #37
      Quote, originally posted by lowa2 »
      Nice shots. I like the DOF on the guy on the horse. Lensbaby looking almost!

      thats exactly the effect i was going for. added creative DOF in CS4 via phototools focalpoint 1.2. I like the lensbaby effect but dont have the $$$ to shell out for a lens i will use very infrequently.


    3. 07-23-2009 09:12 PM #38
      Awesome.

      Another few more from a boating trip the other day


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      07-24-2009 11:02 AM #39
      just did a deal for a 12-60, traded my e510/14-54 mkI for it... looking forward to seeing what it can do... I'll know early next week...

      woohoo, new gear with no money spent...


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      07-24-2009 11:10 AM #40
      Quote, originally posted by valfaw »
      just did a deal for a 12-60, traded my e510/14-54 mkI for it... looking forward to seeing what it can do... I'll know early next week...

      woohoo, new gear with no money spent...

      I am assuming you have a backup body?

      The 12-60 is a great lens, on-par, if not better than the 14-54 but with a little more of a focal range. Nice pickup!

      Gotta love straight up trades...


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      07-24-2009 11:10 AM #41
      Quote, originally posted by valfaw »
      just did a deal for a 12-60, traded my e510/14-54 mkI for it... looking forward to seeing what it can do... I'll know early next week...

      woohoo, new gear with no money spent...

      it's soooo nice.


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      07-24-2009 11:31 AM #42
      2 e1's gripped(one e1 has only 278 clicks, the 510 was the backup actually)and getting ready in aug/sept to grab one of e620/e30/pen/E-X depending pricing/specs/sensor.

      they all have a different appeal needless to say...

      very excited to get to grab this deal though


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      07-24-2009 09:57 PM #43

      this is a re-edit, using some new techniques.... e510 + 12-60mm....

      sorry for the size. if it's too big, i can link to the smaller.


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      07-25-2009 09:40 PM #44
      E-510 14-54mm


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      07-25-2009 11:03 PM #45
      e1 + 50-200mm\

      Last edited by valfaw; 01-03-2012 at 08:44 AM.

    11. 07-27-2009 12:13 AM #46
      chasing bugs at the botanical gardens


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      07-29-2009 06:15 PM #47
      Quote, originally posted by valfaw »
      12-60 got here yesterday... the e1 is happy again

      Looks sharp, enjoy it


    13. 07-29-2009 07:42 PM #48
      I love my 12-60, I wasn't real excited with my camera until I got that lens. It never comes off! I'd rather crop than use my 40-150mm.

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      07-29-2009 10:16 PM #49
      is it me or is focus on CF pretty touchy

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      07-29-2009 10:56 PM #50
      What situation are you using CF?

      I love olympus glass. I think some of the finest glass ever polished made its way into olympus lenses.

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    16. 07-29-2009 10:57 PM #51
      what do you mean CF? Continuous Auto Focus?? CAF?

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      07-29-2009 11:13 PM #52
      yes CAF, sorry

      I had it on the camera yesterday after receiving it and was just clicking off pictures of various streetscapes and such. It seemed to hunt and not lock @ 60mm and with the fact it was poorly packaged I'm not sure if I'm just overreacting a bit as it seems to have settled down after going to single focus. It seems I'll need to get to know it a bit after shooting the 14-54 for 3yrs. Add to that I'm shooting e1's and I was just a little nervous after reading all the good about it.


      Modified by valfaw at 10:17 PM 7-29-2009


    18. 07-30-2009 07:08 AM #53
      Ohhh...I also find that the E1 CAF was quite dodgy. With the 11-22 or the 50-200.

      The only time I use CAF is for when the subject is actually moving, and it works quite well at that. If I use CAF for regular snapshots, it doesn't work well at all. So it seems that CAF is meant for moving targets and not stationary targets.

      Post some more pics up of the 12-60mm!


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      07-30-2009 09:51 AM #54
      Quote, originally posted by valfaw »
      yes CAF, sorry

      I had it on the camera yesterday after receiving it and was just clicking off pictures of various streetscapes and such. It seemed to hunt and not lock @ 60mm and with the fact it was poorly packaged I'm not sure if I'm just overreacting a bit as it seems to have settled down after going to single focus. It seems I'll need to get to know it a bit after shooting the 14-54 for 3yrs. Add to that I'm shooting e1's and I was just a little nervous after reading all the good about it.

      That isn't really the "right" situation to use CAF. CAF is for continuous Auto Focus, its good for following race cars, airplanes, athletes, kids, stuff that is moving. For a streetscape you should be using AF or MF for best results.

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      07-30-2009 10:04 AM #55
      here are some of mine:
      E-510 with 14-45 (i think) kit lens



      taken with an Olympus Trip35 (i'm a bit of a freak for old Oly stuff!)



      Quote Originally Posted by koidragon1980 View Post
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      07-30-2009 01:39 PM #56
      Super shots, love the tones, PP'ing. remember seeing the mini pic the first time around

      The trip pics are really quite nice as well

      The 14-42 came with the e510. To get a 14-45 you either had a holdover from a previous e300 kit or bought one loose.

      My Milwaukee MOMA shots were e300/14-45 which was started them on their notable kit lens path...


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      07-30-2009 01:39 PM #57
      like I thought, user error. As I mentioned I was a bit nervous due to the sketchy packaging.

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      07-30-2009 02:43 PM #58
      the trip 35 has really cool bokeh, imho. The flickr group dedicated to them is pretty active. I got mine for pennies in a big box of cameras i bought for 5 dollars at an antique store going out of business.
      Quote Originally Posted by koidragon1980 View Post
      If Jesus is your pilot, then irony is your vehicle.

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      07-31-2009 04:37 PM #59
      some really good used kit going for fair money here lately

      http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.c...?f=43

      50mm f2 listed $360, might even do a bit better...

      I've had great luck buy/selling here


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      08-04-2009 03:33 PM #60
      watching this thread....

      here's my gear:

      Olympus E-520 w/ the two kit lenses; 14-40 & 40-150
      ZD 9-18mm wide angle
      ZD 25mm ƒ2.8 pancake
      ZD 50mm ƒ2.0 macro
      Vivitar 70-210mm ƒ3.5 w/ adaptor
      Lumipro LP120 manual flash
      Alien Beez radio triggers
      Bogen tri-pod
      Bogen tabletop tri-pod

      here are some of my pics:





      Modified by sriracha at 12:39 PM 8-4-2009


    26. 08-04-2009 10:46 PM #61

      JCPenny 80-200mm f4 MC Tele-Zoom Minolta Mount Adapted to 4/3rds.


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      08-05-2009 10:36 AM #62
      rumor has it that an EP-2 will be coming out. It will include a viewfinder.

      Delicious.

      be brave and be kind.

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      08-05-2009 10:56 AM #63
      Quote, originally posted by SuperGroove »
      rumor has it that an EP-2 will be coming out. It will include a viewfinder.

      Delicious.

      Tru dat. I wasn't too fond of the EP-1 for that exact reason. But a view finder will not persuade me to go out and spend the money on a glorified P&S, when for a little more, I could get a E-30 or even a used E-3.

      Still a cool little camera if you like to travel a lot.


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      08-05-2009 11:33 AM #64
      Quote, originally posted by iDub 1.8Weee »

      Tru dat. I wasn't too fond of the EP-1 for that exact reason. But a view finder will not persuade me to go out and spend the money on a glorified P&S, when for a little more, I could get a E-30 or even a used E-3.

      Still a cool little camera if you like to travel a lot.

      I'm thoroughly on the fence until I can get my hands on one. I have my e1's for sealed/full size/VF and an ep-1 or 2 kit for packing around with the family with the lenses I already have could make a lot of sense.

      other option is a TruPic IV sensor dslr, I'm just not interested in upgrading bodies until I can have that in one of the dslr bodies as I've waited this long to grab a newer body, what's a few more months to get the improved ISO.

      or just save up and get f2 glass which is really calling me lately, hmmmmm nice to have options...


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      08-09-2009 03:34 PM #65
      I hate sand... 12-60... less than a month in my hands, ugh
      Last edited by valfaw; 01-03-2012 at 08:45 AM.

    31. 08-09-2009 10:10 PM #66
      That sucks big time man!! That's why I use a UV filter. Say what you want to say about filters, a 300$ scratch on a 900$ lens is not worth a few pixels!

      Anyhow, here's a shot I took today of a lily with E1 + 70-210mm S1 + Vivitar Macro Focus 2x TC


    32. 08-09-2009 11:11 PM #67
      don't feel bad valfaw - was taking shot of a waterfall last weekend and bumped the release on my tripod head... splash proof is not "splash" proof...

      I've been extremely careful but I use a rapid strap and so when it's on the tripod I don't have a strap on it as I should have.


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      08-09-2009 11:20 PM #68
      yikes, seems misery loves company this wknd...

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      08-10-2009 07:03 AM #69
      hey everyone! glad there's an olympus thread. i have a e-410 with a 14-42 mm. i was looking into getting some different lenses for longer shots, etc. any suggestions would be great! thanks

    35. 08-10-2009 10:06 AM #70
      depending on focal length desired (and my current wish list):

      12-60mm is an awesome lens and my current fave (~900 new)
      50mm f2 - extremely sharp and highly acclaimed prime (~450 new)
      50-200mm - longer focal length and large aperture (~1035 new)

      70-300mm - longer focal length but smaller aperture so not as low light friendly but a good deal for the price (~340)

      Sigma is also coming out with a 70-200 for ~800 that's 2.8 through the whole focal range, I'm very interested to find out how it performs.

      here's a used forum (and pretty good 4/3s forum) where a deal can be found one in a while http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/forumdisplay.php?f=43

      hope it helps!


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