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Anyone Using Panasonic Lenses on a Pen?

I seriously considering switching to m4/3rds as my primary system, I ruled out the Pen versions and was thinking about either the Panasonic G1 or G2 however I'd prefer to remain with Olympus as I really like the Super Control Panel on the E-System cameras, especially the E-420.

I like the look of the new E-PL2, but always said I wouldn't buy a camera that didn't have an eye level VF which is why I'd decided to look more closely at the G1 and G2. That said a few things I've read are causing me to reconsider, I like Olympus colour and as I generally shoot jpeg these days (I dislike spending time on PP) it seems I may be disappointed by Panasonic jpeg results as they look very washed out in the reviews I've seen.

If I have to compromise I'd probably prefer to forego a built in EVF (but use a clip on EVF) in favour of better colour reproduction when shooting jpeg. If I did decide on an E-PL2 the next issue is lens availability, Olympus have a limited range compared to Panasonic in the focal lengths/speed I need/prefer, I realise that the point of m4/3rds like 4/3rds before it is cross manufacturer compatability, in theory I should lose nothing by using Panasonic lenses on an Olympus body but theory and practice are rarely the same so.....

Any opinions or advice, would you sacrifice the benefits of a G2 for the jpeg colour and SCP of an E-PL2, is there any reason not to use Panasonic lenses, have I missed something that would cause problems and just how does the Olympus clip on EVF compare to Panasonic's built in EVF?

One final thing for the time being, I read on DP Review that the SCP is awkward to access via the menu system, once enabled is it then as easily accessible as the SCP on my E-420?
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Re: Anyone Using Panasonic Lenses on a Pen?

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Any opinions or advice, would you sacrifice the benefits of a G2 for the jpeg colour and SCP of an E-PL2, is there any reason not to use Panasonic lenses, have I missed something that would cause problems and just how does the Olympus clip on EVF compare to Panasonic's built in EVF?

One final thing for the time being, I read on DP Review that the SCP is awkward to access via the menu system, once enabled is it then as easily accessible as the SCP on my E-420?
Can't comment on a direct comparison between the vf-2 and the Panasonic built in evf - but the vf-2 is a very good viewfinder, works well.

The SCP is made available by altering one setting in the control settings, once that is done it is called up by a one button push, very easy.

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Re: Anyone Using Panasonic Lenses on a Pen?

Thanks, good to know that the SCP is easily accessible once set up, it works very well if you're wearing gloves.

Do you notice the height of the VF-2 in use, I had a turret finder for a Kiev 4 but it felt slightly strange as it sat well above the centerline of the lens?
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Re: Anyone Using Panasonic Lenses on a Pen?

Not in use. But in the pocket, yes. In fact, it can tilt so you can use it by looking down on the camera, which can be useful.

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Re: Anyone Using Panasonic Lenses on a Pen?

Yeah it's a compromise for sure but sometimes compromise is required, for looking down I'd actually prefer the flip out LCD on the G1/2. I think I'd have to carry an E-PL2 with the EVF dismounted to be honest and fit it when I needed it, I guess for grab shots the LCD screen would do.

In the end it's a less than ideal set-up but Olympus seem a bit unsure of where they're heading with both 4/3rds and m4/3rds, whether it's too much of a drain on R&D or whether they don't have the resources is anyones guess but at present 4/3rds has hit a wall and m4/3rds seems unable to get out of 1st gear.
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