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Old 17th May 2010
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E-PL1 with MMF-1

I'm thinking of taking up the promo offer but before I do I would very much appreciate the hands on experiences of anyone out there who already has the combo and tested it out with their 4/3 lenses.

My local dealer can offer me a body to look at but doesn't have the adapter available and I haven't yet found a review which has much information on this aspect.

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Old 17th May 2010
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Re: E-PL1 with MMF-1

I have used the MMF-1 with my E-P1 and a range of lenses from a 7-14 to a 70-300 and even a set of OM bellows. The combination works well, but can look a little incongruous with some of the larger lenses.

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Re: E-PL1 with MMF-1

I've got the E-PL1 / MMF-1 and a wide selection of ZD glass (most of the basic and pro lenses). The focusing is slightly slower than the micro 4/3 lenses and I wouldn't want to use them for anything fast moving, but for anything else they work absolutely fine.

My Bigma on the E-PL1 looks strange, being all lens, but I've had some really good results. The 11-22mm is also another of my favourites on the E-PL1.

The only problem I've found is once you have a PEN, your regular E series seams to get used very little.

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Re: E-PL1 with MMF-1

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I've got the E-PL1 / MMF-1 and a wide selection of ZD glass (most of the basic and pro lenses). The focusing is slightly slower than the micro 4/3 lenses and I wouldn't want to use them for anything fast moving, but for anything else they work absolutely fine.

My Bigma on the E-PL1 looks strange, being all lens, but I've had some really good results. The 11-22mm is also another of my favourites on the E-PL1.

The only problem I've found is once you have a PEN, your regular E series seams to get used very little.

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Thanks both. Very interesting and food for more thought!

I saw one review last night that said autofocus would not be available with some lenses - have you ever come across this (I assume that the article wasn't talking about OM lenses - it didn't say so).

Simon - your last comment in particular has really got me thinking though. Is the PEN that good???
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Re: E-PL1 with MMF-1

scary thought - but I have never found Simon one to exaggerate.
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Re: E-PL1 with MMF-1

Kevin,

I have a E-PL1 & MMF-2 (which is the cheapy plastic version of the MMF-1) and have used it with several 4/3 lenses .... 12-60, 50mm f2, 50-150 Kit lens, 7-14.

All work ok in AF although they may be a bit slow & not as happy in low light, but pretty usable for general work.

E-PL1 IQ is excellent.

I have to say that for general 'out and about' use my E-3, feels like something from the steam age. The E-3 still has its place on a tripod, long night time, in doors tabletop.

My 2p.

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Re: E-PL1 with MMF-1

Well the E-PL1 hasn't caused my E-3 to be left in the bag, but it is a formidable camera in a small package.

I've tried the 11-22 and 14-54 mk1 with the mmf-2, both focus fine and I'm really not aware of a lag.

I gather from other forums there may be a problem with some Sigma lenses, can't say as the E-PL1 is not a natural home for either of the Sigmas I use.

Sadly I bought my E-PL1 just too early for this concession to apply.

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Re: E-PL1 with MMF-1

Well every lense I have tried has auto focused, although a little slow, this includes my Bigma and 150mm f2.8 Sigma.

My comment on the E-3 not getting used that much is more to do with my photography preference rather than the equipment. The E-PL1 sits in my work bag during the week so I always have it on me and generally if I get out taking pictures at the weekend I'm normally walking/hiking, which plays to the E-PL's strengths of being small and light. Where I need to take action shots (like when we went to Woburn Safari Park last week) or the weather is slightly inclement the E-3 gets dusted off, I wouldn't want to be without the E-3.

In terms of quality the images I'm getting from the E-PL1 I would suggest these are slightly better than the E-3, especially at higher ISO, but considering the E-PL1 is a couple of year younger in development this is to be expected.

The only real issues I have with the E-PL1 is the lack of a OVF/EVF as in bright light the liveview washes out, however I've got the EVF on order, which should resolve the issue and the lack of a dial for changing the aperture/shutter is a little annoying however you get use to using the buttons.

I guess what I'm trying to say is the E-PL1 and E-3 complement each other every well.

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