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Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples

 

 

E-420-with-25mm f/2.8 pancake lens samples to download

Update - I've now added a second set of samples benefitting from better weather and light.

Alas, good weather did not coincide with the arrival of our Olympus E-420 plus Digital Zuiko 25mm f/2.8 'pancake' lens. The image samples below were taken under cloudy, cold and blustery conditions. All were taken with the E-420 noise filter set to Standard mode.

These samples are primarily to demonstrate the 25mm f/2.8 lens, but will be useful in evaluating the E-420 itself. A separate article with ISO range samples is being prepared, so watch this space.

We have included un-edited camera JPEGs (Large Fine quality, which is similar to what used to be called SHQ or Super High Quality) as well as the RAW versions of each image. At the time of writing only Olympus Studio 2.1.2 or Olympus Master 2.0.5 are capable of developing E-420 RAW files.

The images are provided for personal evaluation only. No re-publication (apart from on The Four Thirds User forum) or commercial use of these images is permitted without our specific permission. Click on the thumbnail image to view or download the camera JPEG image or the link indicated as 'RAW' to download the matching RAW file - and don't forget the additional set of samples on page 2:

 

P3207803 - Spot metering was used ensure the highlight cat's ear wasn't over-exposed by the harsh lighting from an adjacent window. 1/80th, f/4.0, ISO 400.
P3207807 - A filthy sign exalting you to clean up after one's dog. Shot at f/4.0 close to the sign in order to blur the background. Live view was used as the sign was high up. 1/400th, f/4.0, ISO 100.
P3207814 - A pretty stream spoiled by discarded items. f/5.6 is pretty much the resolution sweet spot for 10MP Four Thirds cameras. 1/160th, f/5.6, ISO 100.
P3207820 - Tree stump, a subject with a lot of fine detail. 1/100th, f/5.6, ISO 100.
P3207822 - Antiques shop front - with the wind buffeting both photographer and shop sign, 1/125th, f/4, ISO 100.
P3207828 - Winter pansies - another shot wide open to explore the low depth of field potential. 1/500th, f/2.8, ISO 100.
P3207830 - Daffodils - shot at f/3.5; another low depth of field composition. 1/160th, f/3.5, ISO 100.
P3207853 - These winter blossoms were being blown around, so I chose ISO 400 to bring up the shutter speed to 1/400th. Aperture was f/4.0, but the background remains very blurred. 1/400th, f/4.0.ISO 400.

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Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples

Four Thirds User editorial team Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Despite unpalatable British winter weather, Four Thirds User has been out and about with the new Oly... (more)

Ian Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
There is some in-and-out sunshine today so I will try to get some more shots this afternoon. Ther... (more)

Stephen Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Does Camera Raw 4.4 read these Ian, cos I can't put them into LR atm... (more)

Ian Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
:) It says in the text that only Olympus Studio 2.1.2 and Olympus Master 2.0.5 will read the RAW ... (more)

Stephen Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Fair enough, but I can't even get the jpeg images as the files are not appearing when I click on ... (more)

Ian Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Hmmm... not sure what happened there... it's being fixed as I type this - sorry! Ian... (more)

Julia Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
all fixed - I hope Julia... (more)

Ian Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
I'm going to expand the gallery as I managed to get some shots illuminated by - guess what - some su... (more)

Ian Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
OK, there is now another set of sample images taken under much more obliging skies, see: [url]... (more)

shiyali Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Thank you very much, these look a lot better. Very nice, except for some CA on the left side of the ... (more)

Bob Ross Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Hi Ian, I downloaded the JPEGs of the "Misses Bridges" and "Paper Mill" shots and took a long look ... (more)

Ian Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
I'm seeing what you are seeing, Bob, and at smaller apertures too. I will be querying this with O... (more)

alert_bri Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Hi Ian, could you please comment on the live view implementation? is it possible to lock the mirr... (more)

LAWHAMPTONS Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
I am going to look at the E420 on Wednesday in NY. Have you figured out what was causing the CA or ... (more)

Bob Ross Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Hi Steve The CA is an issue with the 25/2.8 and not the kit zoom lens. The CA seems to show up dif... (more)

LAWHAMPTONS Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Hi Bob. Thanks for your input. I am going to "feel" the camera on Monday and will probably buy it ... (more)

carder21 Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Hi bob I dont mean to be picky but you menstion the 25mm pancake lens as having no ED or aspheric el... (more)

Bob Ross Re: Initial E-420 and DZ 25mm pancake samples
Right you are. They snuk that puppy in at the back end, probably as an after thought for marketin... (more)

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