Olympus E-P1 Twin Lens kit and Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4

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About a month ago, I had a play with the Sony NEX 3 and NEX 5 (see here), I was surely impressed by its compactness and high ISO performance. From the set of high ISO images taken, I would say the images are useable up to about ISO1600, which is same to most entry level DSLR. This is as expected since the sensor size is of APS-C type common to most DX cameras. What the NEXs disappoint is the lack of dedicated buttons at the back which means a lot of the settings need to go through the menu system.

The Olympus EP-1 didn’t have this problem but since it is a micro four third, its high ISO performance is not as good. However it is still an amazing compact camera given that its price has significantly reduced due to the newer version E-P2 and  E-PL1. The Olympus E-P1 twin lens kit comes with the pancake lens 17mm f/2.8 and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6.

Olympus E-P1 Twin lens kit 17mm f/2.8, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

The Olympus M.Zuiko pancake 17mm f/2.8 (right) is very light, weighting only 71g with a dimension of 57mm x 22mm. The AF uses a conventional micro motor which from my hand on experience is adequate. For MF, just grab the focus ring and the camera will automatically zoom in to 100% for you to focus precisely.

Specifications

equiv. focal length (full format)

34mm

equiv. aperture (depth-of-field)

f/2.8

Optical construction

6 elements in 4 groups inc. 1x aspherical element

Number of aperture blades

5 (circular)

min. focus distance

0.2m (max. magnification ratio 1:9)

Dimensions

22x57mm

Weight

71g

Filter size

37mm (non-rotating)

The other lens comes in the kit is the more standard 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (left) which was released in 2006. This lens equates to a standard zoom of 28-84mm which is suitable as a walk around lens.

Specifications

equiv. focal length (full format)

28-84mm

equiv. aperture (depth-of-field)

f/3.5-5.6

Optical construction

106 elements in 8 groups inc. 1x Aspherical element and 1 ED element

Number of aperture blades

7 (circular)

min. focus distance

0.25m (max. magnification ratio 0.19x)

Dimensions

65.5x61mm

Weight

190g

Filter size

58mm (non-rotating)

 Olympus E-P1 Twin lens kit 17mm f/2.8, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

Here, I won’t try to do a review here since there should be many reviews over the net on this 1 year old camera (see dpreview). Instead what’s interesting is using the E-P1 with the Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 via a m4/3 adaptor. Note the Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 becomes a MF on the E-P1

First let’s see some Voigtlander collection.

Olympus E-P1 with Voigtlander BESSA Collection

Olympus E-P1 Twin Lens kit, VF-1 viewfinder and Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4

Olympus E-P1 with Nokton Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4, 17mm f/2.8 and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

The awesome Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 on Olympus E-P1 via the m4/3 adaptor

Olympus EP-1 with Nokton Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4

Here are some field test shots of the E-P1 using the 17mm f/2.8, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 at a local restaurant – Concrete Bar, Enjoy !

Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4


Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4

A warm welcome from a concrete bar staff. Taken with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

Concrete bar interior. Taken with 17mm f/2.8

Concrete bar interior. Taken with 17mm f/2.8

Concrete bar interior. Taken with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

Beef and Bacon Burger. Taken with Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4

Cajun Spiced Chicken Sandwich. Taken with Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4

Click image below to check out the ISO test from ISO100-6400 using the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6. Ignore the camera shake due to low shutter speed at low ISO.

Olympus E-P1 ISO Noise Test - ISO100

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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