I have been shooting this camera/housing combo for about three months now and now have hundreds of images using the 42 mm end of the zoom lens and zoom lens with Inon close-up lens. ...
Focus speed with this lens is better than the digicams I have used and I suspect that the more expensive lenses like the 9 to 18 zoom will be on par with entry level DSLR's.
Thanks Phil, for the quick response (I am headed to Lambeh in 2 weeks :-)! I'm pretty sure (and as you confirm) that IQ will beat G11 for most shooting. Here's a couple of examples which I have difficulty with AF on every digicam I used:
1. Ribbon eels, or clownfish -- I want to use macro mode, so DoF is small, but by the time AF locks, they've moved.
2. I had also difficulty with G11 shooting sharks during my S Africa trip -- again, because they're moving fairly quick.
If the Oly works better for these type of situations, it's already worth the extra cost.
The main upside to the E-PL1 system over the G11 system is the expandability of the system. Lenses now include the 7 to 14, 9 to 18, 45 macro and more. ...
Do you know if the Pany 14-45 can fit into the port of the Oly housing ? If it can, I _may_ be able to modify the Oly zoom gear and kludge together a better solution (or do you think the Oly 14-42 matches the Pany 14-45 ?). I think both lenses are ~60mm dia..
... I have been an SLR/DSLR shooter for many years and it has been hard for me to make the transition from a proper viewfinder ( I shoot the Olympus E-3 in a SeaTool housing with an Inon 45 degree viewfinder ) to the LCD screen system. I was not able to do it with the E-330 or any of the other Olympus live-view DSLR's going forward. With the E-PL1 system I have become quite adept at using the LDC and I am enjoying the upsides of the LCD system....
Grin, my situation is (obviously) the opposite -- got used to LCD, happy to live with it. I agree with your point about being able to upgrade the system, e.g. by getting different ports/lenses; but it seems newer generations of cameras are still improving so rapidly... I am pretty sure 2 years down the line I will be tempted to get a new cam (and so, housing) rather than merely adding a new port.
Thanks again for your thoughts !
Edited by ajay, 04 July 2010 - 11:35 PM.