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PRO SERIES AC & DC Olympus PS-BCS-1 Equivalent BLS-1 Battery Charger - For select Olympus PEN and Evolt Series Cameras
PRO SERIES AC & DC Olympus PS-BCS-1 Equivalent BLS-1 Battery Charger - For select Olympus PEN and Evolt Series Cameras

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's cheap and it works., September 7, 2011
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I purchased this to charge my BLS-5 and aftermarket battery for my Olympus e-pl2. Like the title says, it's cheap and it works.

I have to ding the plug prongs for not properly fitting into electrical outlets. They are just a tad too narrow, so the charger tends to pop out of wall sockets easily. Also, it smells "electrical" when it use. It's possible the converter components are cheap - possible fire hazard? Hope not! Fortunately, it doesn't get hot (at least not that I've noticed).


Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Offered by Circuit Street
Price: $583.10
32 used & new from $290.00

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic's m4/3rds 20mm Magnum Opus, September 7, 2011
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If you own a micro 4/3 camera, you need to own the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens, stat.

I could end my review here, because, well, nothing more needs to be said. If you need convincing, let me expound.

There is no other more versatile lens in the m4/3rds ecosystem which provides anywhere near the cost/performance value. Chromatic aberration is almost non-existent, even at full aperture (f1.7). If there's any vignetting, I haven't seen it. Distortion is kept to a minimum, but then again, this is a 20mm pancake. This lens is tack sharp and, on an Olympus e-pl2 (being that it has a very light AA screen), the resolution is astounding.

Did someone say colors?

I'm not sure how this is possible - may it's lens coatings, or just plain awesome glass - but the color this lens produces is leaps and bounds ahead of, for example, the Olympus kit lens (and that lens still produces awesome colors).

This lens is crazy small. But, to say that, doesn't mean much until you've looked at equivalent Canon or Nikon lens (APS or FF).

This lens can single-handedly carry the entire m4/3rds paradigm - it makes this concept "make sense". Someone might ask, "Why would you want a sensor half the size of full-frame". That's when you pull out this lens and show them pictures you took at a social gathering, on the street, at night, in weak lighting without a flash. Or, maybe a gallery of shots from a hiking trip or nature walk.

This lens requires no marketing - it sells itself through word of mouth. Honestly, if every photographer out there knew what this lens can do, they would pick-up it up with a cheap e-pl2 or GF2, post-haste.

Is everything perfect? No.

The aperture blades make clicky sounds during video.
The focus motor is a little noisy too (which can be heard on on quiet recordings).
The autofocus is slow compared to the newest Olympus lenses, for example.

Even with those faults, the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens reigns king.
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