Olympus E-P3 with Zeiss 50mm T* Planar

Olympus E-P3 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

One of the first things I tried with the E-P3 was how it worked with my Zeiss 50mm T* Planar. 

Using manual focus lenses on the E-P3 is easier than with the E-P2. It uses the system in the E-PL's i.e. pressing the zoom / magnification button enlarges the focus point. I don't know if this is my imagination but the VF-2 viewfinder image seems clearer and sharper. It certainly seemed much easier to focus the lens than on other Pens. This has removed the need to change screens that I had to do with the E-P2. 

Unfortunately you still have to click the button to get out of the magnification screen, unlike the Panasonic system where you just touch the shutter button, which is a much better and quicker system.

Olympus E-P3 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

I took the following images using the Zeiss lens. I have uploaded the original, straight out of the camera camera, jpgs to flickr so you can see what these are like.

Olympus E-P3 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

Olympus E-P3 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

Olympus E-P3 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

Olympus E-P3 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

As is my practice, I have shot these at -0.7 to protect the highlights and increase the saturation. 

The images are very sharp but do have some luminance noise and a "grainy" look, even at ISO 200. This is very similar to results I've had from all the Pen cameras and indeed the Panasonic GH2 does the same.

My initial impressions of the E-P3 sensor is that it produces results very similar to to previous Pen sensors. However I do have a suspicion that the anti-aliasing filter has been slightly weakened. The images look marginally sharper with a slight increase in noise. However its early days and I need more time to assess this.

So in terms of using MF lenses, better than the E-P2, though still not as easy as the Panasonic cameras with the built in viewfinder.

Olympus E-P3 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

Olympus E-P3 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar