Olympus Announces Three New Pen Cameras and Two New Lenses

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  1. Amin Sabet

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  2. BBW

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    Boy, I do like a tilting screen...now that I've experience the one on the NEX.

    Interesting that they have a built in flash on the E-P3 while there's a removable one on the other two. Of course the lenses sound excellent!
     
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  3. Armanius

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    I wonder what the marketing strategy was for giving the EPL3 the tilt screen, but not to the "flagship" m4/3. Similarly, the EPL3 has faster continuos shooting than EP3.

    If I were getting one of the new Pens, my pick would be a white EPL3 with the leather half case.

    And the lenses are definitely pretty exciting stuff. Both lenses appear to be metal construction. The 45/1.8 is priced at $399 and the 12/2 is $799.
     
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    Armanius,

    I'm wondering about the faster fps shooting too. The OLED, if its like the xz1 will be gorgeous. The E-pl3 has everything I'd ever want...... except a grip. I really thought the E-P3 would be significantly better than the lite version. It doesn't appear to be the case. One thing to note is on the flip screen, its 16:9. Losing a good bit of resolution when shooting 4:3. I also wonder if the difference in display tech is why there is a difference in shooting FPS.
     
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  5. Armanius

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    Hmmm ... not sure why having an OLED screen would affect the FPS?

    Oly is apparently selling a nice looking leather half case that goes on the EPL3, which provides a small grip. Check out the pics in ephotozine.com (http://www.ephotozine.com/article/olympus-pen-lite-e-pl3-hands-on-preview-16847) for the EPL3 with the leather half case. I think it's gorgeous!
     
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  6. Djarum

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    Great find, but still not large enough for my bear paws, lol. It is a nice looking case though.
     
  7. Streetshooter

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    That Pen 3 and both lenses are just plum sexi.
    Hey, hey.... That's right sexi stuff....
    I just love the form of the Pen 1 and the 3 is close .....
     
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  8. Photorx12

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    Funny you say that, I just sold my GF1 with all accesories today to make room for the white EPl3 when it becomes available. The money I just made should cover it, now which lens would you reccomend?
     
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  9. Ghosthunter

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    I think these cameras from Olympus are a significant step forward for Micro 4/3 and a real commitment for Olympus in this sector. I'm really interested in looking at the E-PM1 as it looks like a XZ-1 but with interchangeable lens system. Looking forward to seeing these in our shop.
     
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  10. BBW

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    I miss a wide angle, though I still have my LX5 which does offer that quite nicely. I think I see the world in a wider view than many, or I like to shoot that way at least.
     
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  11. summerkl

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    Oooh - GAS attack! I wrote a post a while ago saying that if the e-pl1 could add a higher-res screen, a tiltable screen and better ISO performance, that would be my dream camera. I think I have to put my money where my mouth is.

    I can't believe that it was less than a year ago that I bought the e-pl1. Product cycles sure are short these days.

    I'm glad that Olympus and Sony continue to push innovation forward!
     
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    Kevin, I was just thinking of you this morning... I was taking my walk with my dog...and noticed several GAS signs.

    Though previously dedicated to Armando, I think there's more than enough GAS to go around. :biggrin:

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  13. summerkl

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    Fortunately, the e-pl3 is not available immediately because although my camera GAS had abated, my apple gear had not .... I am a one week owner of a 27" iMac and have become "one of us, one of us". I am loving it as much as i thought i would.
     
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  14. Pelao

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    Nice machine. Enjoy.
     
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  15. BBW

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    Yes, a very wonderful machine! Just think how much more I could see if I had one, too!:biggrin: Congratulations Kevin...now we are almost blood relatives.:wink:
     
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  16. Djarum

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    Some useless information.

    The E-PL3 uses a 16:9 widescreen that is 460,000 dots. If shooting in 4:3 mode, the amount of dots used would be around 344,000 dots. Better than my E-P1, but not great.
     
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  17. Armanius

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    Both the 12/2 and 45/1.8! :smile:
     
  18. kyteflyer

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    I think the E-P3 would be my choice. Features seem well in advance of the other two, and pricing isn't that bad, really. (Compared, for example, to pentaxQ)
     
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  19. Andrewteee

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    I pre-ordered the E-P3, but I like the swivel screen of the E-PL3. I also pre-ordered the 12mm lens. The E-P3 is one beautiful camera. I really like where Olympus is going with the system.

    Several cameras going on the block in trade. Simplify and downsize.
     
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  20. kyteflyer

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    I'm almost at that point too. Thinking of selling all my Pentax gear in order to buy in to a decent MFT system. This last crop from Olympus have me convinced that PEN is the way to go.
     
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