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Upgraded to the latest PEN! (No, not OM-D.)

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Hyubie, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

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    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    I know I haven't been active on the forum for quite some time now. Just an update - last May I decided to go for the E-PM1, see what the faster AF and other upgrades are on the new PENs. Here's one of the keepers I had using that camera:

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    Julia in New Jersey


    I decided the AF is indeed much improved, but as the days went by I really felt restricted by the screen, so I returned it in exchange for an E-PL3, and that has been my main camera since then. Even my 6-year old daughter has taken a liking to it, claiming it as her own. ("Dad, why are you using my camera?! You're using up space in the card!") Here are a few pics using the E-PL3:

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    Taken by said 6-year old girl, with some PP by me.


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    Last week we were at the beach everyday. After a day's work, why not?


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    Using an adapted Sigma 55-200 for Canon EOS.


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    Outside @ about 11PM, with only a small bulb at the deck. Again using the Sigma lens.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Beautiful shots....now give your daughter her camera back. :wink:
     
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  3. JJJPhoto

    JJJPhoto SC Regular

    71
    Jun 12, 2012
    I do have to say I've been surprised by the little E-PM1. After adding a grip to it and sticking to smaller primes I've found I actually enjoy shooting with the E-PM1 as much or more than my other Pen cameras (E-P1, E-PL1s, and E-P3). The compact size and surprising speed make it perfect for catching those candid moments that only last for a second or two.

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  4. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Feeling the same way about the E-PM1. I spontaneously reach for it instead of the arguably more capable E-P3. Something to be said for simplicity...
     
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  5. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Great shots!
     
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  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Very nice, Hyubie. Great sharpness and clarity.

    I recently picked up one of these to replace my trusty old E-PL1. I actually quite like the stripped down interface and shrunken size although it can be a bit slippery to handle in it's unmodified form. After my E-M5 I'm not too sure what I want my longer term Micro 4/3 line-up to be just yet, so for the time being I'm just going to leave it "naked". The AF speed of the E-PM1 was perfect for the Medieval Festival that I took it along to on the weekend before last. After having used mostly the E-M5, Panasonic GH1, and Canon G1X recently I did find the fixed screen to be a little awkward, since my first instinct now is to hold a camera down near my waist. Thankfully though it's light weight made it easy to hold it out either in front of or above a crowd to get a better vantage point. After using the E-PM1 I do like the idea of keeping it as a super compact Micro 4/3 body, but I am also loathe to sell the GH1 which leaves me with three bodies when the intention was to keep just two...
     
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  7. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

    360
    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Thanks, Nic and Kyle.

    Regardnig the E-PM1's size, I actually thought it through a lot before I finally decided to return the E-PM1. I was lucky enough to see an E-PL3 in person before returning it, so I had something to compare to. The E-PM1's compactness is really one if its biggest draws. But again, the E-PL3's screen won out. One annoying thing though is that my unit has one of those date-reset bugs -- whenever I replace the battery the date resets. I need the date properly set because my Lightroom library is auto-stored by date. But I've learned to accept it - I don't want to return it because I have no backup camera.

    BTW - my daughter used the Olympus 45mm to get that shot of the flower, and that's still one of my favorite pictures from that amazing lens.
     
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  8. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    My E-PM1 does the same with the date, but I wasn't aware if it was a common problem or not.
     
  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Such wonderful lighting, color, and choice of focus in your first - just love it, but I think you already know that. Your daughter has inherited her great eye from you - how wonderful to share the art with her. I've been rather remiss about keeping up on here and on Flickr, but will try harder...summertime is a busy one, but I apologize.

    By all accounts the E-PL3 seems like a super camera. I know I'd enjoy that screen a great deal...as it kind of reminds me of the way one used to look down into the ground glass.... I'm afraid I've never seen it in real life nor the E-PM1, jjjphoto however you did catch your little fellow in the act beautifully! I'm on a camera buying diet.:eek::wink:
     
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  10. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

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    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Thanks, BB.

    I think probably the reason why I haven't been taking pictures is my daughter won't lend the camera to me. :biggrin:
     
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  11. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
  12. KianO

    KianO SC Top Veteran

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    Jun 27, 2012
    Geneva
    Well, I must say that as much I love the OMD as much it isn't going with me as often as I expected, it is too heavy and bulky, I got the GRD IV but then if I had been more toughtful I could well have got the EPM with a 14mm...
     
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  13. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia SC Veteran

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    Nov 10, 2010
    Los Angeles
    It's amazing to me that Olympus outfitted the E-P3, E-PL3, and E-PM1 with the same output and fast AF. The E-P3 looks great and has obviously the best interface, but the E-PM1 is an absolute bargain right now.
     
  14. CapoDave

    CapoDave SC Veteran

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    Dec 3, 2011
    Mission Viejo Ca
    Dave Kavlich
    I also have all 3 new pen configurations.
    My intent was to sell the E PM1 after getting the E PL3, but i just ordered another Gariz case ( they are interchangeable) so I will probably keep all three. They each have a place but take equally good pics.
     
  15. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Late to the party!

    Seems that the "baby Pen", has been left in the dust of progress. So as folks are dropping it, for the next new toy. I caught one. And with my OM 50mm f3.5 macro "wearing" it, I'm a happy camper! (literately. I live in one)

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  16. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    WOW!! This is superb!! Clarity, sharpness, Colours ...yummy!! Those droplets are stunning!
     
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  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Nothing wrong with a baby PEN. Been contemplating it along with a bazillion other options :)
     
  18. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    The actual camera itself was a bit too small for my hands, but I always loved the feel of the E-PM1. It always felt to have been made to a much higher quality than it's entry-level price tag suggested.
     
  19. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Add a big lens, and do most of the handling with the left, leaves the right free to do the button, wheel thing. Works great.