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Old Aug 11, 2012, 02:16 AM   #1
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Olympus PEN Cameras

Hi, all.

Do any of you have the Olympus PEN? If so, which model? And what lenses/accessories have you really liked using?

I'm leaning towards getting a PEN, but I'm having a hard time deciding (and there's so much info to wade through) on which one to get.

Thanks for any feedback

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Old Aug 11, 2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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I don't currently have a PEN, but used to own an E-PL2, which I think is a great camera. I now have an E-M5, and an array of lenses. My favorite lenses are the Olympus 12mm f/2 and the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7.

Photokina is coming soon, and there should be new PEN models announced within a month, so I'd wait before buying anything unless you need a camera immediately.
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 11:53 AM   #3
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I just recently bought the PEN E-P3 as an easy to carry option for a trip I was going on. Wow! Do I love this little camera. I only have the 14-42 kit lens, but I'm happier with it than I am with my Tammy 28-75 on my T3 (minus bokeh capability with the Tammy). At f8 the PEN kit actually seems better to me.

I've heard nothing but effusive praise for the Panasonic 20mm f1.7. Haven't gotten one yet, but it's next on my list.

It's a joy to use, takes excellent quality photos, and with its small size is a camera I actually enjoy taking with me. As opposed to my bulky DSLR which often feels like a chore to carry around. My DSLR kit's days may be numbered.

Sorry to sound like a m43 fanboy, but I really do like this camera!
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 07:19 PM   #4
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E-PM1 as the always have with me camera. E-P3 was recently replaced by the OM-D E-M5.

Which camera you select really depends on how involved you want to be with your pictures. Sticking with the Pen series, the E-P3, or it's successor, w/ an EVF gives you a lot of flexibility and options. There is better and more & more glass coming to the m43 world so whatever body you pick, the lenses should serve you for years to come.

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Old Aug 11, 2012, 07:43 PM   #5
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I've picked up the E-MP1 a few months back. Iīm pretty happy with it so far, but Iīm a little miffed that you can't record more than 29 minutes AVCHD (this is a super minor complaint as I really donīt take too much video, but I donīt understand the limitation). The stock lens can be noisy (actual sound using auto focus, not the picture quality) at times but it takes nice photos.
I've been saving for the panny 20mm - man is it ever a pricey lens.
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 10:00 PM   #6
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I feel like the GX1 is a nice bargain at the moment, price-performance wise. But that's a Panasonic. I had the E-P3 for a bit. Snappy AF, compact, easy to use, decent amount of external control. The external control is pretty important to me. If you have the budget, EM-5 should also be a good choice.

M43 has the best selection of lenses for any mirrorless system at the moment. 20/1.7 and 25/1.4 are excellent performers in my experience. Heard great things about Oly 12/2, 45/1.8 but have no experience with those.

I think the EVF is a popular accessory choice. If you shoot on a very bright day, you might want to pick one up.

Currently, I have a Sony NEX-5N. Wanted a APS-C sensor and focus peaking for manual lenses, which is all I use at the moment. IF I didn't use manual lenses, I'd choose a M4/3 camera any day. Good luck hunting!
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 07:31 PM   #7
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I have the epm1 with kit lens. I also have an FD adaptor for some other lenses, most used is a 50/1.8. I love it - got it refurbished at Cameta. I'd wait for the new ones at this point - the updated sensor will hopefully be a better high-ISO performer.

I love the size, the colors, and how it handles.
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