Olympus EPL2 Review, first installment.
This afternoon I shot my first stuff with the EPL2. Fadya came over to the studio to help me do photos for an upcoming book and I pulled out the camera with the 40-150mm zoom and the VF-2 mounted on top. I stuck the unit on top of my tripod and grabbed my meter to take an incident light reading from Fadya's position. When I looked through my finder, set in the 6:6 crop mode it so reminded me of the images I used to get from my old Hassleblad that I switched the color setting to monochrome and started shooting.
We were using a since light source. It was two LED lights thru a 4x4 foot diffusion panel. The lights far back and the panel close to Fadya. I used a couple of black flags, one on either side of the diffusion panel, to keep light from spilling directly on the camera or on the back wall. I used an ePhotoInc 1000 and a 500 LED fixture for the light.
My first two observations are these: 1. The lens is very sharp, even wide open. 2. The camera does a better monochrome Jpeg than the ones I get out of the Canon DSLR's. Someone actually took some time to make a great conversion algorithm. It's almost exactly how I would have liked a roll of black and white film to turn out.
I'll admit that I'm flustered by one thing: I can't seem to reliably have the super menu come up on the back screen. That sucks but I guess I just need to hit the manual again.
The focus was fast and the shutter noise wasn't bad at all. Most of today's shoot was done on other cameras but I did knock out 50 or so frames and liked em just fine. Fun little camera and it seems to work well with the BLS-1 battery that CAME IN THE BOX.
More to come.
Ooops! Almost forgot. The camera does do color. Very nice color. Here's a jpeg: