7.10.2010

The Olympus EPL1 comes out of hiding. And continues to please me.


This is the Norwood Tower in downtown Austin on a sunny weekend day.  Shot with the Olympus EPL, sporting the absolutely serious 70mm f2 Pen lens.  Cropped square by the camera because that's the way I like it.  The camera hasn't left my side today.  Maybe I'll make a movie......

10 comments:

Silvertooth said...

Kirk,
Please stop posting photos with the Pen. I am really starting to fall for the camera. I need a new camera, but a want an E620/E30. Then I see these glorious photos of Austin with the Pen and I start to thinking...

Michael Ferron said...

I have a EPL1 14-42, 17mm 2.8 and the Panasonic 40-200 which btw is a superb telephoto. Oh and don't forget the very cool EVF. It all fits in a small bag. Sometimes I wonder why I need any other camera. (did take me a bit to get use to the menus and controls though.)

Jaime Fanlo said...

I have an E-520 which im still figuring out, and now i'm considering trading it in for an EPL1 just to simplify my life a little. But i need some time to consider the paradigm shift...

learning more is a priority, and somehow i think the DSLR will allow more flexibility to grow and try new technic. But if i had the money to spare, I would jump on this little wonder without any hesitation.

Curt Schimmels said...

I recently picked up a PEN 38mm F1.8 prime for 50 bucks to use on my E-P1. I love the combination! I'm sure I'd love the 70mm F2, but haven't ever seen that for less than 400, so it's a bit out of my range. I do agree that the old PEN lenses on the new PEN bodies are great. I love using my 38mm in hyperfocal when I make movies of my grandkids playing in the pool. Very sharp indeed.

Ezequiel Mesquita said...

Yesterday, the EPL1 saved my day. I was assigned to cover the visit of the Paraguayan soccer team´s goalkeeper, just arrived from South Africa. I decided to carry the venerable E1 with the 40-150 and my new EPL1 with the 14-42, to not need to switch lenses. It began to rain, and for reasons unknown, the E1 refused to shoot several times. I supposed it was having a hard time locking focus, but switching to MF did not fix the problem. Bottom line, I ended shooting everything with the EPL1, and the 12 mp sensor made up for the needed cropping. I was concerned seeing the camera completely wet, but it performed flawlessly. I'm loving the little Pen.

kirk tuck said...

Ezequiel, Bravo and well done. These cameras are wonderful. I keep one in my main shooting bag "just in case" but more often than not it gets used just because it's fun.

Nice story. Glad you had a good back up.

Jim said...

Hey...I finally got the comments to work...very strange.

Just wanted to say that I picked up and EPL-1 and am having a lot of fun with.

I was wondering if you'd share your jpeg settings?

I keep mine on "Vivid" in the sRGB colorspace, but I'm not seeing those great Olympus jpegs that everyone raves about.

Your new design looks classier.

Ezequiel Mesquita said...

Thanks for the encouragement Kirk! I'm delighted with the Pen. It feels a bit insubstantial coming from an E1, and I must fight sometimes with the LCD screen, but I would love to build my entire system around micro FT.BTW, have you adapted the hoodman loope to the EPL1 or it works with the EP2 only? I hope Oly will present a more pro oriented MFT body soon. And I'm having a great time with my Hexanon lenses via adapter.

Sekhar said...

A novice to high end cameras yet I opted to buy an EPL1 with a 14:150 lens. My purpose was to get a camera that I can keep for a life time (30 running) and use for research (a landslide researcher) and personal photography. I tried the 14:42 lens and was not satisfied with the limit of zoom. Hence negotiatied with the dealer and upgraded it after 2 weeks to the 14:150 lens. Your review was one of those which I based my choice upon. Thanks a lot.

Ed Lara said...

Kirk I found your post googling around for real world impressions of using the new digital Pens with vintage lenses. I've been shooting with Olympus gear for a long time, and made the switch to a DSLR later than most since I loved the OM1 so much. I haven't used the E500 as much, though, because it is pretty bulky for street shooting. Your various posts and accompanying images on using your E-PL1 with the old Zuikos sealed the deal for me. I sprung for a refurbed E-P1 and got it just last week. I am amazed with the sharpness and color of the images shot with my Zuiko 38mm F1.8---so glad that it's back in action again since I've not been able to justify spending the money to get my Pen-F's shutter fixed. Your posts are great, really insightful, and it's good to see you keeping the faith on the importance of good, basic technical skills plus going with the flow and shooting intuitively.