Micro 4/3 Upgraded to the latest PEN! (No, not OM-D.)

Hyubie

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Jun 8, 2011
103
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:


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:


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



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



Using an adapted Sigma 55-200 for Canon EOS.



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

JJJPhoto

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Jun 12, 2012
43
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.

 

Crsnydertx

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Jan 21, 2011
103
Houston, TX
Chuck
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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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...
 

Luckypenguin

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Dec 24, 2010
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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...
 

Hyubie

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Jun 8, 2011
103
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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BBW

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Jul 7, 2010
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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:
 

KianO

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Jun 27, 2012
103
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...
 

madmaxmedia

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Nov 10, 2010
43
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.
 

CapoDave

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Dec 3, 2011
103
Mission Viejo Ca
Dave Kavlich
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.
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.
 

Luckypenguin

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Dec 24, 2010
123
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.
 

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