March 13, 2011
I started out by searching for a decent camera I could take on an upcoming family vacation, because I didn't want to be hauling around my SLR. At first, I was just looking to complement my SLR and initially ordered an "advanced" point and shoot. But then I started researching the micro fourthirds cameras and ended up settling on an e-pl2 2-lens kit (14-42mm and 40-150mm).
My first outing was my daughters basketball game. I had pretty low expectations, given this was not an SLR. I was quite surprised to find that it held its own pretty well.
After a couple weeks of testing and comparing, I actually decided to sell my SLR as this camera fits 90% of my needs. I highly recommend getting the VF-2 and 20mm.
I only wish there was some way to completely disable the dial - it is annoying at best. At least there is a way to lock it when taking pictures, but I wish I could disable it when browsing the menus and playback.
Unless you are a pro photographer, and perhaps even if you are, you will probably find yourself grabbing the PEN more often than not.
March 09, 2011
I have only had this camera for 2 weeks now, so my experience isn't extensive just yet. So far, I have liked the resolution and image stabilization. I am enjoying the filters and the software is very easy to use. The camera is very nice looking, (I have it in red!), and small and light. The LCD is nice and bright. I also really like the Live view ability to change settings, since I do a lot of manipulation of aperture and exposure. The flash is also pretty good, given its small size. And I think I will be getting the auxilliary flash and electronic viewfinder.
The only problems I have seen so far are the control wheel on the back isn't the easiest to use, especially when trying to change exposure compensation, I keep accidentally getting the flash settings.
The other issue that I am finding, is that I like to use natural light as much as possible, and at 1600 ISO and over, there is a lot of grain in the shadow areas, whereas, the light areas are very clean. Overall, the dynamic range is very good for a non SLR camera with a smaller sensor.
March 08, 2011
After 60 years of handling cameras for both fun and profit, this camera opens a whole new life to my photography. I am fatigued by carrying a cement block sized camera and lenses.The PL2 is a blessing. A compact but beautiful piece of art and technology fused together to create a wonderful tool for the entire photography family.
After reading and research, I purchased the PL2 kit with 14-42mm & 40-150mm lens. I added the VF-2 finder, an extra battery and a couple of class 10 8GB SD cards. The entire kit can fit in a waistpack and weight less than 2 pounds. Now the best part....the photos were sharp, clear, richly colored and in raw format for any adjustment needed. The two lenses cover a 35mm range of 28-300mm. The entire setup is unobtrusive making it a great steet camera for candid steet shots. I am still in the learning curve and have not yet tried the interesting special features programed into this camera. The adjustment wheel on the back helped make for an easy transition to this camera since my large DSLRs have the same. I am considering the purchase of the 9-14mm to complete this system. BRAVO to Olympus...you have a winner!
March 07, 2011
This is my first huge foray into photography. I'm learning as I go along. This is a great choice alll the way around, especially if a point-and-shoot won't cut it anymore and you don't want to drop big bucks on a professional camera or a prosumer model.
March 06, 2011
I like the camera because it is easy to use yet has features of a more complex camera. Pictures are great. I also like the size and how comfortable it is to use, it has a nice feel in your hands.
February 19, 2011
When the digital Pen series was introduced it didn't really pull my chain, but when I started to look into upgrading from my E-500 and E-3. I gave it the once over.
It does what the description claims, delivers DSLR image quality in a small more portable package. Now I can carry a camera with me that I know I will pleased with the results.
The art filters built into the E-PL2 are amazing. Special effects on the fly.
February 11, 2011
The first digicam I ever purchased was an Olympus(Camedia 1.3 mp) , and I loved the pictures that camera gave me. So when it came time to pick a DSLR camera my first expirience counted in this purchase. Also I did not want all the bulk. The pictures from this PEN camera are trully AMAZING! I love the ART Filters. Takes the after processing out of the equation for the most part. My co-worker were stunned at the quality of the photo's right in the camera. The prints are just as awsome. Dramatic and B&W are my favorites so far. The other filters are great as well, just that I get the best shots with those filters. Well see how long it last before repairs to trully test the build quality. But so far, so good. For the price you pay, you'll get results that usually come from DSLR's that cost three times what you pay. Portability is quite good. Lens in one jacket pocket , and camera in the other. Can't do that with a standard DSLR. I have it with me all th time. Good job Olympus!