November 19, 2011
I love this camera so mutch I bought two. One for my girl and one for my self.
November 14, 2011
I haven't had a lot of time with this camera but it performs very well. The lens quality seems to be very good but no resolution testing has been done by me. The image quality looks good on my 27 inch monitor using LightRoom and observing the image at 100%.
November 07, 2011
This camera is an excellent digital back for legacy glass. The light AA filter gives a pretty good ISO 1600-3200 shot, just keep an eye on underexposure exposure to avoid shadow noise. With manual lenses, the lack of control dials is a non-issue. Zoom view helps with the lower resolution screen for critical focusing.
The VF-2 works very well with this camera if you are using longer focal lenghts. M and LSM rangefinder lenses (M39) are good ergonomic matches as the adapter is only about 6mm thick.
If you want AF, lots of u 4/3 lenses to choose from including over one dozen prime lenses! One touch AF is very quick with Oly MSC lenses, tracking AF not so much. The only thing that is missing in a remote release.
If you are traveling, the 17mm is very compact and allows the camera to fit in a large pocket or inconspicuouly under a jacket. That and the 40-150mm zoom are all you would need to take just about anywhere.
Come on Oly, give us a firmware update with the remote release!
November 06, 2011
I absolutely love this camera. It is so easy to use, yet allows you to input exactly what you want. The quality of both the camera and the pictures it takes are outstanding. The art filters and scene modes are out of this world, and the battery life is great, trust me, BUY THIS CAMERA!
November 05, 2011
I am delighted with my Olympus E-PL-1 camera. This camera is compact, though well built, and takes outstanding photographs with vibrant, true to life color. I would recommend this camera to any photo enthusiast looking to move away from the point and shoot model and enter the DSLR arena.
November 04, 2011
This camera seems to take most photo challenges I throw at it. It has opened up a whole new enjoyable hobby for me. The only negative, is the flash to me. Using an external flash make a big difference, but that could be due to my novice experience. I own a Olympus SL-10, so it's my second camera.They are an outstanding company.
October 31, 2011
I bought this camera as part of the Olympus repair program. My aging Olympus point n shoot bit the dust and couldn't be repaired. I had a select list of replacement cameras to choose from- so I selected the E PL1. This is a rather old model and the lens that came with it was the older 14-72mm.
This is a good basic camera, but if I could have afforded more I would have bought the E PL-3 because of the auto focus zoom improvement and bought the longer zoom. I bought the macro adapter and it didn't fit this older lens- it only fits on the newer 14-72mm. I can't really afford the lenses with the adapter which would make this camera better. This camera is real nice and easy to use and the pictures are really pretty good- a step up from the usual point n shoot- just wish I could buy a macro and zoom!
I've had one problem so far- all of a sudden the auto focus ceased focusing. I called Olympus. They had me update the firmware and that fixed the problem. In a year or so I'll trade this camera in for the latest Pen model.
October 31, 2011
I waited a long time to buy this camera and I am loving it. I love the quality pictures.
October 29, 2011
My PEN E-PL1, purchased with the 14-42mm and 40-150mm lenses, is everything I could ask for in a small full feature camera. Light, easy to use and feature filled, I was taking great pictures right away.
I really am into macro and panorama shooting and this doesn’t disappoint.
This camera is as versatile as a full DSLR, (unless you can’t live without a viewfinder) with all the lenses and flash systems available, yet user friendly for the novice that will get great photos using nothing but the Scene and iAuto modes.
For me the 720p HD video function is a free extra since cameras that shoot 1080p HD video are much more in price.
This is a camera, compact enough not to be a bother carried as a snapshot camera with extra lens and accessories in a small camera bag on vacation or family outing/function, but versatile enough to be used by a pro in place of much higher end 35mm film cameras.
October 28, 2011
Years ago, I used to travel to Airshows, I lost count of how many rolls of film I developed in my friends darkroom back then. College came, funds were tight and I sold my camera gear.
Last year, I was given a PEN E-PL1 for Christmas and it has really inspired me to return to Photography as a hobby and maybe more.
The PEN system is the perfect setup for me, light, user friendly, packed with features, lots of accessories are available and it's relatively inexpensive.
All in all, just what I wanted, Thanks.