May 29, 2020 by Bruinsmallow
My First Real Camera
My name is Chris I am an Adobe Stock Premium contributor and one of the presidents of my University's Photographer club and I could not have done either without the abilities the PEN-F afford to me. In 2017, I was gifted the PEN-F. Having previously shot exclusively on the EP-1. I was so excited to try out this new and sleek camera. Here's my honest opinion, it is the perfect first camera for any hobbyists looking to go further into photography. It is petit and therefore easy to carry anywhere you go and without a lens it is even pocketable. I am an event photographer at my university, and most of the rooms in which events take place have an absolute dearth of light. This is no problem for the PEN-F and its 5-axis image stabilization which makes handheld shots at lower shutter speeds a no-brainer. That being said, the sensor is able to do a lot with a little light if combined with lenses like the 12-40 mm 2.8 pro or the 45 mm 1.8. I trust the camera to work at most ISOs from low to 1000. Finally the cropped sensor makes it easy to get closer to subjects than possible with a full frame camera. That being said, it has some annoyances. First, the creative mode dial, although it is a neat feature, it can be very inconvenient as it is easy to accidentally bump and turn on a color mode. Second, along the lines of annoying physical features, the on/off button is also very easy to bump and miss a shot. The last downside I can see, well, this could be my fault is the hot shoe not being reinforced and mine ended up breaking off crippling my ability to use a flash. The takeaways from this review should be that the PEN-F is brilliant for young photographers who want to go deeper and need more advanced functions. for a lower cost than a professional OMD. This is a camera that can be taken anywhere and is and is perfect for travel, and is a camera that performs extremely well in almost every setting that I have put it in from Yosemite, to latte art throw downs, to fashion shows, to equestrian competitions, from blizzards to macro, to dorm rooms and beyond. The problems are only annoyances and I definitely recommend this camera to photographers looking who need, like I did, their first real camera.
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March 10, 2020 by R Keigher
A 21st Century Classic
I had the original half-frame Pen F film camera that I bought second hand and I loved it. I was a teenager and was inspired by F. Eugene Smith who used this camera as his work tool. My beloved Pen was stolen, but I am a proud owner of the Pen F digital. I love it and it is far more versatile than the original. Thanks, Olympus for this camera. I am sad to see that it's been discontinued, but I will this one is a keeper.
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January 27, 2020 by Elaine
Olympus! Make a Pen F II! Wake UP!
4 stars for not having Weather Sealing, 4K, a dedicated ISO, Aperture and shutter button, and incorrectly placing tripod mount off center. Why would you do that?. LCD articulating screen is kind of annoying, so not sure if I have an application for it VS a regular flip screen like on the Fuji X series. Camera is expensive for what it is out there nowadays. Retro feel is nice, though the front dial can make your fingers get cramped and the dial touching pressing on it can irritate. Love the color mode dial. I bought this as my JPEG fun camera. It's fun to use, though the menus are extremely bloated and confusing. Even with all of this, I like shooting with this camera. I know MFT is being left behind though. I do notice less dynamic range to play with on MFT VS APS-C and FF cameras. On a positive note, the Olympus Pen F and the 17mm and 45mm prime lenses I also purchased produce very tack sharp detailed photos. BY that I mean detailed when zoomed in upon. Fuji files don't seem to resolve the detail as well while zoomed in. The only camera systems that seem to do better are the original Sigma DP Merrill camera series with the fully functioning, not Quattro-crippled Foveon sensor in them. Those cameras could keep a fly's wings in sharp detail, even if it were far off in the distance. Olympus is pretty good at those distant details. I hope Olympus brings out an improved, not re-hashed Pen F. Yeah, I know you stated that you discontinued the series, but I think that is a huge mistake. If Olympus were to put 4K, weather sealing, and maybe improve the MFT sensor somewhat, center that tripod screw mount on the bottom so the landscape photographers can use the camera instead of having their lenses rub due to it being placed incorrectly, tat would be the sort of improvements which would prompt new buyers to take a chance and buy the system. Olympus needs to LISTEN to photographers and make a Pen F II. Ask them what they'd like for features. Listen to them. if they did that, the Pen F II would sell like the Fuji X-Pro models that everyone drools over.
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January 27, 2020 by Brian
Great camera needs to be continued.
The Pen-F is a great camera. I use it all the time as my primary camera. I have traveled the world with it. I felt deep in snow with it and it kept on working with no problems. It is a shame that Olympus would design such a great camera and stop production. It makes no sense and I don't want to purchase other Olympus cameras. I tried the EM-1, MKII but it is not well designed, poor ergonomics and generally not attractive. It is bulky compared to the Pen-F, which I believe is overall a better camera. Please reconsider Olympus team.
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January 22, 2020 by Elaine
Retro Almost
Love the retro feel and look. Wish it was weather sealed. Wish the tripod mount was centered and not precariously placed at the edge of the camera so that it bumps into longer lenses. Fun to use, though the EVF can be a bit rough for those who wear eyeglasses. Love the IBIS, like the LCD artucating screen. It does come in handy at times. Wish the sensor was bigger as I'm used to APS-C and FF with more dynamic range, but the files print large enough for it not to matter most times. I don't know how Olympus will stay in the game if they don't either use bigger sensors or somehow pull more out of the MFT sensor. I gave 4 stars due to this and the other points mentioned. Still, I'm having fun using this camera and am glad I bought it before it become extinct. I wish Olympus would make a version II of this camera body. Make the AF faster and more accurate in low light, weather seal it, throw in 4K video, and then center the tripod mount for those of us who like to do landscapes or architectural interiors. Even with all of its shortcomings, this is a great camera and will print large prints. It's more than enough for most people, though everyone is chasing the almighty pixels, including me. At times I do need it, but for myself and my art, this is perfect. This camera is beautfiful and makes me want to go out and use it.
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