December 15, 2017 by Charles
Superbly engineered camera
I got this as a major upgrade to the excellent EP-1 I had been using. The PEN-F had various improvements that were especially important to me such as having two easily operable dials for setting speed and aperture, dedicated exposure compensation dial where you don't have to look at the screen to know your setting, built in electronic viewfinder, and much higher resolution screen that also tilts and swivels. Another nice feature is a lock on the mode dial. There are other interesting features such as locating point of focus using the touch screen and no doubt others I haven't discovered yet. I have not experienced any minuses except a bit of weatherproofing might have been nice, but not critical for me. I like that you can do serious photography with this and the easy access of the many more physical controls than on something like the EP-1. Information display choices are excellent. While complex if you want to learn everything, it is reasonably easy to learn. The instruction manual is above average. This is simply a superbly engineered camera.
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November 24, 2017 by Dave
Unifying my photographic aspirations
Back in the 1970s, I was a Jr. High School kid getting into photography, and I had found the camera for me: the Olympus OM-1. It was a couple years of admiring before I was able to buy it, but I ultimately did. I started a window washing business with my best friend and spent nearly everything on lenses and film. I even got a job with a local paper... I'd go where they asked -- on bicycle -- shoot what they wanted, and get the requested prints to them in a day. After college, I bought an OM-4, while on a work assignment in Tokyo. That kept me going into the 1990s, but eventually, Olympus got out of the business of serious cameras, and I added another company's SLRs, then DSLRs. I also, for awhile, collected 1940s and 1950s rangefinders from Leica and Canon... absolutely beautifully made machines. Kind of a pain to use. I got into Micro Four-thirds after a P&S camera hit some concrete at a rock concert. I was never happy with the performance, so I replaced it with a Pen Mini. And then I bought lenses. And more lenses. Then the OM-D E-M5 came out, and it was that same OM-1 experience all over again. I finally came back home. More lenses, and then the OM-D E-M5 mark II, which managed to put that other DSLR system on a shelf. And then the Pen-F... that took everything good about the E-M5s, put it in a body reminiscient of my old 39mm thread-mount cameras, with all of the build excellence but none of the headache of those vintage models. It's even smaller than the OM-D, but an unexpeced bump in image quality for many situations. I have a hard time putting it down. I use it with Olympus lenses, with some of the newer all-mechanical lenses from China.. I'm up to about 18 Micro Four-thirds lenses. I can pack a bunch of primes in a small bag and get results that no one would know weren't from my full-frame DSLR unless I told them. It's so much faster than my much more expensive DSLR, quieter, as invisible as I need it to be. I didn't expect to use the front image mode dial. But recently, I've been shooting lots of monochromes for a project, and it actually changes things to be able to fully visualize monochrome, with filters, in-camera. So that makes it pretty much every feature that's proven useful: live composite, hires, etc. It's clear that Olympus isn't just doing me-too with digital technology, but thinking hard about what kinds of things will be useful for still photography in-field.
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November 5, 2017 by Donna
Best Camera I have ever had!
Great Camera - love the availability of the dial controls, great for shooting in manual mode, sharp images, great color and the filters are on the front dial are wonderful. All in all, I am very pleased with the Pen-F, just what I have been looking for in a camera.
November 5, 2017 by Bob
Most enjoyable camera to work with!
I can not think of thing I do like about the Pen - F - IQ is outstanding, I use the camera both for commercial work (clients love the images) and personal / gallery work. Feels good in the hand, very inconspicuous allowing you become more immersed with your subject. In the studio or on the street.
October 21, 2017 by Will
A Wonderful Overall Camera
The Pen-F is a wonderful overall camera. Being myself and visiting many tropical places, I feel as if at any time I can get the perfect shot.
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