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Old Oct 24, 2010, 6:19 PM   #1
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Default I've taken the E-PL1 plunge

Well, after much debating(with myself), I finally bit the bullet on an E-PL1
camera with the kit 14 -42 lens.

I found one being sold on Craig's List by a real estate broker who no longer had need for it. It is less than 1 year old, appears to be in great condition and the price was very attractive.

Haven't had much time to play with this camera as yet. But, I did manage to take a few photos this afternoon before it got too dark.

A few quick observations;

-I'm not wild about using the LCD screen to frame the shot. hopefully, I'll get used to it in time.
-My goodness, the images are free of noise. Although, I took only about a dozen images, the jpegs coming OOC appear to be REALLY clean.
-I'm not really enamored with the 14-42mm lens. Need to get an adapter(s) and try a few different lenses as this one doesn't do anything for me.
-The jpegs OOC do not appear to need much in the way of pp.

Here are a few from today.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 8:12 PM   #2
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congrats, hope you enjoy the camera. The VF2 will really help out if you do plan on getting the 4/3 to m4/3 adapter and mounting a longer lens on.
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congrats zig! its a wonderful little kit and you are right on about the image quality, very smooth and the jpegs don't need much work.

keep us posted as you continue shooting
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 9:40 PM   #4
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congrats, hope you enjoy the camera. The VF2 will really help out if you do plan on getting the 4/3 to m4/3 adapter and mounting a longer lens on.
Hi and thanks,

My plan is to get a MMF2adapter as well as a Minolta to m43 adapter (Rokkor 50mm F1.4 lens) as soon as I can. Then, as you suggest, the VF2 will be next item that I want.

Now that I've got the E-PL1, I need to visit this forum more often to get educated about the next m43 lens that would make sense to get.

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congrats zig! its a wonderful little kit and you are right on about the image quality, very smooth and the jpegs don't need much work.

keep us posted as you continue shooting
Thanks Dustin. And don't worry, I'll be posting some more comments as I get a better handle on this gem of a camera.


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Old Oct 25, 2010, 12:12 AM   #6
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Hey, Zig! What a time of year to get one with all those beautiful colors popping up there. Still looks like the middle of summer here. That's one beautiful spot.
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Congrats Zig, If you don't expect the pen to be as fast as an DSLR & use it with in its limits it is a totally capable camera the evf is definitely a must have, to maintain your sanity with this camera. I have adapters for 4/3,canon fd, & pentax screwmount for mine. Shooting old manual lens' is fun & image quality with the right old lens' is surprising decent also. hope you have fun with it.
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...hey Zig, I'm glad you found the camera, it has got to be a fun one for sure and as Greg said, a beautiful time of year there to learn it.

Recently, I very nearly snapped up a combo including a m4 - 4/3 adapter but the 'want-drive' just wasn't there at the time, but one of these days.........

Enjoy and let's see more nor'easter fall colors.
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It sounds like you're about even (2 positives against two negatives). I agree with you your initial assessment. The LCD is very SAD (to say the least) and from my experience I'll say it will not be easy for you to get adjusted to it because it is poor and framing a scene in bright daylight is challenging. The kit lens is also of poor build. It produces decent images for what it is but I much prefer the Lumix 14-45mm. Since you already have an Oly gear, it is well worth to get the adapter. Keep in mind that the Pana adapter is cheaper (oly has reduced the price of its adapter but it's still about $40 more) and it works exactly the same. Some people brag about the external EVF, which I'm sure is nice and it I think it drastically improves the user shooting experience. You might want to consider one since you bought the camera at a good price (personally I will not invest another $250 on it, specially because it's unknown whether it will work on future replacement models or not). I also find the Lumix lenses to be much quicker on the EPL1. When I had the EP1, I had bought the Oly 17mm, which I quite like it. In fact, I thought it worked better on the EP1 than the Lumix 20mm on the EPL1 (despite the fact that just about everyone prefers the 20mm). In my experience, the 20mm over exposes very easily when shooting high contrast images making it very difficult to control the highlights.
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Put yourself under control, what a good deal may easily end up into a lot of more money. Except the Panny 45-200, all lenses are over priced, not wise to add. Try my $5 "EVF", it really works and has been attached to my EPL1 ever since. Using old lenses is pretty much the whole point for this camera. Minolta AF SLR lenses (MA mount) are the most ideal among others because they are relatively small and light and allow aperture control. Note there are two adapter versions selling on ebay, both same price but one has a ring for aperture the other has not.
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