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Old Jul 16, 2012, 2:45 PM   #1
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Default Finally pulled the trigger on M43

I've been lurking here for a while now and even made a few posts elsewhere around the site. I have a Nikon D40 and a D3100 as well as a few point and shoots but I've always had a hankering for an M43. I know it's getting a little long in the tooth and isn't on the bleeding edge but I just couldn't pass up Cameta's deal on the E-PL1. I got the kit with the 14-42 lens and a few extra goodies for only $219. Heck that's a throwaway, point and shoot price point. I'm looking forward to my M43 experiment and interacting with all the M43 experts here.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 5:59 PM   #2
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The E-PL1 gives as good image quality as any of the Pens. Operation speed-wise, it gives up a little and, for anyone coming from the DSLR world who has been using control dials for fast toggling through menus and to setup exposures, it's a little button-pushing happy so you do need to be prepared for that, Otherwise, once you've mastered the necessary buttons to press to get what you want, it definitely can produce the images.

Operational speed, build quality, access to two controls dials and really, really fast AF. That's the difference between an E-PL1 and the latest E-P3. If you use the MSC Zuikos, and almost all today are, AF will be pretty fast on the E-PL1. One of the few (two, I think) Zuiko micro lenses that is not MSC-designated, is the kit lens for the E-PL1. It's the original 14-42 and is probably the slowest focusing Micro Zuiko.

I do happen to have a newer, "R" version of the 14-42. It's the chrome-finished version, and you are more than welcome to it if you don't like the 14-42 that comes with your camera.
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The E-PL1 gives as good image quality as any of the Pens. Operation speed-wise, it gives up a little and, for anyone coming from the DSLR world who has been using control dials for fast toggling through menus and to setup exposures, it's a little button-pushing happy so you do need to be prepared for that, Otherwise, once you've mastered the necessary buttons to press to get what you want, it definitely can produce the images.

Operational speed, build quality, access to two controls dials and really, really fast AF. That's the difference between an E-PL1 and the latest E-P3. If you use the MSC Zuikos, and almost all today are, AF will be pretty fast on the E-PL1. One of the few (two, I think) Zuiko micro lenses that is not MSC-designated, is the kit lens for the E-PL1. It's the original 14-42 and is probably the slowest focusing Micro Zuiko.

I do happen to have a newer, "R" version of the 14-42. It's the chrome-finished version, and you are more than welcome to it if you don't like the 14-42 that comes with your camera.
Greg, thanks for the info and I may be contacting you regarding the lens.
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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May I chime in and say that if anyone wants a free PSE8 for Mac just send me a couple bucks for postage and it's yours. PM me if interested.

I do happen to have a newer, "R" version of the 14-42. It's the chrome-finished version, and you are more than welcome to it if you don't like the 14-42 that comes with your camera.[/QUOTE]
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One of the problems with those great deals on old photographic equipment is that...they are old and as such, they have limitations that have been improved on newer models. This can be significant, particularly to people coming straight from fast DSLRs or even new P&S models. The EPL1 is a good camera and certainly an improvement (in some areas) over the EP1. However, it's only the second generation PEN and unless you know what its weaknesses are, you'll most likely get frustrated and disappointed with it. Its AF system is slow (curiously enough more so with Zuiko than Panasonic/Lumix lenses), the menu can be convoluted if you are not familiar with the Oly interface, external buttons are few thus most features have to be accessed through the main menu, LCD is mediocre, low res and it makes it almost impossible to use the camera with MF lenses unless you spend some $$ on the external EVF. Battery life is not that great either and video quality falls behind what you get today with the new P&S models from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, etc. So, I'm not trying to throw water on your fire...just want to set your expectations so you don't feel that the m4/3 system actually sucks. It's a great system and I have invested in it more than in any other system I've had. The greatest asset of the m4/3 is size of both body and lens and to me this is priceless. Today I can carry an array of body and lenses in a fairly compact camera bag and at the end of the day, my neck is in good shape.
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I have the E-PL2 and this model has some improvements over the E-PL2 and I believe your image quality with the 1 or the 2 depends largely on lens quality. I have an Oly 4/3 35mm macro lens with adaptor and the image quality is noticeably better than the kit lens that came with my camera. You can also buy an inexpensive Nikon to M43 lens adaptor which would allow you to use your Nikon lenses with the E-PL1 but I believe you will have to manual focus the lens unless some one makes an auto adaptor which will allow auto focus. Plenty will show up if you search on Ebay.
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congrads on your acquisition, I highly suggest looking into a VF-2, if you keep your eyes out you can usually find a refurbished one for around $180. It will make your experience vastly better than just using the LCD on the body.

Otherwise enjoy and don't forget to update the firmware (it will make a difference).
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For what it's worth, and probably more for someone coming from point and shot land, e-pl1 comes out as best bargain mirrorless camera with "2cameraguys" best cameras website. also, it comes in second in best overall camera under $300, being noted as "pure picture quality winner." Interesting comparisons. (I'm still reading the travel brochures for the m4/3 while zooming in with our little panasonic zs20 on the birds outside our windows.)
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