Topic: Olympus E-PL1 impressions with manual focus lenses
Just thought I'd put this out there for those thinking of getting the PEN series for manual focus lens usage.
I used to own a K100D and an E-300 and have a lot of 4/3 adapters for different mounts so transition was easier.
I did look at the alternatives: Used G1 (No movie but loaded with features) and a G10 (no tilting LCD and poorer EVF)
I preferred the handling of the Panasonic G series, the grip helped with telephoto lenses and the EVF made it a regular shooting position.
so why the E-PL1?
+ Price - it was the cheapest option of all m4/3's cameras
+ Could adapt a new range of mounts (Canon FD, Konica, LTM, C-mount) - just adds to my LBA *sigh*
+ Image stabilization
+ Live view - I found VERY helpful no "darkening of the viewfinder" as you stop down - the LCD just ups the gain on the display
+ Accessory port - for optional (but very expensive epson EVF, or ext mic)
+ Onboard flash - which can be tilted back so you can at least bounce off a ceiling
+ One touch dedicated/programmable video rec button
+ Slightly less strong AA filter (I can apply less sharpening in post processing)
+ It's an Olympus! (very biased here! j/k)
what I didn't like:
- LCD resolution only 230K - whereas G1/G10/G2 are 430K and more fluid
- Shooting at half arms length is very awkward to me
- No builtin EVF (optional VF-2 is very expensive (more than half cost of camera itself)
- Size - it's too small for my fat hands (my pinky and next finger are kinda left dangling under the camera base) would be nice if it was 2.5cm taller
- No scroll wheel - you get used to the interface after a while and become second nature but at least even one dial would have been nice!
- Would have been nice to have a lower display magnification of 2X, 4X in addition to 7X/10X/14X
- Build quality isn't as nice as the E-P1 or E-P2
- Sensor is exposed to elements (normally open shutter)
- 2X crop (vs Sony NEX / Samsung NX)
The Ebay adapters are almost twice the price of the regular 4/3 ones. So what I do is stack adapters X > 4/3 to 4/3 > m4/3. There is a problem with play sometimes.
Anyways these are just my first impressions, I will add more and hope to post some samples from some FD lenses I acquired for a song.
Last edited by diesel604 (2010-07-09 17:48:35)
Lenses: Zuiko 28/3.5, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 135/3.5, Vivitar 90/2.8 macro, S1 35-85 f2.8, Hexanon 40/1.8, 50/1.7, Soligor 35/2.8, Canon FD 50/1.4, 85/1.8, Vivitar 70-210/4.5, Vivitar 28/2.8