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Best Deal on a Micro 4/3 Body !,
This review is from: OLYMPUS 262855 12.3 Megapixel E-PL1 Pen Camera (Black camera body) (Electronics)
I ordered my Pen E-PL1 from Cameta as a Refurb/Factory Demo. It arrived in a Olympus refurb box, with all the accessories as new. The body is perfect, not a mark on it. I also ordered the 14-42mm auto focus Micro 4/3 lens to go with it. I am not quite as happy with the lens. It takes great photos outdoors in bright sunlight, but indoors, or in low light, it is hit or miss at best. However, it is very fast to focus (be sure to upgrade the firmware to 1.1). The lens is still worth having around for vacation/family type photos, and for video.
What really makes this camera great is the ability to use inexpensive legacy, manual focus lenses, with a very inexpensive aftermarket adapter. I use Olympus Zuiko OM lenses with an adapter, and my 50MM F1.8 is on the camera most of the time. The results with this lens are impressive, although obviously using manual focus is not ideal in situations when there is limited time to take a shot.
My only gripe with this camera is the poor placement of the video button. I hit it often with my right thumb, but I now know from reading the comments here I can program it to off. I will probably have to do that.
Great enthusiast/hobby camera body at a fantastic price.
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2012 10:28:48 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 24, 2012 10:29:43 AM PDT
There are two Olympus 14-42mm lenses. The so called Mark I extends in two stages, the Mark II in one stage. The Mark I has a closer close focus limit (x0.29), but a noisy focus motor and the front element turns (bad for polarizing filters). The Mark II focuses faster, has a silent focus motor, and the front end does not rotate but it looses some close ablility.
Panasonic makes an excellent 14-45mm zoom (not the 14-42mm) that is probably the best zoom of that type on the market regardless of brand or format. It has in lens stabilization which is very advantageous for video (view in viewfinder is stablized).
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