Olympus PEN E-PL1

Announced Feb 3, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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I've never used a digital reflex, only film ones. I own a compact (Panasonic TZ8) and recently I bought an Olympus PEN E-PL1, used. I am not fully satisfied because the Oly has very soft lenses wide open (see this thread http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53836118 and beware! it's huge). I found a Canon 1000D and a Nikon D3000 for 180 €, used, with kit 18-55. These are on the low end of the prices for Canon and Nikon "old" entry level digital equipment. For 170 € I could buy a Sigma 19 mm...
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a) I'm at amateur trying to learn how to move off iAuto... b) I have and E-PL1 with kit lens, plus the 14-150mm and 17mm 2.8 lenses c) Going on National Geographic expedition to alaska (small boat, lots of Zodiac trips, not a cruiseliner). d) Need long telephoto; have a Coolpix P500, which might do for that purpose. e) question is, will I be better off upgrading the PL1 to a PL5 and taking the P500, or should I stick with the PL1 and get a 150-300 Olympus lens for it? I'm looking at refurb...
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Olympus PEN E-PL1 with M.Zuiko 14-42 zoom kit lens versus Panasonic Lumix TZ8 (DMC ZS-5). I bought the PEN used because I could not afford it new, the part on the left is one of the first photos. I'm extremely disappointed because I bought it expecting sharper images than the Panasonic. Contrast and sharpness are set to 0 in every camera. How is it possible for the PEN kit lens to have less resolution than the Panasonic lens? The Pana lens is made by Leica, I thought it was not true but...
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Hi all, I am upgrading from my Oly e-pl1.  I decided I needed to upgrade because of its poor focusing in low light.  I have 3 cameras in hand and will return the 2 I don't choose.  I've already disqualified a sony nex-5t from the running. I apologize in advance to the real photographers in this forum, but I am a person who mostly takes pictures of people, especially kids.  I like to be able to just point and shoot, because I usually don't have much time to choose settings as my subjects are...
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My EPL1 died (LCD cracked after drop). So I am looking for replacement, with the better 16MP sensor. I a in doubt between EPL5 and EPM2 (price nor far apart).  The EPM2 is a bit lighter, but I am worried about "handling", would not like to dive in menu for setting exposure comp and aperture. EPL1 was not ideal in that area either, but I got used to it. Bas
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Heya, I ordered a Pen E-PL5 off of Amazon and received a PEN LITE E-PL5.  I can't match any of the numbers on the box to the model number or ASIN number from the listing to any on the box or camera.  Did I get the same camera, or possibly an older or variant version?  I can't find any mention of more than one kind of E-PL5 online, but not being able to match numbers feels very odd to me.   Also, I was upgrading from a PEN E-PL1 and was assuming everything would be compatible, but the...
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Does anyone know if the Olympus E-PL1 has a built-in focus motor? I could find no information on it in the user manual. According to snapshot it does, but they get things wrong so often that I do not trust them.
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My step daughter is quite keen on phone photography and as I have some spare lenses I suggested that we could pick her up a mft body to play with. I don't plan to spend above 100quid and would like something portable that I can give to my parents if she doesn't like it. Ideally Aperture and shutter control, reasonable JPEG engine. On ebay it seems like the GF5 and the epl1/epm1 are the main cameras in my price range but I can't find any good comparitors that aren't just spec...
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Today I noticed that the depth of field shown in live view is stopped down to what looks like f/4 or so, when I'm in manual exposure mode, with the lens set for f/1.7. This is with the Panasonic 20/1.7 mounted. Is there a menu setting I'm missing? Did I just never notice this before, or did I change something deep in one of the menus that I forgot about? Any help would be much appreciated! Will
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Hi I ran a search on this issue and since i didnt come across any topics I decided to post this question:- I have an Olympus e-pl1 + samyang fisheye lens combo which I used to click a few pics during sunset/twilight hour in the evening. I shot in raw mode after which i converted the image into jpeg. On converting to jpeg i noticed on the bluish sky region lots of circular patterns/banding appearing in layers. This was not so when saved in other file formats such as tiff or png. I saved the...
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