Olympus PEN


About a year ago, I picked up an Olympus PEN E-PL1 micro four-thirds format body with kit lens (14-42mm) and basic M.Zuiko zoom (40-150mm) for a steal.  This camera was to replace a DSLR which I’d become increasingly disenchanted with for its bulk, low battery life, and general lack of utility.

I’m really pleased with the E-PL1 – I played with numerous different compact mirrorless system bodies, including the Panasonic and Sony of multiple models seeking the one which met my technical needs and, most of all, simply “felt right”. The E-PL1 was the largest of the bunch, yet still signifianctly smaller than any DSLRbody on the market, and felt as an extension of my hand, so was therefore especially attractive. 

  • Would I purchase the same body again now?  Yes.
  • Would I look at more recent PEN-series bodies before making my purchase decision?  Yes.
  • For what reason?  Only for significant advancements in feature set and performance…
  • For instance: auto-image rotatation; remote shutter support; faster overall performance.

Overall assessiment – a fantastic buy, and getting better, with E-PL1 bodies on E-Bay for well-under $200, I couldn’t be more genuinely satisfied with the overall value of mine.

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