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Olympus Pen-F The first Pen to integrate an electronic viewfinder

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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

I wasn't really enjoying using my M5 as I've grown to dislike the centred (DSLR'ish) EVF - been using rangefinder style cameras for so long now I really don't like my nose being pressed against the back of the camera. I was quite interested in the Pen-F, but in the end went for the Lumix GX8 which was a better fit in my hand, loved the menu system and is weather sealed for those really misty coastal days out. TBH, I don't think any of the current crop of Olympus cameras can be considered anything but great picture takers, so the choice comes down to budget and what feels 'nice' :-)

Oh, and quite a lot of the time I feel the reviews pumped out on DigitalRev are rather facile and to childish to really warrant using in a purchasing decision.
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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

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...quite a lot of the time I feel the reviews pumped out on DigitalRev are rather facile and too childish to really warrant using in a purchasing decision.
Hear hear!
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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

Disagree totally with the linked review. I have one and an EM1 Mk 11 and love them both for different reasons. For me the Pen is a superb travel camera, my companion only these weekend in a hot and sticky London (shots to follow) Love the size, the way it feels in my hand and its performance. Yes, too small for some of the bigger lenses but get something like a 14-150 and you barely need more.

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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

I tried really hard to like it, but ergonomically it just did not suit me.
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I tried really hard to like it, but ergonomically it just did not suit me.
I get that Graham which is why I got a cheap, non-Oly grip for mine which really suits both me and the camera. Agree with other comments made by Paul about the feel of the camera. For me it was an instant attraction when I picked it up which means more than merely the component specs- at least for me.

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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

What I deduce from all the answers is that the people who think the Pen-F is a good purchase went and bought one and are happy with it, but the people who don't think it is a good purchase didn't buy one and they are happy too.
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What I deduce from all the answers is that the people who think the Pen-F is a good purchase went and bought one and are happy with it, but the people who don't think it is a good purchase didn't buy one and they are happy too.
We are all happy then................
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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

It is a completely different beast to the EM1.2, which I have just bought, handling-wise. I bought mine at the end of 2016 as a way into the 20MP arena (I already had the EM1.1) and used it almost exclusively during 2017. Although I have used it with my 40-150mm Pro, it is not a marriage made in heaven, even with a third party grip. I have briefly thought about selling it rather than the EM1.1, which I was originally planning on doing when I got the Mk2 last month. But every time I look at it, I think, what a beauty!
I have decided to stick with the Pen F and use it with the smaller prime lenses (and the 12-40 Pro when needed) but without the grip. My EM1.2 will be mainly for the bigger glass.
Yes the Pen F is expensive for what it is (I got it with the 17mm f1.8 for a great price) but it oozes quality and I will keep it despite its less than ideal (for me) handling with bigger glass. It is a case of horses for courses and I choose my camera based on what I what to photograph. For an upcoming South African safari I will be using my EM1.2 with the 40-150/MC14 and the 75-300 and the Pen F exclusively with the 12-40. I hope that will work.
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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

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Oh, and quite a lot of the time I feel the reviews pumped out on DigitalRev are rather facile and to childish to really warrant using in a purchasing decision.
Spot on, my thoughts exactly.

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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

Ffordes have one for £699, including accessories
http://www.ffordes.com/product/18040512132981
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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

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... For an upcoming South African safari I will be using my EM1.2 with the 40-150/MC14 and the 75-300 and the Pen F exclusively with the 12-40. I hope that will work.
Itíll be a great combination.

When I was last in SA I had 2 M1i bodies with 40-150/1.4 on one and 12-35 on the other. There were a few times when more focal length would have been useful, but having the standard zoom was needed surprisingly often in the Kruger because we had some very close encounters. It was also really useful during refreshment stops for recording the group and landscape, and the environment is dusty, so minimising lens changing is a good idea.
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Ffordes have one for £699, including accessories
http://www.ffordes.com/product/18040512132981
I was really tempted by the Ffordes cameras (They had two, one silver and one black, both with the Olympus ECG4 grip) but when I contacted them to confirm that they'd now sold my old E-M1 MkI the silver Pen-F had already been reserved

Then I got the Park Camera email offering 10% of all their used stock and so bought a silver body from them, complete with flash and strap (Ffordes weren't listing these with their bodies). I've also got a Meike copy of the ECG4 grip on the way from Amazon.

Now to explore its custom settings to try to match it up with my E-M1 MkII!
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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

Well, everyone has there own opinion and all cameras don't suit everyone. I bought mine as it is compact and I can't get about all that well just at present. In some ways it reminds me of the old Leica 3 G. I like it as it isn't too bulky and I am more than happy with the results.
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Well, everyone has there own opinion and all cameras don't suit everyone. I bought mine as it is compact and I can't get about all that well just at present. In some ways it reminds me of the old Leica 3 G. I like it as it isn't too bulky and I am more than happy with the results.
The IIIG is a real jewel, one of the most stylish cameras ever made. Also the LTM lenses are relatively inexpensive compared to the M. All good reasons to own.
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Re: Pen-F owners, tell me the truth.

Well it's arrived, with all original accessories and the original Olympus box.

My first impressions are that it looks fantastic, and very similar in size to my Lumix GX7.

Next job is to update the firmware to v3.0 and personalise the settings...
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