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Olympus Pen Mini E-PM1 The third of Olympus' third-generation Micro Four Thirds Pens and the smallest and lightest yet!

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Old 5th January 2012
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Had a clearout of kit I don't use much, and raised the necessary fundage for one of these, in Brown. Looking forward to bringing another Olympus home next week some time when it arrives.
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Re: Got One on Order

Well I'm sure you won't be disappointed, I love mine. So easy to use and small and light.
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Re: Got One on Order

Congratulations, a nice review of your very camera here
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Re: Got One on Order

Brown, good choice. I'm hoping to own one soon too ...
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Re: Got One on Order

I wanted the 'desert camo' colour scheme, but they don't do that one, so brown will have to do. Thanks for the comments & links to reviews.

Sadly, had to let my E-1 go, alongside a couple of compacts to raise the necessary funds, but it wil join the rest of my Olympus family, which consists of an E-620 and an E-P1.
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Re: Got One on Order

How are you getting on with the new K-5?
I can understand the temptation have gone that route myself in the past and it's certainly at an amazing price level at the moment.
I still frequent the Pentax forums on occasion to keep up with the gossip
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How are you getting on with the new K-5?
I can understand the temptation have gone that route myself in the past and it's certainly at an amazing price level at the moment.
I still frequent the Pentax forums on occasion to keep up with the gossip
It's very nice, really it was a replacement for my Nikon F100 as well as my Oly E-1, as I needed something weatherproof for Wildlife photography. I'm not convinced that it is anywhere near as user friendly as my Olympus DSLR gear though, but I am getting to know it bit by bit, and beginning to understand how to pull some results from it, especially in low light. I guess I have got so used to the Olympus 'super menu' on my E-620 & E-P1 that the Pentax K-5 does seem a bit fiddly to set up quickly, unless I just stick to RAW, but it has a heck of a JPG image engine when fiddled with, and is remarkably configurable. Also, at it's current price it's a massive shot across the bows of all other DSLR camera makers in it's class.
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Re: Got One on Order

Nice gear yes I agree, I had the K-7 and the K20D before that, both quality bits of kit.
If you are going for weather proof know doubt you'll be looking at the DA*300 f/4 for wildlife work, currently the longest focal length quality weather and dust proof optic they do.
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Re: Got One on Order

That one is a bit out of my price range currently, so I am using an old Cosina 300mm f5.6. It's cheap and cheerful, but a sturdy old thing, manual focus which I'm fine with, but very rubberised and bashproof, and seems to forgive in all weathers. I'm getting pretty acceptable results in good light from it. I'm going to have to get the Pentax K to Olympus 4/3 adapter and use it on my E-620 as well. I have a 500mm mirror lens which I have used on my E-P1 for some moon shots http://wideangle.aminus3.com/image/2010-12-22.html but it's a bit cumbersome for general wildlife image making, so the Cosina would probably be a better option.
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Re: Got One on Order

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Brown, good choice. I'm hoping to own one soon too ...
Ah yes, I believe Olympus owe you some kit.........


Enjoy, it is well deserved!
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Enjoy, it is well deserved!
Yes of course, congratulations Ulfric that was a fantastic image
I have to agree regarding the colour too, the E-PM1 looks good in brown.
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Re: Got One on Order

Mine arrived a couple of days back, and has already seen a fair bit of use. First impressions.... AF is very fast and much improved on the E-P1, the lack of function buttons which I thought might be an issue really isn't one, as the SCP once enabled means it's as quick to change the setup as the E-P1. Another pleasant surprise was that I could change the functions of the 4-way switch to the ones I need, a useful feature. Will definitely fit in my pocket once I've saved up for the 14mm Panasonic. The kit lens is better built than the one on my E-P1. It's very nice in Brown (more bronze to my eyes), but the supplied strap is awful, and it would be better with a decent quick release wrist strap.

Going to continue to use every day, and then decide in a couple weeks whether to now sell my old E-P1, and get the 14mm lens & a VF-3.

edit note..... just been out and about and realised just how much more processing power it has in comparison to the E-P1. I was shooting my preferred option which is RAW+JPG Fine, and using all manner of Aspect Ratio settings and Art Filters. There is very minimal delay on the write speed to a lowly Class 4 SDHC card, and the Art Filters are processed really fast now, which was a major drawback on the E-P1. It took me by surprise, and had to check that I was shooting at full resolution and that RAW+JPG was on.
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Re: Got One on Order

Unedited JPG from E-PM1 (except for re-size in order to post here), this was with the Dramatic Tone Art Filter. Interestingly, I shot RAW+JPG and brought the RAW into Viewer 2, fiddled with the RAW file for half an hour, and then applied the Dramatic Tone filter in the software, and found I had an almost identical result to the in-camera one. Olympus engineers got this Art Filter spot on.

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Re: Got One on Order

Woa, that's a nice picture.
I heard the new cameras could 'bracket' the art-filters : i.e. three different results from one exposure. Is this true in your (now officially bronze) e-pM1?
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Re: Got One on Order

Yes, that is supposed to be true, but I haven't yet tried it. I think B&W grainy film mixed with Pinhole would be a good starting point.

Here are more, from my visit to Dovedale at sunset earlier today (Saturday). Again I used Dramatic Tone, and these are the resized E-PM1 Jpg's




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