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Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3 Another third generation Micro Four Thirds Olympus Pen and the first Pen to feature a tilting LCD screen.

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Pen Lite E-PL3 production sample arriving today!

At last I'm getting my hands on a production sample of the Lite - with the tilting screen and a shutter that can shoot faster than the E-P3.

If you have any questions - I'll do my best!

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Re: Pen Lite E-PL3 production sample arriving today!

Ian,

Sounds exciting! Will you be comparing output to an E5, with similar lenses?

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Re: Pen Lite E-PL3 production sample arriving today!

I'd be interested to see how the viewfinder blackout period is when shooting raw. When I had my E-P2 it effectively prevented rapid succession shooting even with preview turned off - it seemed to be just under 1 second.

Are you by any chance getting the new VF-3 with it?
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I'd be interested to see how the viewfinder blackout period is when shooting raw. When I had my E-P2 it effectively prevented rapid succession shooting even with preview turned off - it seemed to be just under 1 second.

Are you by any chance getting the new VF-3 with it?
Do you mean in continuous shooting?

The VF-3 isn't available yet so no sample for me for now (I did ask )

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Sounds exciting! Will you be comparing output to an E5, with similar lenses?

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If you like, but that's a bit like comparing a Mini with a BMW 5-series.

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Do you mean in continuous shooting?


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Not continuous shooting where you just keep your finger on the button, rather shooting many individual shots in quick succession. If that makes sense.
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Not continuous shooting where you just keep your finger on the button, rather shooting many individual shots in quick succession. If that makes sense.
OK, expecting Mark from Olympus any minute

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Re: Pen Lite E-PL3 production sample arriving today!

If I get another Oly body (assuming the E650 never happens) then it has to be a m4/3 + adapter + EVF plus my current lenses. The results would have to be worthwhile to do this change*

So: I would be interested to know how it performs with live-view friendly standard 4/3 lenses: Like the 14-42, 14-54 mk2 etc. Is the live view focus experience better than the E620 for example?

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If I get another Oly body (assuming the E650 never happens) then it has to be a m4/3 + adapter + EVF plus my current lenses. The results would have to be worthwhile to do this change*

So: I would be interested to know how it performs with live-view friendly standard 4/3 lenses: Like the 14-42, 14-54 mk2 etc. Is the live view focus experience better than the E620 for example?

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I have actually done some focus test videos using a variety of Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds lenses using an E-P3 and an E-P2. I'm still editing the clips, but my initial impression is that there is a slight benefit in Micro Four Thirds focusing Four Thirds lenses like the 14-42 and 14-54 II, but it's not dramatic. You might as well use the m.Zuiko 14-42 anyway.

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Re: Pen Lite E-PL3 production sample arriving today!

Two more hours is a long time for us gear-heads to wait Ian.

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Re: Pen Lite E-PL3 production sample arriving today!

OK, I have the camera now - I will have a play this evening and try to answer some questions

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Ok, I'm devoting some time this morning to answer your question, Stephen. Are you asking me to test the shot to shot speed (single shot, not ocntinuous) with IS and AF on or off?

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Ok, I'm devoting some time this morning to answer your question, Stephen. Are you asking me to test the shot to shot speed (single shot, not ocntinuous) with IS and AF on or off?

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Thanks Ian. Yes, I'm interested to see how disruptive, if at all, any delay is in single-shot, IS and AF on, trying to shoot one shot after another.

I encountered this issue on my E-P2 last year when photographing the horse guards. I would compose and shoot one rider (fairly close-up) then move to the next rider only to find that the viewfinder was black (using the VF-2) for the half-second or so I needed to compose the next shot. If I recall, there was no delay in the shot actually being taken, so I could shoot "blind". Just I couldn't see what I was doing!

So it's the viewfinder black-out delay I'm really concerned with. BTW I was shooting raw, so that may have had a bearing. But I had image review switched off.
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Re: Pen Lite E-PL3 production sample arriving today!

I'm interested in the AF speed with my bagful of Panasonic lenses.
Is the improved AF only fully functional with Olympus lenses?
Is there an AF difference with lens OIS on/off and camera IS on/off?

I wish the PENs had been available a little earlier, it would have been good to give it a test at the last Indy race in Ohio. I had to lug around the two 1D bodies instead
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Re: Pen Lite E-PL3 production sample arriving today!

OK, with the E-PL3 in S-AF, single shot mode, with IS on and post-shot review also on, I can pretty much shoot without any delay by prodding the shutter button continuously. There is a fraction of a second black out period - I would estimate about a quarter to one third of a second. How does that sound?

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