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My new Pen F

Collected my new Pen F yesterday morning form LCE in Southampton, was a little disappointed they had ordered me a Silver instead of Black but made up by giving men an extra 16Gb Extreme Pro card & as I'm a bloke colour wasn't that important the gadget was.

Firstly so glad I got it with the grip as I was using it with the Voigtlander & Panny 35-100 f2.8. I went straight into the Mono 2 profile but forgot to reduce the grain as I wanted to see if did feel like my old favourite Tri-X.

I didn't do much street as the wind was bitter & I was trying to also hold the bag it came in as the car was so way away.

Camera handles well, most of the menus are exactly like the other OMDs I own so no drama there, with the grip the new front fail is not an issue & I wasn't hitting other buttons by accident. As yet can only see the RAW files via Viewer & haven't a clue how to handle that.

A few mono images straight from camera exact the square crop on. If anyone is going to use Mono Profile 2 reduce grain to suit Med or less & perhaps change the curves slightly to reduce the highlights very slightly but that my take, it is very close to my old Tri X negatives I have.

Please as a Street Camera yes, need to find a RAW converter though until LR comes up with it.






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Re: My new Pen F

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Please as a Street Camera yes, need ton find a RAW converter though.
Looks like Rawtherapee will do it:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/38789935

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Re: My new Pen F

Or FastStone is good,and free.

Love that look,brings back many memories.
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Re: My new Pen F

Sounds like fun times ahead...

The RAW conversion is something of a personal choice, but as OV3 has similar "creator" controls as the PEN-F, I would probably stick with that.

The discussion HERE has a lot of examples of the various conversions.

I'd also give a vote for FastStone as it has a very good preview for RAW files.
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Lightroom is good enough for most and can be had at a discount on occasions.
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Re: My new Pen F

There are some very good "Plugins" available that give all sorts of effects.

http://www.optikvervelabs.com/ is good, both plugin and standalone.

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Re: My new Pen F

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Or FastStone is good,and free.
I often use FastStone as a JPEG viewer, but doesn't it just show the embedded JPEG image when 'viewing' raw files, rather than do a full conversion?

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Lightroom is good enough for most and can be had at a discount on occasions.
Presently Adobe doesn't support the Pen F even tried the DNG converter which sometimes works before the LR & PS versions.
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Ah, I see. Guess it won't be long before Adobe issue an update.
I haven't used Olympus' viewer s/w, but wonder if you can use it as a transfer function from Pen F RAW to LR.
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Only as a TIFF at present
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Re: My new Pen F

I see your problem.

The only time I've used JPEG images straight out of the camera is by accident - hadn't set to RAW correctly (I remember the occasion, I needed to do a ctrl-alt-del on the camera, and for some odd reason the manufacturer believes their interpretation of processing, as embedded in a piece of silicon, is preferable to my own taste!)
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Re: My new Pen F

I think you got lucky with the body colour mis-order. The Pens have always looked better in silver and I think this is especially true of the F. I'm pretty sure if I owned one I wouldn't be shooting jpegs or faffing around with colour and grain effects at capture time but I do agree that setting the viewfinder to mono can really help if you've got mono in mind for the final shot.

Depending on why the E-M1ii brings, I just might get a PenF to replace my E-M5 in due course.

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Re: My new Pen F

Must say i did like the move from menu to knobs, if you get what I mean.
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Re: My new Pen F

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Very nice pictures.

If you had asked for a black camera and they gave you a silver one, surely it would have been simple for the dealer to switch around to a black one? As things stand, someone who asked for a silver camera might end-up with your black one!

PS: I too like the shoes picture the best.
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Re: My new Pen F

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I often use FastStone as a JPEG viewer, but doesn't it just show the embedded JPEG image when 'viewing' raw files, rather than do a full conversion?

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With both jpg and RAW files, FastStone opens the image as a preview.

To get the full resolution image to display: Press "A" this then produces the image from RAW files or loads the whole file from jpg files.

You will easily see the difference as well as the size displayed on the top left of the screen will be bigger.
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