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IainMacD 26th July 2012 03:10 PM

Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
Hi
There's one at my local Argos with the kit 14-42 lens for 185 plus a 10 voucher back and I am sorely tempted but need persuading please :D
I recently sold my E-510 plus a couple of lenses so have the cash, I have also started to get sucked in to the idea of M4/3 especially with all the classy lenses that are being released, but I can'tafford top of the range stuff (E-M5).
Should I go for it???

Cheers

Graham_of_Rainham 26th July 2012 03:52 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by IainMacD (Post 178642)
Should I go for it???

Cheers

Absolutly. Ok it's an old model, but I use my one a lot and consider it to be an excellent camera and the 40-150 is VERY under rated...

This is a 100% crop from the RAW file, taken hand held at 150mm, on a dull day of my G.Niece on a ride at Legoland
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/5...ll_stretch.jpg

*chr

Zuiko 26th July 2012 03:57 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by IainMacD (Post 178642)
Hi
There's one at my local Argos with the kit 14-42 lens for 185 plus a 10 voucher back and I am sorely tempted but need persuading please :D
I recently sold my E-510 plus a couple of lenses so have the cash, I have also started to get sucked in to the idea of M4/3 especially with all the classy lenses that are being released, but I can'tafford top of the range stuff (E-M5).
Should I go for it???

Cheers

Yes! But with reservations.

I have an E-PL1 myself and can confirm it is a stella performer at a bargain price. In fact it is by far the cheapest way to get E-5 image quality!

It is also vastly more portable (and therefore more likely to be carried casually) than a DSLR.

The slight reservations are to do with handling (lots of tiresome toggling and button pushing) and the need for an accessory EVF in bright light.

I tolerate mine because, like you, I cannot afford anything better at the moment. However, you do get used to the handling and although it's never going to be rapid in use it is certainly responsive enough for general walk-about photography. I do manage without an EVF, but sometimes composition on the screen is more by intuition than by sight! My current quandry is do I use funds I've managed to squirrel away to buy a VF-2 or do I continue saving until a price drop on the E-M5 makes a trade-in of my E-3 financially viable?

But yes, as your situation sounds similar to mine, do get one. On a recent trip to Scotland I took just the E-PL1 and 14-45mm kit lens; it was absolutely no burden to carry and I got some pictures I was pleased with. I wouldn't have taken the E-3 due to size and weight issues - of both me and the camera! For me, also add lack of fitness, so for me it was a case of the E-PL1 or no camera at all.

175 (net) brand new including kit lens? At that price they're almost giving them away. It would be rude not to buy one! :D

Wally 26th July 2012 03:58 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
In a nutshell, I'd go for it. It's a route I've recently gone down and so far I'm very pleasantly surprised at what these small bodies can deliver. Using approximately the same gear but in 4/3 format you'll be able to float like a butterfly but still be able to sting like a bee. [Apologies to you know who?]

I've been using a friends xz-1 and was quite surprised at how good it is especially when mated with an EVF. Given my problems, I've gone down the 4/3 route [now have an e-p3 with an EVF] and so far I'm impressed with what these smaller versions can accomplish. As good as or even better than the gear you've sold and one other advantage is that Panasonic and Olympus 4/3 lens are interchangeable.

Ulfric M Douglas 26th July 2012 04:12 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by IainMacD (Post 178642)
... with the kit 14-42 lens for 185 plus a 10 voucher back and I am sorely tempted but need persuading please :D

Just BUY IT,
then you can start looking at all the adapters to use all the old lenses from car-boot fairs,
or you can buy the mZuiko 45mm,
or the great 17mm pancake,
and the VF-2 viewfinder etc etc.

The great thing about the e-pL1 is that upgrading from the older e-510 DSLR you won't take a hit on sharpness, unlike the E-30,e-620,e-P1 and e-P2 which were all softer than my e-410.
The e-pL1 seems indeed to be an E-5 in a cheapo (but solid) body.

Tweaks for me ; Sharpness-1 or -2, AllWhitebalance Green+1, that's all.

cinders 26th July 2012 06:31 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
A few weeks ago I was in my local Currys and noticed a salesman and customer talking over one of these. They had a EPL3 as well and the guy was weighing up the odds. Unfortunately for me, the customer walked away with the two lens kit version of the EPL1 - for 99 !!. Otherwise I'd have had it myself in an instant. What a bargain !

Zuiko 26th July 2012 07:04 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cinders (Post 178684)
A few weeks ago I was in my local Currys and noticed a salesman and customer talking over one of these. They had a EPL3 as well and the guy was weighing up the odds. Unfortunately for me, the customer walked away with the two lens kit version of the EPL1 - for 99 !!. Otherwise I'd have had it myself in an instant. What a bargain !

99? That's a real bargain for the 40-150mm alone, even if you threw away the camera and other kit lens! :eek:

IainMacD 26th July 2012 10:56 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
Well that seems unanimous I could be spending some money tomorrow!!!
What makes it worse is that I have spotted a Panasonic 45-200 lens reduced to 199 -10 voucher = 189 and it is included in the current 50 cashback so a net 139!!! This isn't so local but an 80 mile round trip would be worthwhile I think?
Problem is, that is pushing the limit on the wallet.
Any views/experience on the 45-200?
Cheers

Zuiko 26th July 2012 11:20 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by IainMacD (Post 178775)
Well that seems unanimous I could be spending some money tomorrow!!!
What makes it worse is that I have spotted a Panasonic 45-200 lens reduced to 199 -10 voucher = 189 and it is included in the current 50 cashback so a net 139!!! This isn't so local but an 80 mile round trip would be worthwhile I think?
Problem is, that is pushing the limit on the wallet.
Any views/experience on the 45-200?
Cheers

No experience of this lens but it does not have a great reputation. On the other hand, I've seen pictures on the web taken with it, which look fine. For 140 it can't be bad!

jpil 2nd August 2012 02:53 PM

Re: Should I buy an E-PL1?
 
Just BUY IT! :)


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