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ep 1 or ep2

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Thinking about getting an ep1 or and ep2 to supplement my e520 and replace my broken point and shoot.

Can anyone recommend one of these cameras other the other?

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Re: ep 1 or ep2

They are the same actually.

The main difference is that E-P2 features the "Accessory Port" which allows you to use the EVF and other accessories.

I would get the E-P1 if I were you. Same quality, same features (except the Accessory Port) and much cheaper.
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E-P1 every time
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Re: ep 1 or ep2

E-P2, 'cos to me the camera is virtually unusable without the EVF.
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Re: ep 1 or ep2

I completly agree with Stephen, without the viewfinder its just a point and shoot job.
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Re: ep 1 or ep2

Interesting replies so far, if I can throw a spanner in the works what if you choice was between a pen modle or the E1?
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Epl-1 for me
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Re: ep 1 or ep2

Well, I'm in there with StephenL and Yorky. I just don't like using the rear screen.

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I definitely think that the EP-1 is still the best built camera on the amateur market. I do agree that in certain situations the lack of a viewfinder can be a pain - that's why I recently bought a s/hand E500 which now sits in my bag paired with an Oly 70-300mm.

So two cameras - for different jobs. A bit like having a saloon car and a 4X4 to cover different situations. To call an E-P1 a point and shoot is to misunderstand the camera completely IMHO.

Maybe its a marmite thing - love it or loathe it - personally I like having the capacities of both the E-P1 and the E500.

I know one thing though - at least in the next decade get comfortable with whatever camera/s you have. The days of upgrading every 2 months are over.
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I definitely think that the EP-1 is still the best built camera on the amateur market. I do agree that in certain situations the lack of a viewfinder can be a pain - that's why I recently bought a s/hand E500 which now sits in my bag paired with an Oly 70-300mm.

So two cameras - for different jobs. A bit like having a saloon car and a 4X4 to cover different situations. To call an E-P1 a point and shoot is to misunderstand the camera completely IMHO.

Maybe its a marmite thing - love it or loathe it - personally I like having the capacities of both the E-P1 and the E500.

I know one thing though - at least in the next decade get comfortable with whatever camera/s you have. The days of upgrading every 2 months are over.
Yes, that will probably be very true. It hasn't really started yet.
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I know one thing though - at least in the next decade get comfortable with whatever camera/s you have. The days of upgrading every 2 months are over.
How true not that im Mr money bags anyway lol

second hand for me and maybe sell to buy.
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Re: ep 1 or ep2

With the price of both the E-P1 and E-P2 getting more comparable on the second hand market, probably the EP-2 is what I'd go for if I was in your position, but I would want it with the VF-2.

Having always bought/swapped/part exchanged for my photo gear I kind of came to Olympus in the oposite direction to yourself. I ended up with, in order of purchase/exchange, an E-P1 which drew me in the Olympus direction in 2010 after 30 years with Nikon, then an E-620, and finally a couple of weeks back, an E-1, which to me is the real icing on the cake, and is my current camera of choice. To your question about a PEN or an E-1, I really couldn't choose, so maybe you should aim for both...

I'm also quite happy with using the E-P1's LCD screen and/or the VF-1.
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Re: ep 1 or ep2

I have the EP1 and though its a great camera I have trouble seeing the screen in sunlight , where 99% of my photography happens , I bought a EP3 and find it a much more usable camera with the VF2. So I would vote EP2 with a VF2
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I have the EP1 and though its a great camera I have trouble seeing the screen in sunlight , where 99% of my photography happens , I bought a EP3 and find it a much more usable camera with the VF2. So I would vote EP2 with a VF2
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Yeah, the day I bought the VF-2, my E-PL1 became a serious camera. It really does alter the experience of using the camera and this can have a huge impact on the end result. So yes, I'd recommend the E-PL2.
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