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Olympus Pen-F The first Pen to integrate an electronic viewfinder

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Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

EBay seller wrote that a couple of dints on the LCD don't look so good when switched off. 9000 odd actuations. 439. Impulse buy 8-/.
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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

Have some luck from me.
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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

Ah, I'm sure you'll love it!
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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

A fantastic `feelgood` camera. Cannot really explain it but love using mine.


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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

Looks like air bubbles under the plastic film protector to me?
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Looks like air bubbles under the plastic film protector to me?
Ahh, sounds like you've seen it.... Believing in a fair trade, as I do, I'd probably feel quite bad if that were the case.
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Ahh, sounds like you've seen it.... Believing in a fair trade, as I do, I'd probably feel quite bad if that were the case.
I would do too, some people delight in the bargain, but it just doesn't feel right to me.
Bought a tripod and head in a charity shop for a silly low price.
Kept the tripod and sold the head, took the cash I got for it back to the charity shop. Just felt the right thing to do, daft maybe, but can't change the way we are.
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I would do too, some people delight in the bargain, but it just doesn't feel right to me.
Bought a tripod and head in a charity shop for a silly low price.
Kept the tripod and sold the head, took the cash I got for it back to the charity shop. Just felt the right thing to do, daft maybe, but can't change the way we are.
Very noble thing to do but I think I would have been inclined to give them a cheque for the amount, made payable to the charity.

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Very noble thing to do but I think I would have been inclined to give them a cheque for the amount, made payable to the charity.

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Why? Cash went in the till, they put the amount down against a CD sale (Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory) and gave me a receipt.
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Bought a tripod and head in a charity shop for a silly low price.
Kept the tripod and sold the head, took the cash I got for it back to the charity shop. Just felt the right thing to do, daft maybe, but can't change the way we are.
I'd have done just the same!

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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

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Ahh, sounds like you've seen it.... Believing in a fair trade, as I do, I'd probably feel quite bad if that were the case.
I think it depends on why they are selling it & they might be happy with what they're receiving. If they are regretfully lowering the price because of the bubbles then maybe you might be justified in feeling that way. When you receive it, you might think you should've paid less (the bubbles might be hiding real damage underneath), but hopefully not.
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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

All's fair in love and eBay!

I once bought a Fuji XE1 on eBay at a good price because the seller said the flash wasn't working. That didn't bother me since I rarely use on-camera flash anyhow. It turned out that the reason the flash wasn't working was because silent mode had been set which disabled the flash!

On the other hand, the camera smelt like it had been left in the smoking room at Heathrow airport for a few months. It took a long time for the pong to subside and the strap never lost the aroma at all - even after being hung outside in the fresh air and the sun for over a week!
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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

So, it's here and quite frankly looks damned good. Thought the case was glued on, at first, until I noticed underneath....


Pen F
by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

I attached the first lens I could get my hands...

But what the bloody hell is this?


What the bloody hell is this
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And popped out for a couple of quick snaps in the local park, as we lost the last of the good light...

Discovered when I got home that the previous owner was a JPEG man. No raws.

Black and White 2, apparently. I can't say I'm a fan of the vignetting so will switch that setting off. SOOC.


Black and White
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SOOC colour.


Olympus Pen F Test 1
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And the same one with a few quick edits in Photoshop (levels, clarity, USM).


Olympus Pen F Test 1
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WFH day for me, tomorrow. If the sun is out at the right time, my lunchtime constitutional will be to Salford Quays.

First impressions:
  • Goodness, I can see why this rarely go for less than 600 second hand.
  • And why they've kept their price new.
  • Step change from the E-P5 in every dimension (everything is more responsive).
  • Unlike the E-P5, the camera feels big enough to be a good fit for my 12-40.
  • Previous owner somewhat over-egged the very minor looking flaws (but by his own admission needed a quick sale).
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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

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[*]Step change from the E-P5 in every dimension (everything is more responsive).
I wish that you hadn't said that - I've got an E-P5!

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Re: Pulled trigger on cheap Pen F. Wish me luck...

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I wish that you hadn't said that - I've got an E-P5!

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Doesn't make the E-P5 any worse of a camera. I'm torn over whether to keep mine or give it to my sister (who is the great taker of hand-me-downs) who would likely use it for a while and then sell it on. If you remember the E-5, E-30, E-620 and those Micro Four Thirds cameras made up until the OMD-EM5.... I'd say the 20MP sensor isn't as massive a step change as the day Olympus stopped selling that damned 12MP model.
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