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Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by RT_Panther, Oct 10, 2011.
Olympus PEN E-P2 Micro 4/3 Digital Camera Body (Black)
I can't believe they still have some of these bodies. Great deal!
everytime i see a version 1 of a camera on sale, i work my way up to an epl2, and then its always only another $50 for an epm1... and then i just give up on getting a second body
1) Sensor is still the same (minus a couple of "tweaks")
2) Makes for a great IR conversion body :smile:
Hmmmm... so I have this E-P2 body sitting here. I kinda decided to keep this around because it was worth more to me as a backup (and extra battery, charger, cables, etc.) than I would get for resale. Now you have me thinking IR!
I can't even begin to justify spending ~$500 to get it done properly.
Well....regardless of justification, there are folks out there with MFT converted IR bodies. :smile:
LifePixel Digital Infrared Photography IR Conversion, Modification & Scratched Sensor Repair :smile:
Unless you're WAY into IR photography, I don't see the point. I bought a great Hoya IR filter. It was $75. the images were great, but how often will I shoot IR.....you have to be passionate about it to justify the expense in my opinion. I ended up selling the filter.
Shoot outside your comfort zone....
Expense is relative to income and fun factor :smile:
But of course, IR isn't for everyone :smile:
Wow, how does this camera compare to the E-PL1?
If you don't have the E-PL1, personally I'd lean towards this one...:smile:
Well I'd be getting it for my niece to use for walk around with me as well. And shedmbe coming from a nikon Dslr. I think even shed notice the older bodies slow performance issues.
Like a fisheye lens, kinda
Good for us. Not so great for Olympus. E-P2 was discontinued more than 3 months ago and they still have loads of unsold stock.
On the bright side, the E-PL1 and E-PL2 are also looking discontinued. Maybe that means E-PM1 prices will start dropping?
Running 3 new bodies, of course the E-pl1/2 are already out of the manufacturing process. Until their warehouse supply is depleted the cameras don't get marked as discontinued - that word invites an expectation of final discount pricing, which Olympus (like any other brand) would like to stay away from!
Well, back in the bad old days of the summer of 2010, I had an EPL1, bought an EP2, used both for a little over a month, and then sold the EPL1. Its all personal preference - the sensor and IQ are very similar, as they are with the new round of Oly cameras. But I could never get comfortable with the all-button controls on the EPL1. The two wheels on the back of the EP2 just made all of the difference to me. Even one of them would have been fine (I recently chose the EPL3 over the EP3 despite lacking the thumb-wheel), but having to push multiple buttons to even change aperture in aperture priority mode was more than my little brain could handle. Even once I'd gotten used to it, I hated it. And the EP2 felt INSTANTLY more intuitive.
The upside to the EPL1 was the built-in flash. Some preferred the IQ, but it was so close (maybe a slightly weaker AA filter?) that the differences were apparent only at the outer reaches of pixel peeperie. Both are slow in terms of AF and shot to shot time, neither had a rear screen that was worth much in bright light, neither had a tilt screen (all HUGE improvements to the new lineup, IMHO), but between the two, I'd grab the EP2 every time.
I'm one that chose the E-PL1 over the E-P2. The following were my reasons
* Dedicated magnification button for manual/legacy lenses. The magnification feature is buried in several keystrokes on the E-P2 interface.
* I found the IQ of the E-PL1 a wee tiny bit better; Digital Cameras, Digital Camera Reviews - The Imaging Resource! provided the "still-life" samples at ISO 400 and 800. In particular the cloth textures rendered of the fan of cloth swatches in the upper left hand corner.
* cheaper price meant that I can put the money towards VF-2 attachment which is a must IMO for manual focus.
I do wish the E-PL1 had dials though.... An E-P2 for $300 is EXTREMELY tempting. Also the E-P2 looks much nicer.
So here's the million dollar thought:
If Olympus is still making a profit at $299 USD, just imagine how much Olympus was making at the initial issue price!
Yeah anyone who bought one of the Pen bodies at 900$ should be annoyed. I bought my E-P1 at a decent price of 550$ (2 years ago?) when the E-P2 came out..I'm surprised how fast the value has dropped already. Oh well, won't be too long til the E-P3 drops and tempts me hehe.