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E-PL7 Test Drive.

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by amcoelho78, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. amcoelho78

    amcoelho78 Mu-43 Rookie

    11
    Feb 15, 2013
    GA
    The Mrs. and I are set to go on vacation in a few weeks. (Eastern Caribbean cruise! :) )
    So, that automatically creates the budget for a new travel camera.
    After some research I settled in on the e-pl7. (Mostly for the selfie screen and IS.)

    Yes, I said it, the selfie screen, I am tired of not being in most of the photos :)
    My background:
    Cameras owned/sold/used/etc: (I won't include the bronica/nikon/canon film.)
    Nikon D40/D90 , Canon T1i/5d/5dII, Olympus e-pl1, Panasonic GX1.
    Misc. lens....

    I will continue to update as we go but lets just start with some photos:

    epl7-3160010-M.
    [e-pl7, 14-42mmiiR, @ iso400, 42mm f/5.6 , 1/15]
    Taken in JPG, then PP in Lightroom. Good example of the in body IS working.

    epl7-3160015-M.
    [e-pl7, 14-42mmiiR, @ iso400, 38mm f/5.6 , 1/13]
    Taken in JPG, then PP in Lightroom. Good example of the in body IS working.

    epl7-3160024-M.
    [e-pl7, 14-42mmiiR, @ iso1600, 14mm f/4 , 1/60]
    Using the Selfie screen! (Tired of no longer being in the photo.)
    Taken in JPG, then PP in Lightroom.
    Impressed with the iso1600, I wish I shot this in RAW so I could see it better myself.

    epl7-3160026-M.
    [e-pl7, Pan 20mm, @ iso1600, 20mm f/1.7 , 1/20]
    Taken in JPG, then PP in Lightroom.
    Adding IS to that Panasonic 20mm.
    Low light taken at 8pm.

    epl7-oly-kit-nocpl-1010041-M.
    [e-pl7, 14-42mmiiR, @ iso200, 14mm f/8 , 1/200]
    Shot in RAW, PP w/LR.
    No CPL
    Using the Oly kit lens.
    epl7-pan-14-nocpl-1010045-M.
    [e-pl7, pan14mm, @ iso200, 14mm f/8 , 1/500]
    Shot in RAW, PP w/LR.
    No CPL.
    Panasonic 14mm.

    epl7-oly-kit-cpl-1010040-M.
    [e-pl7, 14-42mmiiR, @ iso200, 14mm f/8 , 1/160]
    Shot in RAW, PP w/LR.
    Tested holding out a CPL (See the bottom right of my finger.)
    Using the Oly kit lens.

    epl7-pan-14-cpl-1010044-M.
    [e-pl7, pan14mm, @ iso200, 14mm f/8 , 1/125]
    Shot in RAW, PP w/LR.
    Tested holding out a CPL.
    Panasonic 14mm.

    That's it for now.
    We leave in a little over 2 weeks, So I will need to keep thinking about what to bring.
    -Adam
     
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  2. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Your eyes are quite close together.

    Heh, I have an e-pL7 but so far ... resisted the urge for a selfie :biggrin:

    I think the stabilisation is excellent.
     
  3. amcoelho78

    amcoelho78 Mu-43 Rookie

    11
    Feb 15, 2013
    GA
    Yeah, My wife says the same thing about my eyes, as do the optometrists.
    It's a pain in the behind finding glasses with a narrow bridge.

    Just for fun a simple non-scientific test:
    45vs85-1020618-M.
    [GX1, 14mm 2.5 @ f/5.6, iso 160, 1/100]
    Shot in RAW, PP with LR.
    Showing the e-pl7 w/45mm 1.8 & Canon 5dii w/85mm 1.8

    5dii-85-1.8-4227-M.
    [Canon 5dii, 85mm 1.8 @ f/1.8, iso 200, 1/3200]
    Shot in RAW, PP with LR.

    epl7-45-1.8-1010007-M.
    [E-PL7, 45mm 1.8 @ f/1.8 iso 200, 1/4000]
    Shot in RAW, PP with LR.

    5dii-85-3.5-4230-M.
    [Canon 5dii, 85mm 1.8 @ f/3.5, iso 200, 1/800]
    Shot in RAW, PP with LR.

    Not the greatest subjects, but interesting at how well these u4/3 bodies and lenses do.
    Add in nice iso1600/3200, with a 45mm 1.8 and shooting at 1/30 or 1/25 some nice night/dim lighting portrait type shots our and and about should be possible.
     
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  4. amcoelho78

    amcoelho78 Mu-43 Rookie

    11
    Feb 15, 2013
    GA
    I thought I would try a test with the Olympus OIS app on my Moto-X..
    So, the choice of putting the screen in the down position vs. the up may not have been a better idea on Olympus part.
    (They claim it is better since your eyes look more as if you are looking in the lens vs. above the camera.)
    The GF7 screen goes "up"... (But, alas no in body IS on the GF7.)

    gx1-14-1020623-M.
    [GX1, 14mm 2.5 @ f/2.5, iso 800, 1/160]
    Shot in RAW, PP with LR.
    Ummm so how am I supposed to touch that screen now?

    Anywhos, the app does seem as a great way to take a shot:
    gx1-14-1020620-M.

    I need a 3rd hand to press the shutter button.
    epl7-45mm-3170048-M.
    [E-PL7, 45mm 1.8 @ f/1.8 iso 200, 1/13]
    Shot in RAW, PP with LR.

    I should have bumped the ISO with such a lower shutter speed I'm surprised I did not move.

    Very handy indeed.
     
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  5. stuntman

    stuntman M43 FOR THIRDS 4 EVER

    300
    Jul 6, 2011
    Connecticut
    ED
    Enjoy your vacation and stop stressing about "the" camera and lenses . Bring what works after testing and just shoot away. Good choices by the way....
    Just a bye the bye...Your wife will kill you if you if you ignore her, via camera specs, or if you took her picture with the wrong lens. When you are on Vacation and try to tell her..."Honey, I am trying another lens because the wide angle I had on adds 40 lbs to your face...that will not go well! When on Vacation, concentrate on "the" vacation you are having with your wife, i.e., scenery, her, her, her, her, scenery, her, both of you, her, scenery, her, more scenery, only 2 or three selfies, her , her....You get the idea. To her it's about, well.....the Vacation.
     
  6. amcoelho78

    amcoelho78 Mu-43 Rookie

    11
    Feb 15, 2013
    GA
    You are wise stuntman :)
    The key is vacation not photography. ( Success = Pay attention to Wife > vacation > camera > Myself :) )

    For the most part, the e-pl7 will be the walk-about camera with the kitlens & the 20mm playing low-light when needed.
    I *might* bring the 5dii along, but not sure yet...
    This is us last year with the GX1 & pan 14mm @ Sanibel FL.
    Only after frustration after frustration of trying to get this *selfie* photo, we finally got one with the GX1.
    She loves this photo.

    ghm-1010800-M.
    [GX1 & 14mm @ 5.6, 1/60, ISO160]