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Manual Focus with EP-1

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by elandel, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy

    Can someone tell me how manual focus is with the EP-1 respect to EPL-1?

    I have a chance buying EP1 with VF-1 and 17 mm and OM adapter used for 550 euros.
    I really wanted an EPL-1 but maybe this is a bargain.
    Can anyone help?
  2. traveler_101

    traveler_101 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 25, 2010
    Oslo, Norway
    Like you, I really wanted the E-P1 because of price, but also because I like its looks and I think it's a collectable camera. I am going to order the E-P2 instead because of the issue of focusing. E-P2 comes with the electronic viewfinder everyone is raving about; E-PL1 doesn't come with the finder but you can buy it later so you are safe with that choice.

    About the E-P1 . . . The boards are full cautionary tales about trying to focus. If you wanted to use MF lenses on the E-P1, it sounds like you need to be adept at zone focusing. Another possibility is to resort to clearviewer or another device to improve visibility of the LCD screen. There are people who say they manage the E-P1 with MF lenses fine, but there are many others who disagree. In the end I decided to stay away from problems and buy the E-P2. But I am going to buy it back in the USA when I go there in a couple of months and the costs are much much lower there than here. That made my choice easier. Good luck to you!
  3. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks traveler_101,

    The decision was made for me buy fate: the EP-1 was sold so, fortunately, I don't have the problem anymore.

    I think that I'll definetely buy the EPL-1 new with the 14-42 kit lens. The EP-2is very nice but costs too much for me.

    Good luck for your trip and have a good bargain with the EP-2.:2thumbs:
  4. FaradayCage

    FaradayCage Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 22, 2010
    It's definitely an idiosyncratic camera, the E-PL1, but it is getting harder and harder to put it down. Had mine for only two days when I posted this.
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  5. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy

    Can you tell me more please? Why idiosyncratic? It feels like you're getting addicted.:smile:
    New Epl-1 drug?:eek: 

    Am I also in danger because maybe planning to get mine on Monday?:wink:
  6. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    I think they're all idiosyncratic, aren't they? I suppose it's all a matter of what you're used to. For me the Olympus was my first digital beyond various versions of a point and shoot, prior to that I was a color film person who used the OM-1.

    I switched from the E-P2 to the E-PL1 and find it much more comfortable for my needs and wants, which I've posted about ad nauseum. Read the different threads here about the E-PL1 - there are some who are dismayed that the shutter speed only goes up to 1/2000 vs 1/4000 and there's another thread that shows some people's "cons", but neither were important to me. I wrote my own very non techie review in the Reviews section (see the tab in the upper right) where you'll see several others, as well.

    Good luck, take your time and then enjoy your choice!:thumbup:
  7. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    i mf with the ep1 with the 10x focus magnification , it works well the first day or two its a burden but soon its almost effortless
  8. Vidar

    Vidar Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2009
    Bergen, Norway
    I agree, no problem with MF on the E-P1. You soon get used to it.
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    You get used to hangin' if
    ya hang long enough.......
  10. FaradayCage

    FaradayCage Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 22, 2010
    Howdy... I merely meant it has some odd omissions, and odd capabilities. You cannot use any sort of official remote cable release on it. You cannot trigger a burst of 3 autobracketed exposures with a single quick press on the shutter release. The zoom on the kit lens is a little stiff and noisy, which can effect video soundtracks. OTOH, you can do reasonably nice IR shots with an 89B filter and you can even autofocus through it! You can very finely adjust WB, all aspects of sharpness and NR, prevent the camera from racking back to infinity on power-down (useful for keeping hyperfocal ready), you can combine "anti-shock" and self-timer to make dozens of custom timer settings, you can autobracket not only WB and exposure but even ISO. The E-PL1 seems like an idiot savant in some ways. Startlingly brilliant but with some odd gaps. And yeah, I'm getting hooked. Hell, it rests on my nightstand lately. I practice handheld long exposures while falling asleep!
  11. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    i find getting focus is OK, its the focus by wire mechanism i don't like - there is no feel there. the 70-300 oly lens i have is more enjoyable to manual focus as i can feel the ring turning better
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