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Review My EPM1 Review

Discussion in 'Reviews, Tests, & Shootouts' started by WT21, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. taran

    taran Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    I have multiple colors, and they are all the same. Metal front, plastic back.
  2. WolfBane

    WolfBane Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 13, 2012
    Thanks for all the info, especially WT21 :biggrin:

    I'm new to the forum and was torn between a Panasonic GF3 (like the look of the 14mm lens) and the Olympus Pen. Have just ordered the E-PM1 in silver :2thumbs: and will pick up a second hand Panny 14mm sometime. Versus the GF3, the Olympus gives me a hotshoe, the option (at a price) of a viewfinder, and IBIS (even though it gets poor comments on this thread). The customization (eg for Focus Assist) was a big plus.

    I've got an Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f1.8 prime and quite a few Pentax lenses, so hopefully will make use of them too!

    Thanks again.
  3. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Welcome to the forum, and enjoy your new camera! Dont forget to post some pics when you can.
  4. Microman

    Microman Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 16, 2012
    Where did you get this grip kjellgren?
  5. epsilon

    epsilon Mu-43 Rookie

    Jan 17, 2012
    what is the brand of the wireless shutter remote that you brought from ebay?
  6. jgmankos

    jgmankos Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 9, 2012
    Slatington, PA
    Ok....I think I read through the whole thread and didn't find an answer....

    Where did the black stick-on grip come from? I want one!

  7. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
  8. applemint

    applemint Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 24, 2012
  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    I used the EPM1 as a backup on a trip to Asia, and it's a very capable little shooter. I ended up giving it away whan I knew the E-M5 was on its way,but only because I shoot manual exposure most of the time and I found it to fidgety with the EPM1, which I tended to keep on aperture priority. But with the 20mm pannie on the EPM1 and the Olympus 45mm on the E-P2 most of the time, I got a fair number of keepers among the 4500 shots I took in Thailand and Laos. I would not hesitate to use it again on a trip to keep the bulk down (except of course I gave it away!)
  10. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Sounds like a great trip! Would love to see some of your favorite keepers.
  11. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    It was amazing. I've started to go through everything from raw in Lightroom, including what I'd already done in Olympus Studio, then I'd like to post a collection of some of my favorites. I posted a bunch from jpegs while I was traveling, preparing them on a netbook without much calibration. But they give a down and dirty idea of what I encountered. They are at Asian Adventure: Ready or Not

    I hope to get better versions up at some point.
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  12. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    I just re-read the orignal post here about the E-PM1. It's funny. Like the OP I really like the camera, but disagree with two main points:

    1 - I find a grip to be absolutely essential. The rubber thumb grip is nice, but my thumb tends to stray to the left. I added a FlipBac grip. Without it, or something similar, the E-PM1 is not a keeper for me.

    2 - I found the 25/1.4 to be too big and heavy for this little camera. Just traded it for a 20/1.7, which seems like it will be perfect. With a camera this small two-handed shooting is kind of uncomfortable for me, and the 25/1.4 created balance issues one-handed.
  13. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Funny you say that!

    1 - I ended up adding little rubber furniture feet just about 2 weeks ago. I don't like the larger, pre-made grips, but this has really helped.

    2- I sold my 25/1.4. I still think it's a fab lens, and one of the best in the m43 fold. I sold it because I needed money for a DSLR for better C-AF and I needed a 20/1.7 for travel. I wish they had a 20/1.7 ii with faster AF. I will likely get the 25 again. Maybe after the OMD comes down in price, I might get an OMD + 25. Still love the lens, and still love the output with the EPM1, but I agree. On such a small body, the 20 is a better fit.

    On the EPM1, though, the ONLY way I'll give up my EPM1 is with the new OMD sensor. Otherwise, I just love it, and I can't see giving it up.
  14. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
    The 20 is always on my E PM1.
    I love this combination.
    It may not be my best camera or lens, but is the one I use most often, usually with very good results.
    I got a used Gariz case and hand strap from a member of the forum, and with that combo, shoot one handed with ease.
    The Super Control Panel and small form factor makes this a very nice point and shoot.
  15. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    For me, it's the 14mm. Even better fit with the tiny E-PM1 body, makes it even more pocketable, and unlike the 20mm it focuses lightning fat. Obviously you have to like the wider FOV, but it's a great combination. And with 14mm's going for as little as $160 (new, on eBay) it's a very compelling option even if you already have the 20mm.
  16. capodave

    capodave Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 4, 2010
    Southern Cal
    Thank You
    It's on my list.
  17. redington

    redington Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 28, 2012
    Just got mine yesterday. I'm still learning a lot. I love the look and feel of it. I've never used an Olympus before and I havent used a digital ILC before. The more I use it the more I like it. When I first got it I was very disappointed with the low-light performance.

    The deeper I get into the settings and the more I understand about what I'm doing, the better those things get. I love handling the camera, though I don't love the feel of the lens. The performance of the lens is fine, I just don't love all of the plastic. I'm anxious to get an adapter for my fd lenses to see how it feels and performs with those. I'll add on to my impressions when I have a few more days with it.
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  18. GTCoupe

    GTCoupe New to Mu-43

    Jun 23, 2012
    Just picked up the E-PM1 for $336 with 14-42 lens at the local store. There's a $50 cash back promo running at the moment bringing the price down to $286 AUD.

    Took a few quick snaps tonight and the wife was amazed at how well they turned out. A great little investment for sure.
  19. Jezzza

    Jezzza New to Mu-43

    May 18, 2012
    Which store was this at?
  20. GTCoupe

    GTCoupe New to Mu-43

    Jun 23, 2012
    choose paypal as the checkout/payment option for the 25% discount until 9th July 2012 from memory.
    $50 cashback is via redemption.
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