WolfBane said:Thanks for all the info, especially WT21
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 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!
I believe it's smaller than Nikon V1.
You can use a remote control w/hold button (can be as little as $5 on ebay). I use wireless shutter remote so no need to use any tricks. I will be doing time lapse of the upcoming christmas dinner. 3 hours in 2 minutes is fun and easy to share with relatives and friends. I did a trial run today at 4s interval, a little too fast. I think 2s is about right for people/indoor activities. I am also trying out diorama art filter in video to see how it compares (looks like time lapse)
Lawrence A. said: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!)
Sounds like a great trip! Would love to see some of your favorite keepers.
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.
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.