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Review My Newly found Companion "The Pen-F"

Discussion in 'Reviews, Tests, & Shootouts' started by MFTmaster, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. MFTmaster

    MFTmaster Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 11, 2017
    Rick V
    My New Pen-F companion...

    It's not often I get this excited about a New/Used purchased

    I have been using Olympus for 5 years now (came from canon)
    and have been shooting with the EM1.2 for 2 of those years.
    I have built up quite a collection of Olympus Pro Prime lenses
    and have actually made some decent money shooting product and Portrait photography.

    I have been using my old EM5 for running B-Roll or as a backup to my EM1.2
    & have always wanted to buy a Pen-F but couldn't justify the price for just a Companion or B-Roll camera.

    Well I couldn't have been more wrong
    I recently acquired a Lightly used Pen-F (14,810 shutter count) for under $700
    All I can say is WOW...
    Had I known how nice it feels in my hands or how pocketable it is, I would have bought one years ago.
    This thing feels like a solid piece of aluminum and even though I have big hands
    it still fits me quite well. The front art knob that everyone complains about how it hurts their finger
    is not an issue as the Reviewers say (At least not for me)
    and the button placement is perfect.

    I find myself taking my new Pen-F everywhere I go, unlike my EM1.2

    I bought a retro 1970's telescoping VIVITAR Tripod (9 inches to 54 inches)
    and a cut-out screw mount lens hood to complete my Retro look...

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    I am not an Ambassador for Realy Right Stuff
    but I own 3 of their ball heads and 2 of their tripods

    Yes, RRS is expensive, but their machining is superb!
    I like to shop on "KEH.com" and sometimes they have great deals.
    I'm always looking for Bargain deals on used equipment and this time was no exception...

    The fitment of this mount is perfect and it weighs nothing in my hand.
    The side vertical tripod mount is movable to 2 positions so you can still
    use the flippy screen but is also removable when needed.

    Adding less than a 1/4 of an inch to the bottom of my Pen-F
    I feel that the Aircraft aluminum Arka Swiss plate will protect
    the Pen-F plastic bottom from scrapes and damage all while adding an extra resting place for my pinky finger

    BOPF Plates for Oly PEN-F

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    So you may be asking why I would make this purchase so late in the game
    and with Olympus Rumors for 2019...

    I will answer with this:
    So often we get all wrapped up in the newest technology, rumors and reviews.
    I'ts not whether or not it has the highest megapixels or if it has 4K or even an newer processor (Or at least it shouldn't be)
    For me, this camera makes me want to take pictures everywhere I go.
    The Pen-F has given me a new sense of creativity ...........and that's priceless
    Now that I own a Pen-F....
    I understand the "CULT" like following and attraction to this camera

    Thanks for reading
    best regards, rick
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  2. Him-ch

    Him-ch Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Oct 30, 2018
    Rick this is so correct. Olympus is giving me back my creativity too.
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  3. morphodone

    morphodone Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 27, 2018
    Can you post a link to where you got that lens hood? I have the Oly one and it doesn't look like that.

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  4. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    It's probably a 3rd party screw in hood. There are many brands, here is one example
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  5. MFTmaster

    MFTmaster Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 11, 2017
    Rick V
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  6. Mack

    Mack Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2018
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  7. Sunkissed

    Sunkissed Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 7, 2013
    Hey Rick, couldn't agree more. Besides the tripod thing i did exactly the same and bought a used PEN F.
    Should have done that way earlier.
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  8. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Yes it is a camera I would like to get one day as well.
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  9. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    Definitely have also wanted this (just in silver :) ). I was hoping for a refurb deal this past black friday/cyber monday, but either it was gone fast or didn't exist (but must admit, I have been waiting for a replacement that improves AF tracking...). I feel like a few of these PEN F things have come up recently, maybe it's a sign to just hunt one down.
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  10. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
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  11. Jeffcs

    Jeffcs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2017
    Toms River NJ
    Jeffrey Swank
    It’s a fun camera I’ve been playing with the in camera filters and the B&W
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  12. The Kathmandu Cat

    The Kathmandu Cat Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 10, 2017
    Kathmandu, Nepal.
    Its also my go to camera. I love it for its size and portability, great jpegs right outta the camera, the artistic dial at front and its wonderful retro looks. I carry mine in a small Thinktank Mirrorless Mover 10 bag with three prime lenses or in a small National Geographic pouch with just a 20mm pancake lens when Im out street shooting. Love the Pen-F!
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  13. DennyVanNostrand

    DennyVanNostrand Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 3, 2018
    I also have the EM1 Mkii which I adore. However, I seem to be constantly perusing the Pen F image thread more and more. I think I will buy a new Pen F. I want a small prime like maybe the Oly 17mm F1.8. What lens would you guys recommend?
  14. LilSebastian

    LilSebastian Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2017
    Pasadena, CA
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  15. Not a prime but although I have the 12-40 pro I find that it stays at home when in the city as the panny 12-32 sits comfortably on the Pen, is unobtrusive for street, even when hooded, gives a good range for similar, and weighs bugger all. I just love that combo. You can see how short the strap is in the image above having the combo sitting nice on my chest for grabbed/un-aimed shots. I've missed too many opportunities armed with the 17mm prime although I do miss it's speed.
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  16. Magua

    Magua Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2018
    Natchez Trace
    I know I've said this all over this forum already, but I'll say it again. It's my next camera for sure and I'm itching to pull the trigger. The only thing keeping me on the leash is knowing that the Pen F II will be out very soon and there'll be a price drop. Then I'll strike like a cobra. Congrats on the new purchase...I'm right behind you.:drinks:
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  17. MFTmaster

    MFTmaster Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 11, 2017
    Rick V
    Adorama always has some awesome deals on-line
    look here https://www.adorama.com/l/Used/Cameras/Olympus~Mirrorless-Cameras

    I got mine for under $700 US before their Black Friday sale
    If you call them and explain that you missed out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday
    They might give you a coupon for 20% to 30% off

    Regards, Rick
  18. Magua

    Magua Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2018
    Natchez Trace
    Thanks...They're a great company for sure. I bought my K-50 from them and several lenses. Really tight at Christmas so I should wait yet another month or so. :dash2:
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  19. rfaucher

    rfaucher Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2014
    Ajax, Ontario
    Rob Faucher
    It's good to see all the other happy Pen-F users on this forum. Although my G9 outclasses the Pen-F in many ways, I really prefer shooting with the Pen-F. It's the one that invites me to take photos and have a fun day with a few small Oly primes in my coat pocket.
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