I’ve been using the Olympus E-PL1 for nearly two years now, and I still can’t get used to it. My difficulties are truly almost enough to drive me back to using film in an OM-1 or 2. I’ve been saving up for an OM-D, but now I’m not so sure that’s the way to go. Here are the things I hate: 1. Menus. I hate, hate, hate the menus. It seems like whenever I touch the wrong button (which I seem to do most of the time) I have to dig through the menu system to find some obscure thing I did wrong. The information about how to correct it often seems even more obscure. The menus in Canon’s D-series cameras are worlds simpler to use, and while they’re not analog, they are a lot closer to it. 2. Buttons. I hate having to fiddle around with the buttons to set the camera up for a shot. This whole way of doing things is so slooow. I long for the days of analog, when it was just aperture, shutter speed, and focus, all done with simple, easy-to-find-and-use controls. Can’t anyone other than Leica make a compact digital camera with simple controls? 3. The EVF. I have read that the Olympus VF-2 is the best of the electronic viewfinders and that the OMD is even better. I hope so, because I find the view through my Canon 5D better in every way than the VF-2. Kirk Tuck speaks highly about “pre-chimping,” but it just doesn’t seem to work that way for me. 4. General inconvenience. It seems that every time I pick up the camera it’s set wrong for what I want to do with it. So I have to fuss with the menus for a while before I can make the photo (assuming my subject is still there). In the same vein, when I want to use the EVF, I usually find it’s set to display the LCD, and when I want to use the LCD it’s usually set to the EVF. Also, I’m constantly nudging the EVF with my glasses and tipping it up when I don’t want it tipped up. Nothing major, maybe, but just one more thing. . . So, do I like anything about the camera? Yes. 1. I love, love, love the size and weight. And not only are the E-Pen bodies small and light, the lenses are also small and light. After carrying a 5D and three zooms to Israel two years ago, I resolved that I would never again burden myself with that kind of weight. I could switch to a Canon Rebel, which is also small and light (though not as much), but then I’m stuck with big, heavy lenses again. Same with the Sony NEX system. 2. The image quality. Maybe not as good as the 5D, but very, very good. The files look great in the large format coffee-table books I do. 3. The out-of-camera jpegs. If I meter carefully I can avoid the extra nuisance step of converting RAW files to jpegs. And the Oly jpegs are great, as many have remarked. I’m in a quandary. I find the E-PL1 slow and inconvenient to use, but I need small and light. I still have OM film bodies and a few lenses. Should I go back to them? Should I just learn to live with the weight of my Canon system? Is the OM-D the solution to my problems? What to do, what to do, what to do?