Review Pen-F 10 months in

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I shoot raw on mine 99% of the time, and often forget how great the mono jpeg profile is. This camera can take incredible black and white with virtually no touch up.
 

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I know this is an old thread but there are some newer post soooo
I got the Pen-f on first day of release. I instantly loved the camera. I used it just about everyday for a year. I sold it to my business partner, Olivier. I sent it to him in Korea. The day I sent it, I had a sick feeling and I ordered another pen-f from B&H within 24 hours. I used that camera for a while and decided I didn't need it anymore cause I was using my Leica's and Fuji's. Yup, I sold it on eBay. Time passed and about 10 months later I ordered anther Pen-F. That was April 2018. I have it and it's about as good as a camera needs to be. Sure the Leica and the Fujis are awesome cameras but the Pen-f is much smaller and most importantly lighter. Just wanted to say, that's how good a camera it is. I won't trade or sell it cause I feel stupid buying it so many times. Be blessed all...say hi to Amin
 

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It's also evolved from a small primes body (12, 17, 25, 45) to a primarily zoom body (12-40) with the 17mm in tow for use in low light or for a light causal camera.
Me too. I started with the 17mm f1.8, but eventually faced up to the fact that I’m a zoom guy so I switched to the 12-40mm Pro. I find the zoom is okay on the Pen-F without an add-on grip (which I briefly tried but quickly returned when I discovered it prevented me from opening the LCD screen from the bottom edge).
 

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I know this is an old thread but there are some newer post soooo
I got the Pen-f on first day of release. I instantly loved the camera. I used it just about everyday for a year. I sold it to my business partner, Olivier. I sent it to him in Korea. The day I sent it, I had a sick feeling and I ordered another pen-f from B&H within 24 hours. I used that camera for a while and decided I didn't need it anymore cause I was using my Leica's and Fuji's. Yup, I sold it on eBay. Time passed and about 10 months later I ordered anther Pen-F. That was April 2018. I have it and it's about as good as a camera needs to be. Sure the Leica and the Fujis are awesome cameras but the Pen-f is much smaller and most importantly lighter. Just wanted to say, that's how good a camera it is. I won't trade or sell it cause I feel stupid buying it so many times. Be blessed all...say hi to Amin
Good to see you here.
 

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I know this is an old thread but there are some newer post soooo
I got the Pen-f on first day of release. I instantly loved the camera. I used it just about everyday for a year. I sold it to my business partner, Olivier. I sent it to him in Korea. The day I sent it, I had a sick feeling and I ordered another pen-f from B&H within 24 hours. I used that camera for a while and decided I didn't need it anymore cause I was using my Leica's and Fuji's. Yup, I sold it on eBay. Time passed and about 10 months later I ordered anther Pen-F. That was April 2018. I have it and it's about as good as a camera needs to be. Sure the Leica and the Fujis are awesome cameras but the Pen-f is much smaller and most importantly lighter. Just wanted to say, that's how good a camera it is. I won't trade or sell it cause I feel stupid buying it so many times. Be blessed all...say hi to Amin
Ha, I though I was bad buying stuff again after selling it!

I'm on my second Pen F, but that's only because I decided I wanted the all black version.
 

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I had mine for about only a month, just before my trip to France...I shot mostly with the Pen F...Like you I like the monochrome mode.

The short coming for someone like me coming from E-M1 mark ii is the High Res limitation....maximum exposure only 8 second unlike the E-M1 Mark ii.

As for the handling, I put the RRS L bracket on it, the grip is a welcome addition.
 

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I got my Pen almost as soon as they came out, and unless I need the weather sealing of the E-M5 that is what I shoot with. It is my number one camera. I never understood the objection to the jpeg modes. They're quite useful, the tri-x mono mode is terrific, and if you shoot raw&jpeg, as I always have (storage is cheap) you can have it all. The resolution bump over the 16MP sensor, is not huge is nonetheless real. When I use it in manual focus mode with the Panasonic 20mm lens it gives me the closest I've yet got in digital to shooting my beloved Olympus 35SP film rangefinder. I understand that it is different strokes for different folks, but the violence with which some people dismiss a camera because it is not their cup of tea is weird and a bit disturbing. I love the Pen F and I hope Olympus is planning on continuing the line. A Mark II Pen F is not needed now, but I'd like to think one will come out eventually. The camera has everything I normally need.
 

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One month in with Pen F. And another fan of that Monochrome Profile 2. Kept it on default settings (probably time to tinker with them) and walked around downtown LA today.

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Love my Pen-f as well, its good and really fun to shoot with. Mono mode is awesome, many times it can be hard to get as good result in post.
It would be perfect if it had better AF-C and bigger/better EVF.
 
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Recently returned to MFT with an impulse purchase of a GX85 kit for a great price. A week later I picked up a G9.

Decided for my compact I want the 20mp sensor as well so I have sold the GX85 and am about to pull the trigger on a GX9. BUT the Pen-F is one sweet looking camera. Definitely better viewfinder, having a hard time with the price difference though. GX9 with 12-60mm lens for $800 vs body only for $900

Decisions, decisions. Going to Hawaii next month, need to figure it out soon.
 

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Recently returned to MFT with an impulse purchase of a GX85 kit for a great price. A week later I picked up a G9.

Decided for my compact I want the 20mp sensor as well so I have sold the GX85 and am about to pull the trigger on a GX9. BUT the Pen-F is one sweet looking camera. Definitely better viewfinder, having a hard time with the price difference though. GX9 with 12-60mm lens for $800 vs body only for $900

Decisions, decisions. Going to Hawaii next month, need to figure it out soon.
EBay shows a reconditioned Pen F body @ $685. Might need to hurry...I might buy another. : )

Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only, Silver) 50332190351 | eBay

"Reconditioned by Olympus. Includes box and accessories."
 

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By now yet more years to experience the Pen F have gone by, so in case Olympus designers of firmware (or new users) consult this thread ,I repeat assesments I have written elsewhere . A main and grave shortcoming is that the wheel on the backside cannot be totally disabled in the menu. The wheel is occasionally useful for setting menu items, otherwise I would have used superglue.

When using heavy optics, one has a tendency to squeeze hard on the grip and then the focus and light metering spot wanders away to the edge. Highly impractical and most annoying.

The useful exposure adjustment wheeel moves at random if fishing the camera out of a tight pocket; a locking button would be welcome. Same, but less frequent misbehaviour from the "art" wheel, but there superglue can fix it.

Otherwise I regard the Pen F as a worthy replacement for an analogue Leitz M3 .The high-resolution option gives excellent results with optics such as the 100mm Apo-Macro Elmarit as long as one remembers to have an absolutely solid support..

Only one return to the repairers (due to a stuck SDcard) in spite of being exposed to snow, rain and shaking around in rucksacks.

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And I thought that I had my gas under strict control... "mono mode" "fuji x100 like", hmm... :)
 

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Since this thread has been resurrected I'll add to it. @nstelemark, nice review. It's an interesting perspective you and others have shared with regard to the Pen F and E-M1.2 (@Gromit & @pdk42). I also have the pair and agree with parts of each.

I definitely fell in the "practical" camp when the Pen F came out, I was definitely drawn to it's style, but the price? I've also been drawn to Fuji (had an X70 and X-E3) for similar reasons and for the sense that you should slow down when using them. I probably should've skipped the X-E3, but a little late for that now.

Now that I have the Pen F I'm enjoying it. I do have it setup what might be considered a bit unconventionally. You can customize the exposure comp dial to be the flash comp dial. When you do the front and rear dials can then be setup to function exactly the same as the dials on my E-M1.2. Yes it negates the value of the exposure comp dial, but since I change it often (sometimes shot to shot), it REALLY makes going from one to the other body easier.

I actually wish I could reprogram the rear lever more than I wish I could reprogram the front dial, it would be nice if it could control whatever the current multi function item is selected.
 
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Great to catch up on this thread again and, let's face it, its celebration of the Pen F.

I'm on my 3rd Pen F...yes really (I feel like a child who's just been found guilty of a misdemeanour by the wonderful people in Mu43 land, and hanging my head in shame). Each time it's been going head-to-head with an X100F where, whilst my head and eyes have voted for the Pen's IQ, my mind has said 'Oh...but the Fuji has a cult following' 'it's a modern photographic icon' 'it had a bigger sensor'...etc etc. You all know the drill.

I truly believe that the Big O sold their baby short. For me, whilst I have an enormous affection for the X100 in all its forms (have owned them all, up to the F) I feel quite sincerely that the Pen F is a better camera. Others' mileage will of course vary, but recently I put my Pen in its box for 3 months and - in an attempt to make a final choice vs the Fuji - used that as an exercise in 'miss it, or sell it'. Only in the last few weeks has the Pen re-appeared. It's great to be back, and the X100F has been sold. I'll miss the Fuji, but not as much as I would the Pen.

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