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Pen-F Press release out

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by heli-mech, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
    E shutter now goes 20 frames per second.
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  2. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Looks like they took it down so... (sorry for formatting on my tablet so had to do screen shots of a pdf print)

    Screenshots_2016-01-26-19-22-53. Screenshots_2016-01-26-19-23-08. Screenshots_2016-01-26-19-23-24.
  3. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Ming Thein uploaded his initial review tonight.
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  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    Double ouch for Canada pricing. Sorry neighbors!!
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  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

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  6. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Not much of a review. I find Ming one of the more boring photographers on the net. He seems to appeal to the technically oriented and not the artistic photographer. He just seemed to nitpick all the little details. I'll wait for Robin Wong to give his assessment and show the potential of the camera.
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  7. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
  8. tkbslc

    tkbslc Super Moderator

    Well at least it looks a lot nicer in official pictures! I actually kind of like the looks now.

    I like the official man-purse bag, too.
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  9. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    I like it! Looks classy in black, and I usually like silver bodies. Man this will be nice with some small primes and pancake lenses. Also Olympus is adding their own version of film presets like Fuji, hence the dedicated front dial. What I don't get is people complain about a slight jpeg bias with the Pen-F, but everyone goes gaga for Fuji jpegs! I don't get it?
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  10. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee Subscribing Member

    May 3, 2013
    I for one really like Ming's photography and process. Though it can definitely come across as overly technical, after spending so much time looking at his images I see the art in his work. His color and tone work has a biting clarity I don't see elsewhere, and his compositions often manage complex arrangements that feel simple. His reportage and cinematic photography is particularly awesome. Here's a recent example: thaipusam 2016

    As for the review, my impression is that Ming isn't very excited by the camera, can't fully evaluate image quality because Adobe doesn't support the files yet, but is reminded of the great speed and efficiency of operating a modern Olympus camera. He's lately been shooting mostly Nikon DSLR and Sony A7Rii, the latter for which he's opined about sluggish operation. Compared to these, the Pen-F must feel like a go-kart.

    As for sweating all the "little" details, I contend two points: (1) A quibble about a little detail is not condemnation, and I don't mind the nitpicking; the vast, vast majority of things I'd want to change on my cameras amount to little detail quibbles, but I love my cameras. And (2), the "little" details are what separate a Porsche 911 from a Corvette. The Corvette has more horsepower. The Corvette will set faster lap times. The Corvette costs half as much. But the little details -- the way controls fall to hand, the way seats hold the driver in place, the logic behind the operation of the dash, the communication of road texture through the steering wheel -- suggest priorities apart from pure performance, and for people who've experienced performance enough to know it isn't everything, these little details become the goal. I had zero interest in the Leica Q, but reading Ming's description of the little details left me wanting in a way I don't feel for the Sony A7Rii or any other Leica. (I still have zero budget for the Leica Q.)
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  11. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    He was comparing the Pen F EVF to the EVF in the $7450 Leica SL! To me that's nitpicking. I also don't find his photos all that engaging, his technical composition is nice, but I just don't feel his samples have any passion.

    Plus he tested the high res mode shooting his tape collection. Seriously, Olympus offers a method to shoot high res imagery and he brushes it off as a cheap parlor trick. The Pen F can potentially shoot 80mp raw files.

    I'll wait for a more engaging review. :wink:
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  12. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
    Theo K.
    Taking currency conversion into account, it sells cheaper than in the US.
  13. lightning

    lightning Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    Kerava, Finland
    Very very attractive and good looking camera! I simply love how it looks. No PDAF? That is a little letdown, unless its AF is more like Panasonic's which are super fast without PDAF. This will cost around 1200euros body only, for this price GX8 is a more attractive option, GX8 has (presumably) better and faster AF, better grip, much better video but is as good as this for stills. GX8 body only price in Finland today is under 1000e. Although its a little bigger and all don't prefer how it looks.
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