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Quick decision E-P1 or E-PL1

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by confuseddotcom, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. confuseddotcom

    confuseddotcom New to Mu-43

    1
    Nov 28, 2010
    HI,

    I have the oppurtunity for an E-P1 in silver/silver with 14-42 lens new for £329

    or

    A E-PL1 in silver with black same lens as above £289.

    Anyone out there now can help?

    Never had an SLR but love the style of the pen. I have an old 35mm olympus SLR in loft my dad gave me with some massive lens tlephoto zoom etc can these be used i guess not?

    Which do i choose only difference i can see is a lack of flash and build quality, the reviews i have read are way over my head at the moment.

    use will be for family and when i go climbing. i run osx and windows if that makes any difference!

    thanks look forward to getting onr or other!

    stu
     
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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Stu,
    If your even thinking about those old lenses...
    Get the PL1
     
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  3. Fiddler

    Fiddler Mu-43 Veteran

    Both great cameras. Try before you buy if you can.

    All the best,

    Colin
     
  4. Both Streetshooter and Fiddler have offered good advice to you. In previous replies, I've remarked about my favoring an E-P2 over my wife's E-PL1, mostly due to the control over aperture, shutter and iso that is more convenient with the thumbwheel and dial on the P2 (and E-P1!)

    There are a number of other features that each of your choices offer you. You really should review other previous threads here to get your answers. Both cameras are great and should not disappoint. Good luck.
     
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  5. Burkey

    Burkey Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Nov 26, 2010
    Northern New England
    Good advice all around. The E-PL1 will give the option of the EVF later. Good luck
    . . . Burkey
     
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  6. youry

    youry Mu-43 Regular

    199
    Nov 9, 2010
    Winston Salem, NC
    If you use A and S mode in all your shooting then P1 is for you. Frustrating to change Aperture and speed on PL1.
    The only reason I would consider the PL1 is the viewfinder but you'll have to pay some $250 extra to get that. BTW: the viewfinder is amazing. Best I've ever seen. The GH1's viewfinder is a joke compared with Olympus.
     
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  7. drpump

    drpump Mu-43 Regular

    154
    Oct 28, 2010
    I went for the E-PL1. While I would prefer to have the control dials of the E-P1, the built-in flash pushes the E-PL1 in front, especially since you can bounce it (reduces that whitewashed flash picture look). There are also some image quality improvements in the E-PL1 (does better in low light, apparently), and I like the option for an electronic viewfinder although haven't purchased one yet.
     
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  8. shoturtle

    shoturtle  

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    Oct 15, 2010
    The epl-1 will give you better low light, and more precise AF when using the smaller AF box. And indoor, the flash will help out in allot of situation. And if you ever get fancy you can use the internal flash as a wireless TTL control for off camera flash.
     
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  9. Burkey

    Burkey Mu-43 Regular

    70
    Nov 26, 2010
    Northern New England
    the smaller AF box on the E-Pl1?

     
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  10. Fiddler

    Fiddler Mu-43 Veteran

    Have fun with your excellent new camera!

    All the best,

    Colin
     
  11. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Nov 16, 2010
    Finland
  12. shoturtle

    shoturtle  

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    Oct 15, 2010