Too excited ! Just got an E-P1

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by CalmestPanic, May 12, 2015.

  1. CalmestPanic

    CalmestPanic New to Mu-43

    May 17, 2011
    Ok, so I'm 5 years too late to the party, but my (as) new Olympus E-P1 arrived today, with a 17mm 2.8 lens.

    Looks sooooooo gorgeous !!!!

    Battery charging, and it's 9:30pm here (UK time) but can't wait to try it out tomorrow!!

    Anybody still use this little beauty? Anybody got any tips for an Oly Noob?
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  2. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Despite all the advances that have been made in the :mu43: ecosystem since the E-P1 was introduced nearly six years ago, it remains a very capable camera, and as good a starting point as any to the system. I haven't owned an E-P1, but I still shoot with my E-PL1 (which is essentially a hobbled version of the E-P1).

    The first thing I would suggest with ANY Olympus camera is to turn on the Super Control Panel, which is a single screen which provides access to a vast array of settings. I'm not exactly sure what the process is in the E-P1, but you should be able to find it within the [GEAR] menu.
  3. CalmestPanic

    CalmestPanic New to Mu-43

    May 17, 2011
    Thanks man - love this forum!
  4. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    1) Super Control Panel.
    2) Update firmware for body and lens (speeds up the 17mm f2.8 AF considerably).
    3) Do you have the VF1 optical viewfinder? My kit came with that, it's a fun, different kind of experience. If you have it I recommend setting a function button to turn off the LCD, so you don't have to deal with bright light underneath where you're putting your eye.
    4) Turn off noise filter, keep ISO low. ISO 100 actually puts out some beautiful, clean files the likes of which modern sensors don't replicate. However I do think DR is supposed to be lower at this setting.
  5. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
  6. Hazza

    Hazza Just Clicking

    Aug 10, 2013
    Huddersfield UK
    I have just gifted mine to my son along with a couple of 4/3 lenses and an adapter, still works very well and takes great pictures.
    Still using my E-PL1 with a detachable EVF and recently added some photos to to the pool.
    You won't be disappointed once you have it set up how you like it.
  7. backnblack

    backnblack New to Mu-43

    Mar 26, 2013
    fort woth,tx
    Don't believe everything you hear about the 17mm f2.8 lens. Some of my favorite shot were made with one. P6140429 - 2014-06-14 at 00-25-40-XL.jpg
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  8. MiguelATF

    MiguelATF Mu-43 Veteran

    Please ket us know how yours works out, and post some photos with it.

    And, echoing your thoughts, I've finally succumbed to the same temptation - and just bought an E-P1 + 17mm f/2.8 lens myself! Not sure if it's 5 years late to the party, or 6 - didn't they first come out back in 2009? Regardless, though, it's an elegant looking camera, still (!) - and blacknblack is right when he advises not to believe everything you hear about the lens: though it got a less-than-stellar reputation among some photographers, many others (myself included) found it to be a superb lens.

    Have fun with yours! Maybe you should post a photo of it, as make all the non-E-P1 owners green with envy :)
  9. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    The VF1 is great with the 17mm/EP1 combo too, looks classic and is big and bright. I'm selling mine along with the EP1, not out of any ill will, just slimming down my cameras to EM10 and GM1 as backup.
  10. rwisem

    rwisem Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    Sequim, Washington, USA
    Roger Wiseman
    When the E-P1 came out in 2009, I lusted after it, but the US$900 price was out of reach. I have since bought and used an E-pm1 and OMD-EM10. Several months ago I took advantage of a super deal on Amazon for a new E-P1 kit with the 17/2.8 and vewfinder. It takes great pictures at ISO 1600 and below and I love the build quality. I got the Magic Lantern guide for it, which I highly recommend. These are US sources.

    Although the silver finish is beautiful, I added a black Aki-Asahi skin (removable) to make it look like a newer Pen.
    Last edited: May 23, 2015
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  11. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    That skin does look very nice.
  12. MiguelATF

    MiguelATF Mu-43 Veteran

    Beautiful shot, Roger.

    Just out of curiosity, which Aki-Asahi skin did you buy? There are two of them listed on their website, one described as 'leatherette', the other one apparently real leather. Which is yours?
  13. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    That's a great shot. My take on the 17/2.8 is that it is good in the centre wide open, and good everywhere at f/4 to f/8 especially. No reason to avoid it at all!
  14. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 26, 2013
    Theo K.
    May I add that the 17 f2.8 has rendering characters (color and bokeh quality) quite different from all of the MFT lenses I currently own. I sold mine after updated to the f1.8 version. The f1.8 is mostly superior but I soon realize that I miss the old lens's rendering character.
  15. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    That is my pocket camera.
    The 17mm lens is nicely resistant to sun flare, I leave mine at f2.8 (wide open) at all times. It takes lovely photos.
    The e-P1 is superb at blue skies and faces : I leave it on "Vivid"
    but with a global whitebalance modification of +1 green (or is it minus 1 red?) then leave it to autoWhitebalance.
    I use a burst of two frames every time : this gives me at least one very sharp shot.
  16. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    You must have big pockets. The main reason I decided to replace my EP1 as backup camera is that, in size, it's basically the same as my EM10. Which is no bad thing, I actually like some heft and size to a camera, but I'm not as versatile when both of my cameras are the same size.

    The 17mm does have some special magic to its rendering, even when it doesn't feel particularly sharp. I leave it at f2.8 unless I'm working on a landscape, then f4.5 or f5.6.


    Feels almost like the Leica experience in the mid 20th C might have.
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  17. rwisem

    rwisem Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    Sequim, Washington, USA
    Roger Wiseman
    I'm pretty sure I got the leatherette. Here is the link:
  18. MiguelATF

    MiguelATF Mu-43 Veteran

    Just got my 'new' (to me, anyway) E-P1 - here it is -

    the new E-P1 by Miguel Tejada-Flores, on Flickr

    Another view -

    the new E-P1 #2 by Miguel Tejada-Flores, on Flickr

    Damn, it's one nice-looking camera.

    And the photos it produces aren't too shabby either - here's one of the first -

    Garden Glove by MiguelATF, on ipernity
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  19. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Such a handsome camera! Also may I recommend the Olympus Auto Lens Cap for your 17mm. It completes the look.
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  20. MiguelATF

    MiguelATF Mu-43 Veteran

    The E-P1 saga continues - another photo taken with the 17mm pancake lens, which IMHO is seriously underrated -

    Wrecking Yard by MiguelATF, on ipernity