Where are you getting your info that the Pen F is dead?

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I think the issue is that the pen-f line is dead. No pen-f mk2 expected anymore. This does not change the fact that the pen-f is a great camera. Hope they keep selling them for a while.
 

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Personally I wish somebody would still make small bodies with optional EVF attachments. The GX1 with LVF2 was a dream come true in size. I'm sure the EP5 was as well. Olympus needs to keep the mid size PEN model alive.
 

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Personally I wish somebody would still make small bodies with optional EVF attachments. The GX1 with LVF2 was a dream come true in size. I'm sure the EP5 was as well. Olympus needs to keep the mid size PEN model alive.
I still hoping Pana will bring back to life the GM series. I love that small camera.
 

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Personally I wish somebody would still make small bodies with optional EVF attachments. The GX1 with LVF2 was a dream come true in size. I'm sure the EP5 was as well. Olympus needs to keep the mid size PEN model alive.
I was struggling a bit with my E-PL5 as I've never really been able to come to grips with composing via a screen, partly due to my eyesight but mainly due to the fact that I'm an old dog who doesn't take to new tricks :). I've just picked up a bargain with the VF-3 viewfinder and just love the overall size/weight and how this combo sits in my hand at the end of a wrist strap
 

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I was struggling a bit with my E-PL5 as I've never really been able to come to grips with composing via a screen, partly due to my eyesight but mainly due to the fact that I'm an old dog who doesn't take to new tricks :). I've just picked up a bargain with the VF-3 viewfinder and just love the overall size/weight and how this combo sits in my hand at the end of a wrist strap
I am with you.
My E-P5 was initially used without a viewfinder and the best I could do is take snapshots.
Realizing that the rear screen was only so good for serious composition and focusing I then got the VF-4.
And suddenly I was able to create an image, not just record scenes that honestly could have been done easier with a mobile phone.
To me a decent EVF is essential for conscious composition and critical focusing; without it is just punting and hoping for the best :oops:
 

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Everyone seems to only be responding to rumors of it's demise. Let's wait for an answer from Olympus instead of some shmuck that is taking pleasure in some rumor he started.
 
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My experience with non Japanese Olympus executives had proven that they either don't know or play dumb.

I tried working with Olympus USA on quite a few things and it had been an absolute chore.
 

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Olympus Japan confirms the PEN-F has been discontinued - 43 Rumors

They also published about why there was evidence that there was no new model coming (no new registrations, current model being re-registered etc.)

I'm completely unsurprised that there's no Pen-F (I refuse to use the all caps style guide) replacement. The Pen-F was always a tribute and throwback to the film Pen FT. I never saw it as part of their core lineup, always just one for the Olympus fans.
 

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I agree with the posts above about how much better the "Pen Lite" series is with the add-on EVF. I found the VF-3 to be more than adequate (albeit a little compromised in low light conditions) and a very good value at a little more than a 100 dollars. I enjoy my E-PL 7 much more with the EVF. It does help a lot with composition.
 

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I had an E-P5 with the VF4. It was a lovely camera in many ways, but the add-on EVF wasn't part of the charm. With the EVF fitted it was bigger than an E-M5 and the camera/EVF connection was susceptible to damage through a bang or a drop. I've decided that, for me, I'd never buy another camera without an integrated EVF.
 
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I agree to some extent. Whenever I've handled things like a Pen-F or E-P5 in a shop (both cameras I really covet) they always seem a bit bigger than I would like. My E-PM2 is really pocketable without the VF-2, but I only ever use it with it.

I'm not sure if there is a "Goldilocks" rangefinder style m43 camera, which is small but has a built in EVF - maybe the GM5? I never handled one of those so am not sure about it.
 
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Everyone seems to only be responding to rumors of it's demise. Let's wait for an answer from Olympus instead of some shmuck that is taking pleasure in some rumor he started.
No schmuck - 43 Rumors is pretty reliable - his inside source said Olympus has no plans to make a second gen PEN-F. The PEN-F was meant to be a tribute to the original PEN camera for its Nth (50th?) anniversary. I think if it had sold well, they might have made a mark II. Part of the reason it didn't sell well was that it was overpriced.
 

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I'll never understand the popularity of the external viewfinder variants. Especially when small cameras like the GX9 are around.

With the end of the Pen-F and the unlikelyhood of a true GX8 successor the high end rangefinder style seems to have died out for micro four thirds.
 
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