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Which old PEN?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by demiro, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Let's say you were planning to buy a sort of secondary body and leave the PL 25/1.4 perma-mounted on it as a fixed focal length camera. You care about IQ, of course, but you also want minimal cost. You want an Olympus body, as your preference is SOOC JPEGs (no offense Panny shooters!). Best low light performance is a plus, as this will get a workout indoors over the dark winter months in the northeast US.

    Which "old" body would you choose and why?

    E-PL1 for $120
    E-PL2 for $160
    E-PL3 for $220
    E-P3 for $400
  2. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    From your list E-P3, only one on your list that I liked, others were all cumbersome when it comes to controls or lack there of, need the rear wheel not the useless dial or buttons. My other choice would be E-PM1, if I could get past the lack of external controls. Better build than any of E-PLx models, better value, pocketable until you put a 25 on it.
  3. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    I had and liked the E-PM1, but really didn't like how it handled with the 25/1.4.
  4. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Since you are wanting good low light performance the E-PL1 and 2 are out!{even though I love mine for day use}. They lack an AF assist light and I can tell you that low light AF is the biggest downfall of these two bodies!

    Where are you getting an E-P3 for $400??? Please share!
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Then you're not going to like the E-PL3, which is pretty much identical in size/handling.

    I suppose that leaves the E-P3 as the others are much weaker when it comes to low light AF.
  6. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I would try the E-PL1...it's a second body. If you don't like it, resell it for cost and you're just out the shipping. The E-P3 is a FANTASTIC camera....a real stunner. But it's 3 1/2 times the price of the E-PL1 (and it's your second body). If you can swing the $400 and it doesn't bother you, go for it.
  7. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    I'd go for the EPL2. It has the same sensor as the others, is far cheaper than the 3 series, has sufficient controls and a built-in flash. It's worth pointing out that I still haven't seen any reason to upgrade from my EPL2 as I like it so much...
  8. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Two words. Touch screen.
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  9. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    You can pick up a factory demo E-P3 on Cameta for $480 with a 14-42II. Sell the lens for $80 and you have a $400 body.
  10. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I guess it depends on how much you want to spend/save, since it will just be your second body. For the small price difference the E-PL2 seems like a no-brainer over the E-PL1. I do love my E-P3 though...
  11. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I already have an E-P3 so I would go for the E-PL3 as a second body. Same sensor, excellent price and a tilt screen for low angle shots. Best bang for the buck. I've actually been considering an offer to trade my 20mm for an E-PL3 with kit lens for just that reason. :cool: 
  12. brianb032

    brianb032 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 10, 2011
    I would go for an E-P3. The LCD is sharp, bright, and a joy to compose with. The IBIS seems to be more consistant according to user reports. (I've never had the E-PL1 long enough to really know its ins and outs.) It doesn't have that annoying bulging lens mount design like the E-PL3/E-PM1 which will make your kit look outright off-balanced and horrendous. (To me at least. ^_^) And, surprisingly, the capacitive touch-screen is super handy. Oh, and I forgot to mention that its a really snappy camera too.

    From personal experience, I can only find two things wrong with the E-P3; the sensor isn't as good as an OM-D (duh), and the digital IBIS in the video footage makes it a poor loaner camera for others who don't know that IBIS should be off before recording. Other than that, I find it the best compromise among your choices.
  13. lstzephyr

    lstzephyr Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2011
    Cameta had ep2s for under 200$ last time I looked. It seems to me that would be a good middle ground.
  14. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    If I were to get a used Pen it would be the E-P3. I quite enjoyed using that camera. It was fast, the AF was good, the OLED screen was terrific and it was pretty darned comfortable when you attached the larger grip. As nice as the E-PM1 and E-PL3 are I found them too small for my hands and I think the E-P3 is a big step up from the PL2 and PL1. FWIW I think you can find a used P3 for less than $400.
  15. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    I vote E-PL2. As ssgreenly noted, same sensor as E-P3, far cheaper, sufficiently fast focusing, sufficient controls, has built in flash and the LCD produces more realistic colors than OLED screen of the E-P3, especially when viewed from an angle.
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  16. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Tilt screen, for the win!

    Seriously, after using one I cannot go back to no tilt.
  17. demiro

    demiro Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    I went with the majority here. Should have my E-P3 in a few days. Some good reasons were stated here for it, and in all honesty, I've always wanted to try one.

    I am proud of the brevity of my decision-making process. If only our presidential selection process could be a bit more like buying a PEN.

    Thanks to all for the votes and comments.
  18. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Grats! I'm sure you'll enjoy your new E-P3!
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