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Olympus PEN-F Deal — Intriguing, $50, ‘Body Cap Lens’ For FREE.

by Anura Guruge


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Cute! Manual focus, fixed f/8 aperture prime lens — that is cheap enough to be used as a ‘body cap’.
I don’t carry a camera around with the body cap. So this lens will be of zero interest to me.


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I Got A Fujifilm X-E2s Camera — My First Fuji.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Taken with an Android Pad.


Don’t worry. I have some lenses. Just haven’t put one on yet.
Wanted to update the BODY Firmware to 1.01.


Did update the BODY Firmware to 1.01. Very easy.
Very straightforward
(though I read the instructions 6 times to make sure I didn’t screw-up).

Wish checking firmware version was a MENU option.

I needed a new camera to replace the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (7 months old) and Panasonic Lumix LX100 (6 weeks old) that I gave away (to the same 17-year old boy) in an impulsive act of random kindness.

Yes, the plan is to get 2 cameras as I had in the past. But I already know what my BIG camera is going to be — my DREAM camera, the Fuji X-T2 that is due to be announced in the next 6 weeks. So that is settled. That is a given tryst with destiny. So what I was looking for was the ‘small’ camera to take the place of the LX100. I decided that I was NOT going to bother with a traditional compact. I never stick cameras in my jean pockets or my jacket pockets. So small size per se is not a factor. I prefer to carry all my cameras on my wrist — and you can see that my Fuji X-E2s already has two wrist straps attached. (I actually happened to have them as spares!)

Finally after 9 months of considerable thought and research I know, for sure (for sure), what I now want for in my cameras:

  1. Large sensor — at least APS-C.
  2. Mirrorless.
  3. Best still image quality, DAMN the 4K video.
  4. As much MANUAL control as possible, i.e., lots of dials and FN buttons.
  5. Good EVF (and damn hybrid and optical).

Given that list you can see why Fuji is the best fit for me. I did look, very seriously, at the Olympus PEN-F. Well it did NOT meet the above criteria.

Yes, I could have got a X-Pro1 at a bargain and IF I wanted the X-Pro2 that too was within my budgetary range. But I didn’t want a BIG camera not one with a weird hybrid viewfinder.

The Fuji X-E2s kind of fit the bill — though it is by no means perfect. I would have preferred 20MP resolution. It is also TWO FN buttons short. But from everything I read and saw (on YouTube) it is NOT a bad (little) camera.

Now that I have it, delivered in a sealed bag by Amazon, I like what I have seen. Menus, compared to Panasonic or Sony, are much easier to navigate. Q-menu much easier and direct than Panasonic. That firmware level cannot be checked from the menu is a pain (and inexcusable). But upgrading firmware (for the body) was a snap.

So that is where we stand. I haven’t used it as yet. I wasn’t going to rush. So stay tuned.

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by Anura Guruge

Olympus PEN-F — More Pretension Than Practicality?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Main picture, of course, from Olympus (with thanks).


Click to ENLARGE. Of course from the outstanding “DPReview.com”. The 3 dials that sealed the deal AGAINST the Olympus PEN-F.

After my 34-day ‘crisis‘ during which I gave away (as an act of random kindness) my beloved Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and (6 week old) Lumix LX100, I last Wednesday was again in the market for a new camera.

I was not going to just replace the Panasonics. That would have been painful and regressive. I decided I was going to start again and move up to the next level (so to speak). I remembered the Olympus PEN-F that had been announced in January 2016. I had looked at it then and concluded that it was overpriced and I still think it is priced $200 above what it should be. But I was willing to pay IF I thought it would be the camera that would make me happy until the availability of my dream Fuji X-T2.

So I spent quite a few hours crunching through the reviews, reading the specs and looking at YouTube videos. Three times during the day on Thursday (last week) I nearly hit the BUY button. And each time I shied away at the last millisecond. I knew something was wrong. So I decided to think about it overnight. And then it hit me.

The PEN-F is NOT what I am looking for … The PEN-F is NOT for the likes of I …

I came to the realization that the BIG ‘PASM‘ mode dial on the top was a total, utter turn-off. Like a huge, hanging hairy wart. I do NOT use custom modes and I prefer to choose my mode using the shutter and apaerture dials as in the Panasonic Lumix LX100. So that was strike ONE.

Yes, yes, I know all about the retro look and nostalgia. BUT I am not going to buy a camera, at this price range, for looks. The front dial, as DPReview (above) so correctly points out is a total waste and distraction. If that was a focus selection dial, ‘S-C-M’, I could have looked with it though I find its placement ugly. So that strike TWO.

Having the toggle underneath the mode dial that only works on the JPEG ‘curve’ was the last straw. Strike THREE.

Yes, the Olympus PEN-F will look real cool in a trendy club. But that is not my scene. I want a practical camera.

And this was BEFORE I got to the Micro Four Thirds sensor.

PLEASE help me keep this pledge. PLEASE. I will no longer buy a camera with anything less than an APS-C size sensor. I am a large sensor guy. I know that. I will always regret getting smaller sensors. So I have to pick the habit.

So what did I get? Have a guess. It was not an Olympus — though I like Olympus and Deanna has one, which she loves.

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Olympus Should Not Wait Until ‘Photokina’ To Announce OM-D E-M1 Mk. II.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘New Camera’. Use link below to access original.

Click to read whole story from ‘New Camera‘.

‘Photokina’ 2016 is towards the end of September. If Olympus waits till then to announce the REFRESH for the OM-D E-M1 it would be a full 3 years since the first model was unveiled. If at all possible Olympus should bring forward the announcement to give Fuji X-T2 aspirants, I among those, a very competitive Micro Four-Thirds alternative. Next to Fuji the Olympus OM-D line is my next favorite in terms of extensive direct control — though I am getting increasingly fond of my Panasonic Lumix LX100.

I would seriously look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II. My only reservation would be the Sensor Size. But the exceptional Image Stabilization of the Olympus, even without ‘Dual IS’ is a major consideration. The new Olympus PEN-F looks real attractive and has enough control wheels at the back to keep me entertained BUT all the reviews I read say that it is unbalanced, in terms of weight, with anything other than small (light) prime lenses — and the one type of lens I am UNLIKELY to use are primes. I am a zoom guy. It actually got me looking at Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk IIs. Refurbished Mk Is are available for $350 directly from Olympus. Tempting.

Fun, fun … fun. 

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by Anura Guruge

The Brand New Olympus PEN-F Is Quite The Camera, But $1,200, Just For The Body Of A Micro Four Thirds?

by Anura Guruge

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This looks one heck of a camera. Oh, I will swap my Sony RX100 Mk II for this PEN-F in a heartbeat. I am sure it will take exceptional photographs.

But, WOW, the price — just for the body, and a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera to boot. An Olympus M.Zuiko lens, fixed focal length, say 25 mm, will set be back another $300. So $1,500 for a fixed-length compact. That is expensive when I paid half that for my versatile, and pretty damn impressive, Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

But I am sure that there will be people who will gladly buy this PEN-F and I am kind of envious. Yes, if money was no object I would get one.

Check it out. It is worth drooling a bit about. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge