Nice, Small and Feels Exceptionally Solid
I previously held some interest in the Olympus E-P1 but I could never get excited about viewing and composing on
a LCD monitor alone. I was looking at the EP series because I have access to an assortment of half frame film Pen F cameras that were the basis for this camera. I was delighted to
learn that adapters are already available allowing some of those older Pen F lenses to mount on the EP2
plus all Four Thirds lenses can be employed on the PEN E-P2 by using an optional MMF-1 Four Thirds Lens Adapter
When I bundled up the E-P2 with the kit zoom mounted for a morning shoot. The temperature was 30 degrees outdoors and my first discovery is that the interface on this camera cannot be used wearing gloves. The controls are just too small and too much pressure needed to wear gloves.
There were no real issues focusing In daylight and It's faster than I was led to believe. Although, it does tend "focus on either side of sharp" before locking
in to shoot which consumes a few tenths of a second for
autofocus each time. The "fix" is to change the focus control to the
"sel" button or the "fn" button, after doing that you'll be able focus only once and click the shutter until the distance subject from the camera changes. It's categorically not that bad. I also shot a bunch of
poor light images near dusk and, using 60 watt household bulbs in a number of lamps the focus locked on pretty decent.
It would be foolish to buy the EP-2 without getting the EVF (electronic optical viewfinder). The EVF is what makes the E-P2 and other cameras such as the Panasonic GF1 exceptional in my opinion. It's a great viewfinder. Practically as clean and clear. Better than the viewfinders of the Olympus Evolt e300 and Olympus Evolt e520 cameras
Here's what I really love about the E-P2. A number of DSLR's available with "LIve View" can be reconfigured to shoot distinctive aspect ratios in jpg. Including a square. Although when capturing portraits those cameras thrash through a way too much time intensive labor to be of practical use. plus the effect is only available on rear LCD monitor. Using the E-P2 this is simply not the situation. The exposure is somewhat instantaneous. And the E-P2 can be employed with a square pattern which is viewable looking at the EVF.. You fundamentally end up with a small 6x6 format camera that captures 9 mp files (the 12 mp sensor crop squared) using three fps.
Sharpness and color, even using the kit lens, are superb. Olympus is renown for out of the camera jpegs and the E-P2 is yet better than it's ancestors. Also
raw files processed with the Capture One 5.01 are decent but not all that much improved over a well exposed jpeg.
It's exciting to to be able to shoot HD 720p movies with the E-P2.
Here's my what needs fixing list:
The BLS battery only lasted for approximately 300 images. Remember, that it was shooting in sub 35degree weather and cold really takes the life out of batteries. I would assume 500 shot in warmer weather can be expected. The batteries are short lived.
Alas, the flash unit and the EVF can't be used at the same time as they use the same port . Ditto for the microphone.
The microphone and the EVF can't be used at the same time.
All in all this in a camera I've waited for. I'm somewhat satisfied with it. although it needs a multi-function port. The image quality it's right up there.
As of October 2010, there are thirteen (MILC) cameras available from four manufacturers (Olympus,
and Sony), (three from Olympus, four from Panasonic, two from Samsung, and four from Sony), and some similar cameras from other manufacturers (Leica,
A handful of rangefinder cameras support interchangeable lenses. Three digital rangefinders exist, they are the Epson R-D1 (APS-C-sized sensor), the Leica M8 (APS-H-sized
sensor), both smaller than 35 mm film
rangefinder cameras, and the Leica M9,
which is a full-frame camera.
Jan 20, 2011
• E-P2 Body
• VF-2 Electronic View Finder
• ED 14-42mm f3.5/5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens
• USB Cable
• Video Cable
• Li-Ion Battery Pack (BLS-1)
• Li-Ion Battery Charger (BCS-1)
• Shoulder Strap
• Olympus Master 2 Software CD-ROM
• Manuals and Registration card
Other Olympus 35mm Digital Cameras to Consider
Olympus PEN E-P2 12.3 MP Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Olympus PEN E-P2 12.3 MP Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with Flash