New Olympus Pens - why I'm considering one.
|New Olympus Pen E-P3 with new 12mm f/2 lens
Image courtesy of Olympus Canada
Here are the official press releases:
Olympus Pen E-P3
Olympus Pen Lite E-PL3
Olympus Pen mini E-PM1
M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0
M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8
|John photographing a wedding with a Pen
So those who know me, know I shoot the much larger format dSLR cameras and might wonder why I would ever consider one. This question was sparked by some initial feedback that I've seen in various forums on what is the purpose of a mirror-less system.
The Olympus Pen system for one has certainly matured, and although it's a smaller sensor than my Canon 7D, the images that come off it are pretty spectacular. But I also own a Canon 5D mark 2 which begs the question, why do I have a lower resolution crop camera to begin with. Simply for a few reasons, better video performance, faster fps and better AF tracking. However upon assessing my reasons for owning the 7D, it was always merely a back-up to my primary camera which was the 5D mark 2.
|E-P3 with new FL-3000R Flash
Now I'm not going to even compare the E-P3 to a 7D. It's just no match to it when it comes to high speed photography. In reality, I'm a patient shooter and having a sports body camera just doesn't fit my top down casual back road driving. However here's the major reason for even considering something like this. In the past when I went on a shoot and brought my 7D as a back-up I've found that it really was more of a pain to lug around a heavy second body with lens. Even in low light, the 7D benefits, seem to really go away quick when I really want to just wander around discretely but have an option of a second lens/body combo ready to go. Most times or not, the 7D was merely a holder for my lens, and I found that I switched lenses before I actually used the 7D to shoot with.
|A third version of the 14-42mm kit lens.
Newer stylings and grip design.
I think one of the things that other photographers get hung up on is interchangeability and also on having a massive range of options. Frankly, having an E-P3 with just one or two choices of lenses is going to reduce dependency on a whole new system of lenses. Find that focal range that works and stick with it. I was considering the Fuji X100 which has a fixed lens, but this new option opens up a new world of options. First being able to select the focal range I'm happy with, and second, the world of rangefinder lenses that are very affordable on the open market.
|EP-3 with two grip style options.
Would love to get my hands on one right away to give an impression, so stay posted and hopefully I'll put up a more hands on review of it when I get the opportunity to do so.