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    Very nice IR u've got there

    Ok, coming back to headfonz spidey shot, here is the original jpg converted from ORF using Studio2. Setting is Natural, WB 5300k, Grad Normal, NR off (original was auto i think), Contrast 0 (original was +1, that explains the more contrasty look), ISO 400 & EV set to -0.2 (original was i think +0.3)




    This is an old shot from Canon 40D. WB 5300k, Neutral (there's no Natural in Canon), ISO 1600, F2.8, EV +0.6 cos its a little too dim back then, NR off, All else set to 0. Processed in DPP.




    Of course these 2 shot will be very different due to that many variables with diff location, diff lighting, diff ISO, etc. But juz want to see how the PL1 ORF fares against the full fledge 40D DSLR. I must say it holds up pretty well, not at all inferior to the bigger E30 or E3.

    Did a bit more to make them look better & here r the results:






    Pretty good i reckon. Feel free to drop any comments. This is nothing serious, juz a quick & dirty comparison of RAW files, the PL1 can be tweaked to the hearts contend juz like the 40D

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    the 40D one seems a tad oversharpen to me
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    Microcosm + E-PL1
    Non Technical Review

    You guys know this is coming...
    After having the E-PL1 for weeks, and finding time to shoot in between boarding gates and jet lag, I made it back to my new home and being spring, found some time to drive out to the rural areas and shot some nature (sort of) with this new toy from the Olympus camp.

    First Impressions and handling.

    This camera does not feel like a Pen at all. Might have some similarities when you go into the menu and look at the pictures, but unlike P1/P2, the PL1 is a product from the many complaints and feedback to Olympus (yes, they actually read the forums and hear you!) So now you get a more "brick-like design", flash (more powerful than the GF1), a choice of colors (I remember saying cellphones these days comes in different flavours, and so did the GF1, so they took it kind of seriously) and threw in a couple of sweet stuff that was not released with the earlier brothers. (Most important being the MMF2, now it is made cheap and sold in Singapore ONLY as a bundle product, not to be sold separately, unless, of course, you have good friends in the camera retail business). In the US, there is a promotion to buy the MMF2 and the 40-150 as a standalone bundle sale for the Pen, so it might be a while before that promotion hits town, so keep your fingers crossed.

    The camera feels good in your hands, but not as great as how P1/P2 feels though... but still, the lightweight makes it is a camera that is easy to handle until you slap on some serious Zuiko Digital (regular sized) lenses, the weight makes the entire set up quite weird to hold. Some might argue its ok, but this is just me. I still think the P1/P2 has better ergonomics and worked well with the MMF1/14-54mm MkII slapped on for some CDAF fun.

    Picture Quality - Not fair

    Olympus obviously did some serious tweaking with this camera... and if this is the sign for things to come, the new flagship camera is going to seriously blow the competition out of the water.

    Kits lens has never been so sharp on a camera, and the colors out of camera are simply stunning! This is echoed by those earlier reviewers of the camera and it is true... if you are hardcore on pixel peeping, then this is the camera to get. Forget E3, forget P2, forget everything else... the PL1 yields the sharpest images and colors (ok, this is subjective) out of camera. You won't want to shoot RAW for a while because the jpegs are simply stunning straight out of camera. This is not fair... (since I own the E3 and well, some other cameras)... but then again, this is the newest development of Olympus technology and they are always evolving, so this does not come as a surprise.

    The PL1 simply yields the best pictures yet! (Nightpiper must be pleased).

    So the cheapest camera in the Olympus camp shoots the best images straight out... what can they think of next? Well, new lenses should be the next important thing that Olympus should look at... I have been nagging them about new m4/3 lenses, or more precisely, MZ lenses. They really should release more focal lengths to the m4/3 community. So we can only wait.

    I never really had fun with kit lenses until the PL1, and yes, the images from the standard kit lenses (mine was the 14-42mm kit zoom on the PL1) are really stunning... I almost cannot make myself tell someone to buy MMF1 and 14-54MkII other than for the larger aperture because the images taken with the kit lens under suitable lighting is simply awesome. Hats off to the engineers in Olympus, they did it again. This is a consumer product, and they pulled off a design and engineering that is simply awesome. The consumers should be happy, and in the m4/3 playing field, PL1 simply ups the bar. But I suspect the new Panasonic cameras should soon take back the crown.. but until then, the PL1 is simply the best consumer product out there... it is even easier to use than before, 8 year olds to 80 years olds can operate the camera via iAUTO mode and shoot some nice images, that is, if they are able to compose a good shot. The camera does the rest, and does it well.

    Focusing on the PL1 feels snappier too, for some reasons. Maybe it is just engineering improvements, and I really hope they have not minimised the sampling rate of the AF, I still prefer more precise and accurate AF on my camera.

    Art Filters... oh glorious Art Filters!

    One of the most important reasons to buy a PEN... is for the Art Filters... it simply adds a new dimension of fun to shooting jpegs (and you can shoot jpeg + RAW if you want to keep a copy of the untreated image). Gentle Sepia is the new Art Filter introduced in the PL1, and it adds a lot of fun shooting your grandparents and old buildings and objects. Kudos, once again, to the engineers at Olympus. Thank you for the new Art Filter.

    Video, still good but...

    Audio SUCKS! The mono mic really suck on the PL1. The sound quality is flat, and being mono, everything sounds wrong to picture. If you are a PL1 user and really wants to shoot decent videos with sound, I strongly suggest you buy the external microphone. Makes a world of difference. If you need a boom mic, then the Rode Video Mic would be a good option, though a little DIY mod would be needed to fit everything together. (I shall leave you video folks to figure this one out, it is really a no brainer).

    My verdict

    The PL1 defies logic, and pisses old Olympians off (like me).

    How can you build a camera that takes such great pictures selling at such a low price? I feel like a sucker for buying an E3. And I cannot slap on a Super High Grade lens on the PL1 with MMF2 without fearing the mount will crack... argghh! When is the flagship camera coming?

    But if you are someone who is looking for a under $1000 camera system that can be expanded, and an upgrade from your point and shoot... look no further... to choose the PL1 is no brainer... the great company that makes cameras that produces the best jpegs straight out camera just got BETTER! And they have gone bananas and selling them under $1000! This is passion. Otherwise, the old folks in the management have simply gone senile. No one builds a killer product and not raise the price.

    But Olympus did.

    So, go get it.

    5/5 product.

    (Anyone complaining about the RED button, please go read the bloody manual. You can turn that bloody thing OFF~! I set mine to AFL/AEL)







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    Here are some pictures I took using the PL1









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    Good job boss!!! I like your review,full of humor but now that you've said it, I really can't wait to see what the future holds other than the obvious,I'm now keeping a close eye on Apple and Olympus with the thinking "WHAT ARE THEY GONNA COME UP WITH NEXT?!?!?!?!" and I'm keeping my fingers cross for a E-1 body camera
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    Quote Originally Posted by microcosm View Post
    Microcosm + E-PL1

    Video, still good but...

    Audio SUCKS! The mono mic really suck on the PL1. The sound quality is flat, and being mono, everything sounds wrong to picture. If you are a PL1 user and really wants to shoot decent videos with sound, I strongly suggest you buy the external microphone. Makes a world of difference. If you need a boom mic, then the Rode Video Mic would be a good option, though a little DIY mod would be needed to fit everything together. (I shall leave you video folks to figure this one out, it is really a no brainer).
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    Yes, this i agree. Took some video of the recent Sammi's concert.. video came out quite alright but the audio really CMI.. but photos OOC from EPL-1 is really good, even on high ISO..

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    I guess the removal or toning down of the AA filter is one of the main reasons for the improvement in image quality.

    Now I am so looking forward to the pro-grade E-whatever.
    Pictures always should have a special story behind it or a special meaning to the photographer.

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    Great EPL1 review, microcosm, and great sharp photos with fantastic bokeh. Are those shots taken with the kit lens or with one of the SHG lens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oly5050 View Post
    Great EPL1 review, microcosm, and great sharp photos with fantastic bokeh. Are those shots taken with the kit lens or with one of the SHG lens?
    Thanks bro. All pics were shot using the 14-42mm M.Zuiko Kit Lens. Not even HG. Amazing aren't they? Though the first pic had a little camera shake. It was evening and the sky was cloudy. My only gripe is that the small aperture forces me to shoot at low shutter speeds. Otherwise, the kit lens is growing on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by microcosm View Post
    Thanks bro. All pics were shot using the 14-42mm M.Zuiko Kit Lens. Not even HG. Amazing aren't they? Though the first pic had a little camera shake. It was evening and the sky was cloudy. My only gripe is that the small aperture forces me to shoot at low shutter speeds. Otherwise, the kit lens is growing on me.
    You evil! Now you make me wanna buy one to play with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndroo View Post
    You evil! Now you make me wanna buy one to play with.
    Oh. My bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndroo View Post
    You evil! Now you make me wanna buy one to play with.
    there's a white E-PL1...goes very nicely with your white flash

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    Quote Originally Posted by headfonz View Post
    there's a white E-PL1...goes very nicely with your white flash
    But it doesn't go nicely with my wallet

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    Quote Originally Posted by headfonz View Post
    there's a white E-PL1...goes very nicely with your white flash
    what white flash...ndroo got white flash? Where he bought it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oly5050 View Post
    what white flash...ndroo got white flash? Where he bought it?
    My stormtrooper flash


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    Quote Originally Posted by ndroo View Post
    My stormtrooper flash

    Ser-weeet!!!! What flash is that? U painted it? Is it TTL or manual flash?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oly5050 View Post
    Ser-weeet!!!! What flash is that? U painted it? Is it TTL or manual flash?
    That's a flash for the plastic Diana F+. It comes in white if you buy the white versions. It is as manual as it can be. Nothing to set. Only 1 button to fire the flash manually if you want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndroo View Post
    My stormtrooper flash

    i'm certain that the flash would look good with the E-PL1

    there's the Nissin flash too, that's white and support TTL metering.

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    Direct Comparison between E-PL1 and GF1 found here:

    http://www.davidchuaphotography.com/...lumix-dmc-gf1/

    Check it out!

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    Hi guys,
    just my personal opinion. The following review is based on my 1 month ownership with Oly EP-1, 3 months with Panny GF-1 and now 2 weeks with E-PL1.

    At both time of transition between cameras, I had both on hand to make comparisons. I am not at all thrilled about the collapsible lens design on the Oly, but some do. I just find it takes up precious time to extend the lens to operational status! And once it’s extended, it’s pretty long, mind you!

    The E-p1 was a delight to behold and that accounts for its popularity. The pleasure soon worn off as I got increasingly frustrated with the AF performance (I was using the panny lens). Many times it couldn’t achieve AF when I expected it to do so, in spite of me using only centre AF, S-AF and deliberately choose a hi-contrast subject in low light scenario. It’s worst than my panny TZ-3 PnS!

    Built: 9
    Ergonomics: 8 (good but settings easily accidentally knock off)
    AF performance: 5
    IQ: 9 OOC jpeg
    WB: 8.5
    Fun: 8
    Hi-ISO: 8.5
    Responsive: 7
    Movie: 6

    The GF-1 was altogether a more purposeful camera. Very responsive and very usable with it’s built-in flash and fast AF. I shot many shots with this cam and very happy. Infact I was ready to keep it, until the auto WB in mixed lighting was very inaccurate, which requires me to do a custom/ preset WB each time. So when I go from different situation on a fly, I need to switch between WB settings. That my main beef. Max usable ISO to me is 800, after that there’s some color shift which I find objectionable.

    Built: 9
    Ergonomics: 8.5 ( although 1 dial but clever implementation
    AF Performance: 8.5
    IQ: 8.7 OOC jpeg
    WB: 7.5
    Fun: 8.5 very serious camera that can nail the decisive moment
    Hi-ISO: 7.5
    Responsive: 9
    Movie: 9

    My white E-PL1 is a understated camera. I was apprehensive as it got no dials of any sort but 4 directional arrows like my Panny TZ-3 PnS. However although slower to change setting, It grows on you. The Super Control panel (SCP) makes up for it. IQ was great and hi-ISO imho is even better than the E-P1 and beats the GF-1 handily. Shutter sound initially sounded cheap.but actually quite muted so it’s good for street photography.
    AF was doable, sometimes can’t AF but much better than E-P1. AF speed is at best OK.
    Faster with the panny 14-45 lens. WB was accurate! I don’t think I did a custom WB yet!

    Built: 8
    Ergonomcs: 7.5
    AF performance: 6.8
    IQ: 9.5 OOC jpeg
    WB: 9
    Fun: 9 with art filters
    Hi-ISO : 9
    Responsiveness: 7.5
    Movie: 8.5


    Overall the E-PL1 is the best compromise for me. I don’t shot much raw files (5%)
    If the GF-1 WB was better, I would still keep it. But since I saw a new E-PL1 priced right, I got it!
    Now If the E-PL1 has an additional dial and AF performance like the Panasonic…..That would be perfect!

    Both the GF-1 and E-PL1 gives me the freedom to concentrate on enjoying photography, the E-P1 just wouldn’t cut it for me

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