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  • Hey Russ,
    I’ve always used point and shoot cameras like the Canon Power Shot but I am thinking about upgrading. So sorry if my questions are dumb. The EPM1 in your video has a big lens on it. Is that an add-on or does it come with the camera. On your Amazon store you have the camera travel kit but don’t really explain why you recommend the other lenses shown.

    October 26, 2011
  • Hey there,
    The EPM1 comes with a pretty versatile 14-42mm kit lens (at 1:45 in the video). It is sort of a pancake lens so when not in use it collapses into itself. It is small but not pocket camera small (unless you have big pockets).

    The kit lens is pretty good. It focuses fast and has a good range. However, the max aperture is not very big.

    That is why I recommend the 12mm 2.0 and 45mm 1.8. They are fixed lenses (not zooms), but are very good for low light. Not everyone will need these lenses. For some, the kit lens will be sufficient. But if you want to get shots with a real narrow depth of field, then the 12mm 2.0 and 45mm 1.8 are your options.

    Hope that helps!

    Russ

    October 26, 2011
  • julie

    Hi Russ,
    I have the “original” digital PEN, an Olympus E-P1. I often manual lenses on it -either full manual or aperture priority. Anyway, I actually turned off that “zoom in” focus feature as I found it made it harder to get a good composition. I also turned on the rule-of-third grid which helps when you use the LCD screen to compose a shot.
    Also, I avoid buying lenses without an f-stop ring and distance ring. With these 2 on the lens it is much easier to double check your settings rather than having to go through a screen menu.
    I also have the 17mm lens which is a nice lens when I want a small camera to carry and when I want to use the auto-modes.
    All in all, I appreciate your reviews and am seriously considering the EPM1 which would all me the option to use a nice older lens without carrying a huge DSLR.

    October 28, 2011
  • Mike

    Thanks for the great video review Russ. I really appreciated how you took the effort to show how the EPM1 can be set up to provide convenient access to things like exposure comp, ISO, and white balance.

    November 14, 2011
  • Farrukh

    Nice review, thanks for sharing.

    December 06, 2011
  • Kevin

    There are many other lens choices for either camera as any m4/3 lens will fit.

    Then Panasonic 20mm@1.7 is a great all around lens for low light and just general shooting. It is a pancake so it is smaller than the kit lens. Is slower to focus than the kit lens.

    The Panasonic 25@1.4 is an even better lens, but at almost double the price.

    There are also many telephoto lenses and 2 ultra wide angle lenses available too.

    December 06, 2011
  • Patlex

    I think you forgot to mention that the E-p3 comes with the flash built in, while the E-PM1 is a clip on. They both have the same screen size, but the E-PM1 is at a widescreen aspect, while the E-P3 is a 4:3. They both shoot in 3:2 aspect weirdly enough.

    December 07, 2011
  • Andrew

    FYI, you can also magnify the live view on the E-PM1 using the Info button, but you’ll have do dig into the ‘hidden’ setup menu to enable that. In there you can also enable the rule-of-thirds grid, so then you can cycle through those with the Info button.

    December 08, 2011
  • Brad

    You should have mentioned that the E-P3 has a touch screen, while the E-PM1 does not. You can use this feature to set the focus point as well as other on-screen options. I’m looking into both cameras and the touch screen is a key feature.

    December 10, 2011
  • Hi Russ,
    look into getting an EVF (I guess they have 2 models) for it. It makes a world of difference, especially on a sunny day. I use PANNY GF2 and can’t be without one.

    December 18, 2011
  • One more thing about the M4/3 compatible lenses. I used really cheap EBay purchased lenses (CANON FD 50mm/1.4 – $50 and COMPUTAR 12mm/1.3 – $39) to shoot this (vimeo.com/24795935). Less than hundred bucks in glass!

    December 18, 2011
  • Denise

    I am a novice at anything but a point & shoot (but used to use a manual focus lens on my old film camera). I bought the E-PM1 thinking it had a manual focus so that I could blur the background (like your top photo) but I can’t figure out how. Do I need a different lens?

    December 19, 2011
  • asura

    denise.. use 45mm 1.8f…

    April 16, 2012

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