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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:04 am 
I own the Olympus EP-1, having bought it about one week ago. Now, the Panasonic GF-1 has been released. Remorses? No. Would I buy the GF-1 if I was in the market for a micro 4/3? Maybe.

First, I much prefer the retro design of the EP-1. For me, part of photography is also how much I enjoy the product, its design and build. The all-metal, retro design of the EP-1 appeals to me much more than the generic P&S look of the Panasonic.

Another point I prefer in the EP-1 is the interface. I used to own an E520 so I'm already familiar with the way the Oly interface works. I also have a Panasonic TZ15 P&S and, although I really like it for what it is, I don't like Panasonic's interface as much.

The flash issue, that is, the EP-1 doesn't have one and the GF-1 does. On the GF-1's side, I must admit that this is a plus. While not very powerful, the GF-1's flash is better than no flash at all. On the other hand, I never was enamoured with the look of in-built flash anyway, so I can't say that I've missed having a flash on the EP-1, but, I'm sure that for some this is more of an issue than it is for me. One thing that worries me about the GF-1's flash, though: it seems quite complicated mechanically - read: I would be a bit worried about it stopping working one day. In many ways, the simpler, the less things can go wrong.

The auto-focus issue, that is, the GF-1 having faster AF. Well done Pana, but again, for me, I haven't come across a situation where the AF's speed of the EP-1 has been a problem. I was aware of the slower AF of this kind if system from the beginning. If I wanted faster AF I would have chosen the Lumix G1, which I considered. I don't do sport action, so this is why I got the EP-1 - because for me its AF speed is fine. Faster is of course better, but the point is, I don't need it. If you want to shoot action, don't get a micro 4/3 - at least not at this stage of its development - and get a proper DSLR instead.

Art Filters on the EP-1. Not a deal breaker, not the main reason why I would choose the EP-1 over the GF-1, but I found these filters much more useful than the cynical me thought initially. I actually really like them and have used them quite a lot.

The Oly colours - in short, the RESULTS I get with the EP-1. And here, ladies and gentlemen, is where the cookie crumbles for me, where the buck stops! In the end, it's the results that matter. For me, I always though that Olympus had the best daylight colours. I owned quite a few DSLRs (as a few of you in these forums might now...;)) and I stand by my comment, although this is a highly subjective opinion, of course. But every time I look at the pictures I get from the EP-1, I smile.

Some people complain about the lack of sharpness of the EP-1's lenses (17mm pancake f2.8 and 14-42 f3.5-5.6). And you know what?...Having been through the "shoot the brick wall" and "magnify at 100%" and "pixel-peep in the corners" syndrome, I don't really care anymore. I don't care because great pictures - not that I think that I take great pictures! - do not always have to do with sharpness, or, to be more precise, with "pixel-peeping" sharpness. When I look at the pictures I get form the EP-1, they're plenty sharp for me. I don't magnify them 100% because that's not the way I look at them anymore.

In short, I'm very happy with my EP-1. It does what I thought it would. I was recently on a short holiday and, when previously I used to carry a Nikon D300 and associated lenses, now I carried an DSLR in the palm of my hand while actually being able to hold my wife's hand with my other hand. Nice! :) And I still got great pictures. And when we sat down for a coffee, I couldn't help positioning the EP-1 so that I could admire it, from time to time!

So when you you're pondering whether to get the EP-1 or the GF-1, think what do you actually need when taking photos, what you like in a picture, and finally, whether you like the camera itself, its design and how it makes you feel. Why? Because before a picture is taken, you must have a camera with you in the first place. And if you like your camera, you're more likely to take it with you everywhere, like I do with my EP-1.

 Post subject: Some pics from the EP-1
PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:17 am 
I thought I'd add some pics taken with the EP-1. Nothing too spectacular, but nevertheless, here they are. Btw, no PP, straight out of the camera in jpeg.

This picture shows the EP-1 at 3200 ISO.

This one taken with the "Soft Focus" art filter

..with the "Grainy B&W" art filter

This one is to show that the metering coped pretty well with a high-contrast scene

Oly colours...

"Grainy B&W" art filter again...

With the "Pinhole" art filter

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:27 am 
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Well written and I generally agree with almost everything.

I never saw the Oly colours as special myself. While each system has slight differences, I couldn't say one was better than another.

On sharpness, similarly I don't have any major complaint with the E-P1 kit zoom at least. It's "good enough" and that'll do me.

Canon DSLRs: 7D2, 7D1, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 70-300L, 100-400L, 100L, MP-E 65, EF-S 10-18, 15-85
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 50/1.4A, 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:35 pm 

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I'd probably be happy with the EP-1 and the 20mm f1.7 lens from Panasonic.

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