The Olympus EPL-1 is not a camera that many readers of ThePhoblographer would flock towards, however, I decided to give it a second look as I have been told that my previous posting was very harsh on the camera. This time, I not only tried my friend’s camera but also one at a local camera dealer. Let’s get right into this with another analysis then.
I recently had the pleasure of testing the Olympus EPL-1 that is being so highly raved about while on an excursion in Chinatown. While this is a camera that people stepping up to interchangable lens cameras might appreciate, I don’t think I ever want to touch one again. There are flaws with the camera that I really wasn’t satisfied with in addition to huge problems that are totally unacceptable. My conclusions are after the jump.
With today’s announcement of the Olympus EP-3, EPL-3 and Pen Mini, many of you may be trying to figure out which one is right for you. Also, you may not even totally understand what’s new about these cameras and what the differences are from the predecessors. Here’s your guide to getting through all the data.
With the Olympus E-5 review finished, the Olympus EPL-2 suddenly appeared at my doorstep. Now, do note that I raved about this camera during the announcement despite my total dislike (more than once) of the EPL-1. We’ve reviewed a number of Micro Four Thirds cameras here as well like the EP-2, GF-1, and the G2. This field review though will be a special one geared towards the professional and semi-professional looking for a carry around camera so that they don’t have to lug their DSLRs around. So is the latest addition to the bunch really worth purchasing for this segment of the market?
A question was recently posted on my Facebook wall asking, “Is X camera better than Y camera?” We’re going to get straight into it here, and you considering second hand gear may want to pay attention.
Admittedly, I haven’t touched either the Olympus EPL-2 or XZ-1 at the time of writing this posting. However, they are two very exciting cameras that are bound to be hot on everyone’s list. Those of you that have been reading the site for a while know that I hated the EPL-1 (more than once) to the point of even refusing to link to it through Amazon and B&H because I wouldn’t tell anyone to buy it. It seems like Olympus has listened to what I clamored for originally, and threw in some amazing accessories as well. If not, it at least will make the decision between the two top dogs in this category a bit more difficult.
One year ago on December 28th 2009, I sat on my bed and said to myself, “I’m tired of being unemployed and unproductive. And so I started ThePhoblographer.com, and it has taken off in ways that I haven’t even thought were possible for a site started on a Macbook, on my bed, while in my pajamas. It’s been a crazy year and the staff and site have evolved. There are even more changes to come (like us moving to a faster server and a slight redesign and better search bar.) I’m straying off the topic though: here are the top 20 postings of the past year according to WordPress (though our other analytics have different numbers.)
The Panasonic GF-2 made its rounds recently in the news after rumors kept circulating. Now that it’s gone official, I admittedly haven’t had any time with it but it seems like a step in the wrong direction for me. We reviewed the GF-1 (after other journalists took their sweet time returning it to the PR reps) and we also had the G2 for a while. Now, we liked the G2. Sadly, we didn’t totally dig the GF-1 for a couple of reasons though it seemed like it needed just a bit of improvement to make it a solid choice enough for me to want to make the purchase. The GF-2 is instead something more of a higher grade LX-5 (though the Leica version is more my style.) Here are seven reasons why I won’t be buying the GF-2.
The other day I had mentioned that I tried out the Olympus PEN VF-2 electronic viewfinder which you can buy to be used with the Olympus PEN E-P2and Olympus PEN E-PL1but not a camera like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1due to the difference in the accessory shoe mounts. So how does it perform?
The reviews of the Sigma DP2s and Canon G11 are now complete, and the cameras can go head to head in ThePhoblographer’s first battle of the compacts. Please note that the Leica D-LUX 4/Panasonic LX-3 have been counted out of the battle as the successor has already been announced. But while you’re at it, you may want to check out this posting on small cameras for professionals. So let’s get to it!
Large sensor compact cameras like the Panasonic GF-1, Olympus EPL-1, and the Canon G11 (full review here) tend to take all the spotlight. But what about the other cameras? Enter the Sigma DP2s—a wonderful little large sensor compact camera that is highly customizable and that utilizes the Foveon sensor to capture photos with positively breathtaking color that surpasses film. But is it any good? I was recently sent a review copy for field review.
Quack quack! One of the subjects that Canon 1D Mk IV users will be shooting is wildlife. What better subject to shoot than a cute widdle duckling running across a pond in Central Park? So how did it do to track the little guy?
A comment came into the blog recently asking about using the EPL-1 as a backup to a Canon 40D. What’s so interesting about this is that no professionals have ever asked me advice on using the camera as a backup of any sort. So with that, let’s explore some small cameras for professional photographers.
The Canon PowerShot G11review is over. As is standard with point-and-shoots on this website, less time is spent with them than higher end cameras. However, that doesn’t mean that the G11 is terrible. Not at all. In fact, it’s really quite a lovely camera that I may be picking up for myself.
Users of the Canon T2i will most likely carry the camera with them on vacations and sightseeing as it is on our list of recommended cameras for travel. As part of the field review, the Canon T2i was tested for just such a thing out in Long Island, New York. For what it’s worth, the camera did hold up well. However, it does have some quirks.
The Canon T2i was used recently as part of the field review doing something that many Rebel users do: shoot parties and get-togethers. Go to nearly any restaurant or party in NYC and you will see people using their Canon Rebel cameras as they steadily are replacing point-and-shoots as the cameras of choice. A complete gallery, as well as full analysis after the jump.