Since I bought this camera I think I've only taken it out three times. After yesterday that is going to change.
I've been wondering what to do with it almost since I bought it. I originally bought it in a second hand kit with the 14-50mm f3.8-5.6 Vario-Elmar Lens. My plan was to keep the lens and sell the camera on. However last week I sold the lens as a kit with my somewhat battered GH1. I've had this camera on and off ebay for as long as I've had it. I keep changing my mind about it constantly. The rare times I've used it I've been very impressed.
It has very poor dynamic range, poor high ISO performance, the viewfinder is like looking down a long tunnel and its not terribly fast to use. It is after all a 2007 camera. However at 100 ISO, with careful exposure and shooting with the Leica D 14-150mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens it produces stunning results. Really stunning results.
The 10MP files it produces are so good that they are easily capable of interpolation up to twice their size. Sharp and with great colour. The 14-150mm lens was designed for this camera and it shows. Its a lens I love and have written about constantly and with this camera it really excels. There's no chance of Panasonic (or anyone else it seems) ever making another 4/3 camera, so its really the only opportunity to use this lens on a body where it doesn't struggle with AF.
I've finally made up my mind concerning this and its going to be staying. Its very light for a DSLR and it cost me very little. I'm never going to use it in anything other than good light at 100 ISO but it does that so well, its crazy for me to sell it.
THOM HOGAN ON OLYMPUS
This has caused a bit of a stir. Written after Olympus posted financial results which shows the Imaging (Camera) division is loosing money.
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Some of the points made:-
- The imaging division is continually loosing money while the whole company is doing good (see medical division). Thom: “The problem in imaging is progressive: they’ve lost more money in each successive quarter during the past year. This, too, is not a good sign without anything in sight that would reverse that trend. Neither the E-PL2 nor XZ-1 are going to change that overall trend. I’ll get to the problem in a moment.”
After putting a lot of energy into developing some great 4/3 lenses we now have only one 4/3 body being sold that uses them, and we’ve been told that might be the last 4/3 body. Great, so what did that do to 4/3 lens sales? Zonk. Meanwhile, it’s unclear where Olympus is going with m4/3. So far we seem to be back-pedaling to catering to the lowest end (E-P2 -> E-PL1 -> E-PL2, plus the lenses are catering more mass market, too).
But I’m going to be much more critical here: in the now 20 months we’ve had m4/3 bodies from Olympus, we’ve gotten four iterations of the same thing. This does not look like progress on a clear direction. It looks like “trying to figure out how to make it more cheaply.” That Panasonic is now doing the same thing is not a hugely reassuring thought. What we haven’t seen yet is PARALLEL development pushing m4/3 forward. Okay, I’ll stand slightly corrected, the GH2 does push forward from the GH1 in a number of clear ways. But Olympus isn’t there yet. The longer the time between the four look-alikes and something significantly new, the bigger the problem for Olympus.
Oh, one more thing. Olympus seems to think (along with Panny) that one of their key customers is the so-called Camera Girl (young Japanese woman). If so, they’ve failed to deliver (so far) the one thing that customer would want, which is no-brainer workflow to social sharing of images. The bluetooth module may be targeted at that, but it’s not here yet and I’m not convinced that they got the “no-brainer” part right, either.
In White and a "mock-up"!!