Olympus E-PL3 revisited

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3 12mm, 45mm, 17mm lenses

The Olympus E-PL3 is the only m4/3 camera I currently have, and my entire current m/43 kit is shown above. 12mm f/2, 17mm f/2.8 and 45mm f/1.8 lenses. I've sold the VF-3 viewfinder I had for it and bought the VF-2, which is definitely sharper.

Olympus E-PL3 12mm

Olympus E-PL3, 45mm lens

Olympus E-PL3, 45mm lens

Aesthetically its become my favourite camera. I particularly like the top and back plates in the picture immediately above. Its difficult to see on a 2-D picture but this is beautifully designed, engineered and manufactured. A bit like a scaled up high quality watch. While the E-PL1 and E-PL2 have a somewhat plastic look and feel, the E-PL3 is very metallic and is actually pretty classy looking.

Its light and its small, so small in fact that I find the controls a bit fiddly and in common with quite a few m4/3 cameras, I've never really found a comfortable way to hold it. To be honest I don't use it much, but I do want to keep a m4/3 camera. I was actually thinking about going 100% m4/3 before the D800 and D800E arrived and blew me away, but thats the way things go.

There are a few interesting things about the E-PL3. Its generally reckoned to be a smaller version of the E-P3, but I'm not so sure. It has blindingly fast AF, to be honest I couldn't tell the difference between this and the OM-D and it also has a very quiet shutter. It produces excellent images which do contain quite a bit of moire. This is normally a tell tale sign that there is either no, or a very weak, anti-aliasing / low pass filter. I don't remember seeing as much of this in any other m4/3 camera. Add in the fact that the images are very sharp indeed, have luminance noise even at base ISO, and the high ISO results are very poor and I believe the E-PL3 has the weakest AA filter of any m4/3 camera. I like that, personally, and while the OM-D sensor (which we now know is made by Sony) is undoubtedly the best all-round m4/3 unit available, for me this one has its attractions.

Olympus E-PL3 12mm, Nikon D800E 24-85mm

As I said, I don't use it very much, and I have to almost persuade myself myself to use it. Again after the arrival of the Nikons plus having the NEX-7, it does get ignored somewhat. However I'm planning to keep the outfit pictured above. It seemed pointless to keep three m4/3 cameras that weren't being used much, but I can cope with one.

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL3

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