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    EP1 First look

    My local dealer has two EP1 kits to demo and I took him up on it today. Feels good in the hand. Great size. Certainly consumer grade. Files look good. It really needs a VF. LCD is ok but not great. It's menus are very much like my wife's 420. Looks to me like they have something to work with, but they had better get the pro unit out soon. The competition is working hard. Mine will be here in 2 weeks. The rep could not tell me much that we don't already know. It's not the CL we were looking for but closer than anything we have now. The 14-42 kits lens is really weird! -Durr

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    Re: EP1 First look

    Imagine an E-30 in a PEN case with LX3 style focusing via big 3" LCD and you're there.

    I can shoot easily with the hotshoe OVF, easily switching LCD on to check exposure/back off. One touch focusing on centre point, recompose, shoot any number of times with zero lag.

    Take a few days to set the camera up and master the controls and you'll
    find this a formidable photographic tool

    Keep an eye on our running field test / early adopters diary for further experience.

    Kind Regards

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    Re: EP1 First look

    ps manual focusing with legacy lenses is better than I expected - in body stabilization + smooth ISO 800 IQ with fast glass makes it a very useful option for all you lucky leica lens owners

    The 17mm f2.8 pancake lens is my favourite 35mm EFL FOV... extremely sharp in the centre, some lateral CA which can be corrected in PP.

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    Re: EP1 First look

    Brian, how solid does this camera feel in hand?

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    Re: EP1 First look

    Mine's ready for collection when I get back from Baku (Saturday I hope - or Monday).

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    Re: EP1 First look

    A test model or yours for purchase?

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    Re: EP1 First look

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    A test model or yours for purchase?
    No - mine - I got an email from the dealer, it's arrived. . . unfortunately I'm in the wrong continent!

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    Re: EP1 First look

    Wow - Perhaps I should see if my dealer has an update....

    Monza - are you still hearing July? I know that's only a week away

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Wow - Perhaps I should see if my dealer has an update....

    Monza - are you still hearing July? I know that's only a week away
    Shhhhhhh - so much to do

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    Re: EP1 First look

    Olympus is coming in for training on Tuesday and we got some of the 4/3 adapters in...if that is any indication.

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Wow - Perhaps I should see if my dealer has an update....

    Monza - are you still hearing July? I know that's only a week away

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    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    Olympus is coming in for training on Tuesday and we got some of the 4/3 adapters in...if that is any indication.
    Apparently they were in my shop yesterday. First week of July is what I'm hearing. I am not hearing anything about the half case and it doesn't seem to be showing up on price lists. What are you hearing?

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    Re: EP1 First look

    I have not seen or heard anything related to the cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili View Post
    Brian, how solid does this camera feel in hand?
    Hi Lili,

    it feels a bit like a mixture of metal and plastic - somewhere between a high end compact and a Leica M8

    I never had an original PEN, but this feels like a 'proper' camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Wow - Perhaps I should see if my dealer has an update....

    Monza - are you still hearing July? I know that's only a week away
    'my dealer' lol, I like that.
    Addiction to the gear
    I know I shouldn't get one and deliberately didn't go to the London launch because I knew the pushers could easily make me!

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    Brian, I have seen you at the launch in London yesterday but did not get the chance to talk to you.

    I have written down my initial impressions of the E-P1 here: http://www.seriouscompacts.com/2009/...-hands-on.html

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    Re: EP1 First look

    VladimirV, I enjoyed reading your review. Thank you.

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    Re: EP1 First look

    Interesting review VladimirV. I noticed that someone mentioned that using a CV finder wouldn't work because of aspect ratio difference. I use a CV 35mm with a Canon G9 with little problems--just adjusted to it. The issue is---if you use anything other than the 17, then its of no use.



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    Last edited by Diane B; 26th June 2009 at 08:05.

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    Re: EP1 First look

    VladimirV, sorry we didn't get a chance to say hello... I read you impression piece on seriouscompacts thanks - keep an eye out on our running team review over on our Safari Group coordination site... it's not very pretty, but the raw content is valuable

    I'm meeting more Safari Group members in Sheffield today for an E-P1 intro in the real world (without a salesaman standing by lol) so should be fun.

    Good observation about the size... I was surprised that, even though it's not much bigger than my Panasonic LX1, it feels much bigger - not a compact, not a DSLR, it's a PEN. Hmmm maybe that's a useful statement

    Cheers

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    Re: EP1 First look

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Mosley View Post
    Hi Lili,
    it feels a bit like a mixture of metal and plastic - somewhere between a high end compact and a Leica M8
    PLASTIC with metal cover.

    There it is:



    Last edited by hot; 26th June 2009 at 23:43.

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    Thanks Cindy and Diane, glad you liked the mini-review.

    Diane, you could set the camera to 3:2 mode for use with a CV viewfinder so this should not be a problem as far as I can see.

    Brian, I will follow your review, I am still very interested in the E-P1 and how it performs. The only problem at the moment is the lack of good pancake lenses for it, I am not impressed by the performance of the 17mm lens although I like it's size.
    Can you check the screen in low light and see if you get the same problem with noise and banding in live view mode that I described?

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