Yes I know, I have been shooting quite a bit with my “wifes” Olympus E-P2 but truth be told, my Leica M9 is away at Leica getting a check up. I sent it in with my lenses to have it checked out and calibrated as the 90 Elmarit I received was a little bit off. I figured I would have it calibrated so I sent it off to Leica on Monday. I hope to have it back on Tuesday so I can start getting these Lens reviews going!
So while the M9 is away, the PEN will play! I took out the “take anywhere” E-P2 today to try and get some video samples and ended up shooting with the B&W art filter again. I stopped by my Mothers house to visit and shot a few snaps of her and the surroundings. I liked the way they came out and put them into another “film strip”.
I have to say that this is “the one” art filter I find myself using on a regular basis with this camera. BTW, the Panasonic GF1 does not have the art filter feature. Many find these filters gimmicky and I agree many of them are, but this one can be special. Also, I was speaking to a friend of mine who also shoots the E-P2 and he says when he prints the “grainy B&W” files that they look wonderful.
What is also pretty cool is that you can shoot video with the art filters enabled. I am putting together a short video to show how all of these filters appear when taking video so look for that tomorrow or by the end of the week. Also, the review of the 20 1.7 lens is coming very soon. This lens is pretty much locked onto the E-P2 as I find it the perfect match for the camera.
One last thing. I get a lot of e-mail questions regarding which one to buy…the E-P2 or GF1. That is a really tough call and both cameras have their fans. Personally, I now prefer the E-p2 due to its EVF, black body, ART filters and ability to control Aperture and Shutter Speed during video recording. Sure the GF1 is sharper, has a better LCD and faster AF but for some reason I am really digging the images I am getting from the E-P2.
While not perfect, if someone can figure out how to get the ISO clean up to 3200 with these m4/3 sensors AND we get some high quality fast primes then these cameras will explode even more in popularity.
As long as you do not expect too much from the m4/3 format (and most hobbyists do not) then it is an awesome daily companion camera.
BTW, I linked to it above but B&H Photo has the E-P2 with 17mm 2.8 kit in stock. This is usually the more desirable kit so if you have been waiting for it, they have them!