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  • RogerMac
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  • Graham_of_Rainham
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    I posted an idea in the lounge before reading this thread fully...

    I'd like to see a one eyed HMD produced that acts as a viewfinder. OK it would look a little strange, but not too much more than having a bluetooth headset stuck in your ear with flashing blue lights.



    I've just had another thought, with this on people would think you were reviewing your images, but you could also be using it to do candid shots.

    Assuming that the Interface streams liveview ???

    "Combined V & USB output - Yes NTSC or PAL selectable"

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    I'm very glad they've gone for quality. I was worried they'd go for mass marketry alone. I've been waiting, and intend to get one, although I shall maybe wait a bit longer for the promised EVF development of it.

    It's still a bit big for a pocket camera but otherwise very convincing and desirable. I'm happy with hotshoe flash but less happy with hotshoe one-lens viewfinder and slow AF. Everything else looks very good.

    I'm also waiting for the E3 successor as well as the EP-1, and have been sticking to my E520 meanwhile, buying glass, and ignoring the E30 and 620. I see every reason to keep to those plans.

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  • dbutch
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    Could use a Lupe

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  • snaarman
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    No one makes this gizmo (and I claim to have invented it if they do ) but how about a flat lens thing that fits over the display and acts as a diopter adjuster. So then the screen appears to be at a distance so us old gits can focus on it.

    Physics probably says that you will lose a lot of viewing angle, but I believe it could be done.. its a big array of microlenses as appear on your average camera sensor. Come on somebody, make this gizmo :-)

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    Originally posted by Nick Temple-Fry View Post
    Well my comment was based on my experience of how the eye changes as age increases and relates to the reduction in ability to focus on near objects. A common occurrence as one becomes 'richer in experience', hence reading glasses for those not previously needing glasses and vari-focus/bi-focus for the rest. Quite a sizeable proportion of the potential consumer market and therefore a problem for any product that does not cater for their needs.

    I would agree that live view does offer potentially 100% coverage - but that's little advantage if to see it you have to hold the camera at 3/4 arms length.

    That apart it looks to be an interesting product with a good specification and a useful role as a carry round camera capable of high quality results.

    Just a shame that in this iteration I have signifigant doubt that I could really use it.

    Nick

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  • Nick Temple-Fry
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    I find Nicks comment about framing interesting because the live view image is generally more accurate! I have an Oly 5060 with I use on business trips and although it only has a small screen I find it is far better to frame on that as its 100% where as the view finder is something daft like 82%.

    That said using a 300mm on a E-P1 could be fun - unless on a tripod ofcourse.

    Dave
    Well my comment was based on my experience of how the eye changes as age increases and relates to the reduction in ability to focus on near objects. A common occurrence as one becomes 'richer in experience', hence reading glasses for those not previously needing glasses and vari-focus/bi-focus for the rest. Quite a sizeable proportion of the potential consumer market and therefore a problem for any product that does not cater for their needs.

    I would agree that live view does offer potentially 100% coverage - but that's little advantage if to see it you have to hold the camera at 3/4 arms length.

    That apart it looks to be an interesting product with a good specification and a useful role as a carry round camera capable of high quality results.

    Just a shame that in this iteration I have signifigant doubt that I could really use it.

    Nick

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  • Steve Lane
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    The E-P1 does look like a superb camera. I have resisted purchasing any new gear since the M4/3 announcement was made last year, as I am seriously interested in purchasing a more portable system.

    Based on what has been announced, I beleive M4/3 may be for me, although I will probably wait another 12 months or so to see how the system grows, and what other lenses will become available.

    My guess is that Olympus has a real winner here.

    Cheers, Steve.

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  • ianc
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    I don't think this camera is aimed at the SLR user, as stated by many of you lack of viewfinder and only 2 lenses currently available will put off many SLR users. To my mind it will sell to the compact user who would like an SLR but doesn't want the size.

    DP Review has an interview with Akira Watanabe, product planning manager of Olympus's SLR division. He says the emphasis in this model was to make it as compact as possible hence no flash or viewfinder. He states Olympus are now preparing a second model with electronic viewfinder. I think this is the camera which will be aimed at the SLR user.

    He also had this to say about lenses, "In Spring, we will launch at least a wide zoom or a high magnification zoom after that we will listen to voices from the market. If customers request prime lenses first, they'll be first on our priorities list. These primes could follow the compact, 'pancake' design of the 17mm lens launched today: "this is our second pancake lens, following the 25mm F2.8 Four Thirds lens. The 25mm was very well accepted - better than we expected, so we will follow customer requests." The full interview can be read at http://www.dpreview.com/news/0906/09...einterview.asp

    So while I think the EP-1 looks cute I'll hold off for the next model before I commit myself.

    Ian C.

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  • dbutch
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    I find Nicks comment about framing interesting because the live view image is generally more accurate! I have an Oly 5060 with I use on business trips and although it only has a small screen I find it is far better to frame on that as its 100% where as the view finder is something daft like 82%.

    That said using a 300mm on a E-P1 could be fun - unless on a tripod ofcourse.

    Dave

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    Having given it more thought I couldn't agree more. The lack of a viewfinder is a real issue coupled with the colour choice. I don't want to be waving around a white or chrome object and drawing attention to myself - black would have possibly made the viewfinder less of a concern.
    But I shall go and see one when they are available.
    For the moment I too will need a lot of convincing.

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  • Nick Temple-Fry
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    Like an awful lot of the ageing population accuity of near vision is a problem, so this camera would have to be waved a couple of foot away from my eyes. Now that's probably 'ok' with the two comparitively short lenses on offer, given a reasonably fast shutter speed and a willingness to sort out framing in pp. Couple it to a decent zoom however (something over say a 100mm) then I can forsee real problems for a sizeable percentage of the buying population.

    And anyway I like to frame my pictures at the viewfinder and use as many of those expensive pixels as possible in my final picture.

    The styling is fine, I quite like the second hand tobacco tin look/size.

    The lack of a flash - not an issue, at the end of the day a flash is an accessory and if you are going to use one then it's worth buying a good one.

    No lens roadmap (or did I miss something), bit worrying as the current 2 lenses limit its application.

    The biggie for me is the lack of an eye level viewfinder - I'm going to need a lot of convincing that I could work without it.

    Nick

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  • jonesy
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    I'm almost afraid to say.. I dont like it

    To me it looks like the Olympus Trip of the 80s. And even though I had one of the 1980s "trips" I could hardly wait to move up to a "proper" camera. Add this to the fact that I like viewfinders, I rarely use the screen as I find it very difficult to see the photos you have taken/are framing up when the weather is sunny... and I dont see me putting my hands in my purse to buy one...

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  • Zuiko
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    Originally posted by benvendetta View Post
    I wish! I think that maybe within six months or so something may emerge.
    I've just looked at the ISO6400 example. If Oly now have a sensor that can do this they'd be mad not to bring out an E3 replacement soon. It could be a Canon Killer!

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  • michaelavis
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    Originally posted by Paulpp View Post
    Stupid question, but does the fact that the pancake comes with an external VF mean that the screen cannot cope with the angle of view? Or is it just that as the lens is a fixed focal length an external VF is possible?
    Nothing I've read indicates that the screen can't cope with the angle of view, it would seem as if the because the external VF has the same angle of view as the 17mm pancake its an ideal partner for it. There's some mention of it here, but admitedly, it's not 100% conclusive.
    http://www.dpreview.com/previews/olympusep1/

    Its somewhat personal, but the E-P1 does seem to be the sweeter device with the 17mm pancake, small, sexy, f2.8 etc., just a pity there's not a nearly all black option with just the top part in silver metal like there was with the original PEN.

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