Pen-F / OM-D EM-1 Review (?) – Soon

Olympus OM-D EM-1, 50mm Summilux v2.

Okay, a slight follow up to yesterday’s “pre-review” of the Pen-f. One thing I wanted to ask people is if they want to see some of the OM-D EM-1 in the review. I know, it isn’t the newest version, but to be honest this is the camera I use most for “serious” work.

Olympus OM-D EM-1, 50mm Summilux v2.

I know it isn’t the looker that the Pen-F is and it certainly doesn’t have the same charm. That being said, in a lot of ways it is a better camera. It is also the camera I grab more often and until I started thinking about this review I am not sure I really knew why.

Anyway, just curious if people would be interested in hearing my thoughts on this camera as well.

To be fair, I guess it will find its way in anyway, πŸ˜‰

For those of you who could give a f#$k about this sort of thing, my apologies.

Starbucks, Iksan, South Korea, 2018.

Olympus OM-D EM-1, 50mm Summilux v2.


  1. I just bought another OM-EM-1. I had the Pen but sold it. I am interested in your experience with the camera and also with your settings. Always interested in people experience

  2. I love your blog. I was interested in the lens you seem to use a lot lately, the version 2 summilux. Some comments on that would be great to read about as well!!
    Love your work!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, this is the best (and my favourite) lens I’ve ever used or owned. It has a long story as it once belonged to one of my closest friends in the world (Nicholas Dominic Talvola). We jokingly call it the “sure-shot” because it seems to have good rendering no matter what the light or situation. Weirdly, I’ve used others and they have never been as good, haha. Call me crazy..

    1. Certainly will πŸ˜‰ As you can see from the photos here I use them in that way a lot. I generally prefer the OMD because the Summilux balances nicer on it than the Pen. I use the custom buttons near the lens mount for peaking and magnify. Works a treat when you’re used to it.

  3. I won’t be buying one myself until the bodies are superseded and as ‘cheap as chips’ if you know where I’m coming from. Having said that I’m still interested to hear what you say for posterity and future consideration πŸ˜‰ Actually I do have a M43 Panny pancake 20~f/1.7 on my GF1, superb lens and I guess cross-compatible.

  4. Yes, definitely interested. Those are the same two bodies I have as well. I’d be interested in seeing how our thoughts/opinions match up on them. We use them in much the same way. I love using my adapted legacy lenses on them.

  5. Hi Josh
    Unless the differences are major-major, which I doubt, I’d say you should not waste much time on image quality and the such. User experience, tactility, immediacy, adaptation to your shooting needs are much more important. IQ has now reached the standards of sufficiency across all platforms by now, and I more than ever believe that, like any tool, cameras are best when they feel best in your hands to do what you need to do with them (subjective, I know…).
    A wink to your Leicas would be nice as well: when would you reach for your Leica instead of the PEN-F? πŸ™‚ And for the Ricoh GR?

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