Since 2011 I have been using Fujifilm X cameras exclusively. Starting with the first and original Fuji X100, the X-Pro1 with the XF 35 1.4 to the X-E1 and the X-T1, X-Pro2 both with the awesome XF 16-55 2.8
I think I have used nearly every native Fujinon X lens, all three Zeiss Touit lenses and some Samyang lenses on the Fuji body´s you can think of. Except for the telephoto lenses! This is due to the fact that I am no telephoto guy. The last camera I had and used was the X-Pro2 with the XF 16-55 2.8 which delivers some stunning files to the SD card. Why then, you might ask yourself, why did I switch from the awesome X-Pro2 to the Olympus mFT gear?
The answer is simple. Size!
After using the X-T1 with the XF 16-55 2.8 in Myanmar and the X-Pro2 with the XF 16-55 2.8 in Ireland I realized that even the quite small X gear is still too large for me. In Myanmar I also had the Sony RX100M3 with me and figured that I had been using it more than I thought. It was actually only meant as a backup camera in case something went wrong with the Fuji gear. You can read more about my experience here.
After weeks of thought what to do, a befriended photographer gave me the hint to take a look at the Olympus Pen-F with the small prime lenses! This is just what I did. The Pen-F was ordered and with it came the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 and the M.Zuiko 17mm 1.8. These two lenses are just so small. Incredible!
After using the Olympus Pen-F for some two weeks now I can honestly say that this camera is made for me. I love the retro design of this masterpiece.
The image quality is all I need. Yes it is not right up there with the Fuji X-Trans III files but let’s be honest even for larger prints like 80cm x 60cm or even larger ones like 140cm x 105cm the image quality is more than enough.
That mode dial on the front works magic and I did not think I would use it that much but found that I was. Like a lot of people who use or have used this camera the monochrome mode 2 is also one of my favorites. The tones in the finished jpeg files are just purely amazing.
This should not be a full review of the Olympus Pen-F, it is more a first look to show you some of the first images I have taken with the camera and the by now three lenses I own for it. As stated above I have the two prime lenses M.Zuiko 12mm f/2, the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 and I also got myself a travlezoom namely the M.Zuiko 12‑40mm 1:2.8 PRO. Naturally the Pen-F is not as compact as with the small Olympus M.Zuiko prime lenses but it is a very good travel combination.
Now lets get to some images to show you what I have shot with the Olympus Pen-F over the last two weeks since I have had the camera. Give me some time to get to know the camera and take some more real world pictures and I´ll be sure to come back with more about this wonderful camera from Olympus.