Falling in Love With My Olympus

Anyone who knows me at all knows I’m a total Canon guy.

Up until recently you could be sure that if I was out of the house I either had my Canon S90 or Canon 50D with me and was taking photos with it. While my iPhone does a great job taking snapshots for me, I still like having a more traditional camera with me as well.

Then about a month ago I got an Olympus PEN E-P3 and I’ve been shooting none stop with it ever since.

I was suppose to go Africa next year and I wanted a smaller, but powerful camera as a back up to my 50D while I was there. After reading this review of the E-P3 from Scott Bourne and then holding one in person I had to get one. A close friend helped make that possible and now it goes everywhere with me.

Here are a few of my favorite shots I’ve taken with it so far.

Bacon Jalapeño Cornbread -Big Earl's BBQ - Scottsdale, AZ

BOLO 2011

Palm Tree

Black and White Boston

Ellen McGirt

IdeaFestival 2011

IdeaFestival 2011

Dark Falling Water of Squares

Jimmy Wales on stage at ET11

Of course, like any photographer, I got dreaming about new lenses but didn’t want to buy any right away.

Somewhere along the line I saw mention of an adapter to attach other manufacturers lenses to the camera body. Could I really do that? Take my beloved Canon Lenses and mount them on the Olympus?

In fact you can! For only $23 I bought at Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter and it works like a charm! Sure I have to use manual focus since there is no electronic connection between the lens and the camera, but that is a small price to pay in exchange for not having to buy new glass.

Of course, in another strange twist of fate, I was chosen to take part in the new Penready Campaign from Olympus. This means they sent me (and 999 other lucky individuals) a free Olympus Pen E-PM1 which is sort of the little brother to my E-P3.

It doesn’t quite have all the manual power of mine, but it is a neat little camera that takes some amazing photos. You can see the ones I’ve shared if you are interested and I’ll be posting more. The agreement is they give us the camera to keep and we agree to share at least 20 photos with them. The kids have really liked having a new camera to play with.

Both cameras have shown me that Olympus is a serious contender in the photography market. While I knew their name from the glory days of film, I had never considered them in today’s world.

How wrong I was and how excited I am to keep on shooting with both of them.

Olympus provided me with a free E-PM1 as part of the Penready campaign.
The E-P3 I’m talking about was not given to me by them.
This post is full of affiliate links and ALL opinions are my own.

  • I want one but cannot afford it!!! Nice pics!!!

    • Yeah they are not cheap and I hope that with everyone seeming to get into the micro four thirds market that they will collectively drop in price some.

  • Yeah, I want something like that.. something you can just put in your pocket.. and people don’t react to you the same way as they do with a big DSLR..  Trouble is the lens I want to use goes to 1.4.. and I really need auto focus at those narrowness of field.. seems like I’m always shooting in low light situations.. guess I gotta do more research

    • The couple of low light shots shown here were taken with the 17mm lens that comes with the camera. It isn’t perfect, but it does pretty well. Don’t think it would perform all that great at a concert or something like that, but haven’t really tried either.

  • oh, and you’re shots look freaking awesome dude

    • Thanks man. Always appreciate hearing feedback like that.

  • Great shots, C.C.  I’ve replaced my Canon S90 with the iPhone 4S.  Getting some really great shots with it, but SLRs and the high end micro interchangeable lens cameras will have a purpose.

  • What is the difference between this and the E-PM1?

    • A lot.

      It is bigger. Many more controls and manual settings. More powerful insides.

  • Gorgeous color! I am in love with my EPM1 but it’s also my first DSLR so it’s a gigantic leap forward from my point and shoots and, uh, iPhone. 

  • I’ve been looking for a new camera recently–so glad to stumble across this review from you!

  • That second photo up there.  It might be one of my favorites you’ve ever taken.  I would kill to get that as a wallpaper even.

    • Thank you. I happen to know a way to make that happen Ms. Birthday Girl 🙂

  • I keep coming back to this camera and wanted to ask what the major differences between the E-PM1, the E-PL2 and the E-P3 are.  I’m a bit confused with all the numbers and want to make sure I get one that really works for me.

    • The numbers do get VERY confusing.

      It really depends on what you want the camera for. If you are looking for a great point and shoot than the E-PM1 is more than enough. The biggest problem with this camera though is because you can change the lens on it you can’t just slip in your pocket like you can with most point and shoots. If I was going to buy a good point and shoot I’d go with one of the Canon or Nikons because they go flat and are amazing.

      If you are looking for a DSLR replacement than the PEN E-P3 is the one to go for and that is what I’m using it for. It is a heavy brick of a camera, but much smaller than my Canon 50D which you’ve always seen me with. This camera now goes almost everywhere with me and has ever manual control you would want as well as a higher price.

      Hope this helps you.