5 Initial Impressions of the Olympus Pen F
After a week of working with the Olympus Pen F, it’s clear that it’s going to be a part of my toolbox. This can be a stylish camera, but looking under the hood reveals a range of professional features. Here are some of my initial findings.
The small size allows the camera to feel perfectly in the hand. I do not have big hands and it looks like every button has been placed in the ideal position. This allows access to important functions without having to remove the view from the viewer. The aperture and shutter are changed with the front and rear wheel while the ISO and WB are available in the four-way controller.
I barely notice when I put myself around my neck. PEN is very lightweight, especially when combined with the Olympus 17mm f1.8 small premium lens. Although it does not weigh much, it is not manufactured at a lower cost. In fact, it is a solid camera. Even if I do not weather it, I have no doubt that it will withstand the streets of New York in winter.
The B & W mode is superb, producing JPEG files that really show a great contrast. I especially like Mono Profile 2 with the grain. By pulling JPEG instead of RAW, I do not have to do a lot of production after the posting. Right next to the camera, the images have a certain cinematographic appearance with blacks and bright white encreux.
Wi-Fi is very easy to set up and use. I just downloaded the app on my Samsung Olympus phone and have paired it with the camera in seconds. Once this was done, I was able to transfer JPEG images from PEN to my phone. This allows sharing of images on social networks.
Silent shutter, also known as “hidden mode”. Working in this way is ideal for street photography. The camera literally makes no noise. This allows me not to be detected, which provides fire, I would have been too nervous to deal with a strong DSLR. I have my player set to Silent / Continuous low takes about five frames per second. There is also a high-speed burst mode that I have not tried yet.