|Olympus E-P2 with the 14-42 lens.|
My recent trekking trip to Kashmir made me realize that I really need a more compact camera. One that is small enough to carry - but does not compromise on quality.
My back and shoulders demanded a smaller and lighter camera - especially after carrying a 8 kg load for 7 days straight. A bit of research indicated that the micro 4/3 format has evolved and matured to a point, that investing in this format felt like a sound idea. I was further goaded into this purchase when Olympus suddenly dropped their price for the E-P2 from a lofty $899 to tantalizing $499. The reason for the price drop was the introduction of a newer model E-P3.
For my particular needs (a small backup camera), the E-P2 felt just right. My only concern before I hit the "Add to Cart" button was the one negative comment that was mentioned by most review sites - its slow focusing speed. (Micro 4/3rd cameras use a slower contrast detection system as opposed to the fast "phase detection" system used on traditional dSLR cameras). For $499, it seemed like a reasonable compromise so I went ahead and purchased it.
|Sleek Retro look.|
My initial impression regarding the focusing speed is that it is pretty good. I read that Olympus released a firmware update to improve the focusing speed on the E-P2, and perhaps my copy has the latest firmware.
But what really made me buy the camera is this tiny $38 accessory.
|Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Nikon G-type lens to MFT Micro 4/3|
|Olympus E-P2 with the Nikkor 50mm f1.4|
How about my monstrous 80-400mm lens? No problem.
|Nikkor 80-400mm mounted on the E-P2.|
|The camera seems tiny when mounted on such a big lens.|
I haven't really got time to experiment with the camera. I will do that over the next few days and post a proper hands-on review of the camera with the different lenses.
Most importantly, I am waiting for the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake lens that is currently on its way to me. Once I get hold of that lens, I will really get to explore the potential of this camera.