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Old April 9th, 2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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the Olympus PEN series

I recently came across an Olympus PEN EP-1, and it peaked my interest.
I was curious if anyone knew if the video was anything particularly impressive. The guy I was talking to seemed to love it, and he said he was using 20 year old lenses, which gave it a more 35mm-like quality. However, I haven't been able to find many examples online?

Just a little curious.
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Old April 10th, 2010, 02:17 AM   #2
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There's some great looking samples on Vimeo. Only 1280x720p though.
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Old April 25th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #3
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It's 720p at 30fps but that's ok if you're not mixing it with 24p footage. The EP-2 or new EPL-1 give you full manual control in video mode so might be better options. The two latter ones are also compatible with the EVF attachment which could be handy in many situations. I'm considering getting the EPL-1 because they've announced an underwater housing for it which should make a nice compact underwater package.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 09:50 AM   #4
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This commercial was shot with the Pen:
YouTube - The Amazing Olympus PEN E-PL1
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 10:57 PM   #5
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I was just going to post this up. I saw it last night on Food Network or Travel Channel. That caused me to pause and re-think video with still cameras (DSLR, etc.).

Heck, Ken Rockwell jokingly said Nikon should shoot D90 commercials on a D90, but he wasn't serious. I'm very interested in this camera now, esp. since I sold My D60.

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Old May 23rd, 2010, 11:11 PM   #6
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Have you all seen their augmented reality video? You print out a "marker" and hold it up to your web cam in a well-lit room, and it will create a virtual 3D camera! Check out the demo:

3-D PEN Virtual Tour

Maybe I've been asleep or something, but wow, I guess we're achieving basically real-time FX.

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Old May 25th, 2010, 02:16 AM   #7
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What a great way to demo a camera without even touching it!
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Old May 25th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #8
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Yeah, I thought so. Very cool--nothing I've ever seen before.

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Old May 26th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #9
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that is a brilliant marketing creation!

the video is actually pretty decent; im holding out to test it against a sony NEX-5, as im looking for something small, light, interchangeable lenses, and with HD video to just keep in my car instead of dragging my D300 or D3s.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:24 PM   #10
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I just discovered the Sony NEX cameras, which look to be good competitors of the PEN, Panasonic and Samsung.

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Old August 11th, 2010, 03:10 PM   #11
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I just bought one, and I must admit, I was a sucker for the TV commercial I saw for it. I was very intrigued by the video capability but was more interested in it as a still camera. I like the Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lens systems.

So far I haven't been able to get the truly impressive video out of it that was obtained in making the TV spot. I didn't think I would be able to right out of the box and I'm working on getting a workflow developed for it. Here's an interesting behind the scenes video of the TV spot.

YouTube - Behind the Scenes: Making the Amazing Olympus PEN E-PL1 TV Ad
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Keep in mind, they had a ton of great talent, G&E and more to make their commercial look great. It's all about talent and lights to make a consumer camera look great. And some good color correcting.

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Old August 16th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #13
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Heath, I agree. I think it's more about lighting, lens selection, and working within the limitations of the camera and codec. I'm just trying to find those limitations and a few other folks who might have tried it.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 06:45 PM   #14
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No 24p is rough, to be sure. I wish it was at least 1080i60.

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Old August 16th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #15
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The lack of 24p was not an issue for me. Just trying to find a work flow. I've discovered that turning off image stabilization helps since it's digital stabilization rather than optical. I convert to ProRes 422 before editing. I'm not planning to shoot video professionally with it, stills maybe, but for my own personal use I get a thrill out of getting the most I can out of the low budget quality gear that I can afford. As for work, we shoot with a variety of stuff, RED One, 5D Mk II, EX1, XL-H1.

Here's a link to some test shots with the E-PL1:

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