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  • HELP! E-PL1 Purchase-but some regrets

    :\ Hi, I have had this camera for approx. 6 months and have been currently looking into changing to something with a larger 3" screen due to difficulty in seeing the screen in daylight. What has prompted this is the fact that my eyesight at 69 is not what it used to be and when I purchased this I thought it would be OK. I really like the camera after having tried the samsung nx100 and the sonys. I have looked into purchasing the E-PL2 since it also has the lens upgrade along with the larger high res screen. I would like to stay with the pens since I already have the 40-150 R lens. I would really like your thoughts on this , Thanks Dave

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    Re: E-PL1 Purchase-but some regrets

    Hi Dave,
    I have this camera also. Well really it is a second camera bought for my wife to use. I mainly use my GH2. We have the advantage of being able to swap lenses.
    I have thought about getting an Eye level viewfinder for the E-PL1 because I too have a problem looking at the lcd screens. Not sure what the EVFs cost but they are available sometimes second hand. The E-PL1 takes great shots, so maybe you could stick with it with an EVF.
    Cheers, Rob

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      Re: E-PL1 Purchase-but some regrets

      Are your problems with the screen to do with age-related long sight or an unrelated factor? A camera with a viewfinder would definitely help with the former and maybe even with the latter. You can of course invest in a VF-2 or VF-3 electronic viewfinder for your E-PL1.

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        Re: E-PL1 Purchase-but some regrets

        I guess your difficulty is seeing the screen outdoors in bright light. Other Pens may have slightly bigger and better screens but still have the same inherent problem. An accessory EVF (Electronic View Finder), which slots into the hot shoe and accessory port, will tranform your camera.
        View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

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          Re: E-PL1 Purchase-but some regrets

          Hi Dave,
          As others have pointed out, the cheapest option is to buy the VF2 or VF3. If you want to upgrade then the E-PL3 has a flip out screen so you can angle the screen to hopefully avoid reflections when taking shots. It could be worth hanging on a little while as I believe there are some new Pens coming out in the near future (later this year?) perhaps with better screens and higher resolution sensors (Ian will know more I expect). The current range of Pens have been reduced in price (in the UK at least) no doubt to make room for the new range. Then there is the OM-D, costs a lot more but you have both viewfinder and an excellent quality flip out screen and will take you Pen lenses of course.
          As a last resort and I would think by far the cheapest solution would be to buy a black cloth to cover you and the screen just like in the early days of photography.....and yes I`ve thought about it myself.
          So lots of choice.
          Hope you find a good solution.
          Andrew.

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            Re: E-PL1 Purchase-but some regrets

            Originally posted by John Perriment View Post
            I guess your difficulty is seeing the screen outdoors in bright light. Other Pens may have slightly bigger and better screens but still have the same inherent problem. An accessory EVF (Electronic View Finder), which slots into the hot shoe and accessory port, will tranform your camera.
            I have the Panasonic TZ8 as a carry at all times camera. It is a terrific little camera but using it outdoors,particularly if it is fairly sunny is a total nightmare - so I can sympathise with you on this.

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              Jack, I'm with the others who stated get a viewfinder. . . . I to have problems with the screen on bright days. I rented one of the viewfinders and it worked great. . . . (I just wanted to try it out, as on most bright days I'm out with me E620)

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