Olympus Camera and Lens Review

I have had my Olympus Camera (Pen E-PL8) and lens for just over a year now. So, I thought I would let you guys now how I am getting on.

I thought hard when choosing my camera and did a lot of research into what the best camera was for my type of photography. I read positive reviews about the Olympus E-PL range and found the camera is used by a lot of bloggers. As standard the camera comes with the body and the 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens. However I have also now, invested in the 45mm f1.8 prime lens.

The Pro’s

I have to admit that there are a lot of benefits with the camera. The biggest of these is that it shoots in RAW and JPEG. This means I don’t lose detail from photos during the editing process. Furthermore, the screen rotates so that you can shoot from all angles and this makes vlogging a lot easier. The settings are the similar to a standard camera and can be changed to suit the needs of the subject. This can depend on the lighting and the look you want to achieve. (I will do a further post on this later)

Another benefit I think is important if you are just getting started, is that the lenses are easy to change. All it takes is the push of a button and twist the lens, then off it pops. The final benefit I will mention is that to be honest, it’s pretty. Most cameras are black and bulky and are built for purpose rather than for style, the Olympus Pen is encased in white leather and is very chic looking.

The Con’s

There aren’t many cons to this camera however those that do exist are more related to my particular model. The screen rotation on this model only goes below the camera whereas the newer models go upwards. This means that when you film you can’t see what you are doing as the tripod is in the way. Another negative, is that if you cant afford buy the lenses new, the silver ones are hard to purchase pre-loved. If you are looking to invest in this camera I would recommend going for the black as you will have more choice.

Overall, the base model and lens are great for a budding photographer. However I wanted something with a bit more pop…

That is why I have invested in the additional lens. This one will allow me to drop the aperture to f1.8, so that I get a more intense background blur. This is brilliant when you are shooting outside and want the backdrop to be noticeable but not take over.

This camera would suit anyone who aspires to be a blogger or is getting started in the photography world. You can always upgrade the lenses later like I did. I did also want to mention that this camera does come in the white, a brown and also black leather. If you have enjoyed reading I would love to hear about which camera you are using for your photos. I would love to hear if you have been using the Olympus Camera’s and if you have a different view. Leave me a comment below and let’s share some ideas.


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