Shoot­ing with the Olym­pus PEN-F

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

All the im­ages in this fea­ture were shot with the Olym­pus PEN-F, and most of them were shot us­ing the new film pre­sets that ship with the cam­era.

I shoot all the time in RAW and do my own post­pro­cess­ing, so I wasn’t ex­cited about the PEN-F’s Cre­ative Dial at first, which gives you quick ac­cess to the new Color Pro­file and Mono­chrome modes, as well as Art Fil­ters and a Color Cre­ator mode.

That’s why I was quite sur­prised by how of­ten I turned the dial to the Color Pro­file and Mono­chrome modes, when shoot­ing with the PEN-F. The Color Pro­files sim­u­late the look of film, and I came to en­joy their col­ors. It was also quite re­fresh­ing to view the world through black and white in Mono­chrome mode, which sim­u­lates the look of clas­sic black and white films.

Be­cause the col­ors are saved to JPEG, I still saved the orig­i­nal shots by set­ting the cam­era to shoot in RAW with JPEG. But I liked the col­ors of­ten enough that I didn’t have to do much with the JPEGs in post any­way. This came as both a pleas­ant sur­prise and a nice time-saver.

The rest of the PEN-F han­dled beau­ti­fully, and is it­self a beau­ti­ful cam­era, fol­low­ing the lines of the orig­i­nal PEN-F from 1963. It’s compact and light­weight, mak­ing it easy to carry around and re­main in­con­spic­u­ous in crowded ar­eas. I’m still im­pressed by how many small lenses I can pack into a bag, and how sharp and full of char­ac­ter Olym­pus’ prime lenses are.

The new 20MP sen­sor, which doesn’t have an op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter, cap­tures a good amount of de­tail. Auto-fo­cus is quick, and I ap­pre­ci­ate how quickly you can take over fo­cus points with the touch­screen and four-way con­troller. The classlead­ing five-axis op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion helped me nail clearer and sharper im­ages in low light than I’d usu­ally hope to get.

As first im­pres­sions go, the Olym­pus PEN-F is off to an im­pres­sive start. Look for­ward to our re­view of the cam­era in a fu­ture is­sue of HWM.

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