EPL-1, A Little Camera That Would…

Steve Burns | November 22nd, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Years ago I purchased a Leica with a 35mm and 90mm lens.  Within a few months I sold the 90mm and kept the camera with its 35mm lens.  I use to carry that M4P with its 35mm lens on it every where, every day for years.  It was light, simple and non intrusive. I think I might have even slept with it as well.  Sadly there was a day in my life when it was no more as it was sold for much needed rent monies way, way back when.   Since then I’ve longed for a small, light camera that could possibly replace it. Something that would see the way I see and not get in the way of life.   Recently I’ve become found of this little gem.  It is an Olympus EPL-1 with their VF-1 optical viewfinder and 17mm lens.  The camera can be complicated, or incredibly simple all being dependent upon how you use it and how you set it up.  I’ve chosen simple for my personal day to day needs.

Olympus EPL1

The 17mm lens has the same angle of view as a 35mm lens on a 35mm camera.   Also when used with their optical view finder for that lens it is a similar experience to my old Leica.  A no nonsense, no information kind of view finder.

Hudson River, Piermont Peir

Its simple.  Set your focus point to default to the center of the image.  Point the camera, focus on the middle of your image, recompose and shoot.   It doesn’t get in the way, and it couldn’t be simpler.

The Tapan Zee, Piermont Pier

I’m finding real joy again with it as my carry around day to day shooter.

McMillan Reservoir, Ramapo Valley Reservation

Is what is coming out of it art?  At times it is.  However it doesn’t realy matter as I’ve been  enjoying working with it.   And in the end that is what matters, as a photographer has to keep shooting daily.

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