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Row 6 (19/365)
"Row 6"
Olympus E-P2 with M.Zuiko 17mm
1/400s, f/2.8, ISO 200. +0.3 EV
["Post Processing" done in-camera]
Another day at work, another day stopping at the local Walmart to do some quick shopping on the way home. Chocolate soy. Check. Ground turkey and garlic bread for dinner tonight (spagetti). Check. Diet Sunkist soda. Check. Western Digital 500GB USB 2.0 portable hard drive. Check. Take a photo of the row where I park so I won't forget where I am when I come back out. Check.

Get back to the car, put everything in the boot, head home, put everything away, start dinner, and open the package FedEx delivered while I was at work. And gaze upon my newest little baby, a used Olympus E-1.

Two Classics
"Two Classics"
Olympus E-P2 with Zuiko Digital 50mm Macro + MMF-1
1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, -2 EV

After dinner I checked out the E-1's shutter actuation count (4,548) and current firmware version (1.1). Not bad at all. I purchased the camera from KEH for a pittance compared to its original MSRP. It was advertised as LN- (Like New minus). It was immaculate, a veritable jewel. When trying to upgrade the E-1's firmware to the last and latest (version 1.5) I discovered that Olympus' current software offerings, Olympus Viewer 2 and Olympus Digital Camera Updater, will not upgrade the E-1's firmware. Instead I had to use my wife's Macbook with Olympus Master 2 (version 2.3) installed. Olympus Master 2 did upgrade the E-1, so now it's firware is up to spec.

I've already fired off a few frames with the E-1, and I have to admit it's a real classic. I love the sound of the shutter; it's so much better than the E-3's or the E-P2's. I love the big optical pentaprism viewfinder. It's smaller than the E-3, but still quite large and bright. And in comparison to the VF-2 electronic viewfinder on the E-P2, it may be just a tad better.

Oh well. Who would have thought I'd be this excited over a seven-year-old used camera. But I am.

Comments

  1. Congratulations on the new(ish) camera. It is a great one, and should give you years of service. I can't imagine parting with mine.


    Gotta love KEH.

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