Serendipity: How I Got the Olympus Pen I Wanted But Don't Need

March 25, 2015

I must have been a real saint in my past life judging by all the good karma that comes my way, or at least the serendipity I’m blessed with in the way of being gifted the objects I desire. Such was the case with Jumbo (my SUV) and both my new iPhone 6s (one for London and one for Kuala Lumpur), and so it is with the camera I was lusting over - the Olympus Pen E-PL7.
Let it be known that I’ve never denied that looks are important to me - why can’t you have style and substance? - when it comes to my cameras. Case studies: I paid extra for the Titanium limited edition of the Leica D-Lux 5 because I liked the smokey grey body. I buy camera bag inserts so I can use my designer handbags instead of ugly camera bags. And, I wanted the new Olympus Pen only because it comes in the most pleasing colour combination of white and taupe (or is that blush?). I was struggling with whether to get one for myself when I had just bought a camera that does exactly what the Olympus Pen can - my trusty Lumix GF6. The thing is, when I bought my Lumix I had the option of black or white and grey. After a good half hour of boring the camera shop staff to death with my hmms and ahhs I picked the black because its matte body was less scratch-prone than the glossy white version. I was always a bit sore about that choice - why do camera manufacturers make glossy bodies for micro four thirds? They look cheap and you just know that they’re going to get scratched up after a few months of use. 



My Lumix GF6 is an exceptional Micro 4/3 camera and has everything: a swivel screen for selfies, touch screen, interchangeable lenses, and compact size. Everything, that is, except for the perfect white and taupe matte body. Then I saw bloggers being loaned the Olympus Pen E-PL7 and all their reviews were glowing which I thought was too good to be true. I’ve had blogger friends in Asia review a previous incarnation of the Olympus Pen and confided that they were paid to rave about the camera like it was the best thing since sliced bread, although they thought it was ‘just alright'. A couple of my contacts in the British blogosphere didn’t suggest that this was also the case with the new Olympus Pen blogger campaign, but did suggest that some of the European bloggers who received it might be a bit generous with their opinion - swayed as they were by the aesthetics of the camera (mostly the selfie-friendly swivel screen). So, just like me then!

TL;DR: I wanted the Olympus Pen just because it looks pretty not because it was a significant improvement over my Lumix GF6. It seemed like a waste of money to buy a new camera just for looks when I already had a perfectly good one that performed just as well.

Fast forward a year or more later. It was Friday, 27th March 2015 and I had a few social commitments in Kuala Lumpur: Tropicana Corporation had flown me down to K.L for the Global Launch of The Residences, I was attending Nuffnang 8irthday, my presence was requested at the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Gala Ball etc.bla bla bla. I went to charge my Canon 600D (my ‘serious’ camera which I use for blogging) and my Lumix GF6 (which I use for events as my 600D won’t fit in a clutch). 

Then my face fell.

I’d left my Canon battery AND my Lumix charger in London!!!

It was nearly midnight, the shops were closed, and I had two events first thing next morning!

This is the part where I screamed.

Then my mother nonchalantly saunters into my room with a box. “Hey sweetie pie, I got gifted this camera for my birthday but I don’t know how to use it…do you want to borrow it?”

It was the Olympus Pen E-PL7. In white and taupe. The very one I lusted over a year ago.

*heart eyes*

Funny how things always come full circle for me, eh?


As of today I've used the Olympus Pen E-PL7 twice (both at events): at Nuffnang's 8th Birthday Party and at the Global Launch of Tropicana The Residences. So far, so decent - while I find the Olympus Pen handles a bit more 'flimsily' and temperamental than the Lumix GF6 this could be because I'm not used to a new camera. Though as far as looks go the Olympus Pen is a winner! I might just keep the Pen, get a portrait lens for it, and take it out for a proper spin over a week before doing a review of how it compares to the Lumix GF6. What do you think; should I return the Olympus Pen to mummy or should I keep it, try it out in the name of journalistic intent (cough) and do an independent review of the camera? 

Ps. I've just set up a Facebook Page for Posh, Broke, & Bored. Won't you be a dear and show me some love (Like)? x

Photos 1 & 2 by Cathrine Heienberg, photo 3 by Atosa Nikkhah, photo 4 by Style Of Two, photo 5 by Kayla Seah, and photo 6 by Lucy Angel. No photos of the camera by myself because duh, I have no other way of using my other cameras...hence why I even have the Olympus Pen in the first place. *chortle*

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32 comments:

  1. I bought one in January this year – and I have to say, once you get used to it and learn the functions well, it is one of the best! It can never replace a DSLR of course, but when it comes to taking images at events where DSLRs are a pain to lug around, it does the job very well.


    www.coquettishmish.com

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  2. I would keep it since my mom doesn't know how to use it *HAHA* , love the camera itself though :) the colour is nice <3

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  3. I love 4/3 cameras! I've just got a Lumix and I'm in love with it! Definitely keep the camera, journalistic intent trumps all... Right?!


    Also adore the camera strap on the camera - does that come with it? I rather hope not as I'd like to purchase one..!


    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

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  4. I like your style of writing dear x


    Can't wait for a review of this Olympus Pen camera!!

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  5. Yes the strap comes with the camera, but I think I might get a nice woven or braided one for it!

    And journalistic intent definitely trumps all. More so than selfish desire *cough* free camera *cough*

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  6. I like the way you think! I'm going to learn from you ;) x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  7. Michelle, which lenses are you using for the Olympus Pen? Am thinking of getting a portrait lens, would you recommend it for day to day photography? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  8. Thank you Jessica! Guess I'll have to review this camera then - the people have spoken! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  9. Ooooh where from?! I've been looking but can't seem to find one I like so far.


    Yes definitely! *cough* envy *cough* !!


    Lauren xx

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  10. I'm going to search Etsy until I find the perfect one! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  11. Very much appreciate this post as I am about ready to throw my 30-year-old Leica off a cliff and invest in something new & functional. And pretty -- I'm with you on that! I bought my first and only car for $1,000, knowing that it needed about $10,000 of repairs, "because it was pretty." It lasted me six months and I sold it for $200. Let's hope I have better luck with the new camera?!

    michelle marie
    www.wherewevegone.com

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  12. Sarah Prosecco DiariesMarch 25, 2015

    You lucky biaatch! x

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  13. I'm using the M Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5, which is more of a wide angle lens, but works pretty well for day-to-day use. I also have a 40-150mm telephoto zoom lens which I use occasionally (and I believe some people use these for outdoor portraiture as well). However, if the wallet can, I'd definitely go for the M Zuiko 45mm f1.8 lens – I especially like how the front rings can be swapped for different colored ones for a personal touch.


    www.coquettishmish.com

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  14. This is very helpful, thank you! I've had a look at the 45mm 1.8 and it looks good to me - can't believe a Micro 4/3 lens costs as much as a DSLR lens! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  15. Ohhh which Leica do you have? If you're going to get rid of it anyway maybe I take it off your hands and try to refurbish it?I do love a good fixer upper. Your first car story is something I'd totally do! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  16. I agree, it's a really stylish camera! I love these little twists of fate!
    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  17. That's what I love about life - you don't know what surprises it has in store! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  18. Good luck! And show me when you get it! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  19. It's the D-Lux 3.. it has problems focusing and you must keep it absolutely INCREDIBLY still in order to get a non-blurry shot (even in broad daylight with tons of sun, outdoors -- inside at night is absolutely a no-go). But I suppose you're right, I should try to have it fixed before chucking it over the cliff? (Especially considering the sentimental value -- it was a completely unexpected lovely hand-me-down gift from my father when I moved to Argentina way back when!)

    michelle marie
    www.wherewevegone.com

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  20. I love my Lumix too, you can't beat a Leica lens although this does look extremely cool

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  21. How lucky are you?!! Looks like the perfect blogger's accessory - you're making me want to upgrade my camera!

    Anne-Sophie x
    City Cookie

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  22. The Olympus Pen really is an 'accessory' kind of camera - it's so pretty! Am going to test it to see if the substance matches the style! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  23. Leica lenses are pretty nifty! Even my D-Lux 5 took amazing photos for a compact camera! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  24. Sara DoucetteMarch 29, 2015

    This camera looks amazeballs!!! That was sheer luck - like we say in Portugal, you were born with your bum facing the moon. I can't really explain the expression or where it comes from except to say that it means you are very lucky :D

    Miss you toooooo!!!

    Hello the Mushroom

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  25. That is such a wonderful and hilarious saying - it's MOONING at it's most literal and best!

    I'm back this week - let's do something fun on the weekend? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  26. I love all those pictures at the end. I can totally understand wanting something for the aesthetics over purpose!


    Katie <3

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  27. I'll visit KL for the first time next month, I def need to get in touch with you before I go! :)

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  28. Patiently awaiting for your independent review for this camera! Can't wait! Thanks in advance!

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