For the last three years, I have shot with an Olympus Pen. Mine was an E-P1, one of the first micro 4/3s on the market. In terms of usability it had been great. It was a big step up from a large camera, since I could carry it nearly anywhere and not miss any shot.
The second piece that made this camera great was the 20mm 1.7 lens from Panasonic, which I have used almost exclusively. Getting used to this lens for 3 years allowed me to shoot without looking at the screen or needing a viewfinder to compose; I could guess what would be in the frame when I point the camera somewhere. I assume 17mm Olympus would also be similar, check out these set of Photos of rural Turkey Hiroh Kikoi shot with an E-P1 and the 17mm.
So, why is it a goodbye?
After this camera has traveled great distances with me on the western hemisphere (pictured above in Paris with my other travel essentials), on the way back from my work in downtown St. Louis, on the metro, I have forgot it on the seat next to mine on June the 2nd. I have been unsuccessfully looking for it since.
It had the 20mm Lumix lens, and had portraits of a painter that I have met recently and some pictures of Downtown St. Louis in its memory card. The serial number of the body is H45503280 (still looking for the serial number for the lens). If you come across this camera, please let me know here with your contact information.
Recently I have been shooting film more than digital, so I’m not going to buy another micro 4/3, but now I’m looking for options for a camera to carry around.