OT - Anyone got opinions on the Olympus Pen E-PL1?

P. J. Alling webstertwentysix at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 11:55:56 EDT 2010

The original Pentax design with the indexing bump on the lens made a lot 
more sense.  Holding the camera with the right hand, cradle the lens 
with the left with your pointing finger over the bump, lens mount to the 
front.  Touch the lens release with your pointing finger.  The lens is 
properly oriented to mount on the camera.  With a little practice you 
can do this without looking.  To remove the lens holding the camera with 
the right hand, grab the lens with the left hand and press the lens 
release with the middle or third finger on the right.  However the 
indexing bump is history as of the FA lenses, (except on some of the 
limited lenses), and the release button has been repositioned so it no 
longer lines up properly from the *ist cameras forward.  I guess no one 

On 7/23/2010 11:06 AM, Godfrey DiGiorgi wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 2:36 AM, Dario Bonazza
> <dario.bonazza at virgilio.it>  wrote:
>>> ..  the location of the lens release button on
>>> the Pentax was always an awkward thing for me, I'm used to it being on
>>> the opposite side of the lens.
>> Of course, it mainly depends on what system you are accustomed to. This
>> said, I believe the ideal lens release button must be comfortable to reach
>> with the left hand, while keeping the lens with your right hand (for
>> right-handed people). So the position of Pentax release button is better if
>> you change the lens while looking at the front of your camera (turned toward
>> you). That was the way I worked for years with cameras such as the MX and
>> the ME Super. With cameras having a big grip like those in fashion today, I
>> tend to change lenses from above, with the lens pointing forward and the
>> camera back resting on my belly. In that case, a lens release button placed
>> like Canon and Olympus is better. Wherever the lens release is, I find no
>> big problem.
> When changing lenses, I tend to hold the body with my left hand and
> depress the lens release button, while handling the lens with my right
> hand. Grab body, grab lens, press with index finger, turn with right
> hand and drop lens into slot in bag, grab next lens, insert and turn
> to click.
> The position of the Pentax lens release made it hard to figure out
> which hand to use to press the release ... drove me a little crazy for
> a long time. It's amusing to think of it this way, but it's one of the
> reasons I moved to FourThirds bodies ... the lens release button was
> much more comfortable to me. LOL!

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