Michael Walsh suggested a couple of days ago that the new Olympus Pen F (sold out all over the place, by the way) might not be modeled entirely on the original Pen F. He said it reminds him more of the Leica IIIf.
Allyn Saroyan owns both, so he sent us a couple of pictures of the two together:
He's got a point.
I'm thinking the original Pen F...
...is brought to mind a little more readily by the E-P5:
(By the way, if, like me, you thought you were terminally confused by Olympus's apparently inscrutable camera-naming system—the E-P5, for instance, is the fourth camera in the E-P[x] range—do they make a decoder ring?—the Wikipedia page for the E-P5 has a nice chart which breaks it all down and actually makes sense of it. I was surprised to learn such a thing was possible.
Somebody in charge at Olympus sure likes complexity, is all I can say. Its cameras, with their florid proliferation of intricate controls, are almost anti-Jobsian in their lack of essential simplicity. Has dpreview ever felt inspired to publish a setup demystification guide for any other camera like they did when the OM-D E-M5 came out? You should be a tech whiz to shoot Olympus, at least the higher level ones.)
(Thanks to Allyn)
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Stephen Scharf: "The Japanese seem to have a penchant for creating products with model names that appear to be a random mix of letters and numbers. If you think cameras are bad, Japanese sport bikes are worse: CBR600RR, GSXR750R, VFR800FI, VFR400RR, CBR600F4i, etc. Like the Geico commercial says, 'Its what they do....'"
Sophia: "Can't be less of a tech whiz than me (think middle age woman whose kids set up my iPhone and other technical devices). And I have no problem with Olympus. It's becoming an internet trope to bash the Olympus menus. You only use the menus to set the camera initially and it isn't so hard to just run through the options and select what you want. After that you can use the control panel, dials/function buttons, and/or the live view information to adjust whatever you want to adjust as needed. You get to decide which way you want to work, so if being customizable means the camera is too complex, so be it."