It has been seven years with my trusted Canon EOS 20D and my little stable of lenses. At this point in 2011 I was working all day and did not really have the time to go on proper photo tours. I would rather just grab my camera whenever I left the house. You can guess that a few kilograms of gear was not really comfortable to lug around.
I was reading photo magazines and I saw something about the Olympus PEN E-P1 and was intrigued. Not only due to its stylish looks, but it was so small because it did away with the mirror and prism assembly of regular DSLRs. It was I think the second MFT camera on the market.
It weighed less than 350 grams, and with one of the smaller lenses I could keep it under half a kilo. This was an almost pocketable camera. At minimum, I could grab a small sling bag and carry the camera, a spare battery and another lens or two and come out less than my big old Canon. Also, the PEN E-P1 had a built-in image stabilizer. Something that was of immense interest due to me being too lazy to carry a tripod.
So I bought this camera as kit with 14-42 mm kit zoom and 17 mm pancake lens. There was also a clip on viewfinder (just glass) but this turned out to be rather more a gimmick than useful.
Being a first generation product, the camera had some flaws. It was a sluggish and the autofocus was not great. Something that DSLRs would continue to have an advantage until really just recently. Having no viewfinder, using the camera in sunlight was challenging.
But I really did enjoy this camera. It was so light and comfortable to use. The image stabilizer was great, and the image quality was generally better than the old Canon. I went on holidays to the Baltic Sea and I brought along my camera backpack. Two little compartments were used by the Olympus plus lenses and charger. The rest was taken up by the Canon EOS 20D. I thought I would buy the PEN as a secondary camera, but after this holiday I saw that it would serve my needs perfectly and soon after I sold all my Canon gear.
I used this camera from 2010 to 2012 and took (kept) 214 photos between both lenses. Not that much, but it was mostly a secondary camera. The images here were taken with the 14-45 mm kit lens with its unwieldy Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42 mm 1:3.5-5.6 name.