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Too small to be described as 'large'
on 8 June 2012
I was looking for a bag suitable for my current Pen outfit (1 body with both standard kit lenses plus two pancake lenses and the accessory viewfinder). I had contemplated adding the 45mm for its speed and performance but my current case is full to bursting. I needed something a little larger and went shopping at a West End camera specialist. I was shown to the Olympus branded bags and was immediately dubious about just how suitable they may be, based solely upon appearance. I did not have my system with me as it had been raining very heavily for much of the day.
The small is said to suit one body plus 1-2 lenses - it may if they are the pancake ones but it will not accept anything much larger. The medium will accept the body and two lenses but probably not the 45-150 and certainly nothing longer. The large will accept one body plus three lenses but one would have to be a pancake and its limit is probably the 45-150. When you add the lens hoods, a couple of filters, a spare battery, the charger and a case for a couple of spare SD cards you are really pushing the range to beyond its limits. If you happen to have the EVF and a flash gun, you will be out of luck, unless you choose to employ two bags, as was suggested (possibly none too seriously).
I know that the Pen range camera bodies and lenses are quite small and having an extra body and more than 2 or 3 lenses, or perhaps the 15-150 travel lens or any other physically larger than the 45-150 is not that unlikely but none of this range will be of much use in that situation. You will have a problem - they are simply too limiting. Price-wise, they are a little expensive for their size but you would expect to pay a little extra for advertising the brand.
They appear to be quite well made and use good materials but it is difficult to know for whom the range was designed. In real life, I may remove a lens with its hood and filter in situ, choose another and mount it on the camera. I may therefore have one or more lenses in my case ready for use without having to add a filter, its hood and needing only to remove the rear dust cap to re-mount it. None of these cases will accommodate such a practice and demand that the lenses be in storage condition (hood removed and both caps in situ) at all times.
Sorry Olympus - no sale on this occasion!