Everything you need for your OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast year we saw the Olympus PEN E-PL7 take the blogging world by storm. We all found ourselves frantically swapping our bulky DSLR’s for the compact and super instagrammable camera that would transform the way we blog on the go ensuring every moment is captured perfectly. And now there are accessories, add ons, lenses and hacks to keep your PEN performing to it’s optimum ability.

So today we’re delving into my super chic camera bag to find out my essential blogger photography/videography kit.

The Tripod

One of the great design functions of the PEN is its flip down screen but some of you might have realised that you can’t really utilise this great function when its mounted on your tripod. However, all is not lost and for £5 you can grab yourself a tripod adaptor, the people from Olympus recommend THIS one, and now you are able to use your PEN in all it’s glory on a tripod too.

Shop the tripod adaptor here.


I’m obsessed with them. I love how the simple swap of a lens can alter the feel and mood of an image in a matter of seconds so needless to say I’ve trialled a few over the last year.


The blogger must have has always been the 45mm. It’s the one lens that transforms the camera into the blogging essential that it is today, enabling even the most amateur photographers amongst us, the opportunity to capture those crisp bright images with the most dreamy depth of field.

You can grab this lens with 25% off using my discount code here.



This lens is for the serious On-The-Go Blogger. It’s the lens I bought for travel blogging and vlogging because it really is the perfect companion. The lens it’s self doesn’t protrude too far however I’d love to see a 17mm 1.8 in a pancake version for all my cute clutches but that aside it really is my travel go to. Aside from outfit shots this lens enables me to capture high res and incredible quality images for my blog without fumbling with lenses or standing a football pitch away from the object and still creates the coveted depth of field. Whilst for travel vlogging it just gives your videos a bit of an edge of clarity where the kit lens maybe doesn’t.

Shop the lens here.



This is a beast but also a beauty. It’s huge so you won’t be leaving it on your camera for long as it makes it extremely heavy and complicated to use. However, what it does to images makes it all worth while. A step up from the 45mm it gives images a high fashion sharp feel which transforms my images to something super special and I will use this lens when I have time to really compose and achieve my most top quality images. It’s the luxury lens in my honest opinion. You don’t NEED it as such because the 45mm is so good, but you want it.

Shop the lens here.

Neck  & Wrist straps

Some people prefer neck strap and some wrist straps. I am the latter as I like to keep my pen in my hand so that I don’t miss a moment and with the release of the new fashion accessories collection from Olympus they now have some beautiful butter soft leather wrist straps in a wide range of colours. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be getting my hands on one of the Chanel inspired neck straps for good measure.

Shop the straps with my 10% off discount code here.

Automatic Lens Caps

Whilst working with Olympus recently, I cam across the automatic lens cap, which was the answer to my prayers. I’ve lost lens caps on the steps of the Piazza Del Duomo in Florence, on a Beach in Skiathos Greece and climbing ancient ruins in Lisbon you can rest assured if I visited there I’ve left a lens cap there. It happens so often that I’ve come to think of them as my calling card. I’ve spent a small fortune replacing them but now with my new Automatic cap which opens when the camera is switched on, I don’t have to worry anymore.

Shop the Automatic Lens Cap here.

Camera Bags

Olympus have developed a collection of real leather handbags which are perfectly sized to house your pen the interchangeable internal walls to house whatever lenses and lipsticks you plan to take with you on your travels, and this is the Celine inspired style but stay tuned for the Chanel inspired Clutch.

But if you are a designer bag hoarder like myself sometimes you’ll want to shove your PEN into one of those so these pouches are the perfect protection.

Shop the Bags & Pouches with my 10% discount code here.


What are your Olympus PEN essentials?


  1. Lady Eve 6th January 2016 / 8:20 am

    The automatic lens cap sounds like a life saver. I too have lost more than I care to think, including halfway up the Schilthorn (that’s in the cable car station, not hanging from the rock face). Currently have mine on a short cord attached to strap, but it’s a pain.

  2. Adele 6th January 2016 / 9:43 am

    Love the look of the camera!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  3. Kristina 6th January 2016 / 10:52 am

    Just got the 45mm for Christmas and it’s amazing what it does to my photos! Next I need the bag!

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  4. sammie 6th January 2016 / 11:09 am

    The automatic lens cap definitely sounds like something I could need 🙂 As well as the 17mm lens,it sounds pretty useful when you’re on the go.


  5. Zhanna 6th January 2016 / 11:13 am

    OMG Lydia, this article is the answer to my prayers!! I am currently on a search for a new camera and I knew you are using Olympus PEN for your blog, so I wanted to check out the pictures again, and than I see this brand new post!! Thank you so so much!!

  6. Rowan | R E D R E I D I N G H O O D 6th January 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Oh myyyy, now that there’s a tripod solution I really regret buying my Samsung NX3000. I actually wanted to buy the Olympus PEN E-PL7, but I realized the flip down screen wouldn’t be very convenient for filming yourself using a tripod. But now that there’s a solution… Damn it 🙁


  7. Bicky 6th January 2016 / 7:34 pm

    You said your discount is 25% but it’s only actually 10. Quite misleading.

    • lydia 8th January 2016 / 6:16 am

      Don’t worry that clear mistake has now been corrected so wont be misleading anyone anymore 🙂

  8. Elle @ keep it simpelle 7th January 2016 / 5:42 pm

    it’s just a 10% discount on accessories though right?! when I clicked the link that’s what it says but says 25% in the post?!

  9. lisa Wickens 7th January 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I got this dreamy camera for my birthday at the weekend so this post is perfectly timed for me! Now I’ve added the lenses to my wishlist. and the camera bag is super chic too xx

  10. Rebecca 11th January 2016 / 11:39 pm

    I feel like I’m being a fail but I don’t understand how to use your code on the website? Also their website makes me Mrs – they have not Miss option haha!

  11. Gemma 12th January 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Hi, I got this camera for Christmas after seeing your photos. I love it and the look of it is perfect. Can you let me know what tripod you use please? Thanks xx

  12. Lisa 13th January 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Is your discount code only valid in the UK? I am not able to use it ???? (from Austria)

  13. Kathrine Louise 8th April 2016 / 11:14 am

    I love my Olympus PEN camera and I’ve bought the 45mm lens, and now I really want to invest in the 17mm! But do you have any examples of where you’ve used it? I would love to see som shots taken with it!

  14. Bex Embleton 15th April 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Hi, i have recently bough the kit and it came with the 42mm lens. Can this lens be used to crate images with the blurred background where the focus is on the subject, or do need to buy a different lens?
    I love your blog it’s great and inspirational, with lots of handy tips 🙂 xx

  15. Stacey Fisher 29th June 2016 / 3:53 am

    Do you have to buy external lens or can you take photos without? Thanks in advance!

  16. Mrs_Ker 18th December 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Hi Lydia! Since I fell in love with all your photos, the Olympus Pen e-pl 7 is on my wishlist. I am really unhappy with my camera and I just decided to sell it and finally invest in the Olympus pen instead. I am definitely going to buy a lease aswell. Which one would you recommend for blog outfit shots, the 45 mm 1,8f or should I rather go for the 17 mm?


  17. Cristina Bucovanu 9th January 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Hi ,
    I have 45 mm lens for this olympus, but for a reason i can’t figure out how to zoom in or out.
    Do you have perhaps any tips for?

    Thank you

  18. Sam 13th February 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Hi Lydia just tried to purchase the camera and pancake lense the discount code doesn’t work? Plus it says 25% off is this correct. I’ve contacted Olympus aewell thanks xx

  19. Margaret Meehan 27th February 2017 / 4:02 pm

    Just tried this from Ireland. it doesn’t work 🙁

  20. Megan 2nd May 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Really helpful post! Thank you 🙂

  21. Lucy Egleton 20th May 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I’ve been trying to find a way to use my tripod with my EPL8 flip screen! This was so helpful, thank you!

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