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    Default Is Olympus E-510 a good candidate?

    hi, i'm relatively still new to the realm of photography. so i'd like to ask u guys here if the oly e-510 a good candidate for me to embark on this journey?

    i've yet to discover what type of photography i'm delving into yet. so i'd say i've no specific preference or whatnot. just wondering if the four-thirds system is a good one to invest in, especially in the long run. any opinions will be appreaciated! =]

    and yeah, budget is an issue to me.

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    actually... it would be better if you can decide which "side of the force" u wanna join... cause different systems has its own benefits... of course if you're looking at size, weight cost... currently the E510 seems to make more "sense".

    No i don't ave anything against any brand, i'm also using a E510.

    But with 4/3 you'll need to accept certain things like it will always have more noise at higher iso comparing with a canon/nikon/pentax cause it has a smaller sensor than the rest of the DSLRs. which explains why it also has the smallest DSLR the E410..

    But it does have the 2x crop which will make it into a great tele system. (if u shoot birds) from ur galleries i don't see u zooming alot... but u do take alot of cat pictures and landscapes

    ultimately you have to decide... and also... my advise to u is not to look at the body... thats the start of it... look at the type of LENS and Gears you will get to compliment your style.

    the body is just the start of it... heard of the BBB virus yet? well getting a DSLR is the start of getting infected :P

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    you should ask the 4/3 people what sort of compromises they have to make

    every system has compromises. but i do like the e510, mmm, in terms of value for money

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    ahhh. i see. thanks for the opinions.

    hmm, after much consideration, i'd say i might have a little more inclination towards taking landscapes, animal, still-life and occasionally, macro pics.

    if the olympus cameras are more suited for tele-photos, should i then, be looking at other makes? i'm not really sure of their respective versatility and stuffs though. :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    you should ask the 4/3 people what sort of compromises they have to make

    every system has compromises. but i do like the e510, mmm, in terms of value for money
    Apart from the value, anything else of Olympus E-510 that will make you want to purchase it?

    I'm too, comparing it against Sony A100 and wonder which is a good buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoh View Post
    Apart from the value, anything else of Olympus E-510 that will make you want to purchase it?

    I'm too, comparing it against Sony A100 and wonder which is a good buy.
    i can tell you straight out why i didnt want to buy it, hee hee - because of the 2x crop factor conversion factor. if you want uwa you need to pay a lot of money. something like that. i could be mistaken though.

    but that said, the e510 has so many great features for a reasonably low price.. compared to some other more popular brands. it has is, it has live view, olympus anti-dust system is probably the only dust system which is highly effective, the list goes on.. they give you so much more for your buck.

    the thing is, a lot of the underdog brands are like that.. which is why you should consider all aspects and options in the market before buying into any system

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    the e510 is a great bang for the buck camera. it sometimes feels like a "crossover" from pns, because of the live view and the IS, but generally it seems great. i like the fact that you don't have to manually clean the sensor. he he he.

    i think you should also consider other stuff, like flashes, lenses, etc. im an oly user myself, and personally, everything oly has right now suits my needs, especially with the two kit lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viewwing View Post
    But with 4/3 you'll need to accept certain things like it will always have more noise at higher iso comparing with a canon/nikon/pentax cause it has a smaller sensor than the rest of the DSLRs. which explains why it also has the smallest DSLR the E410..
    I disagree with you. Although 4/3s has a smaller sensor, it does not necessary mean more noise. The Olympus E-3 has just proven it. Go check out the pictures. The noise level is very well controlled compared the the E-500/E-330 time.

    And about the crop factor, yes 2X, if 35mm equivalent. But the 4/3s system has actually no crop factor, as the lenses are designed for digital.

    Telephoto would be an advantage for 4/3s. But wide angle is also not an disadvantage. The 14-42/14-45 kit lens (28mm wide, 35mm equivalent) should be wide enough for most uses. Olympus is coming up with a 8-16mm ultra wide angle in 2008. It's not a fisheye. It won't be too expensive, as it is part of the Standard/Budget range.

    With IS (Image stabilisation), all lenses you use will be stabilised. I've tried hand holding at 1/4s and the picture is sharp.

    Another most important feature is the SSWD. It helps to reduce dust on your sensor. It is really effective. I used Olympus for almost a year and I have not seen a single dust on my picture. Some of the rest have used Olympus for many years, and never had to clean their sensors.

    I would go for Nikon/Canon, would be because of their range of lens. They have many lenses to choose from, so you will not have problems.

    Pentax, because of their prime lenses. As well as their in-body IS. Similar to Olympus. Seriously, in-body IS works really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    Telephoto would be an advantage for 4/3s. But wide angle is also not an disadvantage. The 14-42/14-45 kit lens (28mm wide, 35mm equivalent) should be wide enough for most uses. Olympus is coming up with a 8-16mm ultra wide angle in 2008. It's not a fisheye. It won't be too expensive, as it is part of the Standard/Budget range.

    With IS (Image stabilisation), all lenses you use will be stabilised. I've tried hand holding at 1/4s and the picture is sharp.

    Another most important feature is the SSWD. It helps to reduce dust on your sensor. It is really effective. I used Olympus for almost a year and I have not seen a single dust on my picture. Some of the rest have used Olympus for many years, and never had to clean their sensors.

    I would go for Nikon/Canon, would be because of their range of lens. They have many lenses to choose from, so you will not have problems.

    Pentax, because of their prime lenses. As well as their in-body IS. Similar to Olympus. Seriously, in-body IS works really well.
    ah, was talking about third party lenses. i know right now only got fisheye if you want to go wider than 20 mm equivalent. if i'm not wrong.. for cheaper lenses anyways.

    agreed with the sswd and is. i remember espion always left his camera body wide open for extended periods of time when doing stuff.. and never had dust

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    ah, was talking about third party lenses. i know right now only got fisheye if you want to go wider than 20 mm equivalent. if i'm not wrong.. for cheaper lenses anyways.

    agreed with the sswd and is. i remember espion always left his camera body wide open for extended periods of time when doing stuff.. and never had dust
    Yep. I believe so. And the fisheye is not cheap to me. But cheaper than the 7-14mm.

    SSWD reduces dust, it does not make your sensor dustfree. But somehow, I haven't had a single dust spot. I change my lenses anywhere, anytime! Don't need to worry

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiLLy-LucifeR View Post
    ahhh. i see. thanks for the opinions.

    hmm, after much consideration, i'd say i might have a little more inclination towards taking landscapes, animal, still-life and occasionally, macro pics.

    if the olympus cameras are more suited for tele-photos, should i then, be looking at other makes? i'm not really sure of their respective versatility and stuffs though. :|
    Talking abt marco, olympus is famous for marco stuff... most hospitals uses the mircoscopic tele-device to see the patient internal organ for further analysis and during operation.

    Just imagine if the lens is not good enough distored or dis-colourize or what so do U think the surgeon can perform the operation successfully???

    Go and check the 50mm F2 ZD Lens. U will find why it is a good lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merciless_Knight View Post
    Talking abt marco, olympus is famous for marco stuff... most hospitals uses the mircoscopic tele-device to see the patient internal organ for further analysis and during operation.

    Just imagine if the lens is not good enough distored or dis-colourize or what so do U think the surgeon can perform the operation successfully???

    Go and check the 50mm F2 ZD Lens. U will find why it is a good lens.
    Haha. Yea. Check out the 40mm f/2 macro. The pictures are so sharp, that I cut my fingers. In fact, many Zuiko Digital lenses are pretty sharp, even the kit lens is not bad, better than some other kit lenses I have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    Yep. I believe so. And the fisheye is not cheap to me. But cheaper than the 7-14mm.

    SSWD reduces dust, it does not make your sensor dustfree. But somehow, I haven't had a single dust spot. I change my lenses anywhere, anytime! Don't need to worry
    The 7~14mm Lens indeed a wonderful lens... Which is the Widest Lens at that time which was mounted on "full frame" sensor. As for SSWD indeed useful, as I never send my E-300 to Service Centre for sensor cleaning for the past three years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    I disagree with you. Although 4/3s has a smaller sensor, it does not necessary mean more noise. The Olympus E-3 has just proven it. Go check out the pictures. The noise level is very well controlled compared the the E-500/E-330 time.
    i know what you mean bro... but E-3 is like... double the price... without lens lor... for my 510... most of the time i keep within 400-800. Very happy with it already

    I tried the 400d and comparing the pictures... it handles the 1600iso better... but credits must be given to oly for improving it with the noise filter and noise reduction software. Which... is too hyper active in the lower iso side... so i turned them both off after much conisideration...
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    wow. thanks for the opinions. gave me quite a few valuable insights. =]

    hmm, that said, would the dual kit package for the e-510 suffice for me to start out on photography? as in considering the kind of versatility i'll get with just the lenses bundled with it.

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    Default Re: Is Olympus E-510 a good candidate?

    IMHO yes. Olympus is inexpensive and a good learning cam, but still a step above prosumers. Had a chance to hold it and was suprised it's so light!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiLLy-LucifeR View Post
    wow. thanks for the opinions. gave me quite a few valuable insights. =]

    hmm, that said, would the dual kit package for the e-510 suffice for me to start out on photography? as in considering the kind of versatility i'll get with just the lenses bundled with it.
    yes, more than suffice. you are not a professional so in fact, if you are happy with the focal lenghts offered by what, 14-45 right and 50-200 or something.. you can even use it forever.. especially if you only wish to post web size and print relatively smaller prints..

    of course if it is not enough you can always buy more.. stuff like macro lenses, prime lenses with better maximum aperture for more versatility.. all these might come later.. it all depends on what you want. but for now, to learn the basics, to find out what you want to shoot, what you enjoy shooting most.. the twin kit lens is always a good starting point.

    photography is more than just about equipment. it is about techniques, post processing, composition (most important) and understanding of light and in some cases, capturing the moment. of course equipment is important, but probably LESS important than most people give it credit for.

    of course all this does not apply if you are a professional.. because in those cases it depends on what your client wants.. and of course in most cases people want significantly larger prints.. but if you are a hobbyist, to be honest, anything goes, so long as it isn't fungused lens

    please remember that to exploit the most of your dslr you should also get some accessories, filters can come later, and are not that expensive if you buy into the consumer brands.. but a reasonably good tripod (especially since you want landscapes) and a camera bag and a dry cabinet/dry box would have to be purchased if they are not packaged.
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    ahh, i see. great stuff. thanks for the advice!

    apparently, i'm still using a prosumer, fuji's s6500fd to be exact. but after much handling, i'd always have that tinge of disatisfaction of pictures not turning up right according to my expectations due to technical limitations. with that temptation consistantly building up in me, i'm wondering if i should start considering jumping onto the bandwagon like everyone else has. =\

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    i have a feeling nightmare is going to say the magic word... "composition".

    Thats the key to taking photography...

    To share with u... i find most of the pictures i've taken with my DSLR recently "losing" to the ones i took with my Fz5... reason? cause i'm using the view finder with glasses... and using live view is more for me to take landscapes and still live and "fine" tuning when i have the luxury of time on my side...

    so it takes some time to get use to a new camera... of course in terms of DOF and such you'll definetly have more fun with a slr type than a pns.

    if u have the budget for it then go for it

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    The kit lenses are more than enough to start you up! Especially when you are currently using a prosumer. You will find using a DSLR a joy, doing things you used to not be able to do.

    The dual kit lenses are 14-42mm and 40-150mm. And they are really really damn light. Besides being like, they are very small! So see and check them out yourself. You will love them.

    Remember to get a UV filter to protect your lens. I would recommend you getting one.

    If you have the urge next time, I can recommend you the following lenses. (BBB virus)


    Wide angle - Upcoming 8-16mm, or 12-60mm SWD (High Grade lens)

    Telephoto - 70-300mm, 50-200mm (High Grade lens)

    Macro - 50mm f/2 (Hight grade lens), 35mm f/3.5, or upcoming 100mm Macro.


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