I am also a newbie for DSLR..this is my first picture.
After reading your short explanation, I think somehow I get an idea what you are saying..
Yeah, I think and usually the shots will be broad daylight or in house/indoor photography.. seldom will it be "pitch dark" photography.. I guess, even if there is, it would only be once in a while, maybe during certain festivals where there's night events (fireworks).
Maybe like one of them have suggested, E510 or E520 would be just alright, and could get me shots as posted earlier...
Now the problem is.. 1st or 2nd hand? Cause I don't think the 1st hand or E510/E520 is a big difference uh?
If so, then it might be more economical to purchase either the 2nd hand E510 or E520 with its complete lens kit. I've seen it in the Olympus Classified section for around your budget.
Just to point out that the E510 has a slight issue with highlight clipping as compared to the E300. Essentially, when shooting both cameras at a bright sky, you will notice that the E510 clips off the bright areas, losing some details in that area. I've done this test before in Melbourne using a friend's E510. Other than that, it's a fine camera to use.
The last price for a new E520 with a 14-42 and 70-300 was about $1500. I've seen a E510 with 14-42 lens at $500 before. So I would guess you can pick up a second hand E520 with 14-42 at $800 maybe.
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2. E300 and E510 both came out at different years. In fact a few years apart. Is it wise to get the E300 still? or it's better to get the later version, E510?
3. For a 2nd hand E300 and a 2nd hand E510, how much is then considered cheap or rather reasonable? (I don't want to get extorted)
However, its still good for normal shots that you are intending to take...unless you want to take shots only of bright skies 90% of the time
2 & 3. Based on my own thoughts, $300-400 seems a pretty reasonable price for a 2nd hand E300/E500 body alone. But also do remember to factor in the prices of lens, whether they are kit or otherwise.
The E510 might be just slightly higher considering its a much later model by about 2 years. So maybe a ballpark figure of $500 for the body alone is reasonable. Don't forget that it's a 10MP model and it also has Live View and IS functions compared to a E300/E500.
I will echo aryanto's recommendation that if you find a reasonable price for an E510/E520, go for it. The newer features make it more worthwhile. You can always fallback on an E300/E500 if there are none avaiable for sale in the Classifieds section (which is highly unlikely).
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