Olympus Lens or Nikon Lens is more expensive?


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thirtyone

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Now I'm tied down between a E510 or Nikon D60. Which would be the recommended one? Thanks guys.. :)
 

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Now I'm tied down between a E510 or Nikon D60. Which would be the recommended one? Thanks guys.. :)
the Olympus..unless you are very confident in your technique then the D60. The Oly has built in shake reduction so will work with every lens in the line. Nikon uses lens based VR. The D60 doesnt have a built-in focus drive motor as well so you need to look for lenses that have the motor built in.

If you are a beginner, the Olympus seems to be the more simpler to use. How expensive the system is depends on the user expectations.

just an idea, here is a compiled list of camera body by US$ price. http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=457679
check out the various brands lens prices in the respective Nikon and Olympus forum.
There are a lot of choices out there.
 

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Rashkae

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Now I'm tied down between a E510 or Nikon D60. Which would be the recommended one? Thanks guys.. :)
Have you tried reading up on the posted pricelists for the lenses? Tried your own research?
 

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Now I'm tied down between a E510 or Nikon D60. Which would be the recommended one? Thanks guys.. :)
have you ever tried on both bodies?
which body do you feel better holding onto it?

try it out yourself, price of lens (more or less) cost about the same (if you referring to prime and high-end lens)...

however E510 has an edge over D60 due to the built-in auto-focus mechanism and anti-handshake, but at the end of the day, it all depends on your preference on which body you prefer to hold as once you commit onto one system, it will be a heavy loss if you decide to switch camp thereafter... plan your decision on the kind of lens you need, compare the price, and alternatively if you need a cheaper range of lens, you can always consider third party lens manufacturer such as Sigma, Tamron, etc...

happy hunting and shopping ;)
 

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DSLR choice is not a matter of body but a matter of what you want to shoot and how much you want to pay. :)
If you shoot mostly at night with high ISO, then go for Nikon.
If you like colours especially blue, then go for Olympus. :) Well Nikon blue is also nice, but I like Olympus blue better, just a personal preference.

If you do a lot of tele, Olympus setup is lighter than Nikon.

Lense range is also a consideration. Olympus does not have IS on lense but on body. Nikon has non VR and VR lense, to achieve the same. Their cost can be very different.
Nikon has focusing motor thingy technology, which D60 does not have (so it can be sold cheaper). Olympus has something similar called SWD (supersonic wave drive) which works only for E-3 body and SWD lense (50-200mm SWD and 12-60 SWD so far, as far as I can remember). But that does not mean you cannnot use SWD lense with other body, the focusing is just a tad slower. Not sure about the issue on Nikon focus motor thingy as I dont have Nikon.

Basically you have to decide on the system and not the body. The technology in camera body can be out of date very fast.
 

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u don't need those cameras to use those lens right? :bsmilie:

esp on olympus bodies since no differentiation in sensor size.
:bsmilie: The price of the lens itself can buy 2 of the E-520 with dual kit lenses already. ;p
 

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Seem like no one mention about the "Live View".... Olympus have it in all it's camera (new models), Nikon does not have it on it's D60..... :(
 

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haha,at the end of the day,it all boils down to personal preferance and what you shoot,i like the grips from the Nikon bodies,but I love the colours from Olympus,but since Olympus provides a grip firm enough for me,I chose Olympus,so it's up to you,like they say,night shoot without tripod using high iso,Nikon fares better,talking about ooc jpegs,Olympus is better,go down to a shop and try it out,or rent the cameras with lenses from someone to try out,with regards to lenses,I guess that's hard to say,due to quality and everything else like VR/IS and things like whether it's weather sealed etc
 

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Olympus is the better choice in my opinion better introduction and features.. I really like their slim design compared to Nikons their design to me are horrible..
 

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One thing that the TS may one to consider that there isn't a common "portrait lens" (F1.x) for the Olympus system... Hence to get a better DoF in portrait shots, either you zoom-in closer or your next option is DI (or PP),,,, :dunno:
 

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One thing that the TS may one to consider that there isn't a common "portrait lens" (F1.x) for the Olympus system... Hence to get a better DoF in portrait shots, either you zoom-in closer or your next option is DI (or PP),,,, :dunno:
By the way, Sigma 30mm F1.4 is available for olympus mount.
But I prefer F2.8 to do portrait.

F1.4 is very thin, easy to miss focus eg: sharp nose blur eyes.

Olympus has SHG zoom lense with F2.0 throughout the focal range. But you have to pay $$$$ for that.
 

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TS is keen on what photography?

If TS are into Macro or Birding photography, then Olympus is the best choice!!!

2x focal length of the lens, 2x DOF vs 35mm FF


cheers!!!
 

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By the way, Sigma 30mm F1.4 is available for olympus mount.
But I prefer F2.8 to do portrait.

F1.4 is very thin, easy to miss focus eg: sharp nose blur eyes.

Olympus has SHG zoom lense with F2.0 throughout the focal range. But you have to pay $$$$ for that.
The IQ for the Sigma 30mm F1.4 is not really fantastic & you pay more if you compare it to a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 or even the 28mm f/1.8.... :think:

For the Olympus 50mm F2.0... it is really $$$...... if you consider the focal range that you are getting.... :(
 

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The IQ for the Sigma 30mm F1.4 is not really fantastic & you pay more if you compare it to a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 or even the 28mm f/1.8.... :think:

For the Olympus 50mm F2.0... it is really $$$...... if you consider the focal range that you are getting.... :(
Now now... have you see the IQ of Olympus 50 mm? It is worth the price. And by the way it is a macro lense, so you cannot compare with other 50 mm which is not macro. But some people take portrait with it. Probably need some help with manual focusing cos it tends to hunt, cos it is macro lense, not for portrait!

As for Sigma 30 mm F1.4 well that is the cheapest unless you want to get Leica 25mm F1.4 (for 4/3 system).

I did not compare with Canon EF 50mm f1.8 or even the 28mm f/1.8.... because ... that means I will be buying canon body which colour production I dont particularly like. OK I am biased here. :angel:
 

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look at the pricing for the pro grade standard zoom for all brands from bhphotos.

the 24-70.

Nikon

Olypmpus

$1669.95 for a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

$1839.95 for an Olympus 14-35mm f2.0 ED SWD

It is misleading to compare lens prices this way. While both are very good lens, the Olympus lens is manufactured as a weather sealed lens - can continue using even if it gets wet during a shoot.

For those who knows what they truly desire in a good lens, they will pay for a larger fixed aperture lens e.g. the Olympus f2.0 rather than a f2.8 lens. For camera manufacturer to produce a lens that is 'one-stop faster' e.g. f2.0 lens - the technology and raw materials must be 'high grade' enough to make such an excellent lens; thus the price difference. Knowing these information will certainly help folks to make a better decision about an expensive purchase.
 

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For those who knows what they truly desire in a good lens, they will pay for a larger fixed aperture lens e.g. the Olympus f2.0 rather than a f2.8 lens. For camera manufacturer to produce a lens that is 'one-stop faster' e.g. f2.0 lens - the technology and raw materials must be 'high grade' enough to make such an excellent lens; thus the price difference. Knowing these information will certainly help folks to make a better decision about an expensive purchase.
Erm... But due to the far smaller sensor on the Olympus cameras (the nikkor is designed for a 35mm full-frame sensor, the Olympus for the much smaller 4/3 sensor) there is actually less glass and materials involved. Also, the "grade" of the materials does not determine the aperture. and on the Olympus, the 2.0 lens is the equivalent as f/4.0 on a 35mm sensor, rather than the 2.8 you would get on the Nikon.

Knowing this information certainly helps too.
 

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