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08/17/2008 10:39:44 AM · #1
I have been looking at going dSLR, and I've looked at the 450d, a few Nikons, but I have also looked at the Olympis E510, it seems very good, and it's more than 100 pounds cheaper than the 450d, but the 4/3 thing confuses me, can any one shed some light on this please?

Also, any experiences of the camera would be nice too.
08/17/2008 11:02:15 AM · #2
I love mine!! I have a 500 as a backup. It has been a really great camera for me.
08/17/2008 11:20:14 AM · #3
Hi Daniel, I'm really happy with it. For more information on the 4/3 system and a really objective review of the camera go to Wrotniak.net.
08/17/2008 07:34:03 PM · #4
So, compared to the 450d it's a good competitor? I was worried about the 3 vs 9 AF points compared to the Canon, and a few other things the reviews have mentioned.
08/17/2008 08:11:51 PM · #5
There are alot of things to consider when chosing a system.

1. How does it feel in my hands.
2. Do I like the list of available lens that will
a. fit my budget
b. fit my style of shooting.
3. What type of printing do I do with the files. If you like 4x6 prints remember that Olympus doesnt shoot in 2:3 format and you would have to crop, meaning you would have to shoot loose enough to crop and not lose anything important.
4. Do I need low light, High ISO capability?
5. Do I really need a dSLR or will a high end P&S meet my needs.


08/17/2008 08:23:07 PM · #6
The E-510 is what I was considering until I ran across a Rebel at a steal of a deal. The 4/3 system sensor is almost as big as the APS-C size used in most other DSLR's. It is a standard developed and mostly used by Olympus and Panasonic at this time.

Wikipedia entry on the 4/3 system

Message edited by author 2008-08-17 20:58:10.
08/17/2008 08:53:14 PM · #7
Have an E5 and an E3. Love them both. I've shot with Olympus for may years (off and on). I've always loved their lenses. Lens line a little shallow but Sigma makes some decent lenses for 4/3 bodies.

Message edited by author 2008-08-17 20:54:26.
08/17/2008 08:58:05 PM · #8
I think I might go with the Olympus :D

This is interesting in the review.

There is a small article on Live MOS on Panasonic's Web site. Interestingly, Panasonic claims that the Live MOS offers the receptor ratio of 50%, as compared to 35% in CMOS sensors. While the concept is not defined in the article (after all, all Panasonic buyers know those things!), I understand it as the fraction of the total sensor area which is photosensitive. And then things become interesting: this means that, in spite of slightly (13%) smaller pixel pitch (distance between photosites), the Live MOS offers a photosite size larger than a CMOS sensor: by about 10% linear, or 20% in terms of the area. While I consider this insignificant, this is a recommended reading to those who claim that Four Thirds sensors cannot compete with APS-C ones because of "small pixels".
08/18/2008 10:44:36 AM · #9
Originally posted by dd1989:

So, compared to the 450d it's a good competitor? I was worried about the 3 vs 9 AF points compared to the Canon, and a few other things the reviews have mentioned.

I seldom rely on the multiple focusing points, as I mostly do nature shooting I find it more reliable to enable only one AF point (normally the center one) to have faster control on what I want my focus on.
08/18/2008 02:07:24 PM · #10
Well. I bought the E510, arrives in a day or so :d
08/20/2008 03:26:09 PM · #11
Originally posted by dd1989:

Well. I bought the E510, arrives in a day or so :d

Congratulations!! Looking forward for your pictures with it!
08/20/2008 06:26:08 PM · #12
yay it's here and I love it!

Do you shoot in RAW? I have a 2gb card so as long as I don't plan on taking lots at once, I'll shoot in RAW, otherwise jpg it is.

I shall wait untill it's light to have a real play around outdoors with it, indoor photography is silly.
08/21/2008 01:22:11 AM · #13
Congratulations!!! You'll have a blast with it!!
I don't shoot in RAW because I have yet to learn how to edit the files, but I'm planning to!
A word of advice, make sure to check Wrotniak's Technical Review and Reference, as the camera works better with a couple of tweaks to the configuration.
Best regards and happy shooting!!!
08/21/2008 05:52:30 PM · #14
Ah yes, I noticed that from the previous link, however, one thing I notice...for example, when I set the noise to Low instead of Regular, it only saves that setting when the camera is on, seems to lose the settings after, or when the battery is charged...
08/22/2008 08:54:44 AM · #15
Ignore me, it saves the settings fine :D
08/22/2008 10:07:13 AM · #16
You have to save the settings for each mode you use (PASM), as each saves its own settings.
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