35mm vs Olympus C750 - where am I going wrong?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by just me, Nov 25, 2003.

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    just me Guest


    Sorry if this is a bit of a rant - I need to know if I'm doing wrong or if I
    should look at another camera...

    I have used 35mm for a few years, however I've wanted to benefit from the
    instant results and zero developing costs that digital photography offers
    for a while and so, after researching cameras, decided to buy the Olympus
    C750. I chose this camera because of its incredible flexibility: from macro
    right up to 10x optical zoom seemed impressive for such a small device. My
    intention was to use both cameras in parallel, however I have found the
    digital camera is not fulfilling my needs and I'm wondering what I've done

    I had not realised that the "auto-focus" was so slow and unreliable.
    Frequently it cannot find any point to focus on and I have to widen or zoom
    in a little before it settles down. When it does, there is a very irritating
    delay between my pressing the "shutter" button and the image actually being
    saved. Without the ability to pre-focus and snap (such as I had with my real
    camera), I feel lost! It seems that this digital camera is fine for static
    objects - landscapes, buildings, fruitbowls etc, but utterly useless for
    capturing a moment or moving objects - people, fish in the tank, moving
    vehicles and so on.

    On top of this disappointment, I have found the pictures from this 4
    Megapixel device to be very disappointing. I know not to expect 35mm
    quality, but having seen other digital images taken on lower quality
    devices, I expected a lot better. Images seem to have an artificial sheen to
    them - as if everything has been glossed over with a smoothing tool. Either
    that or, when viewing a highest resolution image on my computer at normal
    size, the image seems to be packed with digital noise, fizz and softness. If
    I resize the image down, a lot of this is hidden, but the trade off is an
    unacceptable smoothing of the image.

    Am I expecting too much from this camera? Like I say, I don't expect 35mm
    quality, but I expected sharper images, none of the digital noise that I see
    on the least compressed mode and a focus fast enough to capture more than
    just static objects.

    Can anyone advise?

    just me, Nov 25, 2003
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    Lunaray Guest

    Well I'm no expert and people may disagree with me but I've owned two
    digitals, an Olympus 2.3 megapixel, and my current Nikon Coolpix 995 (3.3
    megapixel) and I've been extremely disappointed with their performance,
    especially when it comes to the focusing and exposure calculation delay of
    which you speak. It'll be a long time before I ever make the switch to
    digital for serious photography, in fact, I'm dumping my 35mm gear too and
    moving to medium format. Digital cameras are great for instant
    gratification, or when you need a record of something, but that's all that I
    use mine for. Just my opinion!

    Lunaray, Nov 25, 2003
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    Nick C Guest

    I am aware of some who have bought the Olympus C750 and are dissatisfied
    with it's performance and also dissatisfied with it's trade-in value. If
    you really do want to get involved with digicams I suggest the following:

    The Olympus C5050 is a darn good camera, having many features that would
    please a professional. Many of the features do no require the user to
    scan/use the monitor, they are readily available by buttons and a dial.
    It has a very fast lens and slots for three different types of memory
    cards; only two at a time usable. It is no longer in production having
    been superseded by the C5060 but I still recommend the C5050. Repeat:
    This digicam should be seriously considered along with the Olympus
    Camedia Master Pro software which supports Raw mode pictures.

    The Canon EOS Digital Rebel looks like a good candidate for serious
    thought. I handled one last week, loaned to me by the local Canon rep,
    and was impressed by it's overall performance. I do think it would
    satisfy the desires of a tyros who is interested in going the digicam
    route, using removable lenses. Canon is planning to increase it's
    line-up of EF-S lenses that complement the Rebel.

    Nick C, Nov 26, 2003
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    just me Guest

    Thank you both for your replies - I guess I have a difficult decision to
    make - whether to take a loss on this camera and chalk it up to experience
    or whether to persevere knowing that I can do better.
    just me, Nov 27, 2003
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    Lunaray Guest

    Like Nick has indicated, I'm sure that there are better digitals out there
    that perform more closely to what you and I are accustomed to, but I guess
    I'm just a bit old fashioned and I like the feel and performance of a film
    camera. I understand your feelings of disappointment after putting out so
    much money, I've been there a few times myself!

    Good luck!
    Lunaray, Nov 27, 2003
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    Nick C Guest

    Although I have two digicams, I favor using my F5 and F4e. I'm into film
    and intend to stay with film.

    Nick C, Nov 28, 2003
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    Johnny P Guest

    Your message pretty much explains the exact problem I am having with
    the c-750 but unfortunatly its too late for me to return it and im
    stuck with it. Thinking of it now, I would have probably bought the
    Sony DSC-V1, anyway I am copying and pasting your message in the
    olympus forum in dpreview.com since they have pros answering questions
    Johnny P
    Johnny P, Dec 4, 2003
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