Canon EOS 100F v Olympus OM101

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Simon, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. Simon

    Simon Guest

    Hi all

    I want to get back into using SLR's (like I did in the good old days!).

    I have a choice between an OM101 and an EOS1000F.

    It willl be mostly used for taking pictures of fast moving vehicles - can
    anyone tell me which would be the better of these 2 cameras please.

    Thanks

    Simon
     
    Simon, Aug 9, 2005
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  2. Simon

    Tony Polson Guest


    The EOS 1000F has autofocus, but the OM101 does not. Instead, it has
    something Olympus called "Power Focus", where the lens is focused
    manually with a dial on the back of the camera rather than by turning
    a focusing ring on the lens. Together with the autofocus OM707, it
    wasn't a commercial success, and it caused Olympus to abandon the
    autofocus 35mm SLR market altogether.

    The EOS 1000F offers manual as well as automatic exposure. The OM101
    doesn't offer manual exposure except with an adapter, available as an
    accessory.

    The EOS 1000F accepts a huge range of autofocus lenses from Canon and
    several independent makers. Canon's USM lenses focus quickly and are
    ideal for your purposes. When used in power focus mode, the OM101
    will accept Olympus Zuiko autofocus and power focus lenses, but these
    are extremely hard to find. In manual focus mode, you can use any
    Olympus Zuiko lens. A wide selection are available used, plus there
    is a limited selection of independent brands in the OM mount.

    A brief description of the OM101 is available here:
    http://www.star.ucl.ac.uk/~rwesson/esif/om-sif/bodygroup/om101.htm

    Unless there is a particular reason why you would prefer Olympus, you
    should buy the Canon. It is a much better camera, capable of far more.

    There is a huge selection of Canon EOS bodies available used, often at
    bargain prices, so you are not necessarily limited to this model,
    which was very much an entry-level camera. Whilst it is very capable,
    there are better/more durable models available at excellent prices.

    This newsgroup is for users of digital SLRs. You might get a bigger
    response at another newsgroup:

    news:rec.photo.equipment.35mm
     
    Tony Polson, Aug 9, 2005
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  3. Simon

    Tony Polson Guest


    Sorry, I should have said "it caused Olympus to abandon the
    interchangeable-lens autofocus market".
     
    Tony Polson, Aug 9, 2005
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  4. Simon

    Simon Guest

    Oops...sorry wrong group :/

    Simon
     
    Simon, Aug 9, 2005
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  5. Simon

    Simon Guest

    But thanks for the response Tony :)

    Simon
     
    Simon, Aug 10, 2005
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  6. Simon

    Tony Polson Guest


    No problem.

    The 35mm group is dying anyway. :-(
     
    Tony Polson, Aug 10, 2005
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