Is Olympus E-300 good buy?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Dino, May 27, 2005.

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    Dino Guest

     
    Dino, May 27, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest


    Yes and no. Maybe, or maybe not. Who knows?

    ;-)
     
    Tony Polson, May 27, 2005
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    Alan Brownbe Guest

    Dino wrote: "Is Olympus E-300 good buy?"

    It would depnd for what you intend to use it. As a recent poster showed
    it served him very well on vacation.

    There are several very nice lenses. (See other recent post).

    If you will mainly be shooting in relatively bright conditions, and with
    the better lenses then it will be very good at ISO 400 or less.

    The caveat is the growth of the system over time (and therefore your
    investment in lenses) as the 4/3 format is locked at a specific physical
    size. It is my opinion (and not mine alone) that as pixel densities
    grow, the 4/3 system will become less and less able to overcome its
    already limited noise performance.

    Part of Olympus' problem is the current Kodak source for sensors. This
    has proven noisy. So if they get a better source, part of the problem
    will abate.

    If you believe that 8 Mpix and ISO 400 is a fair limit for you, then go
    for it. 4/3 might even do well enough at 10 or 12 Mpix one day...

    If you want more assurance for the longer term and higher Mpix counts
    with low noise, then don't invest in 4/3.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Brownbe, May 27, 2005
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    Dino Guest



    I'll use it for almost everything. Mainly outdoors but sometimes indoors
    (concerts, sports - basketball etc). Is it ok for concerts (low light)?
     
    Dino, May 27, 2005
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    Bram Bos Guest

    The two-lens kit is a steal. Really, it's a fantastic camera. I've
    used it extensively and I can't find any fault with it. After shooting
    2000+ images while backpacking in China and seeing the prints I'm
    getting I can highly recommend this camera.

    If all you're looking for is high ISO shots, then I'd recommend a
    Canon, otherwise the Oly E-series offers great glass, fabulous
    colours and the very convenient CCD-cleaning system.

    Here are two galleries that show the potential of the camera:

    China: http://www.pbase.com/brambos/china

    Zoo pics: http://www.pbase.com/brambos/artis
     
    Bram Bos, May 27, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    Dino wrote:

    If low light photography is going to be done often, right now the canon is
    your best option. The E300 has some strong points, high ISO performance
    isn't one of them.
     
    Stacey, May 28, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Should be fine for most of that.

    See posts and links from another recent poster (China). He did fine,
    not sure how well they would print large. Probably well lit scene, so
    okay. On poorly lit scene, you'll have to use a higher ISO (as well as
    the fastest lenses).

    Having said that, I do suggest you look at the other cameras as well to
    be sure of what you want.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, May 28, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    "The two-lens kit is a steal. Really, it's a fantastic camera. I've
    used it extensively and I can't find any fault with it. After shooting
    2000+ images while backpacking in China and seeing the prints I'm "

    And thats two "good" kit lenses as opposed to
    one near-worthless one as supplied by some
    other makers with their DSLRs.
     
    Rich, May 30, 2005
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    Paul H. Guest

    Is Olympus E-300 good buy?

    The E300 is great for taking impromptu closeup photos of irrational
    Four-Thirds haters, although you'll see very few smiles in the prints and
    the flying spittle may necessitate frequent lens cleaning.

    Thank you very much. I'll be here through Tuesday, two drink minimum.

    :)
     
    Paul H., May 30, 2005
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  10. That's the one I bought at Costco for US$949. It was a close call
    between that and the 8MP Canon, but the two lens kit for US$50 less
    pushed move over into the Oly camp. Now all I need is a flash, and a
    macro lens, and I'll be set for a while.
     
    Brion K. Lienhart, Jun 1, 2005
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    Steven Wandy Guest

    That's the one I bought at Costco for US$949. It was a close call between
    The 50MM F2 is a FANTASTIC Macro lens.
    The built in flash (atleast to me) is very good for that type (small built
    in), unless you
    feel you need something with more power.
     
    Steven Wandy, Jun 3, 2005
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