New Olympus E-500 and three Zuiko lenses announced

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Tony Polson, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. Tony   Polson

    Tony Polson Guest

    from DPReview:

    Olympus has today announced a new Four Thirds System digital SLR, the
    E-500 (to be know in North America as the 'Olympus EVOLT E-500'). The
    E-500 has a much more traditional SLR appearance than the E-300, it
    features the same eight megapixel 4/3 size CCD but has a range of
    improvements and new features including a new metering sensor, new
    high ISO noise filter, a 2.5" LCD monitor and better control system.
    From a features and flexibility point of view the E-500 is clearly a
    step above the competition. Better news still is that the E-500
    appears to breaks new ground in terms of value, the E-500 + 14-45 mm
    lens kit has an estimated street price of just US$799.

    In addition to their announcement of the new E-500 digital SLR Olympus
    has also today revealed three new lenses. The ED 17.5 - 45 mm F3.5 -
    F5.6 (35 - 90 mm equiv. FOV, 2.6x) and 18 - 180 mm F3.5 - F6.3 (36 -
    360 mm equiv. FOV, 10x) will become the lenses included in the two
    different E-500 kits. Also announced today is the 35 mm F3.5 Macro
    lense (70 mm equiv. FOV).
    Tony Polson, Sep 26, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    Honestly, it's not as well-built (they obviously needed a cost-cut
    E-300) as the E-300, has the same sensor (with Canon-like noise
    filtering, apparently). So does it make any sense NOT to just buy
    an E-300 instead?? You can get the two-lens deal on the E-300 for
    under $700. And they dumbed-down Olympus's menu system for all the
    crybabies who were too stupid to read the manual on the older cameras.
    The capper is the "more traditional" look, like an SLR for all the
    SHEEP out there. I can HARDLY wait until some bozo tries to figure
    out why there isn't a film loading door in it!!!
    Rich, Sep 26, 2005
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  3. Do try, won't you.

    Martin Francis, Sep 27, 2005
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    Patrick L. Guest

    Personally, the lens I really want is the 14-35 f/2. When is that one
    coming out?

    I'm glad they canned the porrofinder on this one. I am also real curious
    about how well the noise filter works at high ISO on the E-500.

    Patrick L., Sep 27, 2005
  5. The noise issue is not an issue. Programs like neat image which don't
    need Photoshop to work easily do a better job of noise removal than the
    'in-camera' processing that goes on with so called "Noise control filters".

    The porrofinder is not such a bad thing either, when you consider that
    the effects of mirror slap which affect most conventional SLRs is for
    the most part done away with by swinging the mirror sideways instead of
    flipping it up.

    I think the E300 is a wonderful camera for many applications. Far more
    suitable for my line of work than the Canons ever were.
    Pix on Canvas, Sep 27, 2005
  6. I'd like to see some more prime lenses, particularly on the shorter
    end of the scale.
    Jeremiah DeWitt Weiner, Sep 27, 2005
  7. I wonder how much that one will cost. I wasn't really looking forward to
    springing US$500 for the 50mm Macro.
    Brion K. Lienhart, Sep 28, 2005
  8. Tony   Polson

    Tony Polson Guest

    The ZD 50mm f/2 macro is worth every penny of $500. It is a superbly
    sharp macro lens. It also makes a superb classic portrait lens, with
    an excellent out of focus rendition that is perfect for portraiture.

    The ZD 35mm macro will no doubt be a superb macro lens too. But the
    35mm focal length (70mm film equivalent FL) is short for portraiture.

    The ZD 50mm f/2 macro is effectively 2 lenses in one. At $500 it is
    superb value. At the current B&H price of $449.95, it's a *steal*.

    Just add it to your B&H shopping cart for the $50 reduction:
    Tony Polson, Sep 28, 2005
  9. I don't do a lot of portraiture though. I mostly use a macro lens for
    taking pictures of painted miniatures. 35mm is good enough for me.
    Brion K. Lienhart, Sep 28, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest


    Is the greater working distance of the 50mm of no value? I might have
    expected you to prefer the 50mm over the 35mm for that reason.

    Tony Polson, Sep 28, 2005
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    Stacey Guest

    After a few months, I expect about 1/2 or maybe 1/3 of the 50mm F2?
    Stacey, Sep 29, 2005
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    Lionel Guest

    ....terribly poor image quality and hopelessly inferior lense selection.
    Lionel, Sep 29, 2005
  13. Garbage, the words quoted by the previous poster, not the E-500.

    What seems conveniently missed out is that Olympus has announced three new
    lenses and, including Sigma compatible options, there are now about 20
    lenses available or in the pipeline.

    There is not much wrong with the E-300 in normal shooting conditions. Some
    have reported exposure inconsistency, but my review sample (with upgraded
    firmware) behaved itself in that respect and the E-500 has a new exposure
    meter anyway. Where it can't quite compete is at high ISO, but it's all
    relative and a little bit of noise is no bad thing if you ask me.

    My views on the E-500 are, if you are interested, here:


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    Digital Photography Now, Sep 29, 2005
  14. Digital Photography Now wrote:
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    Thanks you.

    David J Taylor, Sep 29, 2005
  15. I've not seen this ad, at least I don't think I have. The left hand margin
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    "David J Taylor"
    Digital Photography Now, Sep 29, 2005
  16. Thanks, Ian. I am reminded of the TV programs where a warning is given
    about strobe effects during the show. OK, it's not that bad, but if you
    see it you can make up your own mind.

    David J Taylor, Sep 29, 2005
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    Basic Wedge Guest

    Clearly, Olympus has been pushing harder toward fielding a comprehensive line-up of lenses. I, for one, encourage their efforts.

    Basic Wedge, Sep 29, 2005
  18. Indeed, with the latest pro-spec Digital Zuikos, like the 35-100 (equiv
    70-200) f/2.0, 90-250 (180-500) f/2.8, plus the recently announced fisheye
    and the release of the 7-14mm (14-28) f/4.0 in March, plus the forthcoming
    14-35mm (28-70) f/2.0, there is a lot of very exotic Four Thirds glass.

    Then there are the 35mm (70) f/3.5 macro, 18-180mm (36-360) f/3.5-6.3
    consumer lenses, as well as the new 17.5-45mm (35-90) f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

    With Panasonic joining Olympus and launching a Four Thirds camera next year,
    things are certainly looking on the up.


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    Clearly, Olympus has been pushing harder toward fielding a comprehensive
    line-up of lenses. I, for one, encourage their efforts.

    Digital Photography Now, Sep 29, 2005
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    John Guest

    Anyone have an idea if this new camera is really coming out in October, and
    if so will it be early or late? I have been saving and shopping for a new
    camera and had pretty much decided on a new Canon Rebel XT, but found
    several reviews on this new Olympus and it has now peaked my interest. I am
    pretty much a hobbiest who is wanting a bit more than the old point and
    shoot, so the higher ISO may not even be of use to me, at least not for a
    while..I have decided to wait till I can see one of these E-500's, the two
    lens kit really sounds like a nice deal..
    John, Sep 30, 2005
  20. Perhaps you should consider the E-300. There's not much difference in the
    specs and once the E-500 is released you should be able to purchase an E-300
    on the cheap.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Sep 30, 2005
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