Olympus C-5060Z problems

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Mike F., Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Mike F.

    Mike F. Guest

    About 6 months ago I upgraded from my Olympus 2000Z to a new C-5060
    Wide Zoom. However, I have been frustrated by the new camera's thirst
    for light. When I am not using the flash, even on sunny days with the
    shades open, the automatic shutter speed hardly ever goes faster than
    1/15, and is usually around 1/3, resulting in blur from hand shake or
    any movement. Attempts to manually control the shutter speed haven't
    fared much better as I end up with dark pictures. I have experimented
    a lot trying to get good indoor pictures, modifying every setting the
    camera offers in attempts to get sharper pictures.

    It is all the more apparent in comparison to the C-2000Z. It takes
    amazing indoor pictures, bright and clear at 1/30 speed under the
    exact same conditions where the C-5060 struggles at 1/3 speed.

    Logic would dictate the opposite results. The C-5060 has a much wider
    lens, which would supposedly let in more light, and thus allow faster
    exposures in low light conditions. Right?

    I should note that, in brighter settings the C-5060 takes excellent
    pictures.

    Can anyone explain this phenomenon? I am getting tired of having
    entire sessions spoiled by motion blur when I think there should be
    enough light to have relatively steady pictures. It has gotten to the
    point where I use the C2000Z when I am indoors and ignore my new
    camera. But considering that the majority of my pictures are indoors,
    I find this an unacceptable situation.
     
    Mike F., Apr 24, 2004
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  2. Make sure the camera is set on full automatic - that you haven't set some
    parameter that forces the camera to behave this way. If the camera is
    properly set, then it is defective. Return it.
     
    Marvin Margoshes, Apr 24, 2004
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  3. Mike F.

    Matti Vuori Guest

    Wrong. It depends on the aperture of the lens. When both lenses are at
    the wide end of the zoom, the 2000 has an aperture of f/1.8, but the 5060
    has f/2.8, which requires it to have about twice as long exposures. But
    when you zoom in, the max. aperture of 5060 is much smaller, requiring it
    to use longer exposure times.
    Either do that or only use the 5060 with the wide end of the zoom.
     
    Matti Vuori, Apr 25, 2004
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