Olympus E-500 DSLR comments please?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by SJ, Apr 2, 2006.

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    SJ Guest


    I'm thinking of buying an Olympus E-500 as a first SLR. It seems good value
    to me with the twin lens kit. Would anyone that knows or owns this camera
    have any comments?

    SJ, Apr 2, 2006
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    POTD.com.au Guest

    POTD.com.au, Apr 2, 2006
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    Uwe Eischens Guest

    the E-500 is a nice DSLR. The only thing I would really complain about is
    the size and darkness of the viewfinder. Compared to the Dynax/Maxxum 7D
    f.ex. the E-500 vf is, in my opinion, very dark and small.

    On the other side there is the Supersonic feature and the Zuiko lenses are
    very good with at least no deviations in series production. The 14-45 with
    the 40-150 DZ-Kit is a very good combination for many situations.

    I would recommend to get your hands on the body to check the size and
    haptics and compare it to other same-level DSLR like the EOS 350D, Pentax
    *stDL or the Maxxum 5D. Then you can make your decision.

    Uwe Eischens, Apr 2, 2006
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    Rusty Gunn Guest

    Hi SJ

    Have had the E500 for about 3 weeks now and no complaints, yes the
    viewfinder is a bit small but you get use to it and there is also available
    a magnifyer availabel for this. As I do a lot of bushwalking I needed a
    camera that was light and felt good in the hands, the E500 is the lightest
    DSLR on the market and it felt good to hold. I did try the Cannon 350D and
    the Nikon but they were too bulky. I have just returned for an 8 day hike
    in Tasmania, took over 800 photos and only used 2 batteries (had 4). On
    Friday I went to the GP and took over 300 there. I would recomend it to
    anyone as the 2 lens kit covers a lot of situations.

    Here are some of my photos taken with the E500.




    Rustry Gunn

    (please remove your jacket when replying)
    Rusty Gunn, Apr 2, 2006
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    [BnH] Guest

    I am using the E-1 atm and from what my hobbyst photographers back home in
    Singapore and Indonesia,
    they are raving about the E-500.

    It has better dynamic range, crystal sharp screen [better than the opponent
    in that price range] and for sure ..
    the dust shake shake feature :)

    The kit lens are good for most photographers but the 14-54 and 50-200 are
    better imo for lens kit
    [am saving for those glass now :)]
    As they can go down to 2.8 on its wide end and focusing can be much better
    under odd lighting condition.

    Speaking of focusing, that's the downside of Olympus DSLR. Even til the
    current E-330 , it won't focus and lock as fast as Nikon or Canon but when
    it focus lock .. you'll be amazed of the sharpness and detail it gives :)
    + E-500 do not have a battery grip, which some photographers love [and some
    hate :)]
    [BnH], Apr 2, 2006
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    Alfred Molon, Apr 2, 2006
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    Freedom55 Guest

    I am seriously considering this camera and I am impressed with your
    photos of the Australian GP. The E-500 shots are very vivid!

    Great race wasn't it? I am a huge BMW-Sauber fan and was delighted to
    see a 4th and 6th place finish. Do I have your permission to save the
    one with JV in the pits?


    And it really doesn't matter if
    I'm wrong I'm right
    Where I belong I'm right
    Where I belong.

    Lennon & McCartney
    Freedom55, Apr 2, 2006
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    Brad Guest

    I have owned one for about 4 months and been very satisfied. It's the first
    d-slr I have owned so I can't compare it to others but it blows away the
    photos I've taken with any other digital camera. I also have found the menus
    easy to navigate and the large screen easy to view in most any light. With
    the $100 rebate they're offering now it's an even better value. Brad
    Brad, Apr 2, 2006
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    Rusty Gunn Guest

    Hi Ron

    No problem with the photo as they are of low resolution and small. I
    managed to get onto one of the photographers stands for the V8 race and as
    you can see the photos are a lot better. I have also got extra non brand
    batteries and remote for a fraction of the price of the Olympus ones.

    If you decide on the E500 you will not regret it.


    Rustry Gunn

    (please remove your jacket when replying)
    Rusty Gunn, Apr 3, 2006
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    SMS Guest

    It's a very good deal, at $700 with the two lenses. As long as the
    high-ISO performance doesn't bother you, go for it. You won't find any
    other complete outfit as cheap as the E-500.

    The one other thing to realize is that the only good wide-angle lens for
    the E-500, the Olympus 7-14mm f4 Zuiko, costs over $1500. If you
    anticipate needing a wide angle zoom lens, then you'll be better off
    with a Nikon or a Canon body, as the lower lens cost will offset the
    higher cost of the body. For example, the Canon 10-22mm lens
    (16mm-35.2mm) is available for under $700 (as low as $600 on sale),
    while the Nikon 12-24mm (18-36mm) is about $880. Both of these lenses
    are very high optical quality lenses, though not professional level.

    Olympus does have an 11-22mm lens is about $750, but it doesn't really
    give you true wide angle, as it's 22-44mm once you account for the crop
    factor, and anything over 18mm at the wide end, is not really wide angle.
    SMS, Apr 3, 2006
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    Stacey Guest

    Guess the 11-22 doesn't count?
    Stacey, Apr 5, 2006
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    Mr.T Guest

    I guess he meant *extreme* wide angle. I wonder how many people really need
    to go down to 7mm (14mm equiv) anyway?
    (which is not to say there aren't any of course)
    My widest lens is 21mm equiv (almost exactly the same as the 11-22mm), and I
    don't need anything wider for my purposes.

    Mr.T, Apr 5, 2006
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    SMS Guest

    I doubt that many people need to go down to 14 mm. But going down around
    17 or 18 mm is definitely a need that many people have. This is why I
    think that if Olympus can make a lens that is comparable in range to the
    Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Konica-Minolta super-wide-angle zooms, at a
    comparable price, that it would help the 4:3 system.

    Unfortunately, the 4:3 system, with its 2x crop factor, means that such
    lenses are going to be more expensive than the lenses from the companies
    whose digital SLRs have a 1.5x or 1.6x crop factor.
    SMS, Apr 5, 2006
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    Mr.T Guest

    And 21-22mm is fine for very many too.

    What you lose at the wide end, you gain at the tele end. Fast tele's are
    cheaper when the crop factor is 2:1.
    It's all a trade off that each person gets to make for themselves.

    Mr.T, Apr 5, 2006
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    SMS Guest

    Yes, this is true. But the equivalent telephotos, in terms of speed,
    range, and quality on the 1.5 or 1.6 crop factor DSLRs aren't twice the
    price of the ones on 4:3. And of course you still have the noise issue
    on 4:3, though perhaps the E-330 with its new type of sensor will be
    better than the earlier 4:3 models.
    SMS, Apr 5, 2006
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    And there even is a Zuiko 7-14 zoom.
    Alfred Molon, Apr 5, 2006
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    tiquis Guest

    I think is the best buy for the money you spent. The two kit lenses is
    a must. I got mine in Circuit City for $800.00

    I am a very proud owner of this camera. If you want I can sent to you
    some pictures taken with it.

    SJ ha escrito:
    tiquis, Apr 6, 2006
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    tiquis Guest

    I think is the best buy for the money you spent. The two kit lenses is
    a must. I got mine in Circuit City for $800.00

    I am a very proud owner of this camera. If you want I can sent to you
    some pictures taken with it.

    SJ ha escrito:
    tiquis, Apr 6, 2006
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    Mr.T Guest

    They can be, but it's a bit hard to compare apples with oranges though.
    I think a larger sensor will always have less noise than a smaller one in
    theory, but price clouds the issue somewhat.

    Mr.T, Apr 6, 2006
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    Mr.T Guest

    Is this last bit supposed to make sense, given the original statement you

    Mr.T, Apr 6, 2006
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