Olympus E-500 or Canon Rebel XT

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by David, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. David

    David Guest

    A quick question (at least I hope it's quick), would one recommend the
    Olympus E-500 dual-lens kit or the Canon Rebel XT. (Prices in my area
    are similar between the two.) I'm interested in both outdoors and
    indoors photography. I owned a Minolta X300 (Europe) back in the day,
    but I'm getting tired to digital point and shoots...(I'd like to move
    to DSLR).

    Thanks in advance!

    David, Apr 1, 2006
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    Stacey Guest

    Not enough info..

    Do you have the budget to buy good lenses for the rebel?

    Do you plan on shooting a lot of available low light stuff?

    Is ISO 800 and up important?

    What size prints do you expect to make most of the time?

    Which overall color output looks better to =YOU=?

    Each has it's good points and bad points, you need to look and decide. I
    wouldn't even venture a guess which you should buy based on what you
    Stacey, Apr 1, 2006
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  3. David

    David Guest

    a) Nope (budget for more lenses)

    b) Yes (low light), I had heard this was the Olympus's achilles heel

    c) It could be (ISO), is the Olympus known to be very grainy above

    d) 4x6, 8x10

    Mostly, I'm interested in getting the best overall value, since I won't
    be able to buy other lenses, etc. in the near future. When I say
    value, I'm mostly interested in image quality, and battery life since
    I'm travelling.

    Thanks again
    David, Apr 1, 2006
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    DonB Guest

    DonB, Apr 1, 2006
  5. David

    Stacey Guest

    Then it's hard to beat the E-500 2 lens kit for the money. Both have good
    build and image quality.
    At ISO 800 and up it is.
    I guess that's subjective depending on what the end product is. In smaller
    prints you'll never see it and it's nothing that a good NR program can't
    deal with. If you don't want to do any post processing on high ISO images,
    get the canon.

    This was shot in REALLY crappy lighting at ISO800 with a light touch of neat


    Either should do OK.

    I'd be worried about using the canon kit lens wide open which isn't a real
    problem with the olympus kit lenses. If you can afford to buy the rebel
    body and a better lens to go with it, in low light it would have an
    advantage. Only you know how important that is.
    The olympus has really good battery life, I've never found a need to buy a
    spare battery. No idea on how well the Canon does. I've only used on canon
    dSLR and never shot long enough with it to kill the battery in a day

    Again go look at some out of camera samples and see which ones output
    appeals to you more. I like the color the olympus delivers, some people
    like the canon better. Given you are stuck with whatever the sensor
    delivers, it's important to look at this. I wish I could have the high ISO
    performance of the canon with the great color the Kodak sensor in the
    olympus delivers but that's life..
    Stacey, Apr 2, 2006
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    ian lincoln Guest

    if you do low light on a budget look at the minolta 5D. built in antishake.
    ian lincoln, Apr 2, 2006
  7. ok, so then get the Lumix FZ-30 420mm lens for $450.
    Mr.Bolshoyhuy, Apr 2, 2006
  8. David

    Basic Wedge Guest


    Ian. Can we assume you haven't been keeping-up with current events? Minolta
    is gone. Until events sort themselves out, it would be unwise for anyone to
    invest in that system (frankly, it wasn't a very good system anyway - though
    the OS was neat).

    Basic Wedge, Apr 2, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Read the original post, this is not a D-SLR and basicly they are pretty
    ordinary anyway.
    Pete D, Apr 2, 2006
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    ian lincoln Guest

    I have kept up. warranties will be honoured. Prices should go down on rrp
    if they haven't already. sony going to pick up the reigns.
    ian lincoln, Apr 2, 2006
  11. ok, the OP said: "Mostly, I'm interested in getting the best overall
    value, since I won't
    be able to buy other lenses, etc. in the near future."
    420mm should be enough.
    Mr.Bolshoyhuy, Apr 3, 2006
  12. David

    Stacey Guest

    You can't do what the 2 lens kit does with it at this price.
    Stacey, Apr 5, 2006
  13. David

    Robert Guest

    What the hell are you trying to say?
    Robert, Apr 5, 2006
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