Olympus E-500

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Sam in Utah, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. Sam in Utah

    Sam in Utah Guest

    I just got an Olympus E-500 and have only taken it out on one shoot.
    Does anyone have any helpful advice for me that might save me some
    hassel or frustration? And what is a good wide angle lens for it to
    use in a nightclub live music setting?
     
    Sam in Utah, Jan 15, 2006
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  2. Sam in Utah

    Stacey Guest

    You bought the wrong camera if that's what you plan to use it for.
     
    Stacey, Jan 15, 2006
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  3. Sam in Utah

    Sam in Utah Guest

    I plan to use it for many settings, as its just a start for me 1st SLR
    of many. What would you suggest are good settings for it Stacey? and
    how about the lense?
     
    Sam in Utah, Jan 15, 2006
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    DonB Guest

    DonB, Jan 15, 2006
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  5. Sam in Utah

    Sam in Utah Guest

    Thank you Don. We need more folks like you in here!
     
    Sam in Utah, Jan 15, 2006
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  6. Sam in Utah

    Lourens Guest

    It's simply an excellent camera to start with, in my opinion it's easily
    the best value-for-money at the moment, especially the 2-zoom kit.
    I'm not sure you need a wide lens... it requires you to be very close.
    I own the 11-22mm which is an amazing lens. It's great as a wide
    "standard" lens for many situations. You'll practically need to be on
    stage though, to use this effectively with live music performances.

    If you want 1 lens, I suggest the 14-54mm. Quite fast, very versatile
    (it's almost a macro-lens too) and very good image quality.

    If you want 2 lenses and/or like wide, get the 11-22mm and the 50mm.

    What is important with high-iso shots and high-contrast subjects (like I
    assume your subject will be) is exposure. You need to get the exposure
    *exactly* right, which could be quite difficult. You might find the
    spot-meter very useful.

    also: with multi-coloured stage-lights, fix white-balance to some
    setting you like, do NOT use auto-WB. (or you could shoot RAW and
    determine white-balance later)

    Do you already own 1 or 2 lenses?

    Hope this helps a bit.
    Lourens
     
    Lourens, Jan 15, 2006
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  7. Sam in Utah

    Sam in Utah Guest

    Lourens,

    Thank you so much for the very helpful hints! I have the 2 lenses that
    came in the kit on is a 17.5-45mm the other is 40-150mm. Where is a
    good place to find those lenses? And how expensive are they?

    You have helped more then i had hoped any one person would have
    Lourens.
    Sam
     
    Sam in Utah, Jan 15, 2006
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  8. Sam in Utah

    Alan Browne Guest


    As this NG is not brand specific you will tend to get a challenge to any
    camera type or brand ... they ALL have their shortcomings. Period.
    Being directed into a forum where almost everyone is "pro-Oly" leads to
    bias.

    Having said that, you are more likely to find people there who have
    solved for the problem you are facing with that particular camera. That
    does not mean it's the most appropriate camera for what you want to shoot.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 15, 2006
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  9. Well, the widest lens available is the 7-14mm f4. It's one of the widest
    zooms available in any format, has a constant max aperture, and is like very
    good and very big. It is £1200, or whatever that equates to in your local
    currency- likely double what you paid for your camera, so possibly not an
    ideal first additional purchase. The next widest is the 11-22mm f2.8-3.5- a
    less "ultra" wideangle zoom with a variable, but pleasantly wide max
    aperture. It's still no baby, and is £560. If you need nothing so wide, the
    other standard zooms- the 14-45mm (sub-£200) and 14-54mm (£450)- both fit
    the bill better than your kit lens. Personally I find I seldom need anything
    wider than the old 28mm equivalent, which on an Olympus is 14mm. The 14-54mm
    gets better reviews.

    I, like most users here, don't use Olympus- I just sell the things. The E500
    has been a big seller here- it feels better than the competing Nikon and
    Canon and gets good reviews in all the magazines (plus we have a remarkably
    good kit on it- the 14-45, 40-150, a decent kit bag and a half-gig card for
    a little more than the price of a Canon 350D single lens kit) so Olympus are
    re-entering the spotlight at the lower end of the market right now. And,
    personally, i'd only recommend against one for the small, dark finder which
    apparently will be partially compensated for soon by an eyepiece magnifier.
    I hope the success of the E500 (compared to the E300, which IME was rather
    eclipsed by the Canon and Nikon) spurs Olympus on to keep going with more
    SLRs, as they do some interesting stuff. I still don't think any sub-DSLR
    digital beats my old E10 for ergonomics.

    The 50mm macro lens looks like a good purchase, by the way.

    Martin
     
    Martin Francis, Jan 15, 2006
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  10. Sam in Utah

    Bob Guest

    Sam,

    Congrats on your purchase, I recently got one myself and love it. Probably
    the best resource for you to ask questions is to go to
    http://www.dpreview.com and click on the link to the Olympus SLR forum.
    That's where you'll find the greatest number of experts!

    Good luck,

    Bob

    PS: I have shot a good deal in Utah myself and plan to return very soon -
    I'm jealous of you for living there!
     
    Bob, Jan 15, 2006
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  11. Sam in Utah

    Bob Guest

    PS: I agree with the other person's suggestion of getting the 14-54 lens. I
    am also a fan of wide angles, but with good panorama programs like
    autostitch being available you may find the 14-54 is really all you need.
    It's a great lens.
     
    Bob, Jan 15, 2006
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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Jan 16, 2006
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  13. Sam in Utah

    Stacey Guest

    I'd stay at ISO 400 or below and avoid using 800 or 1600. That was why I
    gave my comment about this not being the best choice for a "night club"
    avalible light camera.Shoot RAW and develop with studio 1.4 software, DON'T
    use the included master software as it butchers RAW files. That way you can
    deal with WB issues in post. You might want to use the one button WB before
    the show under their lights if you can? Might save some fiddling later.
    Don't try to use auto WB shooting jpegs under weird lighting with this or
    an E300. .

    With some creative use of neat image (use as a llayer in PS), you can
    probably get some pretty decent results from ISO800? Converted to B&W, ISO
    1600 does have an interesting "pushed tri-X" look to it. More film like
    than many dSLR's have at high ISO's.

    The 11-22 is a great wide lens and is sharp wide open. The 14-54 is another
    really good lens, better than the 14-45 and faster. The kits lenses aren't
    very good wide open and that's what you need, good wide open performance
    with a fairly fast lens.
     
    Stacey, Jan 16, 2006
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  14. Sam in Utah

    Sam in Utah Guest

    Stacey that is the kind of feedback im looking for. Even if you are
    not right about my setting, but i believe you are, its good to have
    something to test while im at shows like that. Its tough to know how
    the band wants the lighting, but maybe i can work with them on it. I
    am starting to think that the 14 -54 will be my next one, but how much
    is it in us dollars? I do not have a huge stockpile of money, just
    trying to make it with what i do have....I love taking photos, and
    would love to trade or get paid for it too, but if not, i simply love
    taking photos and do it for fun anyhow. Thank you!!!
     
    Sam in Utah, Jan 16, 2006
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  15. Sam in Utah

    Lourens Guest

    Well I am in the Netherlands, so I doubt my advice on where to shop
    would be useful to a Sam in Utah...

    These lenses both aren't cheap but in my opinion still offer good value
    when compared to lenses from other brands.

    The 11-22mm wideangle is quite fast (better than competition) and very
    well built too. (weatherproof) Optically it is just excellent. I have
    only used the 12-24 Nikkor that compares in range and the Zuiko wipes
    the floor with that one; in optical quality, build-quality, speed, and
    price the zuiko is better.

    It's just a great lens as a wider "standard" lens, especially nice to
    use indoors. You'll don't use the 17-45 much after getting this lens, I
    think.

    http://www.olympusamerica.com/e1/sys_lens_ez1122mm.asp

    The 50mm macro is a different story. For a 50mm f/2 lens it's expensive,
    but for a short-telephoto macro lens it isn't, especially considering it
    is f/2.

    Maybe go for the 11-22 first, and later see if you need something faster
    and/or better than the 40-150, for portraits and closeups... 11-22 +
    40-150 seems a versatile enough combination...
    you're welcome.
    :)
    Lourens
     
    Lourens, Jan 16, 2006
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  16. Sam in Utah

    Stacey Guest

    If you use the neat image plugin with photoshop, you can probably use this
    for low light shooting.

    No idea, shop around and yes it's a nice lens, doubles as a good closeup
    lens too as it focuses MUCH closer than the 14-45.
     
    Stacey, Jan 18, 2006
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