Annoyed with 20Ds that only switch on when they feel like it.\nPeeved that a 1D with 24-70 "L" lens, a 580 Speedlite and battery grip\nis too heavy to use for an all day shoot - hell, it's a handful for a 2\nhour shoot!\n\nUnwilling to buy more Nikon gear for the same weight issue... I bought a\nfew Olympus E300's for the annual Santa shoots. "Ladies cameras" was the\nfirst unkind comment when they arrived! Well? Santa's pixels are female!\n\nI optioned one of them with a battery grip and 35 speedlight. It still\nhasn't gone anywhere near the weight of a Fully laden 1D or 20D yet has\nthe same image size. These cameras are selling now for well under 00\nAUD. Are they in the same arena as the 20D? Or even the D70 Nikon?\n\nI truly can't say this early in the ownership but I can tell you the\nsensor noise thing is a non issue when you use a program like the under\n "neat Image" and the flash metering is something Canon really should\nlearn from.\n\nI'll have to make my own external flash battery system but this is a\nsmall price to pay for one that actually meters properly. The other very\nnoticeable thing is the "Kit" lens is a much better lens than most Canon\nUSM lenses and most certainly leaves the 20D's 'kit' lens in the dust.\n\nThe first few pics are here: [URL]http://www.technoaussie.com/gallery/Oly-pics[/URL]\nThe "porcelain rose" has not been 'doctored'. The exposure metering in\nETTL mode with a mini soft box on the flash is absolutely spot on, as\nthis shot shows.\n\nI sat the vase and flower on a white table cloth and drew the curtain\nbehind it. Light enough to read a newspaper. The camera pulled exposure\non the flower... Perfect. Never been able to do this with a Canon flash\non a 10D, 20D or 1D. The rest will be a process of discovery.