olympus evolt 500

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Luke, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Luke

    Luke Guest

    Ok I have been putting off the SLR purchase longer than I had hoped but I
    have noticed the Olympus Evolt 500 has some good features (including a
    second lens) at an affordable price. currently have a standard Olympus
    camera which takes pictures that I am happy with and even allows for some
    manual (non slr) aperture and shutter adjustments which have proven helpful
    with the outcome of pictures. That being said I am sure the Evolt has its
    shortcomings. Does anybody here know what some of the drawbacks would be.
    Thanx for any responses.

    Luke
     
    Luke, Nov 17, 2005
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  2. I suggest that you try the Olympus SLR forum on www.dpreview.com as well as
    read the review of the camera posted on that site.
     
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Nov 18, 2005
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  3. Luke

    chrlz Guest

    There's plenty of stuff around - just google it - and I think a
    reasonable summary would be as follows:

    - very good lenses (far better than the majority of 'other' kit lenses)
    - fast AF, as good as most DSLR's (I've played with one in a quite
    dimly lit camera store, and it was more than acceptable, felt very
    similar to Nikon D70)
    - very good quality images, except in low-light - the CCD in the Oly is
    not in the same league as the Canon in this area, and Nikon are ahead
    as well, pixel for pixel..
    - ultrasound sensor cleaning, so no dirty sensor problems
    - no anti-shake
    - nice viewfinder, but not quite as good as the Canon/Nikon DSLRs
    - the twin lens kit is simply excellent value for money, given the
    quality of the lenses

    So my feeling would be if you only occasionally print up to 11x17ish
    sizes, and aren't too concerned about low-light shooting or the lack of
    anti-shake for long tele shooting.. go for it. It's a fine camera.

    As for me, I *do* print to 11x17 and larger, so I'm waiting for a
    10-12Mp version. And I figure by the time they get there, the
    low-noise performance will be a bit better, and they will have added
    anti-shake. Which will make it the perfect camera. For me anyways..
    In the meantime I'll plod along with my C8080 for most of my work..


    I can wait...................... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
     
    chrlz, Nov 19, 2005
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  4. Luke

    Luke Guest

    Thanx for the info. The website given by Peter was helpful as was the brief
    synopsis by chrlz. Another question. What does the four-thirds cmos system
    mean? Also do noise reduction and saturation controls mean anything when on
    the camera or is that just stuff you can correct on a computer?

    thanx again,

    Luke
     
    Luke, Nov 19, 2005
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  5. The sensor on a 4/3 camera is smaller than on a "standard" DSLR. There is a
    crop factor (also referred to as "multiplication factor") when using a DSLR
    as opposed to a 35mm camera because a DSLR sensor is smaller than 35mm film
    except for the few DSLR that have "full frame" sensors meaningn they are
    equal in size to 35mm film. Most DSLRs have a multiplication factor of 1.5
    to 2.0. What is a 50mm lens on a film SLR, becomes an 85mm lens on my DSLR
    (50mm times the 1.7 "multiplication factor" of my DSLR). Even lenses
    designed strictly for DSLRs still are referred to by a 35mm film number.
    The kit lenses with the Olympus are 14-45mm and 45-150mm. With the E500
    multiplication factor of 2.0, these two lenses act as a 28-90mm and 90-300mm
    lens. That's a pretty good range and these two kit lenses are of good
    quality from what I've seen and heard from the Oly users.

    In camera noise reduction is something I can't relate to since my camera
    does not have it. I have done noise reduction in software. Whether or not
    the in-camera reduction is different and/or better than software is
    something a user can hopefully answer.
     
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Nov 19, 2005
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