Olympus Stylus Epic?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Jim Waggener, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. Jim Waggener

    Jim Waggener Guest

    I have two avid back-packing sons. Would this be a good choice?
    How is the quality and would get the panoramic version or the standard?

    Jim Waggener, Dec 7, 2003
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  2. Jim Waggener

    PSsquare Guest

    Styllus is a good choice. Another more obscure choice is the predecessor
    Olympus XA. It is a aperture priority rangefinder that allows you greater
    control. You can set depth of field, focus and exposures independent of
    some "program". For the knowledgable, it is a very popular backpacking
    camera. The XA was unfortunately brought on the market just before the
    autofocus was introduced, so it never caught on. I have both types of
    camera and usually go for the XA.

    You might want to run a search on Google to access some of the background
    etc on the XA.

    The XA is regularly sold on EBay for around $75 give or take.

    Good luck.

    PSsquare, Dec 8, 2003
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  3. Jim Waggener

    Roger Guest

    The Stylus Epic has an excellent 35mm f2.8 fixed focal length lens.
    I've used one heavily for traveling light or for an any-time camera in
    my brief case, etc. A nice feature for camping is that it is also
    weather resistant, so light use in the rain doesn't result in trouble.
    I found that it can handle a wide range of challenges, but it is a
    fully automatic camera. This can be good or exasperating if you need a
    manual control that the excellent spot metering/focus doesn't solve.

    I still use mine as a safety net, or in rough handling situations
    where I don't want to risk something else.

    Roger, Dec 9, 2003
  4. Jim Waggener

    RedRod Guest

    I have the XA2 which is very good for 35mm. Any fixed focal length with
    these two cameras will be nice. Try and look into getting maybe a Cannonet
    Range finder as well.
    RedRod, Dec 9, 2003
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