Tough camera choice question

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Right now, I'm slogging along with a prosumer camera.
    My buying choices for a DSLR have come down to a handful
    but it's a tough decision. I've been an Olympus fan ever
    since I traded in a Minolta MD-11 for an Olympus OM-1.
    So, I wanted to stick with that brand, despite the incompatibility
    of lens sets between the older film and new digitals from them.
    The E-Volt 300 seems to have some drawbacks in terms of noise
    suppression. But, it does have the vibration mechanism for dust
    control. After having used many CCD cameras (scientific) with
    windowed CCDs and knowing the dust issues they have, this would seem
    to be a major plus. I would really rather not have to rely on
    software image manipulation to get rid of "motes."
    The E1 IMO, is lacking simply because it only
    has 5 megapixels versus cameras in it's price range with 6-8.

    Lastly; My best choice would seem to be to deviate from Olympus
    or wait for them to release a new version of the E1 with a larger
    pixel count. I assume it won't be far off.

    My "deviation" camera would be either a Canon 20D or the new 350
    and I'm leaning toward the 350 for cost reasons.
    RichA, Mar 16, 2005
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    leo Guest

    350D is a good choice. I had used 300D for a year; then 20D for months.
    There is no need to do any software dust clean up for normal
    photographs. I only cleaned the 300D once, using a blower.
    leo, Mar 16, 2005
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    eds Guest

    I had an E-20 for several years and was impressed with its solid build, so I
    bought an E-300 in late December. I've used for several thousand shots in
    very adverse winter conditions and been very pleased with the results. I
    also got the F2, 50mm macro and the 50-200mm telephoto. Both very good
    lenses. A camera definitely worth the money, although a larger buffer would
    be nice.
    eds, Mar 16, 2005
  4. <snip>

    The problem with the Olympus offerings is that they use the 4:3 standard.
    This is an extremely small sensor, and there are already noise issues at the
    current resolutions. If they bump the resolution to 8 megapixels, the noise
    will be even worse.

    The EOS-350D is a much better choice.

    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 27, 2005
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    Robert Brace Guest

    Here we go again with more of your agenda-driven "I know better - see my
    website" crap.
    Rent or borrow the equipment in which you are interested -- take some of
    the typical images you normally would -- compare the results -- buy what
    does the best job for you.
    End of story.
    Robert Brace, Apr 27, 2005
  6. This is quite impractical. For amateur equipment, renting is almost never
    available. And while a very good friend might lend someone a Canon or Nikon
    camera, it'd be very unlikely for the potential buyer actually knew anyone
    with one of the less common models, such as those from Olympus, Pentax, or
    Konica-Minolta--there just aren't a lot of them out there.

    What you do when deciding on a major purchase like this, is to look at
    multiple reviews of each product you are considering, and get personal
    recommendations (i.e. on Usenet). I created my web site because there was no
    central repository of unbiased information that looked at the pros and cons
    of each model, in a concise format.
    Why is it whenever someone loses a debate, they use "End of Story?" As if
    this actually means anything.
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 27, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    There still isn't an unbiased one, yours being more biased than most.
    Jeremy Nixon, Apr 27, 2005
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    james Guest

    It's certainly not cost-effective, or convenient, even if you can find a
    rental outlet.
    Heh. A *Very* good friend let me use his 20D for a few minutes. That
    was long enough for me to learn that I had to have this camera :) The
    bastard. (We're still friends.)
    james, Apr 27, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    We'll be sure to steer people away from it lest they get the wrong ideas.
    Alan Browne, Apr 27, 2005
  10. Who is we? I understand why you dislike my site, but please speak for
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 27, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Circle your wagons. All one of them.
    Alan Browne, Apr 27, 2005
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    Larry Horse Guest

    What a bunch of assholes you are.
    Larry Horse, Apr 27, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Why? Becasue the majority of us believe Steven is biased against
    everything w/o a Canon label attached to it?

    Or are there more general reasons?

    Alan Browne, Apr 28, 2005
  14. Again, please don't invent a majority, just because you are upset with my
    site. You sound like Jerry Falwell.
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 28, 2005
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    Larry Horse Guest

    Res ipsa loquitur.
    Larry Horse, Apr 28, 2005
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    Robert Brace Guest

    Means about as much as your misguided opinions do Steven, you wouldn't even
    recognize this is not a debate if it jumped up & attached itself to the
    lower part of your anatomy. I, long ago, realized your input to any of my
    photographic decisions (never mind anyone else's) would be far less than
    useful. I just enjoy pointing it out when you, from time to time, seem to
    fall into some sort of hypnotic state wherein you deem to be the source of
    all knowledge.
    Robert Brace, Apr 28, 2005
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    MrB Guest

    Are you related to Charlie?
    MrB, Apr 28, 2005
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    Tom Scales Guest


    You keep ignoring me, but we've known each other for a long time. I think
    you're a Canon shill now. Don't know why, but you show it every single day.

    Tom Scales, Apr 28, 2005
  19. I do not claim to be the source of all knowledge, nor do I find it necessary
    to attack people that don't agree with me. Whatever your photographic
    decisions turn out to be are of no concern to me.

    You may want to consider raising your level of discourse out of gutter, as
    it does not reflect well on your position.
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 28, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    G.T., Apr 28, 2005
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