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flying haggis
22nd September 2010, 04:14 PM
Hi all

can you help me? I would like to buy a camera for my wife, I currently have an E1 so obviously we will stick with 4/3 but my dilemma is that I know nothing about the other Olympus models ie E400/410/510 etc.

When we both had Oly film cameras I had an OM4 and she had an OM10 (both of which we still have btw) so something simple (ish) and preferably with the ability to take a grip for easier handling. I did toy with the idea of another E1 but I am not sure so I am picking your brains. Thanks

22nd September 2010, 07:25 PM
go for the 620 ...Oly think it is one of the best they have created and no one has said why you need to upgrade from a 620 to an E5...but then I would say that now I have 2 of 'em

22nd September 2010, 07:30 PM
as far as I know only the higher-end have grips, but you can get them for lower-end, I have one for my e520 and it's perfect for me.

400 superseded by 410 superseded by 420 = entry level
500 superseded by 510 superseded by 520 = mid-range
6xx range = sort of 'upper-mid-range'
E30 = not-quite-pro range
E1, E3, E5, = 'pro' range

There may well be alot of this lineup I'm not familiar with...

They all get on merrily with lenses for your E1

If the bottom of the 'entry' level does what you want, no sense in going higher.

Someone will be along in a moment to sing the praises of their preferred model ;-)

flying haggis
24th September 2010, 12:02 PM
Thanks for that Mark, makes the ranges easier to understand.

Thanks crimbo, could be a 620 then.

24th September 2010, 12:20 PM
I had use of the 620 when it first came out (with the 300mm f/2.8 - just to make you go green :D )

I was VERY impressed with the 620 as I could use it to produce images such as this:

http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/data/500/90-250_crop.jpg (http://fourthirds-user.com/galleries/showphoto.php/photo/10866)

And yes was a fair way away from the guy with the 90-250

Have fun

24th September 2010, 12:43 PM
Thanks for that Mark, makes the ranges easier to understand.

Thanks crimbo, could be a 620 then.

Or a 600? It's a cut down version of the 620 in terms of functions but the same sensor and processor. I have one and am very happy with it, and there are lots of others on here with one.

24th September 2010, 02:56 PM
I looked at an E-600 for a while - the only bits you miss are the art filters and backlit buttons as far as I can see. You don't mention which lenses you have for the E1 but an E-600 in twin lens kit form would probably cover 90% of anybody's wishes.

For portability, handiness and (partly) to encourage my wife I bought an E-P1 instead and the images are of a similar quality. However, m4/3 is a different lens/card system from 4/3 so you may wish to consider that before you duplicate focal lengths etc.