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5th March 2008, 10:00 PM
This has to be one of the best chances for anyone interested in photographing these fantastic birds. Better still you get to meet up with like minded people.

Check it out at



5th March 2008, 10:24 PM
This has to be one of the best chances for anyone interested in photographing these fantastic birds. Better still you get to meet up with like minded people.

Check it out at



Thanks for the posting Graham,

I will not be able to go but it was very informative to follow the links you provided.


6th March 2008, 11:03 AM
Brian (the facilitator) has just told me "Olympus UK have promised to do their best to supply an E-420 to our group for a field test, and I hope we can arrange a competition or raffle of some kind, to allow a lucky Safari Group member to take the E-420 for 1 week following the event - to get a more in-depth feel for the camera."

Please contact Brian to register your interest.




8th March 2008, 03:22 PM
Interest is growing for this event and the Olympus UK Photo Safari Group

Check out the latest info:-


13th March 2008, 03:17 PM
Hi Graham,

thanks for the recommendation... we're working very hard to make sure this next event will be very exciting indeed for our Olympus UK Photo Safari Group members...

I've been compiling a list of questions we want to answer in our unique multi-user field review on the day, and for one lucky Safari Group member - he or she will be taking the camera away for a more in-depth user experience review over the following week!

(please e-mail me at brian.mosley@ukphotosafari.org if you would like to join our group for future projects and events)

Here are the questions we have so far, we would appreciate it if anyone can suggest anything we may have missed? these will be answered in our follow up field report.

General Handling

1. How loud is the mirror slap on the E-420 relative to the E-1?
2. Overall impression; build, handling, etc.
3. How comfortable is it to hold with the left hand clutching the pancake?
4. Is it comfortable to hold the camera with 25mm lens single handed?
5. Does it fit in the same (E400,410) UW housing
6. Does it improve on the E410's trunncated menu otuions

7. Does it re-introduce the cursor diamond direct functions we(?) wish the E410/410 (and the E-3 for that matter!) had.
8. How big/small the viewfinder is
9. Will it actually fit in a coat pocket with the 25mm pancake attached
10. How is the handling with the Olympus Leather case
11. How are the strap lugs attached? can they be unscrewed?
12. Take a comparison shot with other cameras to give an idea of size.


15. How easy can the back screen be viewed from an angle? How useful from different angles is live view? Is the new LCD as good as it sounds?
16. What is the battery life with lifeview?
17. Describe LiveView behaviour
18. How quick it focuses when using live view
19. Does the E-420 use the same CDAF as in Panasonics nya DMC-L10?
20. How fast is contrast-detect or hybrid AF relative to a compact / bridge?
21. How does contrast-detect AF work with lenses other than the 25/14-42/40-150mm kit lenses?

22. In Live view contrast detection AF, after you pre-focus, is there a mirror slap when the shutter is fully depressed?


25. How does the 25mm's build compare to other zuiko lenses? I s it worth what the asking price?
26. Explore the 25mm pancake behaviour in direct light? Is it prone to flare?
27. Show the lens hood in place, Will the lens cap fit it when extended?
28. Does the pancake lens have a mechanically coupled focus ring, a la 12-60?
29. Describe general handling in jpeg
30. What penalties are paid in terms of handling and speed versus the E3?
31. How does the wired remote work
32. How does the wireless flash compare (versatility?) with that on the E-3?

33. How does it cope with older vintage lenses? Will contrast detect give focus confirmation?

Image Quality

35. Is it the E3 or E410/510 sensor?

36. Lots of Sample shots with 25mm lens on E-400, E-410, E-510, E-3 as well as E-420
37. How similar iq/files look to previous models
38. Compare Image Quality to that of E-3... DR. in Raw, not JPG.
39. Does it have the same rich colour characteristics of the E-3
40. 25mm f2.8 lens sharpness, destortion, contast, AF.
41. High ISO performance (noise, banding with NF off) in jpeg and RAW
42. How is the noise performance in general (NF on and off)
43. Assess Fine detail / AA filter
44. Dynamic range
45. Shadow detail
46. Highlight clipping

47. Demonstrate out of camera JPG quality (LSF preferably)

48. Is there any banding in low light with a light source and dark area in the frame.. Note : Ideally, the entire left or right side of the image (in landscape) needs to be in shadow, while having the other side of the image well-exposed, and the shutter speed needs to be low (e.g., 1/20th).

55. How does it differ from E410 exposure metering in its behaviour, clipping etc
56. Test auto white balance performance in a variety of lighting situations
57. Perform a resolution test using http://www.graphics.cornell.edu/~westin/misc/res-chart.html
58. Make all files available in RAW format.

Thanks everyone, for you interest, encouragement and support... we're going from strength to strength as a group of passionate Olympus users who relish the idea of getting off-line and on-track with our photography!

Kind Regards


13th March 2008, 03:49 PM
I would love to come to this event, but its a 4 hour drive just to get there.

13th March 2008, 06:14 PM
I would love to come to this event, but its a 4 hour drive just to get there.

Same for me, I'm afraid (well, maybe 3 hours).

13th March 2008, 08:10 PM
Hi John, Hugh... it's no problem - our Safari Group members cover the whole of the UK, so we'll be having events near to you in due course - thank you for your interest!

Kind Regards


13th March 2008, 08:56 PM
It looks an absolutely fabulous day out. I'd love to be able to join you but it would take me far too long to get there.

Looking forward to the results of the field test.

13th March 2008, 09:09 PM
We're currently arranging for clusters of people to car share from all over the place!

Should be a lot of fun on the day ;)

Kind Regards


13th March 2008, 09:40 PM
If poeple car share, what is the likleyhood that the camera equipment in one car is of a high value than the car?

BTW, I think car sharing/pooling is generally a good idea.

13th March 2008, 11:03 PM
Same for me, I'm afraid (well, maybe 3 hours).

hmmm Hugh - I'm the other side of the river and was hoping for only 3 hours or less..........

mind you I am also expecting warm sunny weather and clear roads

14th March 2008, 09:40 AM
Also, I appreciate that in the early days, we'll have to travel further to get to an event. As the group grows, we will have more regional and then local events to choose from.

In the meantime, there will be a special prize for the Safari Group member who travels the furthest to meet with us at this event!

I truly appreciate the efforts our members are making to get together :) This will be a very special and worthwhile event.

Kind Regards


19th March 2008, 11:21 AM
Hello everyone,

as you may know, we've been working very hard to ensure that the next UK Photo Safari Event will be a fantastic experience for everyone! We've already had an amazing response, with over 20 serious photographers committed to making the event a uniquely enjoyable learning experience!

I have already confirmed with Olympus UK that the E-420 + 25mm pancake lens will be provided exclusively for the event, AND for one lucky Safari Group member on the day to take away for a week's in-depth user experience report!
(See the list above for what we want to know about the new E-420)

Steve Nichols, the founder of Britain's National Parrot Sanctuary has been incredibly responsive to our group, waivering the usual group booking fee of £12.50 per head, and helping me to put together a Special Information Pack, (including a DVD worth £9.99) which I will be posting out to the people committed to coming along in the next few days.

I have 24 of these Special Information Packs for our Safari Group members - and we only have a handful of places left. If you'd like to come along for the day, and learn how to get the best out of your Olympus DSLR for free... then please drop me an e-mail at my address below as soon as possible. MOVE FAST, and you can still reserve a place! THIS EVENT IS FREE - although I will certainly personally be leaving a donation to the Parrot Sanctuary as a special thanks for their support - I'm sure you will feel the same way after this event.

I'm so excited about all the stuff I'm STILL WORKING on to add to this event (hint, look at the most interesting cameras which have just been announced!) - so our follow up report will be read by literally MILLIONS of people Internationally.

Finally, a number of our group (myself included!) are treating this as a family outing - and Steve is making preparations to give the kids (aged 10+) a special keeper's experience day - so be prepared for them to roll their sleeves up and get to work - this isn't a disney style attraction, it's a real working Sanctuary - Huge fun and character building too!

I hope that makes sense - I'm sure I'll have missed other stuff we have going on, but that's all being e-mailed directly to the group members :)

Kind Regards