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E-3
16th April 2010, 12:58 PM
I keep thinking how nice it would be to have a much lighter kit for walking around with, & keep getting drawn towards getting a E-620 with grip. My main niggle is would the E-620 feel flimsy after the E-3 or are they quite solid? Any thoughts & comments would be gratefully received :)

andym
16th April 2010, 01:16 PM
James

I have used a 620 and it's very nice but I am a great believer in balencing heavy lenses with a meaty body.
Looking at the lenses you they are heavy.;)

Hope this helps.

StephenL
16th April 2010, 01:20 PM
The E-620 is by no means a flimsy camera. Never tried it with the grip, but I found it very useable with the 12-60, but better balanced with the 14-54. The E-30 is sort of in-between those two bodies, quite light but chunkier and maybe worth handling before you decide.

E-3
16th April 2010, 01:22 PM
Thank you Andy, I had already thought of this & thought about selling my E-3 my 14-54mm & 40-150mm (mk1). & getting a E-620 with a 14-42mm & 70-300mm. I would then keep my heavy glass for the replacement E-3 when ever that comes out, how does that sound to you? :)

E-3
16th April 2010, 01:25 PM
Stephen, thank you for the info, I had considered the E-30, but thought my main objective here is weight, so thought that the E-30 is not realy alot different to the E-3, which bought me to the E-620 :)

StephenL
16th April 2010, 01:38 PM
I fully understand where you're coming from, and that's the way I went. However, having taken the opportunity to avail myself of an E-30 at a good price recently, decided to sell the E-620 in favour of the E-P2, to really save on pounds. I find the E-30 to be quite a bit lighter than the E-3 - more than bare figures suggest. I find that it's really lens weight which makes the difference. That, and lens balance.

andym
16th April 2010, 01:55 PM
Thank you Andy, I had already thought of this & thought about selling my E-3 my 14-54mm & 40-150mm (mk1). & getting a E-620 with a 14-42mm & 70-300mm. I would then keep my heavy glass for the replacement E-3 when ever that comes out, how does that sound to you? :)

Hmm,I wouldn't get rid of the 14-54 for the 14-42,but thats just me.Another thing I would really miss is the large view finder of the E3.I use manual focus quite a bit and find this a real pain on my 420.I know the 620 viewfinder is a little larger but I'd still miss it.
I wouldn't hold your breath for an E3 replacement.I hope it is this year and I will probably end up with one eventually.

snaarman
16th April 2010, 02:06 PM
I find the E620 to feel quite "well made" compared to the E400 and E510. Small things really, but it just feels nicer.

I have the grip and have used it just a couple of times (because E620+grip is too big for my camera bag). I have to say it makes the little E620 suddenly look very professional, and the result balances well. However fitting a grip to a small camera means you no longer have a small camera :-)

Pete

E-3
16th April 2010, 02:48 PM
However fitting a grip to a small camera means you no longer have a small camera :-)

I take your point Pete, but an E-620 + grip is still a lot smaller & lighter than E-3 + grip :)

Nick Temple-Fry
16th April 2010, 03:15 PM
I take your point Pete, but an E-620 + grip is still a lot smaller & lighter than E-3 + grip :)

How about using the E-3 without the grip - I hardly ever use mine and manage to wield the hefty glass adequately

Nick

DekHog
16th April 2010, 04:49 PM
I'm with Stephen on the 'hating grips' thing.... but since the grip for the E-600/620 was only 25 I bought one, and must say it's fantastic on the camera and would recommend it to anyone - definitely the only grip I've ever had that stays on the body all the time. It just handles so much better with it on, especially if you have anything larger than the kit lenses attached.

The camera is in no way flimsy.... you can actually have the best of both worlds. Kit lens and no grip = tiny, light, easily transported package, or grip and larger lens on, and it looks and feels the part of a more pro body.

johnwb
16th April 2010, 05:17 PM
Hi James
For your consideration:

Compared to the E3/E30 the E620 is certainly lighter and has a good solid feel to it, but the E3/E30 bodies carry the the heavier lenses with ease and the combinations have good balance, whilst the E620 I feel is well suited, for carrying the standard lens range, but the other lens ranges feel less than comfortable even with the lens grip. For example, I have used the 14-54 Mk1 with the body and it feels fine with the hand grip fitted but the 12-60 feels out of balance. The 14-54 Mk2 which is lighter should feel better. The 70-300mm lens was too out of balance for me.

The main drawback I find is that the E620 is awkward when operating the controls. They are not in similar positions to the E3/E30. The info button being at the top LH of the casing (alongside the Menu button) and when operating with the left thumb can obscure the LCD panel. The standard buttons are also smaller and situated closer together and not easily operated by 'big thumbs' and would be better suited for those operators with smaller or medium size hands. The 'nightlight' operation of the buttons is a good feature.

However it is certainly light and an ideal 'walkabout' camera body with the 14-42, 40-150 Mk2 or possibly the 9-18 lens fitted without grip, and can be concealed under a coat or jacket easily, and transported without discomfort. You will however need to carry a spare battery as the BLS-1 has a smaller capacity than the E3/E30's BLM-1. Although the battery is smaller and lighter all round.

I would not recommend you sell the E3 until you are happy with the 'feel' of the E620, with the lens you have. It is 'dinky' compared to the E3/E30 and takes remarkable images but have an extended 'try' before you buy.

John WB

E-3
16th April 2010, 05:47 PM
Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, I must admitt you have made me think again :)

snaarman
16th April 2010, 06:56 PM
The camera is in no way flimsy.... you can actually have the best of both worlds. Kit lens and no grip = tiny, light, easily transported package, or grip and larger lens on, and it looks and feels the part of a more pro body.

Yes.. Thinking about it that is exactly what I was trying to say *chr

Pete

Jonesgj
16th April 2010, 08:35 PM
I am lucky enough to have both E-3 and E-620. I bought the E-620 first, after trying and not getting on with (personal preference) the E-30.
I used the E-620 with my ZD70-300mm and ZD50-200mm + EC14. I didn't find it awkward though I think I was balancing the body off the lens - if you know what I mean!

But its all personal choice. I tried the E-620 with the ZD70-300 in the Lincoln branch of LCE before buying it. It's great with the 14-54 mk1 too.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Gull_22.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/22692)

A gull taken with E620 and 50-200mm + EC14: spent quite a few minutes straffing the gulls on Bridlington pier.

Ann1e
16th April 2010, 09:46 PM
Has anyone changed from an E-3 to an E-620?

Aren't you the only one who can? :)

Regards Ann1e

Toonman
17th April 2010, 10:31 AM
I don't find the controls awkward on my E600 (E620). I have a battery grip so I can use it like a modular camera, light when I want or battery grip for more stability. Build quality is very good and the picture quality is excellent too.

Adam

E-3
17th April 2010, 12:11 PM
Well, I have decided to keep the E-3, but add a E-620 to the family with a 14-42mm for long walks. I think I would miss the E-3 too much *yes...................................just got to break the news to the wife now :eek::rolleyes::D

JerryE-1
17th April 2010, 04:05 PM
Don't know about the E-620 but I'm so impressed by my recently purchased E-3 I've just ordered a second E-3.

Whatever you decide to buy, keep the E-3*yes

Jerry.

Jonesgj
17th April 2010, 04:32 PM
Well, I have decided to keep the E-3, but add a E-620 to the family with a 14-42mm for long walks. I think I would miss the E-3 too much *yes...................................just got to break the news to the wife now :eek::rolleyes::D

Good decision!