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Cool E-520 - it's official

Yes, the E-520's existence is official and will be available from next month (June). And here is the place to discuss the latest E-System camera on the Olympus E-System User Group

What are your impressions of the E-510 successor?

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Re: E-520 - it's official

This should give the big 2 some opposition in the entry sector.

Along with the E-420 Olympus 'should' have the first time DSLR user market sorted (If they get the marketing right - always an Oly weakpoint in my opinion)
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Re: E-520 - it's official

Bit of a disappointment really. Don't see any real incentive to upgrade from the E510. The improvement between the E500 and E510 was more significant IMHO.

I'm sure the new super-wide zoom will be popular, however.
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Re: E-520 - it's official

I agree. For a new buyer the E-520 looks great, but for existing E-510 users I think its difficult to justify upgrading.

Now the 9-18mm lens......I have already added that to my camera buy list. Roll on Q4.
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Re: E-520 - it's official

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I agree. For a new buyer the E-520 looks great, but for existing E-510 users I think its difficult to justify upgrading.

Now the 9-18mm lens......I have already added that to my camera buy list. Roll on Q4.
I don't think Olympus would expect its faithful to have to shell out for a new camea just a year (or less) after the previous model came out. The changes are evolutionary. I took some great pictures with an E-510 (which Julia uses mainly at the moment) the other day. It's still a very fine camera.

But as you say, the E-420 and E-520 are in the front line to tempt people to become new members of the Four Thirds family.

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Re: E-520 - it's official

If the new 9-18mm is build to the quality of the standard kit lenses, and at an affordable price, I think this will be a winner.

Yes, the 7-14mm will probably be way way better, but then the price is also way way higher.

Ian, when will you be able to bring us sample images from the new lens? I guess that they will be sending you one.....if they have not already
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Re: E-520 - it's official

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If the new 9-18mm is build to the quality of the standard kit lenses, and at an affordable price, I think this will be a winner.

Yes, the 7-14mm will probably be way way better, but then the price is also way way higher.

Ian, when will you be able to bring us sample images from the new lens? I guess that they will be sending you one.....if they have not already
I'm popping down to Watford to pick up a shiny new E-520 later today, but the 9-18 isn't going to arrive until September, sorry.

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Do you see this announcement making much more of an impact on the current prices of the E-510?
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Re: E-520 - it's official

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Do you see this announcement making much more of an impact on the current prices of the E-510?
I, for one, hope so..

Still looking for a E-510 body, so new and cheap would be good :-)

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Re: E-520 - it's official

At 1st glance it does seem eveolutionalry rather than revolutionary. The one feature that would interst me is the built in wireless flash control. However that would also mean upgrading flashguns

For those who don't like searching the link is here
http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/ds...-520_19285.htm

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However that would also mean upgrading flashguns
Got a nice, new FL50-R in the for sale section

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Re: E-520 - it's official

Too little to late, I see the E3 has already dropped to around £850. So why go along with this one! I think they at least should have gone along the manouverable screen line and weatherproofing.
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Too little to late, I see the E3 has already dropped to around 850. So why go along with this one! I think they at least should have gone along the manouverable screen line and weatherproofing.
No, I disagree - the E-3 and E-520 are completely different markets. The E-520 is much smaller, lighter and it has a more advanced implementation of Live View - all features that are important for standard consumer customers rather than 'serious' photographers.


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Re: E-520 - it's official

Looks pretty cool to me I think this could just tempt me to upgrade from my
E-500, June also puts me on holiday in Boston, Mass. so I will check out US pricing.
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Re: E-520 - it's official

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No, I disagree - the E-3 and E-520 are completely different markets. The E-520 is much smaller, lighter and it has a more advanced implementation of Live View - all features that are important for standard consumer customers rather than 'serious' photographers.

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Sorry Ian, but that's about the first thing you have said on this forum that's upset me. I've been taking pictures for about 30 years, and although I don't always take the best I would like to consider myself "serious".

I have to disagree with both the prior posting and you. The E-3 can easily be considered an enthusuast camera - it's in the price range of a lot of people and there are a lot of people on this forum for whom it's not a professional tool and many who have it as a 1st DLSR. There are also a number of postings of them for sale from people who are moving to an E-510 from an E-3 does that make them less serious ?

Like many I've stayed with the E-510 because I like it AND I can't affort to upgrade all the time. I don't like being labelled as someone with an advanced P&S

What I think Olympus are missing is a "range" of top spec professional tools. The E-3 was a step in the right direction, but is it too little too late only time will tell as many established professionals jumped camp in the lean years and it's (I know one who did) and it's too risky to jump back again.

The E-520 looks a darn fine camera - so does the E-3 apart - I would struggle to decide which to buy if I was doing so because many of the "seperating features" are ones I would use so infrequently I could work around them.

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