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E30 worthwhile step up ????

hi folks,
I would love to upgrade to the new omd-e1, but it is beyond my bank balance at the moment .

However.......I have seen a second hand e30 in our local cash converters for a very low price.
Is this camera a worthwhile step up from my lovely E520, or should I wait and save for a newer model ?

will I see much improvement in image quality with regards levels of noise,as I see this as the 520's biggest downfall in low light conditions.

any advice from e30 users will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Phil
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

The E-30 isn't up there with the current breed of cameras for high iso but it is a very good camera
I have been using a pair as my mainstay cameras for the last 3 or 4 years and I still like them a lot and they are still my go to camera in the studio.
I have an EM5 that I use for travel
Compared to the E520 the one thing you will notice is the big viewfinder
I believe it would be a step up for you as the focusing is more capable as well

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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

A fully articulating screen, the next generation sensor and processor and better IS are other plus points that come to mind.
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

Phil,
I recently bought a used E30 from within the forum to repace my E620 after a few problems withe 620's LCD screen. I've not used it that much yet but I like what I've seen so far and I would echo Iain's sentiments. It's an easy camera to use.
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

Hi there Phil!

I have upgraded from an E-510 to an E-30 and love it - seems much sharper and more entuitive to use with a button for everything. Only downside is the added weight / size, but the telling factor is that the E-510 has only been out of the bag a couple of times since getting the E-30 - it's currently my least used camera!

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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

Ralph not sure I'd agree with you about the sharpness the E510 is generally regarded as the sharpest of the early Oly dslrs. I bought an E620 (pretty much the same sensor as the E30) as an upgrade for my E510 but sold it after a few months. It was better in the tone curve it used especially how it handled highlights but the native sharpness wasn't quite as good as from the E510 in the comparison images I did hence it went. I'm sure the E30 is a good upgrade for the E520 for all the other reasons you mention though and the sharpness can be tweaked in pp when necessary.
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

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The E-30 isn't up there with the current breed of cameras for high iso but it is a very good camera
I have been using a pair as my mainstay cameras for the last 3 or 4 years and I still like them a lot and they are still my go to camera in the studio.
I have an EM5 that I use for travel
Compared to the E520 the one thing you will notice is the big viewfinder
I believe it would be a step up for you as the focusing is more capable as well

Dave
I agree about the E30 not being up there with the latest cameras, but i generally try to keep my iso set below 800 when shooting.
I was hoping the sensor/processor combination in the E30 would be a step foreward from the E520.
I want to stay with olympus as i think they handle better than any other camera i have used.
The ergonomics just seem so much better to my mind.
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

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A fully articulating screen, the next generation sensor and processor and better IS are other plus points that come to mind.
Hi Iain,
The articulated screen is a big plus point for me.
When you get to my age, the old joints don't allow you to get down for the low angle shots or macro shots, or any other wierd angles us toggers like to use lol
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

We've had an E30 and seriously regret parting with it.
As an aside I wholeheartedly agree with Phil articulated screens are now a 'must have' for me along with live view.
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

I upgraded from an E-500 to the E-30 and I don't regret it one bit. IMO a much better camera for lots of little reasons. Even though I have now pulled the trigger on an EM-1 (an offer I couldn't refuse) I will not be getting rid of it ..... anyone want to buy an E-500??
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

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hi folks,
I would love to upgrade to the new omd-e1, but it is beyond my bank balance at the moment .

However.......I have seen a second hand e30 in our local cash converters for a very low price.
Is this camera a worthwhile step up from my lovely E520, or should I wait and save for a newer model ?

will I see much improvement in image quality with regards levels of noise,as I see this as the 520's biggest downfall in low light conditions.

any advice from e30 users will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Phil
You wouldn't be interested in my E-3 that I was going to put up for sale to help fund the ordered EM1?
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

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will I see much improvement in image quality with regards levels of noise,...
No.
But everything else improves
except maybe the colours, and the sharpness, and the lightweightness.

Oh dear.
But everything else improves!
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

IMO the E30 was the 'quiet success' in the E developments.

of the 5 E system bodies I owned it was by far the best in terms of useability and I found myself using it for preference, only going to the 3 if the weather required!

I didn't have an E-5, but suspect this pulled together the best of the E 30 in a tougher, weatherproof body (although I never had reason not to believe the 30 was tough enough!
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

Went from E-520 to E-30 and have probably not used the 520 more then five times in 3yrs. The finger dials are nice to have as is the LCD display on top. One of the biggest assets is the ability to adjust AF points for every AF lens. A fiddely process, but you can cure front and back focus yourself. This was the main reason for me to upgrade, as every lens I own was a little off on the 520. And the only lens which needed no adjustments on the E-30 is my 35mm Macro.
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Re: E30 worthwhile step up ????

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Ralph not sure I'd agree with you about the sharpness the E510 is generally regarded as the sharpest of the early Oly dslrs. I bought an E620 (pretty much the same sensor as the E30) as an upgrade for my E510 but sold it after a few months. It was better in the tone curve it used especially how it handled highlights but the native sharpness wasn't quite as good as from the E510 in the comparison images I did hence it went. I'm sure the E30 is a good upgrade for the E520 for all the other reasons you mention though and the sharpness can be tweaked in pp when necessary.
Hi there Phil!

It may well be that I had a bad version of the E-510 (It was second hand and cheap too) as I never found it as sharp as the E-410 I'd bought it to replace. A few months later the E-30 came along at a price I couldn't refuse and the IQ is just so much better than the E-510. The E-510 is still a nice camera, and for a while the IS was a great help, but the E-30 just seems so much better for most things (and it balances my sigma 70-200 f2.8 a lot better too!).

Cheers,

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