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Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!



Love at first touch!......

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This is the E-1 with 14-54 Mk1 lens, FL-36R flash, 512mb CF card, lens hood and front cap I bought yesterday for 200 posted. See my thread under lenses for history.

Just arrived, it's had 11501 shutter actutuations (not bad?). Firmware 1.5 and lens firmware 1.1 (is that the latest?). The guy selling it bought it off a friend but wasn't an enthusiast (hence the price!).

Came with Oly battery and charger, no CD, manual or cables, but I've downloaded the manual off the Japan site and found an old phone USB cable with the correct 'D' connector. AV cable - no worries, never used one!

Rubber grip is coming away at the front right edge but I was aware of this from photos sent before buying and have found a couple of solutions on t'internet - Pattex Ultra gel for re-sticking after cleaning (I have some Isopropyl Alcohol) and trimming any stretched rubber, or Davinci in Germany for a replacement set (emailed them yesterday). Other remedies welcome but I think one of those will do. It's not bad anyhow.

Little bit of wear to 'AEL' button writing, and bottom of lens hood scuffed where it's been rested, and the whole thing needs a good dust!

Otherwise.... what a lovely old thing! Very first impressions are good. Really quiet focusing and shutter. Nice weight at 1276g as you see it in the pic above compared to the overly light E-510 @ 834g. With my large hands I can get all three of my non-shutter fingers onto the grip of the E-1 whereas my little finger floats around under the E-510's.

The real test will come from taking some photos but unfortunately I should be working, not playing, so that'll have to wait a while.

At the moment though I'm pleased with this purchase. I had considered buying this and selling on the body and flash to trade up to an E-3 but already I'm not so sure I could part with this little bit of history even though it's been here less than 2 hours and I've not tested its capabilities yet!

What magic spell has it weaved over me?

As a occasional camera buff, it may well suit me down to the ground.

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Re: Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!

Good!

Which version of the flash did you get in the end?

And the BCM-1 charger that you should have received with the E-1 (instead of the smaller BCM-2) will charge a BLM-1 faster too.

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Re: Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!

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Good!

Which version of the flash did you get in the end?

And the BCM-1 charger that you should have received with the E-1 (instead of the smaller BCM-2) will charge a BLM-1 faster too.

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It's the FL-36R. Tested it and it works fine. Will this always be better (if more cumbersome/hassle) than the pop-up flash on the E-510 or E-3?
I used to use a Vivitar 283 on the OM2 with occasional bouce flash card and I guess the 36R is far more sophisticated. If I decide to keep the E-3 and sell the E-510 I'd have to hang on to the flash too. Once again an E-3 appeals in this area but not if the 36R beats its pop-up unit.
I've already experienced some shadow using the E-510's pop-up flash on close-up shots and the 36R is a little higher so I guess would help. I know the Mk1 lens will take a ring flash but I don't get that close to subject matter.

Charger is a wall plug-in type. White plug fits into black charger - not an Olympus item.

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Re: Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!

200?
What an absolute steal!!
I'd be over the moon as the 14-54 alone often goes for more than that.
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Re: Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!

Just wondering, if I reset to factory default settings, do I lose the firmware upgrades (v1.5 at present) ?

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Just wondering, if I reset to factory default settings, do I lose the firmware upgrades (v1.5 at present) ?

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No, firmware can't be reversed.

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Re: Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!

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It's the FL-36R. Tested it and it works fine. Will this always be better (if more cumbersome/hassle) than the pop-up flash on the E-510 or E-3?
I used to use a Vivitar 283 on the OM2 with occasional bouce flash card and I guess the 36R is far more sophisticated. If I decide to keep the E-3 and sell the E-510 I'd have to hang on to the flash too. Once again an E-3 appeals in this area but not if the 36R beats its pop-up unit.
I've already experienced some shadow using the E-510's pop-up flash on close-up shots and the 36R is a little higher so I guess would help. I know the Mk1 lens will take a ring flash but I don't get that close to subject matter.

Charger is a wall plug-in type. White plug fits into black charger - not an Olympus item.

The FL-36R is not as powerful as the Vivitar 283 (a modern classic!) and also recycles more slowly, but it is fully compatible with the wireless remote control system introduced with the E-3, E-520 and E-420 and later (also works with Pens except the E-P1 and E-P2). But the FL-36R is a nice size and has a zooming head. It can also be manually slaved (it has a built-in optical slave trigger) so you could use another flash on your E-1 to slave your FL-36R. The older FL-36 doesn't have the wireless capability nor the slave trigger.

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Re: Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!

Yes, an incredible bargain. You get a free body and free flash for the price of a 14-54mm.
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Good!

Which version of the flash did you get in the end?

And the BCM-1 charger that you should have received with the E-1 (instead of the smaller BCM-2) will charge a BLM-1 faster too.

Ian
Was the BCM-2 a later model charger?
I may keep my eyes open for a BCM-1 if that's a better one and goes with the E-1 kit.

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Re: Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!

http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/ used to be able to supply E-1 grip kits for a tenner or so. None currently listed on thier site, but got to be worth a try
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http://www.lutoncameras.co.uk/ used to be able to supply E-1 grip kits for a tenner or so. None currently listed on thier site, but got to be worth a try
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Do I want a grip kit? Or did you mean I should look there for a BCM-1?
Why do I need a grip kit???

And many thanks to you Bill for emailing the E-1 software over.

Still not sure if v1.1 is the latest for the 14-54 Mk1 lens but the body seems up to date with v1.5.

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Do I want a grip kit? Or did you mean I should look there for a BCM-1?
Why do I need a grip kit???

Still not sure if v1.1 is the latest for the 14-54 Mk1 lens
I was just going by
Rubber grip is coming away at the front right edge but I was aware of this from photos sent before buying and have found a couple of solutions on t'internet - Pattex Ultra gel for re-sticking after cleaning (I have some Isopropyl Alcohol) and trimming any stretched rubber, or Davinci in Germany for a replacement set (emailed them yesterday).

And yes, Version 1.1 would seem to be the latest for the mark 1 lens.
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The FL-36R is not as powerful as the Vivitar 283 (a modern classic!) and also recycles more slowly, but it is fully compatible with the wireless remote control system introduced with the E-3, E-520 and E-420 and later (also works with most of the Pens apart from the EPL1). But the FL-36R is a nice size and has a zooming head. It can also be manually slaved (it has a built-in optical slave trigger) so you could use another flash on your E-1 to slave your FL-36R. The older FL-36 doesn't have the wireless capability nor the slave trigger.

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ian,

unless i am reading this wrong, my epl-1 instruction manual says i can use the fl-36r in all of its flash functions. just looking for clarification. now back
to your great buy on an e-1.

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I was just going by
Rubber grip is coming away at the front right edge but I was aware of this from photos sent before buying and have found a couple of solutions on t'internet - Pattex Ultra gel for re-sticking after cleaning (I have some Isopropyl Alcohol) and trimming any stretched rubber, or Davinci in Germany for a replacement set (emailed them yesterday).

And yes, Version 1.1 would seem to be the latest for the mark 1 lens.
Ah.... I thought you meant a battery grip!

I tried Luton but they have no more and Olympus Europe won't be supplying any more:

"Sorry, Olympus Europe stopped supplying parts for the E-1 12~18 months ago. Our stock of Rubber Grips has now been exhausted."

DaVinci on the other hand do have them, with double sided shaped sticky bits, for around 12 + post. Just waiting for them to confirm total.
May try the glue but it's almost as expensive!!

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Re: Me bargin' E-1 is here! First impressions?....Nice!

I recently bought the full set of rubber grip parts from DaVinci and found them reliable to deal with - took a week or so to arrive.

Enjoy the E-1 - I love mine: my favourite camera ever (not necessarily the most technically competent, but still my favourite).
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