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  • A production spec E-30 has arrived!

    Yesterday afternoon I picked up a production spec. E-30 and 14-54 II from Olympus UK.

    I'm allowed to talk about image quality and to upload samples

    These will be released later this evening - 28 images in all taken in the winter sunlight here in Hemel late this morning today. These will be published in an article on FTU.

    Tomorrow on FTU, I'll be comparing high ISO samples from an E-3, E-30 and... a Nikon D300.

    I haven't had a thorough look at the high ISO comparison shots just yet, but my initial glee at the improvement in high ISO quality over the E-3 is thankfully confirmed. There is no banding any more and the grain that is there is quite manageable. Chroma noise is kept well under control as well.

    More coming soon!

    Ian
    Founder and editor of:
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    Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

    Originally posted by Ian View Post
    More coming soon!
    Well ..... I've waited at least 9 minutes....

    Not on FTU yet !

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    Andy
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    • #3
      Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

      Originally posted by Ian View Post
      Tomorrow on FTU, I'll be comparing high ISO samples from an E-3, E-30 and... a Nikon D300.

      Look forward to this bit, as its the only thing i got a D700 for

      Chris

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      • #4
        Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

        Originally posted by Chillimonster View Post
        Look forward to this bit, as its the only thing i got a D700 for

        Chris
        I don't expect it to match the D700 in this respect, but it might give the D300 a bit of a jolt!
        John

        "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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        • #5
          Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

          Originally posted by shenstone View Post
          Well ..... I've waited at least 9 minutes....

          Not on FTU yet !
          And that was at least two hours ago!
          - my pictures -

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            Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

            I'm working on it - but taking longer than hoped. Unfortunately I don't automatic tools for building the gallery and I've had to cook the family supper

            Ian
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              Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

              Originally posted by Ian View Post
              I'm working on it - but taking longer than hoped. Unfortunately I don't automatic tools for building the gallery and I've had to cook the family supper

              Ian
              It would have been beans on toast for my familly if I'd had an E-30 to play with!
              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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              • #8
                Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

                Originally posted by Ian View Post
                .....

                I haven't had a thorough look at the high ISO comparison shots just yet, but my initial glee at the improvement in high ISO quality over the E-3 is thankfully confirmed.
                .....

                Ian
                This would be good news indeed - and, together with the other parts of the E30 spec, must indicate that an upgraded version or successor to the E-3 itself can't be far off..... Any straws in the wind on that?

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                • #9
                  Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

                  Originally posted by Makonde View Post
                  This would be good news indeed - and, together with the other parts of the E30 spec, must indicate that an upgraded version or successor to the E-3 itself can't be far off..... Any straws in the wind on that?
                  No, I have heard nothing from Olympus at all concerning a replacement for the E-3.

                  The E-30 samples are now up at:

                  http://fourthirds-user.com/2008/12/f...o_download.php

                  Do let me know what you think!

                  Ian
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                  • #10
                    Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

                    Originally posted by Chillimonster View Post
                    Look forward to this bit, as its the only thing i got a D700 for

                    Chris
                    Well, D700 noise is significantly superior than the D300 at ISO 800 and above, and of course there is a significant dynamic range headroom.

                    But I think the E-30 brings Four Thirds appreciably closer to the D300 and the D300 has been widely praised for its sensor performance.

                    Ian
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                    Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
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                    • #11
                      high iso Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

                      Originally posted by Ian View Post
                      ...

                      Tomorrow on FTU, I'll be comparing high ISO samples from an E-3, E-30 and... a Nikon D300.

                      ...


                      Ian
                      What is this fetish for high ISO stuff? Is it the only real selling point these days?
                      chris
                      shetland

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                      • #12
                        Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

                        Is it going the way of high pixel count? getting the right balance between the two is the way forward or is that what they are always trying for.
                        Cheers

                        Mick

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                        • #13
                          Re: high iso Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

                          Originally posted by crimbo View Post
                          What is this fetish for high ISO stuff? Is it the only real selling point these days?
                          Depends on what you shoot.

                          I had a need for good low-light (No flash) performance so had to switch to the D700 as i was not happy with the results (and it was commented upon by the person i was doing the work for).

                          I still love the E-system though and am working hard to afford to get an E-3 again, but for the time being the D700 is earnings its keep

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                          • #14
                            Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

                            Ah expectation! explains it all
                            chris
                            shetland

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                            • #15
                              Re: high iso Re: A production spec E-30 has arrived!

                              Originally posted by crimbo View Post
                              What is this fetish for high ISO stuff? Is it the only real selling point these days?
                              High ISO performance has, with some justification, been an Achilles heel of the Four Thirds system, so it's naturally of interest if this issue is getting closer to being resolved.

                              Ian
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