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  • How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

    I've seen the thread about Olys not being used for University courses. Forgive me if this question has been polled before: how many of us had Olympus SLRs (OM system) or other Olympus cameras before we decided to buy into the E-system?

    Obviously, what I'm getting at is: were we inlfuenced by OM and hoping that the DSLR system would reach similar peaks? Or, were we influenced by some happy experience with other P&S or older film Olympus cameras? Or - the most interesting group to know the reasons - did we decide to buy into the E-system without prior experience and on what grounds?

    Me: heavily influenced by OM past. Yes, I did my research but I was predisposed towards Olympus.
    106
    1. Yes, I had prior experience with OM system?
    44.34%
    47
    2. Yes, I had prior experience with non-SLR Olympus cameras
    15.09%
    16
    3. No, I opted for the E-system aftesh....because....
    40.57%
    43

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    Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

    Firstly, a long line of Nikon SLRs - so I am not an OM user. Then a Fuji bridge camera. Then I read the glowing revues of the Olympus C8080 bridge camera and bought one. The lens was so good that I replaced the camera after 18 months with an E-400.

    Bought the remaining lenses and body from e-group members over this last year. Viola..

    Pete
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    • #3
      Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

      I went for Olympus simply because it was the best value for money for me at the time. I got my E420 for under £300. I nearly got a Canon 400D, as we were selling off our display model at work for £270, but the charger and battery were missing, so i didnt bother with that.

      all in all I got the E420 with the 17.5-45mm, the 40-150mm, tripod, bag, and CF card for a shade under £400. Couldnt get anywhere near that value for money with anyone else!

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      • #4
        Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

        I had an OM1 and OM10 as my only film SLRs between 1980 and the late 1990's. After these both died I bought a Nikon F70, which gave me all the bells and whistles that Olympus couldn't (the OM707 was too little too late). I did go digital with an open mind but when comparing the E500 with the Nikon D70 (the only cameras I was looking at) the value for money and the compactness of the Oly kit won me over. However, I think that my fondness for the C8080WZ that I already had did help.............

        Dave
        Dave

        E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

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        • #5
          Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

          Hi

          I first had and still have an OM1(N) which I used from about 1977.It still works today but does not see the light of day very often.
          From the mid 80's I lost photograhy for a few years.
          When digital started I got a C740 and then upgraded to a C765 that I still have.
          I still felt limited by point and shoot and got an E500 when they first came out.
          Soon after that got a very good deal on a new E1 which became my main camera until the E3 came out.
          The E500 twin lens kit was sold to part finance my E3 which will be 1 year old next month.

          Dont ask about all the lenses

          Ps I'll never be any good at it but I enjoy myself.
          All the best

          Being left handed my brain sometimes works sdrawkcab

          Andy

          Lots of cameras and lenses.


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          • #6
            Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

            OM2n a long while back. Then, when digital became affordable, the 2020, 3030 and 2100uz. Then the E10 followed by a defection to Canon 10D and 5D till the E-510, then E-520 and E-1.
            Stephen

            A camera takes a picture. A photographer makes a picture

            Fuji X system, + Leica and Bronica film

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            • #7
              Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

              For me it all started with the 35RD which I still have and rate as one of the best 35mm cameras ever...

              I have all, bar one (35UC) of the rangefinder series and have had virtually all the OMs, with my OM4Ti still loaded regularly with slide film and used several times each year.

              I have a C8080WZ with the WCON, which is brilliant, "but"

              The move to the E-system was driven by the release or the 7-14mm. I really enjoy exploring the possibilities of Ultra Wide Angle photography and this provides such great capability.

              Graham

              We often repeat the mistakes we most enjoy...

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              • #8
                Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

                My first dSLR was the E-500. I was lusting after the Canon 350D at the time, but was waaaaay too expensive, so I opted for the E-500 double lens kit. A relative that was (and still is) fond of photography had an E-10, for which he had (and still has) nothing but praise, so that was what sealed it off.

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                • #9
                  Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

                  I have been very influenced by the OM System. It all started back in 1982, when I purchased a OM1n. Over the years, I amassed quite a bit of stuff. Some has been sold to finance my digital gear, but I still have (and use);

                  My original OM1n
                  OM4Ti
                  OM3Ti
                  21mm f2
                  24mm f2.8
                  35mm f2
                  50 f1.2
                  80mm f4
                  100mm f2.8
                  135mm f2.8
                  180mm f2.8
                  300mm f4.5

                  plus a load of bits and bobs. In fact, I was out with my OM3Ti and most lenses yesterday!

                  Cheers, Steve.
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                  • #10
                    Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

                    I have owned and used all sorts of kit over the last 30-odd years. I remember a particularly well-heeled classmate bringing in an early Olympus OM-1 SLR when at was in my early teens.

                    My first SLR was a Zenit E. My first full-spec. SLR was a Minolta SRT-101, followed by a Minolta XE-1.

                    Later on I switched to Miranda, attracted by the poor-man's Nikon F interchangeable viewfinder. After that, I switched to Olympus, with various OM bodies.

                    As Olympus didn't make the switch to AF back in the late 80s, I scrapped plans to buy an OM-2sp and switched to Canon, with an EOS-100.

                    In the mid-90s Olympus impressed me with the C-1400L - it was only 1.2 megapixels, but the images were the first digital camera shots that looked natural, rather than like video stills.

                    By this time I was writing a lot about digital imaging and I managed to borrow a C-2500L from Olympus. This produced great images, which I still marvel at. Then the E-10 came out and I used one for a long time until the E-20 came out.

                    By this time I was now specialising in digital imaging journalism and I had struck up a very good relationship with Olympus. I also had a good relationship with Canon and in 2000 I was invited to visit Canon in Japan and tour their factories. I used a Canon D30 (3 megapixel DSLR) for a while.

                    But my relationship with Olympus was the most enduring and I was able to get a scoop on the first hands-on public appearance of the (as-yet unnamed) E-1, see:

                    http://dpnow.com/20.html

                    Please forgive the forum links from that page - the old forum from the DPNow site is currently down.

                    Olympus was relatively late - compared to Nikon and Canon - into the DSLR scene and chose the smallest sensor size. A lot of nonsense was bandied about by so-called experts predicting that Olympus would never hack it, that the sensor was too small, that the market was saturated, etc. So I spent a lot of time on forums and newsgroups trying to set the record straight.

                    I admire various things about various DSLR systems. I really like Olympus for its consistently excellent optics and fearless innovation. I was given a Sony Alpha A100 two years ago when the system was launched, I haven't ebayed it, and indeed I have added a couple of lenses. I'm a bit of a camera obsessive and happen to have gravitated to Olympus, from whom I get a great deal of support.

                    So that's my story!

                    Ian
                    Founder and editor of:
                    Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                    Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                    Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                    Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)

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                    • #11
                      Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

                      Originally posted by Graham_of_Rainham View Post
                      For me it all started with the 35RD which I still have and rate as one of the best 35mm cameras ever...

                      I have all, bar one (35UC) of the rangefinder series and have had virtually all the OMs, with my OM4Ti still loaded regularly with slide film and used several times each year.

                      I have a C8080WZ with the WCON, which is brilliant, "but"

                      The move to the E-system was driven by the release or the 7-14mm. I really enjoy exploring the possibilities of Ultra Wide Angle photography and this provides such great capability.

                      Actually, I used a 35RC rangefinder for quite a while too

                      Ian
                      Founder and editor of:
                      Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                      Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                      Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                      Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)

                      Twitter: www.twitter.com/ian_burley
                      Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/dpnow/
                      Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ianburley/
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                      • #12
                        Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

                        My first serious camera which I used for many years and still have was a Kodak Retinette 1B. In the early 80s I flirted briefly with a Fuji SLR - nice but no future - before switching to Minolta.

                        My first digital was a 3040 bought secondhand from Jessops in May 2002 at what seemed a colossal price at the time. I was writing an article and asked the editor whether he wanted digital or 35mm pix. He assured me only 35mm was good enough. However I sent in both and he only used the digital.

                        I got the message, dug deep and bought an E20. It was a super camera apart from the slow electronics and I sold it last year with much regret. I'd probably have stuck with Minolta if they'd been quicker getting a DSLR on the market but a friend showed me her E300 and I realised four thirds was the way to go and bought an E500, since when I've upgraded.

                        I like the E3 and pro lenses for serious stuff, especially in bad weather, but the E510 and kit lens is a handy thing to put in a large jacket pocket for those 'thank goodness I had a camera with me' moments.

                        I have no plans to shift from Olympus.
                        David

                        EM1ii, EM10ii

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                        • #13
                          Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

                          For me it started with a wonderful OM1 + Zuiko 50/1.4, what a combination! What a viewfinder, that's like going to the movies. Then OM2SP, OM4ti & a couple of lenses:

                          18/3.5
                          21/3.5
                          24/2.8
                          28/2.8
                          35/3.5 shift
                          50/1.4
                          90/2.0
                          300/4.5
                          35-80/2.8 (the best ever done, it lives on the OM4ti)
                          1.4x TC

                          Quite a kit, isn't it. Sadly all no longer in use & left back home in Austria. Moving to the E-System thus felt just natural & I haven't been disappointed. There is only a lack of fast super-wideangle primes.

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                            • #15
                              Re: How did you come to Olympus DSLRs?

                              I have owned, or been the regular user of, a lot of system cameras over the years, the only one I had real affection for was Leica M. I have owned various Oly compacts but never the OM series.

                              I did have a quite extensive Minolta system and when I decided to get a dSLR I bought a Konica Minolta 5D. It lasted a year and taught me a lot, mainly about the limitiations of old zooms on an APS size dSLR. Then one day I was out taking pics and fell down a steep path and smashed the KM 5D with a f2.8 Sigma zoom mounted. This was just after Sony had taken over KM. The insurance company were excellent and gave me full market value, except that it was as as a credit with Jessops who were utterly useless. They couldn't, or wouldn't, source a KM replacement and just said CANIKON - CANIKON.

                              It just happened that I had been to Rutland Water Birdfair and handled, and been impressed by, an Olypus e510 with some excellent lenses (I didn't realise at the time they were the top pro range and out of my financial reach) so I bought the only Oly in Jessops, a grossly overpriced e510, just to put an end to the misery.

                              The sale of all my KM gear let me buy most of the Oly gear, largely on ebay. I now have the two basic kit lenses, 50-200 ED, Ex-25, EC-20 converter, FL-36, 12-60 lens (thanks Kerso) and various converters and adaptors to let me play with my collection of assorted lenses. I don't anticipate any further purchases unless the m4/3 comes up with an Leica M adaptor.

                              My favourite camera remains the Leica M6.

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