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MJ0RZD 2nd April 2013 02:29 PM

My 'new' E-1
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Well this is the first opportunity(after Easter weekend) to post since getting my 'new' (to me) E-1('s) and am having a blast! What a super little camera, should've got one years ago but all things have their time I guess. Here are some initial pics for comment. First thoughts on the E-1 are how well made and user friendly (having been used to the E-10 for years) also the 14-54mm lens is a peach, battery life good even in the cold weather. The 5mp sensor hasn't proved too much of a limitation yet though it takes less close scrutiny and enlargement (on the monitor) than my EOS-1Ds mk2 (no sh*\ Sherlock!!!:rolleyes:) but its possibly more fun to use as a walkabout camera.

Seems it pays to 'shoot to the right' which I started out doing but monitor and histogram suggested no need!! The attached pics have had minor tweaks and sharpening from raw in Aperture 3 as most came out darker than I'd like and some a little flat as a result. Looks like 1/2 to 1 stop compensation may be needed as a standard setting (good excuse to go out and 'play again' *yes). The second body with the 17.5-45mm is nice and lightweight but seems to lack contrast and didn't seem to render subtle colours too well but thats only based on a first outing round St.Helier harbour using JPEG only.

Imageryone 18th April 2013 08:50 AM

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Enjoy the E-1, it is a superb camera, and once you really get into it you will be amazed at the quality of image. I use mine at -0.3 compensation to get more highlight detail, but turn everything else off. Not great above ISO400, but that makes you work for you image, and I like that. look forward to more pics soon. Set the camera to sRBG.
Look out for a copy of " Olympus E System " by Frank Spath ISBN 3-925334-67-x , it tells you how everything on the camera works, I got my copy for 2.80 from an on line shop :)

Zuiko 18th April 2013 09:02 AM

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It's surprising how big you can print from 5mp, it just won't stand much cropping, and at low ISO the quality is top notch even by today's standards. It's great to see you putting your E-1 to good use. :)

Ian 18th April 2013 10:29 AM

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A bit of advice - please don't use file attachments for showing photos; use the free gallery space provided here or use the Insert Image button here. That way your photo will be better served by being shown at a decent size in the thread rather than a thumbnail.

If you use the gallery people will continue to find your photos months afterwards as they browse the gallery, too.


MJ0RZD 19th April 2013 07:24 AM

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Thanks everyone! Comments on gallery duly noted, only just joined the website so getting to know it! I have seen Frank Spath's book online but for about 20, shame as I just missed one the week before I got the camera on evilbay for a couple of 's !! I took a load in the forest near here a couple of weeks back but been too busy since to play but I am enjoying it! Coming from a film background originally (Canon T90) albeit via EOS-1d's more recently, a small display, low ISO and not cropping has never really bothered me and I tend to stick to the ethos that you should 'get it right first time' and not look to PS to bail you out! :p

MJ0RZD 19th April 2013 09:32 AM

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Cracked it now (I hope)!! Have uploaded a few of the recent E-1 images in Brittany and Jersey, damn I love this camera! *yes
??? Why are my pics still coming out as thumbnails, I'd say I'm being blonde but haven't got that much hair!!!

Stewart G 22nd April 2013 12:36 AM

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Sure is nice to hear the E-1 referred to as "little." *chr

Footloose1949 27th July 2013 08:51 AM

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Bought my E-1 about a year after it first appeared, and still have and use it, even though since then I've bought an E-3 and the OM-D; unlike many other DSLRs, your nose doesn't get in the way, the On/Off switch is exactly where you need it for grab shots and street photography. The 14-28mm zoom is superb and I think in some respects is better than the later ?-60mm zoom. The only niggle I've ever had with it, are it's small LCD screen and the rear grip coming off, which some weeks ago I think I have permanently solved by using some of Evo-Stik's 'Serious Glue'!

So, maybe some of you might be asking, why did I go for the E-1? .... It was/is that superb 7-14mm ultrawide zoom, which until very recently, a comparable version hasn't appeared for APS-C cameras. I have to wonder if these sensors exhibit a failing due to the acute angle that the light 'hits' these sensors when using non-telecentric optics which has taken these manufacturers 7 years to overcome.

Bill Gordon 27th July 2013 04:01 PM

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In my estimation the E-1 was the best camera that Olympus made!!

Bill Gordon 27th July 2013 04:02 PM

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Oh, and I forgot to say, I loved your photos. They really reflect the quality of that camera and obviously you have a great eye for photos!!

Ulfric M Douglas 27th July 2013 06:38 PM

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Nice view.


Both I and my four-year-old like the handling of the E-1.
I just bought a new battery for mine so I could use it without the big grip.

Stewart G 27th July 2013 07:10 PM

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Shooting with the E-1 is sort of like driving an old car, one that never needs new tires or a trip to the shop, but always takes me where I want to go.

David M 27th July 2013 07:56 PM

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It's over 5 years since I sold my E-1 but I didn't regret it until recently. Now I want one as a digital OM2 to use with my manual focus primes.

Footloose1949 27th July 2013 09:01 PM

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Bill, I wouldn't go that far in my estimation of Olympus cameras. The E-1 was certainly the foundation-stone of the 4/3rds and m4/3rds formats. I feel the E3 and 4, good as they are, I think were driven by designers who were diverted from Mr Mantana's original concept of compact and highly functional cameras, because public opinion led them to presume that their cameras 'needed' to be the same size as their competitors. The OM-D, shows that Olympus has realised that the concepts laid down by the company's chief designer, are as valid today as they were when he proposed his over-arching design concepts, as can be seen in the half-frame cameras, the original OM1 system camera and subsequently, digital versions of the PEN. Some detractors may well look at the OM-D and fob it off as a 'copy-cat version of the OM film camera, when it's size is as big a shock as the original OM1 was, which proved in it's day that system cameras did not need to be big and bulky. The E-1 was probably as small as they could at that time design an interchangeable-lensed DSLR. Olympus's development of the mirrorless DSLR, meant that their designers could yet again take Mantana's original concepts to yet another level.

The 4/3rds and m4/3rds format does have some limitations, but these in my opinion, are significantly outweighed by the benefits of the compactness they deliver to users.

MJ0RZD 28th July 2013 09:46 AM

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Thanks for the comments, been loving the E-1 big time and the 14-54 is a nice lens, was tempted to get a 12-60 recently but it really doesn't seem justified right now. It may be a 'new toy' thing but the EOS's have stayed in the cupboard since getting the E-1 and putting an old OM 50mm on has been a blast as well. Recent addition of an FL-40 flashgun has been a good move as it was cheap to buy and works seamlessly on 'P' mode with the TTL and produces nice sharp/bright results (if only the set up with the Canon 580EX worked as well on the 1d mk2 but maybe thats just me!!).

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