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ronyzmbow 11th March 2009 09:11 AM

Olympus E-1 - WOW!
 
I am in the hobby of photography for over 40 years by now. Along the years there were some camera that I felt attached to - both from technical quality point of view and both from quality of images.
Some years ago I made the switch to the digital world starting with point and shoot, then came the Canon G5 and about half a year ago I bought the E-520 plus 2 kit lenses. Later on I bought the 14-54mm lens and I am very pleased.
Some years back, when the E-1 came out to market I've told one of my friends that "that's it - this is a milestone in photography" - but who could afford it at that time?
Well, I did not give up. Some days ago I bought a second hand E-1 in Ebay.
This weekend I've started to use it.
WWWOOOWWW! - what a GREAT cmaera!
The body is built like a tank! It feels so right in your hands.
And then I went to friends birthday and a walk in the near by forest. I took both Jpegs and RAW. I am using Photoshop Elements 6 and ACR - the results are so much different from anything else, even from the E-520. The images are with fantastic colors and a unique "touch" - they almost look like painting - remineds me of best quality "good old days" prints from negative films.
I am still in a learning process - nainly RAW development.
All in all I am so happy!
It would be nice to have your comments and to hear from your experience about the best software for the E-1 Raw files.

StephenL 11th March 2009 09:20 AM

Re: Olympus E-1 - WOW!
 
Welcome! I know what you mean about the E-1 as I owned one briefly until I got my E-3.
As to RAW processing software - well, you'll find everyone has their own favourites. The best advice I can give is to ignore everyones advice! Download trial versions of them all and see which YOU prefer - it's the only way!

Garrie 11th March 2009 10:16 AM

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I said the same thing about my E1 when I got it a few months back. I does feel so right in your hand and I love the colours and tones from it*yes

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3884

Steve Lane 11th March 2009 10:37 AM

Re: Olympus E-1 - WOW!
 
I have been using the E-1 for a few years now. I purchased it new when the price fell to below 600 with a kit lens. I have very few complaints with it, so much so that I still see very little need to purchase a more updated E-System model.

It's out of camera jpegs are incredible, as is the build quality of the body. I keep looking at later models, but have yet to convince myself that I will benefit from upgrading. Enjoy!

Cheers, Steve.

Barrie Norman 11th March 2009 06:00 PM

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You can still download a copy of Raw Shooter essentials, which was the for runner of adobe lightroom from CNET downloads, it will not register but it will keep working correctly and it is a very programe. I am happy that you like the E1 I would not be without mine, shooting RAW and saving in TIFF from Photoshop will give you good quality images, I don't save in JPEG because so much information is lost and a TIFF file can save layer detail as well.

Happy shooting

Garrie 11th March 2009 11:18 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Barrie Norman (Post 39382)
You can still download a copy of Raw Shooter essentials, which was the for runner of adobe lightroom from CNET downloads, it will not register but it will keep working correctly and it is a very programe. I am happy that you like the E1 I would not be without mine, shooting RAW and saving in TIFF from Photoshop will give you good quality images, I don't save in JPEG because so much information is lost and a TIFF file can save layer detail as well.

Happy shooting

I find I get great quality images from out of the camera jpg :confused:

scanny 11th March 2009 11:24 PM

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Your in for a treat if you partner it up with the 50-200 and the power grip, it feels well balanced and sits in the hand so well, an excellent combination for all occasionas and weather

7tenths 6th May 2009 07:03 PM

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Have to agree, E-1 ergonomics are GREAT....if only they (Olympus) could 'shoe-horn' an E-3's insides into the E-1 body....*yes

wet in washington 7th May 2009 12:36 AM

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My signature says it all! *yes

Wreckdiver 7th May 2009 08:51 AM

Re: Olympus E-1 - WOW!
 
I love my E-1, even though it gets little use these day as my E-3 is my main camera now. I bought the E-1 very shortly after it came out and it cost me 1800 (with the 14-54mm lens), Digital Depot threw in a free 1GB Microdrive CF card which cost 105 at the time :eek: The build quality is superb and is better than the E-3 and it does deliver superb photos. I would never sell it and I recon it will become a collectors classic in years to come. Well worth the price you pay on Ebay.

My E-1 will be getting resurrected this summer on my trip to the Red Sea, E-3 for underwater and E-1 for top shots.

Steve

stevemerrick 12th June 2009 07:49 PM

Re: Olympus E-1 - WOW!
 
Hi all,

I really like the E1, It is tough as nails and wait till its raining,One of mine has fallen in a flooded road, dropped off a bike and walloped at the g20, Superb, if like me you dont go much bigger than A4 then its a super tool, and work wise it is flexible and cheap as chips, AHHHHH heaven. I would argue for and against the Hld2 grip(or is that hdl2) but either way its great.

On the software front I run all the images through the photostudio 2 then (if needed) through photoshop. Its a bit of a drag but the results are worth it.

Wish you luck with your new friend and a happy time shooting.

Steve ;-)

stevemerrick 12th June 2009 07:54 PM

Re: Olympus E-1 - WOW! Re;raw jpegs and tiffs
 
I tend to shoot in jpeg mode unless the pics are a feature or high end mag, but the jpegs are punchy and great from the e1, however the tiff tip, is right if there a multiple layers, but I personally just save it twice, ( Probably because of paranoia) having said that the tiff file have only scored once whereas jpegs like negs seem to be forever..


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