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E-600 First Shots

Being forced to make a diversion to avoid flooded lanes on my way home yesterday I happened upon a Currys store. Following recent reports on here of a great price for the E-600 I went in to investigate. One left in stock plus the display model 329. SWMBO was by now getting cold in the car and it was snowing so a brief negotiation resulted in another dent in the plastic.
Spent last evening setting up according to BIOFOS. Got enough light briefly this afternoon to get these shots with the Bigma. Reports on here of the quality of the OOC jpegs are spot on. The only pp was a small tweak to levels and sharpening in GIMP. Only grouse so far is that Dxo Pro won't recognise the ORF files as being the same as E-620. Will have to work on that one.








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Re: E-600 First Shots

Peter,
I don't know if this helps but DaveT found this application to change exif data including camera type. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=8351

I've tried it and it has worked every time so far.
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Re: E-600 First Shots

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Sorry forgot to say lovely shots.
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Re: E-600 First Shots

I see you've got some noise and the picture is a little soft. I used some of Wrotniak's setups for E-620 and I am now happy with the photos straight from the camera. If anything negative is to be said about the E-600 it's that it's very easy to get noisy photos and ISO-noise starts already on ISO400 if you're not careful with the exposure.
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Re: E-600 First Shots

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If anything negative is to be said about the E-600 it's that it's very easy to get noisy photos and ISO-noise starts already on ISO400 if you're not careful with the exposure.
Yes, I agree. My experience with the E620 is that it is essential to avoid underexposure. I take this so seriously that I have set a global +0.5 EV exposure offset for centre weighted metering (its an option hidden deep in the menu system). I then meter as per normal and the results generally look good. I sometimes get mildly clipped highlights - but I recover these in the raw processing. However, underexpose and try to lift the image and you get into noise* quite quickly.

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*I am being picky really. Looking at the grain on my old slides - even poor DSLR results are so much better these days.
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Re: E-600 First Shots

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Peter,
I don't know if this helps but DaveT found this application to change exif data including camera type. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=8351

I've tried it and it has worked every time so far.
Jamie
Yes I'm lookong at that but there is apparently a problem with Dxo Optics Pro in that it can spot any changes to the EXIF data and refuse to co-operate. The user manual warns that even downloading from the card via programs like Olympus MASTER can cause this. Will have to e-mail Dxo.

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Re: E-600 First Shots

Thanks Radar and Pete

If you look at the EXIF you will see that I was shooting at f 6.3 ISO 400 and 1/250s all of which are far from ideal ( also shot through a window ). I also used +0.7 EV which is clearly not enough. That said I am pleased with the camera, just need to get the operator sorted out.

Thanks for your helpful comments and encouragement.
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So..the window might be the reason for the softness? Found the OLY lenses nice and sharp as soon as the camera is tweaked for optimum performance.
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So..the window might be the reason for the softness? Found the OLY lenses nice and sharp as soon as the camera is tweaked for optimum performance.
Yes the window doesn't help. Also I was using the Bigma at 500mm which at F6.3 is not optimum, from memory I think F9 is the "sweet spot" but that would have given more problems with shutter/ISO.
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I see. If you've got problems with Bigma I can help you out and get rid of it for free for you
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I see. If you've got problems with Bigma I can help you out and get rid of it for free for you
Sorry I love my Bigma, just the operator needs tweaking. Nice try
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