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My 'new' E-1 vs E510 comparison shots



Just took a few shots this morning.

I'd heard the E-1's colours were better than the later models and I also wanted to see what cropped shots looked like.

Here are the E-510 & E-1 with the 14-42 kit lens......



Then E-510 & E-1 with the 14-54 lens.....



Then cropped 1000 wide, E-510 & E-1 with the 14-42 kit lens.....



Lastly, cropped 1000 wide, E-510 & E-1 with the 14-54 lens.....



All are JPEGs, taken after each camera was reset to default settings. EV+1.

I have no idea yet about post production changes, RAW files etc.
I may one day have time to work out how to fiddle after taking photos but at present I'm only used to adjustments before I take a photo, as this was all I could previously do with the OM2 I had.

The most noticeable thing to me is that the E-510s colours are wrong.
In the un-cropped photos, the bunch of purple flowers to the far right and the single purple flower to the far left ARE purple and not blue. The E-1 has the colour spot on whereas the E-510 has altered it.

The E-1 cropped shots are of course less defined than the E-510 but I rarely crop to this extent.

I cannot see any difference between the 14-42 kit lens and the 14-54, but mine is an untrained eye! Can someone tell me what all the hype is about regarding the more pricey lens? I guess it must shine in some other situations?

Anyway, this has shown me that others' comments about the E-1's Kodak sensor being superior colour wise seem to be correct, and that cropping won't be a problem with it for my uses.

Not sure about the 14-54 lens though?

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Re: My 'new' E-1 vs E510 comparison shots

Interesting to see the difference in colour! Also looks as if the E510 has been a bit more conservative with the exposure in order to preserve highlights (not a bad thing).

Three advantages of the 14-54:

(1) it's weatherproof so you can play in the rain with your E-1 - actually, that is a BIG advantage: I've taken this combination on an ocean-going catamaran trip and got it thoroughly soaked in seawater, cleaned it all off afterwards and had no problems whatsoever.

(2) more reach at the tele end - 42mm is a little short if you don't want to change lenses often.

(3) faster so you can either keep the ISO down or shutter speeds up, as well as having more ability to play with selective focus and controlling of depth of field.

As long as you don't pay a huge penalty in size/weight, I'd always aim for faster lenses where possible - because I tend to prefer selective focus.
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Re: My 'new' E-1 vs E510 comparison shots

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Interesting to see the difference in colour! Also looks as if the E510 has been a bit more conservative with the exposure in order to preserve highlights (not a bad thing).

Three advantages of the 14-54:

(1) it's weatherproof so you can play in the rain with your E-1 - actually, that is a BIG advantage: I've taken this combination on an ocean-going catamaran trip and got it thoroughly soaked in seawater, cleaned it all off afterwards and had no problems whatsoever.

(2) more reach at the tele end - 42mm is a little short if you don't want to change lenses often.

(3) faster so you can either keep the ISO down or shutter speeds up, as well as having more ability to play with selective focus and controlling of depth of field.

As long as you don't pay a huge penalty in size/weight, I'd always aim for faster lenses where possible - because I tend to prefer selective focus.
All good points!

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Re: My 'new' E-1 vs E510 comparison shots

I ran some comparison shots a while back by filling the frame with a newspaper page. The 14-54 definitely resolved more detail than the 14-42 which is what one would hope given the extra cost. That's not to say the 14-42 is a bad lens; on the contrary, it is excellent as kit lenses go

I will try to find the comparison shots and post them.

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Re: My 'new' E-1 vs E510 comparison shots

As well as all those reasons listed above the 14-54 can focus more closely than the 14-42 and it just feels more balanced on the E1.
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Re: My 'new' E-1 vs E510 comparison shots

Here are the two comparison images I mentioned. They've been 1:1 cropped to 800x600 to keep file sizes down. Both images were taken with the E-3 and processed identically, why the 14-42 image appears darker since the camera was on automatic I'm not sure

You can see that the 14-54 resolves a bit more detail than the 14-42. Note the fine lines denoting shadow below the overcoats.

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14-54



Sorry for the slow reply, it took me a bit of time to track the images down to a misplaced memory stick

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Re: My 'new' E-1 vs E510 comparison shots

The first picture actually looks blurred. How much of the frame is it? (post a low-res pic of the whole thing so we get the idea?)
Also : use Manual and set the aperture and shutterspeed and ISO to the same for each shot for a proper comparison.
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