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Old 4th January 2010
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help with E-420

I Just got an Olympus E-420 for Christmas. It takes good pictures the way it came but it has so many settings and the book is hard to understand for a beginner like myself. Can anyone give me any helpful suggestions on how to take to best pictures. I like to take a lot of wildlife pictures, it came with a 14-42mm lens, what is the best lens to use for wildlife far off. Will other lenses work with this camera like Nikon or Cannon? Any help will be appreciated.
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Re: help with E-420

Hi deerhunter, and welcome to the forum.

For wildlife the most cost effective lens if the Olympus 70-300mm which has an equivalent maximum reach of a 600mm lens on a full frame camera. That's long by any standards! For a budget lens it gives superb results. With slightly less range but absolutely top notch quality the 50-200mm is hard to beat, but it is much more expensive. Another expensive alternative is the Sigma 50-500mm, offering a massive magnification and good, if not top notch, quality.
Manual focus lenses of virtually any make can be used with a suitable adaptor (lots available on ebay) and are a very cost effective option but they may be difficult to focus and the quality will probably not match that of the 70-300mm. The main consideration when using lenses of this magnification is to keep the shutter speed high enough. Hand held at 300mm you need at least 1/1000th of a second to keep things really sharp. Are there any other specific questions you'd like to ask about the camera? Let us know how you get on.

"A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau
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