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Upgrade time - advice and valuation

New year, and new camera perhaps?

I'm looking to stay with 4/3 format but want a bit more than my 410 can give me, namely IS. My current thinking is a 6xx series because I prefer the compact size over the 5xx and will be able to utilise my batteries.

I've done my reading and don't care too much whether its a 600 or a 620, just more that it is the right price, it seems that 250 is about right with one kit lens, I don't know what a body only price looks like. Has anyone got an idea?

I'd also be looking to move on the 410, and kit lenses, either with the 14-42 or 17.5-45 and one of the 40-150 mk1 that I have. Does anyone have an estimate on the value - its all boxed, with an e-system bag and I'd probably throw in a couple of cards too. I was thinking around 175, or am I shooting a little high?

It has served me well and taught me about photography but with a house purchase on the cards this year, its something that I have to do soon or not at all for a long while. Whilst I'd love an OMD, I can't justify the format change and high price tag for a new camera. I see this as a good halfway house and a logical step.

Advice, opinions and anything else welcome.

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Re: Upgrade time - advice and valuation

Ffordes have a used E-620 body for £269. That's retail with warranty. So a private sale for the body only, I think, would be around £220. Add a kit lens for another £40 or so.

They are also listing a used E-510 plus kit lens for £179 - again with warranty. Given that this camera is a model up from your E-410, and that a Mk1 40-150 is probably worth around £70, your price seems about right to me for a camera with 2 lenses.

PS I think the E-620 is a great camera, probably the best "small" DSLR Olympus made before going m4/3.
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Re: Upgrade time - advice and valuation

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PS I think the E-620 is a great camera, probably the best "small" DSLR Olympus made before going m4/3.
+1 to wot he said
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Re: Upgrade time - advice and valuation

My fly in the ointment is just this : my e-410 takes different photos to our e-600, at basic level they are sharper, and colour balance is more amber and unique.
If I didn't need the dosh by selling it I'd keep it (I keep almost everything...)

However the e-600 wins out in RAW headroom for highlights and has Jpeg ISO-bracket which I use all the time, so these days I'll grab the e-600 ... but my e-410 stays.
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Re: Upgrade time - advice and valuation

The E-620 is great machine and it is worth upgrading from the E-410 as I did.
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Re: Upgrade time - advice and valuation

Hi Al,

New year - new camera? Have been asking myself (and my bank balance!) the same question recently.
Considered a move to micro 4/3rds but costs too prohibitive once I started thinking about camera and lenses.
Dare I mention on an Olympus forum that I even considered a move to Canikon?

Anyway, I have decided to stay with 4/3s and have literally just bought an E-30 from someone on the forum. In fact, it should be arriving in the post today!
What that does mean, is that I have an E-600 which I am about to put up for sale. Send me a PM?

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Re: Upgrade time - advice and valuation

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I see you're based in North London. If you're near enough you're welcome to come to Watford and try an E3 and E5. I'm not selling them, so it's not a sales pitch!

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Re: Upgrade time - advice and valuation

Thanks for the ideas people. Jim - I would love to but don't think I can stretch the budget to one of those, especially not an e5! The small form factor is a big win for me, but thank you for the offer.

Pete, you'll have PM shortly.

Ulfric, noted. Its interesting how an upgrade changes the way in which the photos are taken so fundementally
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