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IS Camera

I've an E-410 and a 70-300mm lens which I don't think I'm getting the best from unless I cart about a monopod or tripod. I'm thinking of moving up to a camera with IS. I've seen some images taken handheld with the E-30 and 70-300 but I've looked at it and I'd rather have something smaller - it's also out of my budget. I've handled the E-620 but it's quite expensive. I've seen an E-520 online for just over 300 body only or 360 with 14-42 lens. I'd appreciate any opinions.
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I would just go for what you can afford, afterall as long as the body you buy has IS then it will achieve what you want!
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Re: IS Camera

second hand E510s go for quite tempting prices these days :-)

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Re: IS Camera

I agree with the need for IS and the 70-300 handheld, especially on the lovely little E4** series.

Can't see why the E510 wouldn't do the job for you. Is there any way you can you try out the combination some time, before you buy?
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Re: IS Camera

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I hadn't thought of the 510 as an option. I had only thought of the 520. I had this idea that the chunkier 520 would be more balanced with the 70-300 lens but still not too big. I've decided to keep my 410 as my son would like to move up from his Fuji s5800 to a DSLR. The 520 prices however are pretty close to the 620 on offer from SRSMicrosystems. With the added extras of free grip and battery (BLS-1 - same as the 410) this becomes more attractive. Issue is whether I can justify the 499 price tag and whether I could do it justice!
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Re: IS Camera

I'm still swithering over the purchase of an e-410 replacement with an IS enabled camera. I've seen an e-520 with 14-42 lens for 335 which is just about within my price range. The nearest e-620 at srsmicrosystems is 499 but includes the grip. I don't know if I'd need/use the grip. Also does anyone have any views re 520 - 620 differences? I'd appreciate any views.
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Re: IS Camera

520 to 620 is a significant advance in many areas - 510 to 520 was a much smaller advance.

ergonomics are very different as well.

I sold my 510 (to someone on here asking for one) at 200 (<5000 shutter actuations) which, if money is a big issue for you, represents a significant amount on the other options.
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Re: IS Camera

I'd really appreciate if someone could give me an idea of the differences between the 520 and 620 - apart from the articulating screen and art filters. From all I've read the rest of the mechanics/features appear to be the same/similar.
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Re: IS Camera

balanced assessment here -

http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/index.html
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Re: IS Camera

Ive just gone 400 to 620...as has been said buy the best you can afford...if you can stretch to the 620 it has the advantage of using the same battery as the 4xx series
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Re: IS Camera

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I'd really appreciate if someone could give me an idea of the differences between the 520 and 620 - apart from the articulating screen and art filters. From all I've read the rest of the mechanics/features appear to be the same/similar.
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I'm probably talking out of turn here, but I wonder if you're hesitating because you're not sure if an upgrade to get a camera with IS is best value for you. If so, that's exactly why I hesitated and then waited, and waited, for months and months, until suddenly Jessops made an E-30 almost affordable. In all that time I was still using my E-400, which is an older camera than yours. If Jessops hadn't had that offer I'd still be using the E-400 all the time, there's nothing wrong with it.

I know this isn't what you've asked but, although it takes a bit of getting used to, once you've used a camera with an articulating screen you'll wonder how you ever managed without one, especially if you take a lot of pictures and need to get very close to the ground or enjoy street photography. It can mmake using a tripod easier too.

You mention IS, because of your 70-300mm lens, but how often do you think you're likely to want, or need, to use that lens in the next few months?

Next year there might be people selling the E620 because they'll be replacing it with a newer model and, if you can wait, you'll have time to put some money aside too.
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Re: IS Camera

All,
Thanks for your suggestions and the points raised as well as the link. I think I've decided to wait to purchase a new 620 when I have the funds. I've not had much use of the 70-300mm lens as the poorer winter light has come in so my original reason for moving to an IS camera can be put on hold. Hopefully price reductions will outweigh VAT increases and exchange rate fluctuations in the new year.
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Re: IS Camera

Jamie
I've just read this thread and if cash is tight I would agree with the comments about considering the e510 option. I used mine with a 70-300 and got (what I thought) were some very good shots even handheld with IS - and the secondhand prices are very reasonable. My now back up e510 was purchased as an ex demo with less than 500 shots for only 200 a few months ago.
Good luck with whatever you decide though.
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