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Old 26th July 2009
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

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Chris,

I have E520 and E620 pictures on my flickr account for you to view.

I decided to upgrade because 1) I am a bit of a techno head, but 2) I was very very impressed with the E620. I particularly like the size and the articulating screen

I have also owned:

E300, E500, E510, and a Canon 450D

I still have the E520 which my daughter uses and my Son uses an E420. We are an Olympus family!

Check my signature for the rest of my kit, but I also have the three kit lenses.

As I mentioned I have also purchased a Canon 450D which is a great camera but sold it to stick with Olympus.

I have used an E30 before going with the E620. This was at an Olympus UK Photo Safari Group 'meet'. I would advise you to join this group and I can put you in touch if interested. Through this group I have been able to meet other Olympus users who (like this forum) have given me much practical advice and been able to try all of the new kit I have been interested-in.

Personally I preferred the feel of the E620 but it is a personal choice.

I wouldn’t buy a E520 new unless you cannot stretch to a new E620 (£498 body only) The E520 would be my choice, however, over the E420 because of image stabilisation and wireless flash built-in.

I seem to roll-out the same words when anyone asks for advice on converting to Olympus, but then again I went through the same questions and doubts (nearly being turned to the ‘Dark-side’ with the 450D) so I hope all the above helps

Kind regards

Graydon
Thanks mate, I will go in and try the E-620 and E-30, from what I've read here I can see there are improvements to be gained from buying the 620 and there is not a huge price differential, I will see if I like the E-30, is it size and weight wise much bigger than the E-620?
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

This is an interesting question. I am really pleased with the 'feel' and size of the E520. The grip for me is spot on, and when the e30 came out (compared to the previous 'new cams' at the time - E420) it looked as though the grip would suit me. However, when I tried it there was no instant 'buy me' appeal. It felt - and remember this is personal - a little too big In all other departments it was excellent but to me it wasn't quite right.

Strangely enough I completely dismissed the E620 as being too small and missing the E520-like grip I liked. I also was concerned about how it would balance with the larger lenses. Well when I tried it, actually held it, and placed a 70-300 on it, all those concerns vanished and I had to have one

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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

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Thanks folks, the image quality of the shots look amazing! Only lens I've ever had that looks that good is the Beercan,
My main type of photography is architecture and landscapes, I have heard the E-30 is better in low light, is that correct?
I would perhaps get the 14-42 lens and then add either a wide angle or maybe just go for the 12-60 and use one len to start with, although those shots of the puffin from music man show how good the "kit" telephoto is too so I could be tempted by that.

Ian you say the e-620 is hard to beat is it a big step from its predecessor the e520?
Yes, over the E-520 the E-620 has:
  • articulating screen
  • 12MP vs. 10MP
  • Improved noise management
  • Slightly faster shooting
  • Slightly larger viewfinder
  • 7 AF points instead of 3
  • Optional battery grip
  • Illuminated controls for night time use

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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

Here's my thoughts overlayed on Ian's list with a High Medium Low 'want' rating:

articulating screen ---------------------- High (if only it was 3" 930,000 )
12MP vs. 10MP ------------------------- Medium High
Improved noise management ------------ High but I didnt considered it an issue at the time on the E520*
Slightly faster shooting ----------------- Not considered an issue, but welcomed*
Slightly larger viewfinder ---------------- High (If only it was like the E3)
7 AF points instead of 3 ----------------- High
Optional battery grip -------------------- Not considered, though I find the the little BLS-1 batteries run out far quicker then the BLM-1. I covered Waddington Airshow 2007 and used two batteries all day, 100s of shots. Attending a recent Street shoot with Olympus Safari group I used 3 batteries over 4 hours/less shots. I have seven batteries ready for our holidays in two weeks and an extra charger from Amazon.
Illuminated controls for night time use --- Not considered an issue*

ALSO:
Improved LCD ------------------------- High
Greater ISO control -------------------- Low Medium
Art Filters ----------------------------- Not wanted, but having fun with them now!
Improved Liveview---------------------- Not sure if it is improved but the focusing is better, and its more enjoyable to use.




* Remember I am still a relative newbie myself, and some of these things may have been scrutinised more by Ian and the more experienced togs.
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

Thanks again folks, I've reserved the E-30 with the 14-42mm lens at Jessops for £699.99 and I will reserve an E-620 with the twin lens kit and see which I prefer, as an aside I would be looking for a wide angle lens option and I note the 9-18mm and 11-22mm have been recommended in the thread, what would a rough used price be for either of those?
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

Used 11-22mm ~~ new 9-18mm, and unless you need a f:2.8-f:3.5 lens, the 9-18mm would be preferable because of its wider angle and less weight.

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Used 11-22mm ~~ new 9-18mm, and unless you need a f:2.8-f:3.5 lens, the 9-18mm would be preferable because of its wider angle and less weight.

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Thanks Peter, I may also consider the Sigma 10-20, I had one for my A700 and was very impressed although I know it wouldn't be quite as wide with the 2x crop factor on the Olympus.

Well I am around 80% certain I am going to switch to the Olympus system, and leaning about 70/30 toward the e620 over the e-30.

The cash saved can go toward a wide angle and some ND filters!
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

Well,

I've just called my local Jessops branch after a tip-off on another forum and reserved an E-30 with 14-42 AND THEY'VE THROWN IN A 40-150 AS WELL, for the princly sum of £699.

I've reserved the last one in my local store.

My D700 and lenses up for sale over on the other forum and "I'm coming Home!!"

Looking forward to:
  • A Lighter kit
    smaller lenses
    edge to edge sharpness
    some 'wedge' in my bank
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

Wehey Chris...

If you fancy purchasing an Oly11-22mm lens... give me a shout as I'm after raising funds for a 7-14mm...
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

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Well,

I've just called my local Jessops branch after a tip-off on another forum and reserved an E-30 with 14-42 AND THEY'VE THROWN IN A 40-150 AS WELL, for the princly sum of £699.

I've reserved the last one in my local store.

My D700 and lenses up for sale over on the other forum and "I'm coming Home!!"

Looking forward to:
  • A Lighter kit
    smaller lenses
    edge to edge sharpness
    some 'wedge' in my bank
I should give that a go, see if they'll throw in the 40-150! Is the e-30 that much smaller than your D700?
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

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I should give that a go, see if they'll throw in the 40-150! Is the e-30 that much smaller than your D700?
Noticibly so, and half the weight
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Wehey Chris...

If you fancy purchasing an Oly11-22mm lens... give me a shout as I'm after raising funds for a 7-14mm...

I'd hold on to the 11-22 even if i had the 7-14 John.

Two completely different beasts (IMO) with the 7-14 being a specialist 'when you need it you need it' type of lens where you could quite happily shoot all day with the 11-22 on the front.
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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

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My D700 and lenses up for sale over on the other forum and "I'm coming Home!!"

Looking forward to:
  • A Lighter kit
    smaller lenses
    edge to edge sharpness
    some 'wedge' in my bank
OMG - Chris, are you serious ?

Welcome back matey, it's been very quiet without you - more to the point, what does that tell you about Olympus kit then!

I had a major 'wobble' the other week and nearly left Olympus myself (I'm still having nightmares about it now!) - thankfully I saw the error of my ways thanks to the lovely people on here!

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Re: Possible Olympus Convert

Deadly Serious Thea.

I've seen the error of my ways, and it's nice to know i've been missed

I've never doubted the Oly system from a quality point of view, but at the time the shooting i was doing required high iso and little noise and the D700 delivers that in spades

I'll miss the D700, but not as much as i've missed the 4/3rd system (as John will confirm - i've 'chewed his ear' a number of times in the past few months on PM's)

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Poor John - that makes two of us who've been chewing his ear by pm recently then

I look forward to seeing your postings then, you guys!!

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