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Old 03-24-2008, 01:41 AM
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Olympus E-510

Just wanted to recommend this camera to anyone on a budget that likes to take photos. Great camera to start off, not too expensive. Great kit lenses. Built in IS. Very good value. Nice bright and clear 2.5" LCD. Live View for getting those shots in weird angles. 3rd party Ownuser battery grip available.

Due to the smaller sensor size, the ISO 1600 is useless, ISO 800 is tolerable but should be avoided.

I built a good party/club system with the E-510 with 50mm f2.0, FL-36 flash and Ownuser vertical battery grip for sub-$1000.

I hope to purchase the 50-200 ED lens in the future for some sports photography.

I mean, this camera uses a 4/3s format sensor which is an outdated format but allows for 8x10s without cropping! (My favorite size.)

Although camera built in Image Stabilization (Nikon = Vibration Reduction) is not as effective as in lens stabilization you still get to apply it to the digital lenses and some of the OM-1 lens should you choose to use them.

Great camera for those of us on a budget.



Just wanted to give my little review for all the photographers on MBShop!

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Old 03-24-2008, 08:22 AM
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I used to work in the photographic industry and I was very impressed with the products Olympus was bringing to market. The E Volt cameras seemed very nice. I still have an E-10 that I bought several years ago. It's only 4 MP, but the features on it are great and it works quite well if you don't need to make large prints.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:07 PM
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My mom has an E-Volt, I think it is an E-510, and she is very happy with it, her only complaint is that some features aren't as user friendly.
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:11 PM
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My mom has an E-Volt, I think it is an E-510, and she is very happy with it, her only complaint is that some features aren't as user friendly.
I find that true of MOST digital cameras. I miss the completely manual, film cameras of yesteryear . . . I find that it's easier to learn the fundamentals of photography and apply them than it is to memorize all of those damned layers and layers of menues on digital cameras.
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:59 PM
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I find that true of MOST digital cameras. I miss the completely manual, film cameras of yesteryear . . . I find that it's easier to learn the fundamentals of photography and apply them than it is to memorize all of those damned layers and layers of menues on digital cameras.

X2!

For my daughter's photography class I gave her an old Contax III 35mm range finder (great camera BTW) It does not have ANY electronics on it at all and so you learn how to use a light meter, set the fstop and speed, etc... you even get to learn about parallax! Plus the optics are amazing!

I collect older cameras and love using them. Although I do have a couple Minolta X series automatic SLRs and a couple Canon digital cameras. You just don't get the results with modern equipment you get with manual mechanical cameras.
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I'd love to see somebody make a digital camera that was all manual. The only thing about it that would be different from the ones you described would be the medium on which the image is captured. It might not be wildly successful, but I can't help but believe there are a lot of old farts like us that like manual cameras. Leica came close with the M8 Digital camera, I believe. If you've got $7-8K, you can get one of them.
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I'd love to see somebody make a digital camera that was all manual. The only thing about it that would be different from the ones you described would be the medium on which the image is captured. It might not be wildly successful, but I can't help but believe there are a lot of old farts like us that like manual cameras. Leica came close with the M8 Digital camera, I believe. If you've got $7-8K, you can get one of them.
The Canon Powershot A610 I have does have a manual mode, That was the reason I chose that model. It is nice, but the choices are limited.It only has three 'film speeds' and a few fstops. It does let you manually focus though.

I like film where you can push the development and do things in the darkroom. I am a manual kind of person who never learned how to do much in Photoshop.

I nice manual digital camera with 'film' speeds of 64 -1600 would be great!
I wish I could afford a Leica as I have Leica lenses (I have an old one from the 1960's) but I could never spend thousands on a single camera
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My Canon G7 has a manual MODE. What I want is a camera that has controls limited to ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and focus. No menues, special programs, "scenes," etc.
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Brother in law has a Leica M8, manual focus rangefinder, manual or aperture priorty auto exposure. It's a pricey brute.
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Brother in law has a Leica M8, manual focus rangefinder, manual or aperture priorty auto exposure. It's a pricey brute.
Lucky guy!
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