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Old Jun 24, 2003, 10:11 AM   #1
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My Olympus E-100 RS died, I've sent it to Olympus and they want 323.00
dollars to repair. If I extrapolate the numbers, this camera has a 300 a
year maintenance cost. This camera produces excellent picture and we
work well together. I have physical obstacles and the quick response
and stabilized lens help me out. Plus the zoom enables me to get up close
when my wheelchair won't. I like to take pictures of my daughter at her
various sporting events.
Now with all that said..........

Should I repair he Olympus or buy a new camera?

The only stabilized lens I've found is the panasonic F1 (i think)
(indoor color was awful "blue", is this a big deal)
the fuji S602 pro with the manual cable shutter is viable?
the sony 717 requires two hands to zoom
I couldn't get a consistently clear shot with an olympus 4000 (because of
camera movement during press of the shutter button)

Any suggestions?
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 1:20 PM   #2
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Sounds like the one you have is ideal. Of course you could try to get a refurbed UZI.

It's my opinion the latest digicams don't produce images as good as the uzi due to them producing too much noise cos of the smaller CCDs.

My 3.2 mp Oly 730 doesn't produce images as clean and noiseless as the 2mp uzi.

I printed out an UZI pic to A4 size and one from my 730 and the UZI was better.

All in all if you have a cam that works well and is what you are looking for then I think it might be worth getting it fixed but don't forget the UZI option.

Also don't forget the Panasonic FZ1 is a point and shoot.
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 6:21 PM   #3
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It is unlikely you can get the stabilization + zoom + shutter speed in anything but what you have been using. The Sony 717 tho has an excellent remote....I am also disabled as well....and I use his all the time. I catch a lot of flak, but I think the digital zoom on the Sony 717 is as good as they come. It gives the 10x which is a real asset in framing shots. It is also good in low light and you can get their flash which will zoom with the lens. Low light usually means slow processing for shutter...etc.

I have a FZ! but I am still in the process of seeing what it might do? The EVF is way to small for good framing and the auto white balance is a question mark. Shutter speed is not bad. While it is a point and shoot the mode settings will give an aperature and shutter priority setting of a sort. I have fitted this camera on a single flat bracket with a Digit-Slave flash that doubles as a hand grip for my left hand. I have not tried out the whole works yet.

My suggestion is if you do not want to stick with the E-100RS look for a camera and flash system with the right zoom features.

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Old Jun 24, 2003, 7:02 PM   #4
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I'd second the Uzi or a Canon Pro90. Some Uzi users are almost fanatical about their cameras. Both of the ones mentioned share that wonderful stabilized zoom you like on your present camera.

The Uzi has better low-light focusing than the Pro90. The Pro90 has a little more resolution. The Pro90 has a hot shoe for an external flash. The Pro90 requires both hands for zooming (uses a ring on the lens).

I've printed beautiful 13 X 19 pictures from my pro90 on my Epson 1270. High resolution (more megapixels) is worthwhile when cropping pictures a lot, but as I'm sure you know, that big zoom makes up for a lot of editing after taking the picture.

If you're happy with your current camera, get it fixed...
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Old Jun 25, 2003, 11:53 AM   #5
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Thanks for the response
I'm leaning towards the repair. Now I'm wondering if I can get an extended warranty..... from anyone?
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Old Jun 25, 2003, 1:13 PM   #6
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If you're talking for Olys, Olympus America does offer a 2 year warranty for US and Canada...you can read the details at http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...1&accessory=10

As you didn't fill in the information where you're from when you signed on here, I can't tell if this is useful or useless information.
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Old Jun 25, 2003, 1:41 PM   #7
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Sell it on Ebay.

Be honest.

Tell prospective buyer of faults and cost to repair.

Any current Olympus E-100 RS driver would probably
welcome the spare parts .

Expect to make $50-$100 for it.

Then, go find yourself an Oly c2100uz or go here
(below) for some other options

http://www.stores.ebay.com/id=73431637

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I just paid $360 for a class "A" refurbished C-2100. It included all the items in the original box and a 90-day US warranty. Unless you need the ability to take faster than 2fps or use Compact Flash cards, this is a direct replacement for your camera, only with 2.1MP instead of 1.5. I'd recommend selling your camera for parts as suggested on eBay and getting a UZI also.
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Old Jun 26, 2003, 8:32 AM   #9
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Lg, I think I could go for something like that, do you ( or anyone ) have a suggestion for where all could I look, to find an UZI and are there reputiple dealers? I'm a little anxious now and would probably like to have some sort of warranty.
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Hello rhendrix9...

If you go to the Olympus hyperlink in my previous post on your thread, c2100uz come up from time to time there.

They are for auction, not a fixed price but do offer a 90 day warranty with option to extend I believe (check with Olympus
on this).

FYI, there was an Oly C2100UZ (single Ebayer) sold on Ebay recently with everything plus two extra SM cards and a laptop
SM reader for $400.

Someone else bought a 2100uz AND FL-40 flash for $250 on
Ebay.

Both were great bargains to the successful bidders.

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