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Old Oct 4, 2006, 3:35 AM   #51
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Wow ... the scales are seriously tipping in favor of E 500 now.

However there is some thing I noticed on the Oly website. They
have different types of kits.

One of them comes with BL1 battery + Charger where as the other
one comes with CR123 Battery and no charger ... why the two kits ???

And a top UK retailer is selling the E 500 kit with CR123 batteries ... however
if you want the kit with BL1 battery you have to shell out £50 more ...

Which kit you guys got for yourself ?

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Old Oct 4, 2006, 9:30 AM   #52
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Thanks guys for the inputs.

I just bought the E 500 twin lense kit.

No more of the rants now ... and will try to post some pics ASAP
for the critique.

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Old Oct 4, 2006, 10:53 AM   #53
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Hopefully you bought the one with the BLM-1 and charger...it may cost 50UKP now, but assuming you get 300-500 charges out of the battery figure out the savings.

Personally I own 4 BLM-1's (because I own the grip for the E-300 which runs on two BLM-1s at a time).
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Old Oct 4, 2006, 11:11 AM   #54
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Sure ... I got the BLM1 battery with the kit.

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Old Oct 4, 2006, 11:29 AM   #55
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Congratulations, gaggu!

So, you don't want me to write and recommend a Nikon d70 after seeing my son's tomorrow evening?

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Old Oct 4, 2006, 2:12 PM   #56
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:? You might have just got me on that one .... :-)

D70 / D70s body layout is (for me) ideal. The two dials and positioning
of controls is very comfortable and useable. After having handeled an
EOS 350D which I bought earlier and returned within 2 days, the Nikon
D70s was the first thing I tried and just loved it.

But going by the price ... I paid £600 for
- E 500 Twin lense kit
- two Hoya UV filters
- Carry bag with snug space to carry the kit
- Used a 1 gig Sandisk CF card I had bought with the Canon.

Now ... how bad E 500 could be in terms of IQ when
compared to D70 / D70s ?

If I had to buy UK stock of D70s I'd pay something like this
- D70s Body + 18-70 lense : £600
- Extra Nikkor 55-200 lense : £200
- Two UV filters : £25
- Bag : ~ £30

A total of £850 + .

So if I save £250 and have a minor loss in IQ ... I'll live
(The loss in IQ is only speculative ... isn't it ? ... the Imager
from D50 and not D70 succeeded into D80)

Needless to say ... the so positive feel of E 500 and the ZD
lenses is known to all of us here .. isn't it.

But ... all said and done ... almost all the DLSRs in this price
range are pretty good.

SO I AM HAPPY ABOUT WHAT I BOUGHT FOR THE PRICE I PAID.

Just going a little off here ... I also actually tried the EOS 5D at
the store with a 17 - something L series lense on it. The viewfinder
is fabulous. But the barrel distortion of the 1200£ lense at wide
end is disheartening. And I took a couple of pics in full auto mode.
Colors were swaying too far into the soft end. Maybe something
to do with the settings ... a £3000 DSLR can't be wrong.

Doesn't matter ... only time can tell whether I'll need a camera
that expensive or not.

BUT ... THANKS A LOT TO YOU GUYS FOR YOUR INPUTS ... I AM
VERY SATISFIED WITH WHAT I BOUGHT TODAY.

I hope I'll take some pleasent picture with it now. And show them
to you folks.

Thanks a lot jorgen for your walk thru :|

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Old Oct 4, 2006, 8:34 PM   #57
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It's because Canon folks live over on the dark side, hence high ISO performance is very important for these folks who live in the land of darkness. The rest of us can bask in sunlight, and use our cameras at normal ISOs.

Rriley wrote:
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I think the issue being fended off from the Canon crowd is noise
current four thirds cameras cant use 1600 and 3200 iso like Canon dSLRs can. Personally I never understood their focus on this, unless they hang out in dark bars and the like, and shoot at 3200 iso all the time.

Still, it would be nice, even with smaller sensors to be able to reliably shoot at iso 1600

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Old Oct 4, 2006, 8:39 PM   #58
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I would wait a bit before buying a Nikon D50. Nikon is rumored to be introdcuing a new low end DSLR called the D60 within the next 2 months. It will basically be a D50 with a higher resolution 10 MP sensor and possibly also a bigger, brighter viewfinder.

If this happens, you will either be able to get a better camera than the D50 for around the same price as a D50 sells for today, or else you'll be able to pick up a D50 for a couple hundred dollars less than you can today.

gaggu wrote:
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Having gone thru that 'abstraction' and having gone thru all
the choices ... I had shortlisted Nikon D50 and Olympus E-500.

I am a hobbyist ... no intentions of turning into a pro.

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Old Oct 5, 2006, 3:42 AM   #59
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If I already had a DSLR body from Nikon ... I could have waited.

Couldn't have waited any longer than this. Waiting for another two
months would have been agonizing. And in two months time the sunlight
will just vanish from UK. This time of the year is just about the time when
you start loosing the good light.

So ... I couldn't have waited ... so ... I just went and bought it.

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Old Oct 5, 2006, 11:54 AM   #60
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congrats on the buy !

what you SHOULD NOT do: compare it with every other new offering coming in from Nikon/canon/pentax and worry if you made the right choice !


one percieved weakness in olympus is the quantity of lenses but with the new and forthcoming sigma models it should be well covered.

enjoy your photography

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