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Old May 21, 2007, 1:21 PM   #1
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I know there have been a bunch of IS related questions lately, apologies if this seems like beating a dead horse....

I'm also considering the EV-500 dual lens kit.I'm well aware that these are high quality cameras, etc. andI have no questions about that. I *do*have a basic question about this cameraand IS though...

I know the EV500does not have IS. I've also read reviews that say it'squite noisy athigher ISOs. I'd like totake some photos at school plays, etc, without a flash obviously but I'm hesitant without either IS or a camera that has relatively low noise at higher ISOs...

However, since IS can come with the camera or the lens, is it reasonable for me to think that future 4/3 lenses may be available with IS? or is there some fundamental thing I'm still missing which makes this not an option ?


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Old May 21, 2007, 2:03 PM   #2
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Olympus isn't planning any IS lenses because they are instead putting it into future bodies. The E-510, the replacement for the E-500, will be out in about a month with in body IS, live view, high ISO performance comaparable to Canon & Nikon, and a bit brighter viewfinder and faster autofocus.

You might waant to wait rather than buy the E-500 now.

Though there is also one IS lens out there now from Panasonic/Leica, a 14-50 f2.8-3.5, and maybe one or two others on the way.

Also, while they aren't putting IS in ther lenses, Olympus is planning on putting "SWD"- their version of Canon's USM or Sigma's HSM silent and fast autofocus motors into several updated lenses on the way.

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Old May 21, 2007, 3:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I knew the 510 would have it but appreciate your clarification about the lenses.

Guess I havea decision to make. The 'competition' doesn't have IS either (XT, XTi, D40, D40x) so I'll figure something out. Not trying to change this into 'What should I buy' thread though.

Thanks againfor the feedback and comments.
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Well if you're looking on the budget end, one other to consider is the Pentax K100D, which does have IS, and can be had for about the price of the E-500 (at least after rebate).

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Old May 22, 2007, 2:22 AM   #5
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Just look at the pricing of IS/VR lenses from Canon, Nikon, and for FourThirds from Leica...then compare that to the price of having it in-body on the E-510. Sure the lens option IS is a higher quality, but just imagine having the ability to have IS with just about every lens you use with the camera (there's been no info yet if you can use it with OM lenses as well).
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Old May 22, 2007, 2:30 AM   #6
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i just saw a bird shot from China on E-510, heres the EXIF

Camera Make: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera Model: E-510
Image Date: 2007:05:19 11:46:09
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 150.0mm
Exposure Time: 0.033 s (1/30)
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO equiv: 400
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Center Weight
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)

http://www.four-thirds.cn/forum/thread-47259-1-1.html

1/30th at 150mm with a Sigma at iso400
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Old May 22, 2007, 9:13 AM   #7
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When I got my 500mm mirror reflex lens I tried it out in the store with my E-300 (to make sure it worked with the camera), and took a shot with the following specs:

500mm
f/8 (fixed by lens, not adjustable)
1/50th
ISO1600

Remember this is untreated, 1600ISO, 100% crop, but it's not bad for handheld without IS:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/08...ndheld50th.jpg

If you go by the handheld rule of 1/(35mm equivalent of the focal length), I should have been at a minimum of 1/1000th to handhold that shot rather than 1/50th.

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