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Old Jan 8, 2008, 10:02 PM   #1
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I have a chance to buy an e300 with the 2 lens kit and a nice and large lowepro bag for $300. I do a lot of all purpose photography and always seem to have the wrong lens mounted when a good shot appears. I have another brand DSLR and am looking for a backup camera for those shots that appear out of the blue. I am not as familiar with Olympus. These shots would almost always be in good lighting so iso performance is not a big issue. The e300 and lens seem to be in good shape. Is this price reasonable? C. W.
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Old Jan 8, 2008, 10:13 PM   #2
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The question is how many shutter activations there are on the camera...while some people have stated the shutter life is 50,000 activations, many E-300 and E-330 owners are having the shutter fail at 30,000 (the rest of the E-system cameras are rated for 50,000, except for the E-1 & E-3 which are rated for 150,000 activations).

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Old Jan 8, 2008, 10:27 PM   #3
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Man, I have no idea about shutter activations. It's at a pawn shop so I know I would get no help there. I guess since I would not bei using the camera very often it would not be as critical. Is there a shot number on one of the menus? Even iyf the shutter failed I could still use the bag and either buy a used e500 or sell the lens on ebay Provided the shutter releases are not out of line what do you think about the price? C. W.
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Just for what it is worth, I am still happily shooting with my E-300 camera and getting great photos. Go for the E-300, you may be very pleasantly surprised!

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Thank you Sarah. I think for the price it my do the job nicely. I might be able to use it to get my wife more interested in photography by telling her that its her camera. I always value your input. C.W.
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Still, I'd check the shutter count before buying it, and NO, you can't tell by the picture number of the last image (when I bought my E-300 open box the image number was outrageously high (in the tens of thousands), but it only had a few hundred activations; the high image number was due to swapping cards with other Olympus cameras):

-turn on the camera
-open the card door (camera will say "CARD-COVER OPEN")
-press PLAY & OK at the same time
-press UP DOWN LEFT RIGHT
-press shutter release
-press UP
-press RIGHT

Look at the number beside "R"...that is the number of activations (lower is better)
Also look at the number beside "M"...that is the number of mapped out pixels (lower is better, after two years I have 7).
"U" is the number of times the SSWF has been activated (every time the SSWF is activated (camera is switched on, or woken up from sleep) this number is increased).

To cancel this mode just turn off the camera, and close the card door.


FYI, I was recently considering trading up to an E-330, so I asked what they would take in trade for my E-300 body only, and it was $150...but I decided to just keep my E-300.

Regarding price just look at B&H, $389 with 14-45mm, and $499 with dual lens kit...but with B&H you do get a 90 Day warranty.

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Hi, Mike

Do you know if this works for all Oly digicans, or just the E300?

Thanks!

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Some of the E-system cameras have a slightly different sequence(that I don't have memorized as I don't use those cameras)...don't know about the rest of the Olympus line.
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