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Old Jul 16, 2008, 9:31 PM   #1
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Hello OLY users :homey:

Was looking at upgrading to a olympus e510.

Looked at some of the big guns like Canon Xsi/Xti, Nikon d60/80, Sony alpha 350.

Prices no doubt are much higher this will be my first DSLR so i do not want to spend oodles of cash on it. My budget si 500-800 bucks with 1 or 2 good lenses.

Will shoot a variety of situations.

Indoor parties (low light ), picnics, kids portraits ( never wanna miss that ), mayber some music concerts mostly outdoor but more concerened about late eve shots in low light or just stage light, maybe some sports ( soccer , football, just for fun, in floodlight), definitely macro of flowers, no spiders hate those lil buggas, too many creepy hairy legs, maybe some scenic shots of my city both bright and eve shots, also some nature shots when i go camping and hiking.

I know i gave given a broad spectrum and i will need at least a couple of lenses.

But for the present i will need at least one walk around all purpose lens 18-75/200.

Maybe even a prime lens. Or even a tele lens 70/100-200/300.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Ooops! Forgot to menttion. How is the quality at higher ISO's like 800-1600?

I presently own a panasoniz fz20 and a canon elan 7e Slr and and a Mf canon t50.

Thanks in advancefor any comments.

Pete

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some of my unedited sample shots

constructive criticisms are always welcome

remember i am an amatuer and hobbyist not a pro like many of you peoples in here
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Here's a link which I actually posted in another thread a week or two ago:

http://photoshare.shaw.ca/messages/v...04/parm/page/1

Basically, it's just a collection of my Oly DSLR shots I use for demonstrations purposes. Right now, it's got pictures from 3 different lenses (50mm macro, 11-22mm and 70-300) used under a variety of conditions. Most pictures are from the 510 but some are from the 500. The first photo in each group is labeled so you can tell which camera and lens combo.

What you see is groups of three pictures with the first picture being the complete frame and it is followed by two 100% crops of that complete frame. The 100% crops give you a closer look at performance. To get the crops at full resolution, click on "Larger size" and open the window full screen. The crops are 800x600 pixels.

Hope that might give you some idea of how the system works. I'm no master photographer so these pics aren't the final word. But they are results an average Canadian guy (like you and me) can expect.

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Old Jul 16, 2008, 11:05 PM   #8
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Here are a few more folders of E510 images shot with a variety of lenses, from the two kit lenses to the 14-54 f2.8-3.5 to the 70-300 f4-5.6, with and/or without the EX25 extension tube. Nothing special here compared to what any other DSLR is capable of, but that's part of the point too. The E510 is capable ofvirtuallyany type picture making you want to do...

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...82390904_iJf83

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...32046142_SZLEd

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...60716618_2Ebm3

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...05173225_HJ5bC

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http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/galler...26277672_SNZNA
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Hi,

How is IQ at ISO 800 and 1600?.........................

Here are a few at 1600ISO - no pp done other than resizing. No noise adjustments made. Low - natural light. Shot at around 7:30pm







last one shot at ISO800


If your interested in seeing additional outdoor shots, here's a link http://www.pbase.com/zig123/ccbl

I might add that no DSLR camera is perfect- regardless of price. All have their strengths and their foibles-as does the E-510. All of them will have capabilities that exceed the capabilities of theperson holding the camera-unless, of course you're an expert, in which case you wouldn't be asking the questions in the first place.

When you buy a DSLRcamera, you're buying into a system because your financial investment in lenses will far exceed your investment in the initial camera body.

I have an E-510- I bought likeit because it's light and easy to carry all day. It has built-in image stabilization. That means I can use all the Olympus digital lenses as well as other, older 35mm lenses made by Olympusin addition to lenses made by other manufacturers. The Oly kit lenses are extremely good for the money. Their also small and light, so I can put one on the camera and slip the other in my pocket. The price certainly fits within your budget.........but:

I would recommend you go to a camera shop, try each one out, in particular hold the camera and see if you like the way it feels in your hand. Go through the menus, do they make sense to you? Take some pictures(bring a CF card with you.) Brign the photos home and examine them on your pc.

Lastly, if your like a lot of us who like to take great qualityphotographs of friends , family, nature etc. you'll love the E-510. If you want a camera system that you can grow with- the Oly is great. If you want to however, become a professional sports photographer, shooting photos of major leagues sports or the next photog for Nat'l Geographic, invest in another system and be prepared to spend thousands 'cause none of the cameras you listed on your budget will get you there.

good luck on your hunt.

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thanks guys
for your commenst and pictures, really fantastic ones i might add, maybe someday i could take some shots like that.
strangely i visited a camera store and the sales person kinda steered me away from the OLYMPUS 510 towards the nikon and canon.
i wish sales people would just let customers know the cameras pros and cons and let the customer decide.
and for hobbyists you guys snap up some some fabulous shots.
anyway since im in no immediate hurry i will wait till the next camera show and see if i can scoop up a deal.
right now in toronto
oly 510 with 14-42mm kit....$499
nikon d60 with 15-55mm kit......$699
rebel xsi with 15-55mm kit .....$899
rebel xti with 18-55mm kit....$649
nikon d40 with 18-55mm kit....$479
pentax k200 with 18-55mm kit....$669
sony alpha200 with 18-70mm kit...$499
sonyalpha350 with 18-70mm kit ...$799
canon 40D with 17-85mm kit...$1399......my fav but kinda pricey
some pretty good prices
but as the camera show i could get lucky
have a great 'pictorial' summer
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