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Old Apr 16, 2010, 9:37 AM   #1
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After looking at MANY cameras and sample pics I put the E520 on my short list along with a couple canons and a couple bridge cameras.
Also was waiting on a decent deal on a camera to pop up.

Well, today I saw the 520 kit with the 18-42 lens at Dell.com for 399$ with shipping.

All in all not a super hot deal, but compared to other cameras in the range D3000, Canon XS this seems like the best bang for the buck.

I have poured over sample pics and feel good about what the camera can do.

One question is this. I have a 200mm lense for the Canon EOS that could be used on a Canon. Can I get a converter to use this on the Oly?

The only thing I dont like about the 520 is the CF XD formats. YUK!
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 10:33 AM   #2
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i think the oly 520 and 2 lens kit 14-42 and 40-150 is around 400 right now. you should look for that kit if you are going to buy.
i am new to dslr but have that kit and love it.
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 12:19 PM   #3
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I heard that deal was at some Sam's clubs but haven't been able to find it.
That price for the 2 lens kit is a great deal. If I find it I will jump on it.
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One question is this. I have a 200mm lense for the Canon EOS that could be used on a Canon. Can I get a converter to use this on the Oly?
You can get an adapter but you won't be happy with the result. The flange distance on a 4/3 mount is such that a Canon lens plus 4/3 adapter puts the rear of the lens too far away from the imager to focus to infinity. As far as I know, only Canon lenses have this problem.

But the micro43 flange distance is shorter. I believe you can get Canon lenses to focus to infinity on micro43 cameras.

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The E520 is a bit limiting compared to the XS and the D3000. It has a truncated dynamic range and cannot compete at higher ISO's.

If you like Olympus. It is worth saving up a little more money and getting the E-620, which is a much more capable camera.
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You can get an adapter but you won't be happy with the result. The flange distance on a 4/3 mount is such that a Canon lens plus 4/3 adapter puts the rear of the lens too far away from the imager to focus to infinity. As far as I know, only Canon lenses have this problem.

But the micro43 flange distance is shorter. I believe you can get Canon lenses to focus to infinity on micro43 cameras.

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the problem with EOS lenses on any converter is they have no aperture control. Making them all but useless.
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The E520 is a bit limiting compared to the XS and the D3000. It has a truncated dynamic range and cannot compete at higher ISO's.

If you like Olympus. It is worth saving up a little more money and getting the E-620, which is a much more capable camera.
Dustin is correct in that the E--520 is somewhat limiting as compared to the newer DSLR cameras i.e. the E-600, E-620, and the E-30.

If your budget is limited and you'd like to get a really great deal, you may consider picking up a factory refurbished model E-600 complete with the 2 kit lenses from Adorama priced at 489.00.

http://www.adorama.com/Als/ProductPage/IOME600K1R.html

The E-600 is a slightly stripped down version of the E-620. Primarily it lacks 3 of the art filters and backlit buttons. It does have a superior sensor, AF system and better dynamic range to the E-520.I believe that cameras refurbished by the manufacturer come with a factory new equip. warranty. But you should check with Adorama. If you' not familiar with the company, they are an online company that has a good reputation

Good luck in whatever you decide.

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The E520 is a bit limiting compared to the XS and the D3000. It has a truncated dynamic range and cannot compete at higher ISO's.

If you like Olympus. It is worth saving up a little more money and getting the E-620, which is a much more capable camera.
That is good to know. Thx.
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Dustin is correct in that the E--520 is somewhat limiting as compared to the newer DSLR cameras i.e. the E-600, E-620, and the E-30.

If your budget is limited and you'd like to get a really great deal, you may consider picking up a factory refurbished model E-600 complete with the 2 kit lenses from Adorama priced at 489.00.

http://www.adorama.com/Als/ProductPage/IOME600K1R.html

The E-600 is a slightly stripped down version of the E-620. Primarily it lacks 3 of the art filters and backlit buttons. It does have a superior sensor, AF system and better dynamic range to the E-520.I believe that cameras refurbished by the manufacturer come with a factory new equip. warranty. But you should check with Adorama. If you' not familiar with the company, they are an online company that has a good reputation

Good luck in whatever you decide.

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that is a great suggestion Zig. and 489 is a steal for that camera.
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I got an E-520 with the 2 lense kit , with an 8 GB card
used, almost 3 weeks ago. Excellent condition ( under 250 pictures )
I paid less than the price of a bridge camera ( A Noise Master FZ 35 ) lol

So far I am VERY happy with it.

If you can get the E-520 with the 2 lense kit for around $ 400.00 Scoop it up.
Just my opinion
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