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Old Oct 25, 2010, 7:59 PM   #11
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Ted, now that was funny.. personally I;d use them to prop open doors...

Seriously as the Guys have stated get a couple of 4 or 8GB CF cards .. 133X or faster and you cant go wrong. Amazon have some really great prices on their CF range so check that out...
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Any other buying suggestions, as to accessories- favorite camera bag, lens hoods, etc... it's like I've been living under a rock, hahaha *eye rolls*
Unlike other brands all Oly lenses come with lens hood. Put them on and leave them unless you have a very specific reason to remove one temporarily.

Buy a spare battery for the camera. Amazon has a 3d party battery that works very well.

Consider an external flash as the popup is pretty weak. There are many in the Oly forum that will only consider Oly FL36 & FL50 flashes but I'd suggest the Vivitar 383 flash. It has most of the functionality and power of the FL50 for less than an FL36.

Bags are a very personal thing and I'd hate to recommend anything. I dumped several old film SLRs out of an old Spiratone bag once recommended by Herbert Keppler and bought a photo vest for cases when the bag isn't suitable.

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Unlike other brands all Oly lenses come with lens hood. Put them on and leave them unless you have a very specific reason to remove one temporarily.

Buy a spare battery for the camera. Amazon has a 3d party battery that works very well.

Consider an external flash as the popup is pretty weak. There are many in the Oly forum that will only consider Oly FL36 & FL50 flashes but I'd suggest the Vivitar 383 flash. It has most of the functionality and power of the FL50 for less than an FL36.

Bags are a very personal thing and I'd hate to recomment anything. I dumped several old film SLRs out of an old Spiratone bag once recommended by Herbert Keppler and bought a photo vest for cases when the bag isn't suitable.

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I agree with A.C. I think his suggestions are on target.

Good luck with your hunt on getting your hands on an Olympus at a big box store. I don't know any in the States that stock Olympus DSLR cameras in their stores anymore.

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Old Oct 25, 2010, 9:21 PM   #14
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Thanks, I did manage to get my hands on one this afternoon, at Fry's. The fella said he thought they even had one left in back.

I do appreciate all of the suggestions here. It's my first dslr and I'm a bit nervous to take the plunge!
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Here's what xD cards are primarily useful for: carry some in your pocket for when you are in a restaurant with a table that wobbles. They're excellent for propping up the short leg on the table.

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Don't listen to to people who have too much money, like Ted. Prop up your table legs with a dime. Does the same thing and a lot cheaper than an xD card!
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Thanks, I did manage to get my hands on one this afternoon, at Fry's. The fella said he thought they even had one left in back.

I do appreciate all of the suggestions here. It's my first dslr and I'm a bit nervous to take the plunge!
All of that nervousness will dissipate when you see how good this camera will make you look. If it makes me look even PASSABLE, I'm happy.
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Don't listen to to people who have too much money, like Ted. Prop up your table legs with a dime. Does the same thing and a lot cheaper than an xD card!
Don't listen to people who have too much money, like Steven. A dime has much more value than an old xD card.
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Don't listen to people who have too much money, like Steven. A dime has much more value than an old xD card.
Not in today's economy.
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I should say that I'm not entirely serious about the worthlessness of xD cards, just their worthlessness versus an sD card in Oly 4/3 DSLRs.

But I do use xD cards in what is still my favorite P&S - the Fuji Finepix e550 camera. Released in 2004 it is a 6MP with a 32.5 - 130mm (eq.) lens that fits in the palm of your hand and weighs 7 oz (without batteries). I'm not sure they could have made it that small with an sD card. You can still find them on eBay and I recently got one to replace the one that my wife... Well let's not go there - I still love her.

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Unlike other brands all Oly lenses come with lens hood. Put them on and leave them unless you have a very specific reason to remove one temporarily.

Buy a spare battery for the camera. Amazon has a 3d party battery that works very well.

Consider an external flash as the popup is pretty weak. There are many in the Oly forum that will only consider Oly FL36 & FL50 flashes but I'd suggest the Vivitar 383 flash. It has most of the functionality and power of the FL50 for less than an FL36.

Bags are a very personal thing and I'd hate to recomment anything. I dumped several old film SLRs out of an old Spiratone bag once recommended by Herbert Keppler and bought a photo vest for cases when the bag isn't suitable.

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If you're going to be doing nature photography I'd recommend a vest as well. It's the one thing I never leave home without. I can carry 2 or 3 bodies and a few lenses and other needed items and even some food so I don't get hungry and still leave at least 1 hand free. Only downside is that unlike a backpack weight distribution isn't the best so it does get heavy after awhile. But for you right now a simple bag should be all you need. Really which one depends on what you're doing. If it's just to get from point A to point B and that's mostly by car then a shoulder bag would be fine. If you are doing a lot of hiking with camera gear maybe a backpack style one would be better. If all you have is the body and two lenses a pair of cargo pants will suffice.

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