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Old Feb 12, 2011, 3:10 PM   #1
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Looking for some guidance from long time Olympus users. Over the last 5 years I have been using a Pentax ist DL2 and have been relatively happy with it's performance and quality of image. It is however lagging behind in so far as newer DSLR, I only have about 4700 actuations on it. To the point I have seen the E620 on sale at Dell for $499 with a 14-42mm, camera bag, 1g card and a 2 year warranty.
Is it a reliable camera with good IQ, and could I grow with this camera for let's say the next 5 years. It's primary use would be for landscaping photography and some architecture. Just to let you guys know I don't consider myself a pro more like middle of the road type who loves taking photos.
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Old Feb 12, 2011, 6:41 PM   #2
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I owned (and still have) an E-520 ... which was available just prior to the E-620 (in the same line of products).

Basically, the E-620 is like to little brother of the E-30. I'm pretty sure you will be happy with it (like I was ... and still with the E-520).... and you will acquire more lens
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Your's is one of the harder questions to answer as you didn't mention what kind of lenses you currently have, what are some of the features you're missing or performance issues you think you have or would like to resolve.

The Pentax ist DL2, by all accounts is a good camera for the type of photography you say that you like most.

Now, I'm not going to knock Pentax lenses because they are fine. But, If you did decideto go to Olympus, you will be pleased with the out of camera jpegs (processing engine in camera) and the image sharpness (because of the quality of the kit lenses.). the Olympus dslrs are noted for their colors coming straight out of the camera. Now, that's not to say you can't replicate them in post processing because you can. It's just easier if the camera does it for you. And, I firmly believe that the kit lenses are some of the sharpest lenses supplied with the basic camera.

It would be nice to know a little more about what it is that you would like to see in your camera that you feel is lacking.

In the meantime, you may want to check out the Olympus Store at Olympus USA.com. They currently have a refurbished E-600 system for sale at 479.75 complete with the 14-42mm lens a+ the 40-150mm lens.

https://us.buyolympus.com/outlet/cer...stem-dslr.html

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I've owned an e620 for about 9 mos. now and am pleased with the camera and lenses. I have both kit lenses plus the 50 f/2 and the 70-300. Even though there appears to be a great overlap between the 40-150 kit lens and the 70-300 that's not really true and I carry one or the other for specifics missions. In a kit the 40-150 raises the price only $100 and is a huge bargain at that price.

With comparing the e620 to the other fine entry level cameras, I chose the e620 for it's size, the range and quality of the Oly optics, the quality of the Oly's jpeg engine, the in-body IS and the same preverse reason I enjoyed using the Olympus Pen FT 1/2 frame 35mm SLRs. I enjoyed the challenge of making better 11x14 & 16x20 prints with the Pen than the fanboys with full frame Nikon Fs.

That said if I already had a good collection of Pentax glass I don't think there's anything Oly, Canon, or Nikon makes that would pull me away from Pentax.

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ac.smith,zig123,folob.
Thanks to each of you for your replies. The reasonable thing to do would be to buy another Pentax since I already have a few lenses. But bearing in mind that the DL2 is 6years old and only 6.3 Mega pixel and no IS and due to some particles on the sensor and viewfinder which me and a photo store owner have tried to clean twice to no avail i decided to get something else and keep the Pentax as a second camera. Zig you are wright the Pentax is a fine camera that could still serve the purpose and meet my needs but I think it's time to embrace newer technology. Having said this I don't want to spend more than $600-700 that's why the E 620 intrigued me. I hardly use telephoto lenses so beside the kit lens 18-42mm I'm thinking a wide angle. What is a reasonably priced one that I should be looking at.
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Having said this I don't want to spend more than $600-700 that's why the E 620 intrigued me. I hardly use telephoto lenses so beside the kit lens 18-42mm I'm thinking a wide angle. What is a reasonably priced one that I should be looking at.
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Olympus has 3 lenses considered as being wide angle: the 7-14mm, the 11-22mm, and the 9-18mm lens.
Of the 3, the 9-18mm is the least expensive. That doesn't detract from it's performance, though.

The Olympus 9-18mm ZD lens is by all accounts a fine wide angle that is also reasonably priced. Here is a link to a review of this lens doneby DPreview

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/...-18_4-5p6_o20/

Also, this is a very detailed review of this lens done by an English fellow by the name of John Foster.

http://www.biofos.com/esystem/9_18tst.html


I have the microfourthirds version of the 9-18mm and it is extremely sharp. I use it exclusively for landscape shots.

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Thanks Zig.
Very informative if I decide to go with the E620 the 9-18 looks good. Do they ever come up in the used market.
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Thanks Zig.
Very informative if I decide to go with the E620 the 9-18 looks good. Do they ever come up in the used market.
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Hi,
Yes, they do. however, they go like hotcakes. Adorama has one currently available:

http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20424495.html


I typically buy used lenses. I save some money and I have yet to get a bum lens. I buy them at KEH.Com and B&HPhoto.com. Adorama is also a good source of used equipment. I just don't happen to have any personal experience with them.


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Very informative if I decide to go with the E620 the 9-18 looks good. Do they ever come up in the used market.
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Hi,

Just another source for preowned cameras. B&H Photo currently is offering a used E-620 wth the 14-42mm lens for 420.00

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...R_Digital.html


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Hi zig:
Thanks for all the info. I live in Canada so I'm thinking that after I would pay all the taxes and other charges one has to pay when receiving items from the States I'm better off buying new and in Canada and get the warranty. So do you think the E620 is a decent camera ?. The deal with Dell is only valid till the end of today.
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