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Old Feb 8, 2012, 7:44 AM   #1
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Default E-420 photo wins 1st place

There was a recent challenge at DPReview with the winner taking the 1st place prize using an Olympus e-420 and standard kit lens.

It's a pretty impressive capture

http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=575685


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Old Feb 8, 2012, 8:02 AM   #2
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Hey Zig:

That link didn't work because you had a backslash (\) at the end of it, causing a page not found error from dpreview.com

This is the link you posted:

http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/E...spx?ID=575685\

So, I fixed for you by removing the \

The link without the backslash works:

http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=575685

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Old Feb 8, 2012, 8:27 AM   #3
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Hi Jim,

Thanks so much for keeping an eye on things.

much appreciated

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Wow! Thanks for posting this, Zig.
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....there are some might impressive images done with less than the best available, this is one.
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That '\' for some reason triggered a question Zig..... did you ever get a track pad? My daughter has a new iMAC, she has a track pad with it. I think it is what came with the iMAC(buyers choice). Anyway I just don't care for it enough to have one. Thought I would ask here while it was on my mind.
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....there are some might impressive images done with less than the best available, this is one.
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That '\' for some reason triggered a question Zig..... did you ever get a track pad? My daughter has a new iMAC, she has a track pad with it. I think it is what came with the iMAC(buyers choice). Anyway I just don't care for it enough to have one. Thought I would ask here while it was on my mind.
Hi Bob,

Yes, I do have a track pad AND yes, I do have a bit of a love and hate relationship with this device. My wireless mouse gave up the ghost. So, I decided to try one of these. I often times end up in places that I didn't expect.
I also have problems navigating with this thing.

May have to go back to the mouse.

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Hi Bob,

Yes, I do have a track pad AND yes, I do have a bit of a love and hate relationship with this device. My wireless mouse gave up the ghost. So, I decided to try one of these. I often times end up in places that I didn't expect.
I also have problems navigating with this thing.

May have to go back to the mouse.

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Personally, I like the cheap Logitech M305 Wireless Mouse.

I also had a similar Logitech Mouse I bought with a Dell Inspiron 1720 a while back that worked just fine for years (despite being dropped numerous times).

But, I managed to bend the USB transceiver on it (as it was a longer one) from banging the laptop around when traveling, until it eventually started giving me troubles after being bent a few too many times (even though the mouse itself was still in perfect condition after being used for years).

So, I bought an inexpensive "Kingwin" mouse with a smaller "Nano" USB Transceiver to replace it with from newegg.com. That was a big mistake, as it was horrible in comparison to the Logitech (problems with tracking on different surfaces, very poor build quality, terrible battery life, etc.). If you look at the feedback tab for it, you'll find a review (from JimC) I made on 07/03/2011. The forms they used truncated part of the review text. But, you'll get the idea (it was a terrible mouse):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826250008

So, I replaced it with a Logitech M305, which looks identical to the Logitech model I used for years with my Dell 1720, only the M305 uses one of the newer USB "Nano" Transceiver designs, so that it fits almost flush with the laptop's USB port (making it virtually immune from damage that starting causing problems with the earlier model I used after a few years of being banged around when traveling, because I left the USB transceiver plugged into the laptop and it would catch on something and get bent or knocked out, causing me to need to wiggle the the transceiver in the USB port to get a good connection with it).

The newer Logitech M305 works great and has a tiny Nano USB Transceiver, and I got it in seller refurbished condition for only $14.79 with free shipping from this Ebay listing:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...E:L:OC:US:1123

More recently (September 2011), I bought a Dell Inspiron 11Z netbook from Dell Outlet to replace an aging Asus Eee PC Netbook 900 16G with a cracked display (since I like to bring a small Netbook with me when I'm out for long, versus lugging a larger laptop with me), and the Dell 11Z has the worst trackpad I've ever used, by far.
It's got nice features like multi-touch and more. But, trust me, it's a horrible trackpad and I found it to be virtually unusable.

So, I bought [yet another] Logitech M305 to use with it from this listing, getting it in Seller refurbished condition for only $12.55 with free shipping, since I liked the first one I bought:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...d=869277960016

It looks like the same seller (cfsale) has them for $13.95 with free shipping now, in a variety of different colors (which is still a great deal):

http://www.ebay.com/sch/cfsale/m.htm....c0.m270.l1313

The Ebay seller I bought the first one from (reforger) still has them too (ranging from $13.74 to $14.95 with free shipping, depending on the color you want). This seller had very fast shipping with great communications. But, I'd buy again from either one of them (Ebay seller name reforger or cfsale), as they both delivered the item as listed in perfect condition with no issues.

From my perspective, it's hard to beat that Logitech M305 Wireless mouse, since you can buy it in refurbished (like new) condition for under $15 with free shipping, especially compared to some of the other cheap wireless mouse models around like that Kingwin model I bought (which was *very* bad in comparison). See the listings reforger has for the Logitech M305 Wireless Mouse here. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one from the same seller again:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/reforger/m.h....c0.m270.l1313

Both of the seller refurbished Logitech M305 mice (from two different vendors) look and work just like new, as I expected, based on how well the Logitech Notebook Wireless Mouse that looks just like it I bought a few years back held up (except that the newer model has a smaller "Nano" USB Transceiver). So, I can't complain at all.

I like the ergonomics of that smaller Logitech mouse design, even better than I like some larger Logitech models I have for use with my Desktops (I bought some Logitech Wireless Keyboard/Mouse combos for Desktop use a while back, and I'm using one of the larger Logitechs right now).

So, the next time I buy another mouse, I'll probably buy yet another Logitech M305 if it's still available, as I like it's ergonomics and it tracks great on multiple surfaces (I often use a laptop while sitting in a recliner in our Den, and the Logitech M305 mouse works just fine on the recliner's upholstery fabric, a small table beside the recliner that another mouse won't track well on, or even my pants leg), and it's "priced right" at under $15 delivered if you go refurbished and you're a good shopper.
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....I like my APPLE mini-keyboards and 'magic' mouses a lot; have them on both MACS. Although when I upgraded OS to Lion it took a bit to find how to put the mouse scroll back to the 'old' direction.
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A couple days ago I found a box in the garage; the first Logitech mouse I bought; 20+ yrs ago, it looks new, I bought it at Comp USA for something like 70-80$.

But then the APPLE magic mouse is $69 as is the mini kbd so I reckon quality hardware has held its pricing...... wanna buy a logitech mouse with MS-DOS 3.0+ drivers on 5.25 & 3.5 disks? It is in a new box so that then makes it not NIB but INB.... rare item! Was used on an XT, AT & PS-2.

I have an IBM PS-2, 128K RAM and 60-MB HDD with DOS-5 that is original, it boots and runs DOS-5. I think I kept this mouse for that machine.

I also have the original invoice for the computer @ $5,000 (1989), it was our office machine with a 2400 baud modem and a $1200 IRMA card for remote networking via dial-up.
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I've been using the Logitech wireless mouse like Jim C. have been using Logitech models for years, thru at least the last 5 computers. I definitely prefer them.
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Not an expert on meece but I do like that photo! Would have been easy to blow out the snow there.
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