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Old Jun 15, 2004, 9:11 PM   #1
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After making several comparative test shots (w/Canon Image Stabilization lenses), I just sold my Canon DRebel w/lenses & purchased the Olympus E-1 with 14-55 & 50-200 Zuiko lenses. I found the images from the all digital E-1 to be much sharper. As I have mentioned, I've been selling fine art prints at both charity auctions and directly (when I can find a good venue). Most of the sale quality prints came from my Olympus C-730; few from my DRebel. After six months of use, I was becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the quality with both Canon and Tamron lenses (The few sale quality prints was using the Tamron 28-300). I purchased my body and two lenses from Cameta Camera via their ebay auctions - I saved over $600 off what I would have paid retail for the same equipment and received great service. I can report that the control layout of the Olympus E-1 is more logical than the DRebel and the picture taking performance quite exhilarating. I just got it yesterday and have not a chance to download and work the software, so I'll have to report on this later. I also found the weatherproofing (especially here in Colorado with dust and sudden thunderstorms) and vibrating processor cleaning a real plus for my shooting conditions. As many of you regulars know, I have a real concern about frequent lens changes. I share this info with my fellow Steve's Regulars FYI. I'll let you know as I use the E-1 if I think I made the right decision!:?:
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Old Jul 14, 2004, 3:50 AM   #2
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I know you made the right decision, but personally I'm waiting to see what the consumer version 4:3 that Olympus is going to released before the end of the year is going to be (since I can't afford the E-1).
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Old Jul 14, 2004, 1:14 PM   #3
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I know you made the right decision, but personally I'm waiting to see what the consumer version 4:3 that Olympus is going to released before the end of the year is going to be (since I can't afford the E-1).
Same here, just can't justify the expence of the E-1 right now....although I do love the camera and would love to own one especially after playing with it a couple times now at the store.:-)
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Old Jul 14, 2004, 5:36 PM   #4
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Hi Guys - I recently was shooting in a very dusty environment atop Elmagre Mountain (next to Pikes Peak) and in the rain inthe Garden of Eden Canyon (above Green Mountain Falls north of Pikes Peak) and had a lot of peace of mind knowing that the E-1 offers great dust and moisture protection. I hope Olympus can offer the same features in the consumer model. As I have mentioned, I got really good pricing from Cameta Camera on ebay, great service, buying experience, etc. I saved a little over 20% on my E-1 and lenses compared to puchasing from a dealer, was the only way I could barely get into the E-1. Check Cameta out on ebay when you want to buy. You have to watch the reserve pricing very closely and try to keep your bid near that reserve amount.
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