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Old Mar 31, 2006, 10:39 AM   #1
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The E-500 kit and extra lens will be here next week. I plan on upgrading the firmware and software as soon as the battery is charged. I will be shooting in RAW mode with a pair of 2GB Sandisk Extreme III CF. Any suggestions on settings or anything I should know ahead of time.
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Old Mar 31, 2006, 2:33 PM   #2
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Once you have files to work with, download free trials of RAW converters and settle on one that works best for you.

The camera will come with Viewer and maybe a trial version ofStudio...I don't think either of those are good choices if you plan to be a prolific shooter of RAW files. They take too long toprocess each image. Look to either the RAW converter with Adobe Photoshop/Elements, Bibble, Capture One (several versions at different prices, I use Capture One LE).

If you are shooting RAW there's no need to worry about the several setup options out of the boxregarding White balance, sharpening, contrast, etc, etc, as those will be adjustable by you at the time of conversion, allowing you the freedom to work on composition and exposure without having to worry about other settings as well.

You picked a great lens to start with! It will cover many subjects.My only advise, given without any knowledge of what you plan to shoot, is to start saving and when you make the first purchase to complement your system, makethat first purchasea separate flash unit like the FL-36.
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I have Adobe Photoshop CS2 and will get the patches for the camera for it. It does a decent job on RAW to JPG on my Canon S45. My specs for my workstation are on my web server: http://69.47.81.240/Computers/ I can do 40 x 4MP Canon S45 RAW to JPG per minute. I hope Adobe releases new 64-bit RAW to JPG processes that are mutli-core capable.

I am going to Europe in September. London, Paris, Tallinn, Heilsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, St. Peterburg, and Berlin. Pictures from my other three trips are on my web site http://69.47.81.240/ in vacation pictures section. Many places don't allow a flash at all. Check out my web site to see what I normally shoot on trips. I do churches, museums, architecture, ruins, etc. I will be using the 14-54 inside and 40-150 outside. The 14-45 will probably be less used.

So I am going to practice with the 14-54 f/2.8-3.5 at The Henry Ford, www.thehenryford.com . I can shoot in the village buildings and museum.


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Old Apr 1, 2006, 6:21 AM   #4
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I was at the Henry Ford Musuem and Village last summer. Sadly, I did not have my E-500 then, just my Kodak P&S. I am hoping to get back there myself this summer to take some nice pics.

I will keep an eye on your site for Henry Ford pics.
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I have Adobe Photoshop CS2 and will get the patches for the camera for it. It does a decent job on RAW to JPG on my Canon S45. My specs for my workstation are on my web server: http://69.47.81.240/Computers/ I can do 40 x 4MP Canon S45 RAW to JPG per minute. I hope Adobe releases new 64-bit RAW to JPG processes that are mutli-core capable.

I am going to Europe in September. London, Paris, Tallinn, Heilsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, St. Peterburg, and Berlin. Pictures from my other three trips are on my web site http://69.47.81.240/ in vacation pictures section. Many places don't allow a flash at all. Check out my web site to see what I normally shoot on trips. I do churches, museums, architecture, ruins, etc. I will be using the 14-54 inside and 40-150 outside. The 14-45 will probably be less used.

So I am going to practice with the 14-54 f/2.8-3.5 at The Henry Ford, http://www.thehenryford.com . I can shoot in the village buildings and museum.

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Old Apr 1, 2006, 7:39 AM   #5
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I was going to post pictures from Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum on my web site. I want to have them reviewed to improve quality. CS2 does nice thumbnail pages.
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