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Old Nov 13, 2012, 6:33 PM   #11
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That's an good idea...Thanks!
Old and out of date doesn't bother me. My CanonA540 was old and out of date...5 megapixels!!! That's actually enough for me, as I don't enlarge my pics. They're just on my computer for the most part.

So...are you suggesting the older PL1 (for $325) and a nice lens if I need to?

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Old Nov 13, 2012, 6:38 PM   #12
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Hi Sharon,

I've read your other post about the difficulties you are having with your Canon.

I have a Pen E-PL1, and I love mine, but I'm not sure an interchangeable lens camera is what you are looking for. However, if you do decide to go to Micro 4/3, Cameta still has E-PL1 s, both new and refurbished.

http://www.cameta.com/Olympus-PEN-E-...lack-66326.cfm

For that price, you could afford a couple lenses and stay within your budget.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 6:40 PM   #13
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There are tons of new E-Pl1's available on Amazon or Ebay. This body only version is only 139.00: http://www.amazon.com/OLYMPUS-262855...=olympus+e-pl1

Then you have 300 to add on a nice lens.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 7:15 PM   #14
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Thanks so much...this has been very helpful!

So the lens included here is not a lens that I'd want?
http://www.amazon.ca/Olympus-E-PL1-I...2825007&sr=8-1

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Old Nov 13, 2012, 7:34 PM   #15
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Default You can get a used EPL-1 pretty cheaply

I bought an EPL-1 about two years ago and have been itching to get the new OM-D since it came out in February. Many on this forum have already made the jump to the OM-D. I suspect there are quite a few EPL-1s just among the folks on this forum that could be easily purchased. There is sort of a prohibition against posting buy/sell notices here, so you might have to word your request a little cryptically to dance around it.

If you do decide the EPL-1 is for you, it won't cost too much.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 9:41 PM   #16
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I was thinking of around $400-$500, considering that I just want to point and shoot. I'd like to hear the alternatives, as I'm fairly flexible if need be with the cost, but I'm not interested in a complicated setup.

I actually just got out my husband's Olympus D720...took a few shots that were better than what I've been taking on the CanonSX500.
Sharon, while all of us here shoot with these interchageable lens cameras, it seems to me that you are not really needing an interchangeable lens camera. Based on what you stated your photographic needs are, I think you should look at the fine Olympus XZ-1 compact camera. Just a few months ago, it was going for up to 400 bucks, but now that the new model XZ-2 is out, the price of the XZ-1 has dropped to only $199; a price that was unthinkable a year ago.
http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Digita...s=olympus+xz-1

Anyway, just a thought that struck me after reading your needs.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 4:18 AM   #17
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I would also recommend the Sony NEX-5N

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Compact-I...ds=sony+nex+5n

A friend has one and he loves it. Small camera, but with BIG grip, which would be good for your arthritis. The kit lens that comes with the camera is pretty nice as well. They sell a Macro lens for it too which is not too expensive should you want that later:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ngle_Lens.html
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 5:22 AM   #18
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Thank you all so much. I'm feeling much less frustrated with this now!

The grip is very important to me, as I need to feel that the camera is securely nestled in my hands. Small is good, but if it's so small that I need my reading glasses to see the controls, it's a pain. I'd also prefer buttons to a touchscreen.

Here's my current thinking ....I get the PL1 with the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens, for a very reasonable price.
...excellent picture quality and the included lens suits my needs. Then I do some reading and hang around here for awhile. If I need a better lens to take really amazing photos on a different level, I move on to becoming more knowledgeable and purchase different lenses. The option of becoming "better" is there. Is my thinking flawed?

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Here's the type of shots that I like to take of pets...I used the OlympusD720 in Auto mode for these. The new CanonSX500 did not do as well as this, but you can see the lack of clarity. This is just to give you an idea of what I'll be doing with the new camera, plus the regular family and holiday photos.
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honestly I'd like to understand your major complaints about the canon a little better.
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