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Old Jun 29, 2003, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default Olympus C-5050Z ??

I am considering purchasing the C-5050Z. I would like to ask current owners, Are you satisfied with this digicam? What settings are you using? I read somewhere that the C-5050Z may be too sharp and certain settings should be implemented in order to get the best possible results. Most of my pics will be of people outdoors and indoors with the occassional low-light condition. Also, what would you recommend for an external flash (the FL-40 is extremely expensive - especailly in Canadian funds)? THANKS!
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Old Jun 30, 2003, 12:09 PM   #2
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Hi

I have a C-5050, and like most owners, I love it. About your questions:
1. The best settings depend on the firmware version. Early versions (v. 76 and 77) oversharpen, and give the best results with sharpening set at -2 or -3. From v. 78 on, the best results are with it set to 0. My advice? Experiment. No cost for film or processing, so just fire away and find what you like best.
2. External flash? The Metz 32M3Z with the Olympus adapter shoe will do everything the FL 40 does, at considerably lower cost.

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Old Jun 30, 2003, 12:52 PM   #3
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There's also a smaller, less powerful flash from Olympus (FL-20) that is also cheaper. Promaster also make 2 flash units (5550DX and 5750DX, I think), that can provide full TTL compatibility with the C-5050.
Oh yeah, besides that...I love my C-5050. Don't regret my decision for a moment to far! (but then again, mine came with firmware verion 78).
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Old Jul 1, 2003, 9:17 AM   #4
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Default Love my 5050 so far...

Hello,

Just thought I would chime in as well. I recently sold my 3020z to a buddy and got a 5050z. I was always very happy with the pics from my 3020z and just decided it was time to leap up to a 5 m (actually...I just wanted it! ;-) ) So I was already a satisifed Olympus customer to begin with...but I am always open.

I read as much as I could here at this site as well as others and even picked the brain of a few other people I know...and bang for the buck the Olympus 5050 seems to be the cat's meow right now. I did consider and look at cams from Sony, Nikon and Canon and when it was all said and done...I went with the 5050Z.

One thing I noticed immediately about the 5050 when compared to my 3020 was flash recharge time and write to memory card times...both are significantly faster. Definitely a plus. The feature set and adjustments on this camera are going to make me learn more about cameras just so I can understand and use them properly! :-) Anyone recommend a good website to start with! :-)

Overall...at this point...very happy and would recommend the 5050z.

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Old Jul 1, 2003, 7:09 PM   #5
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Read this and look at his link.

http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...ic.php?t=11502
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Old Jul 3, 2003, 2:09 PM   #6
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Default Firmware Version - C-5050Z

How do you check the firmware version?
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Old Jul 3, 2003, 3:50 PM   #7
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The firmware, as well as other information like shutter speed, ISO, aperture, flash use, is recorded in every picture taken with the camera. This is called Exif info and all you need is an Exif reader:
http://www.takenet.or.jp/~ryuuji/min...fread/english/

I believe the heading for firmware is "software".

Just a note here, older photo editing programs do not recognise Exif info and will trash it if you edit a photograph...it's always best to work on a copy of the original picture.
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Old Jul 4, 2003, 7:38 AM   #8
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Default How to find the Version using Windows Explorer

Open Windows Explorer.
Open the File Directory where your photo is stored.
Right-Click on the Photo or Filename and select Properties.
Click on the Summary tab. Click the Advanced button.
Look for Creation Software. Mine is v558-78.
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Old Jul 4, 2003, 8:17 AM   #9
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Default Re: How to find the Version using Windows Explorer

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How to find the Version using Windows Explorer.
That DOESN'T work with older versions of Windows, only with XP!
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Old Jul 5, 2003, 1:52 AM   #10
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Default Thanks Mike.

I didn't realize that was an XP-only feature.
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