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Old Dec 17, 2003, 7:40 AM   #1
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Our last camera was a Fuji 2600z which lasted two years. I wanted to reuse the SM that the Fuji used since we bought a lot of cards and after researching came up with the Olympus 4000. Just received the camera last week and took some trial pics to make sure the camera was working. I haven't read the manual, print or CD, but understand this is essential.

What I'm looking for is practical advice on what I need to do now. Those of you that have had the 4000 for a while, are there things that you wished you had done right from the start? The biggest thing I can think of is the lens cap. I knew from researching that the lens cap being on the lens when the camera is turned on caused a lot of problems for some people in stripped gears. I figured my wife would be the one to forget to remove the lens cap, but it's turning out to be me. I'd love some ideas on how to resolve this issue. I know there's some type of adapter that people use for filters with this camera. Can someone point me in the direction of where to get something like this and what it's called?

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Old Dec 17, 2003, 9:29 PM   #2
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Thomas,

I bought a Tiffen lens tube for my 4000 as well as uv and polarizer filters that attach to the end of the tube. This completely protects the lens mechanism. I leave it on all the time and don't have to worry about the lens bumping into the cap or knocking the lens out of it track. The tube is long enough so that the lens will not bump into the uv filter.

I got the tube and filters at Circuit City. It's called a lens mount adapter set, specifically for Olympus cameras. The C-4000 isn't listed, but the 4040 is so it works fine. It had two tubes in it, the other was for the 700 series cameras. The filters are for a 43mm thread, the thread size of the tube. But I'm not entirely sure if the Tiffens are readily available anymore.

I understand that some tubes are slightly shorter and require a step up ring before the filter is attached. The only downside to this is the camera takes up more space with the tube on, but I consider this to be a minor negative.

I also bought a 2x tiffen telephoto lens that attaches to the end of the tube. I know there are other tubes, one made by Olympus, that are available, but I'm very satisfied with the way the Tiffen tube works.

Check this discussion for more info. http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...t=gibsonpd3620

Also, I would suggest you get the manual that's on the cd printed. I got mine printed double sided with two pages on each side. This saved quite a bit on paper. But I found it helpful to have it printed out. The menus take a little bit to learn, but once you have them down, they're fairly easy. Start out using the automatic settings and gradually experiment with the manual settings. I've had my 4000 for about a year and find the manual features really add a lot of flexibility and allow you to do things you could never do otherwise. Enjoy the process and just experiment with different things.


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Old Dec 18, 2003, 7:26 AM   #3
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Bill,

Thanks for the info. A UV filter is always on the 35mm lens. I'll have to go to CC at lunch to look for the Tiffen lens tube and a filter. In addition to the lens cap issue, the filter will protect the lens from getting scratched as well. The camera being larger isn't a factor for me.

Good idea on printing out the manual. As far as the menus, I was a bit lost at first, and had to read the printed manual to see exactly what Olympus was doing. I've basically gone through some of the functions so that if I want to use a special feature of the camera I at least know how to access it. The wife loves the mini video movies that the camera can make. I'll check out that other thread as well.

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Old Dec 19, 2003, 8:05 AM   #5
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I went out looking for the CLA-1 at Cord Camera and Circuit City. No luck. No lens adapters at all to be exact. I looked at the OLYCAP Flip-Open Lens Cover from olycap.com. Seems like that solution would work for the time being until I found the need for a telephoto or wide angle lens. Can anyone vouch for this company. No insult to the review intended. I'm just leary about giving my credit card number out on a small site.

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Old Dec 24, 2003, 1:50 PM   #6
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I purchased an Olycap and love it. Ordering was simple, and it was shipped promptly.
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Old Dec 31, 2003, 9:15 AM   #7
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If you have no immidiate plans for filters or converters, the Olycap is the perfect solution, smart and very affordable. I have been using mine for over a year, protecting and keeping the lens spotless clean.

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