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Old Oct 22, 2005, 5:54 AM   #1
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I recently bought a new 8080 and I've been really pleased so far with the picture quality. Today I tried shooting a couple of lamps very close to the bulbs. Purple lines and bars appeared in the LCD and EV. Is this normal? The pictures looked fine.
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Old Oct 22, 2005, 3:57 PM   #2
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Would anyone else be willing to test this? I was shooting about 3 or 4 inches from a 30 watt bulb and a 60 watt bulb. Thanks.
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Old Oct 22, 2005, 4:55 PM   #3
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I remember doing something like that with a Canon A-70 years ago. After several days of inactivity, the LCD seemed to reset itself and came back to being worable.

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Old Oct 22, 2005, 7:28 PM   #4
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Thanks, Sarah. I spoke with the digital pro at a local camera supply shop that caters to professionals. He said the purple lines and banding I experienced are normal for the kind of shots I was taking. His explanation was that the LCD and viewfinder couldn't accurately display the lamp I was trying to photograph, because I was right on top of the light source. The lines only appear when I'm in close proximity to the light. When I back off they disappear. He said he's seen this effect on other digital cameras, and there's no risk of damage. I'll probably call another pro shop for a second opinion though. Hoping another 8080 owner will have experienced this and will comment here...
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Old Oct 22, 2005, 10:23 PM   #5
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I think you are safe, and your Olympus C-8080 is secure. The problem is the light source. Are you up to the E-300 or the E-500 that just received a "highly recommended" from dpreview?

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Old Oct 22, 2005, 11:02 PM   #6
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Sarah, I finally found the solution online. Switched to manual and stopped down to a small aperture. It also worked switching to AP and doing the same. No more lines. I read some of the E-500 review. Don't think I'm ready for a dSLR. Used to shoot with a film SLR for many years but got tired of carrying the lenses and accessories around. I like taking nature photographs and hiking around with all that gear just got old. I think the 8080 with a monopod is a good compromise for now. I'll probably pick up a UZ cam in the next couple of months and between the two I'll be able to do most of what I want.
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That decision makes sense to me. I have the E-300 and am not inclined to make the jump to the E-500 in a hurry.

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