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Old Jul 14, 2007, 12:26 AM   #1
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Sorry, this got posted twice by accident.

I'm a newbie when it comes to DSLR cameras. I come from the old-school SLR cameras (still have my Nikons). I'm trying to help my son buy his first DSLR and he (we) seem to have narrowed the choices down to the Nikon D40x, the Canon XTi and the Olympus E-500 (maybe E-510). After mulling for weeks over reviews and the forums, we finally made it into a camera store to do some hands-on testing. All three are nice, but one thing I didn't like about the Olympus is the way the lens focused in Manual mode. I needed to turn the focus ring an entire revolution to get just a tiny bit of focusing achieved. The Nikon and Canon act like my old SLR lenses where a tiny turn of the focus ring made a huge difference. Is this how Olympus lenses work? Am I not using it the right way? Someone told me that for the most part, we would use Auto-Focus instead of Manual. Maybe so, but in the old camera days, I sometimes liked to use a very narrow plane of focus and leave everything else soft, and I can't imagine how to do this using Auto-Focus. Being able to adjust the focus by tiny increments is required for this type of photography. My son is leaning towards the Olympus because of the attractive price, but I can't get over the slow manual focusing lenses. Someone please educate me. Thanks!
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Old Jul 14, 2007, 12:37 AM   #2
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i use the e500, its a nice cam.

The focus on the kit (and i belive all the digital zuiko's) lenses are changed electronticly via the focus ring. I think its kinda cool. If you turn the ring slowly, the focus changes very slowly. If you turn the ring quicky, the focus jumps ahead.
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