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Old Nov 19, 2010, 2:38 PM   #1
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I have been surfing camera/photography forums. Just joined
I am seriously thing about Photography as a hobby.
First question.

I am mainly intersected in outdoor photography.
Scenery, Land Scapes , Animals ( Birds )

A Person who I know is selling an Olympus E-620 with a 14-42 lense
and a 4 GB Card . $ 450.00 Like new condition
reason for selling. He bought it for his wife last christmas.
She has used it twice.

With my $ 800.00 buget, I can by the E-620 and also a 70-300 lense.
Some where I read it is really a 600 mm . That is for later.
I checked on the Oly form and have seen some very nice pictures
from the e-620

Any thoughts on a better deal for under $ 800.00

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Old Nov 19, 2010, 3:03 PM   #2
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For what you say you want to shoot, the Olympus would be one of many good choices. If you trust the person you'd buy the used E-620 from, then go for it.

The 70-300mm lens is actually a 70-300mm lens, not a 600mm lens. Olympus dSLRs have an image sensor than is half the size of a 35mm film exposure, so with a lens of the same focal length, it will have half the angle of view. So a 300mm lens on an Olympus dSLR would have an angle of view about equal to a 600mm lens on a 35mm film camera. But the actual focal length of the lens is 300mm, not 600mm.
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For what you say you want to shoot, the Olympus would be one of many good choices. If you trust the person you'd buy the used E-620 from, then go for it.

The 70-300mm lens is actually a 70-300mm lens, not a 600mm lens. Olympus dSLRs have an image sensor than is half the size of a 35mm film exposure, so with a lens of the same focal length, it will have half the angle of view. So a 300mm lens on an Olympus dSLR would have an angle of view about equal to a 600mm lens on a 35mm film camera. But the actual focal length of the lens is 300mm, not 600mm.
Thankyou for the reply Tcav

I just got back from a camera store.
I looked at 3 cameras E-620 Canon rebel and Nikon D3100

I will go for the E-620
The Canon and Nikon with a 300mm lense will blow my budget
even if I had to buy a new E-620
The Canon with a 300mm lense is huge compared to the E-620
It may be a better camera but I do not want to lug around a brick when hiking. My main interests in a camera decision

I have a question about the Oly 70-300 or 140-600 in 35mm
Does the Oly 70-300 / 140-600 have more reach than the Canon
or nikon 70-300 ?

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On an Olumpus dSLR, a 70-300 lens has an angle of view of about 18 to 4.1. That's a 35mm equivalent focal length of 140-600mm.

On a Canon T1i, a 70-300 lens has an angle of view of about 21 to 5.1. That's a 35mm equivalent focal length of 112-480mm.

On a Nikon D3100, a 70-300 lens has an angle of view of about 22.5 to 5.3. That's a 35mm equivalent focal length of 105-450mm.
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 4:15 PM   #5
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Why nt consider the Pentax k-x/k-r kits' with 18-55 & 55-300 lenses? Xcellent cameras in their class if nt the best. Xcellent lowlight capabilities.Gd lenses too.Should fit your budget too.K-x kit around $650 and k-r around $900.
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Sorry wrong forum
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 3:55 AM   #7
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the k-x definitely seems like it works for your budget - 2 lenses, gives you range from 18mm to 200mm, good camera, very good in low light for $586 (well, amazon's prices go up and down, but that's what it costs now).
http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-K-x-2-7.../dp/B002OEBTCI

or $600 for 2 lens kit Fayyaz mentioned
http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-K-x-2-7...0329631&sr=1-2
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In your origional post you say you want to shoot
Scenery , Landscapes and Animals ( Birds )

I have a E-520 with 70-300. Autofocus is fine

Check out the images on posts 11 for wildlife shots
Also check out Post 28


http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wh...e-620-a-2.html

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Thanks again for all the replys
The Pentax with a 300 mm lense and a 8 GB card will run close
to $ 1100 CDN. That will really blow my budget
With this lense the reach will be 450mm ( I hope I am correct )

I mainly like out door Scenery / Nature photography so the
E-620 and the Oly 70/300 will do the trick.
Some VERY impressive photos with the 70-300 on the Oly DSLR form

The Camera store really tried to push a Canon.
I guess every one has thier own opinions.
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