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Old Jan 16, 2011, 8:24 PM   #71
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Sarah, your DH must be such a good sport to pose for you all the time!

Very interesting comparison shots--the shot with flash is very nice, but you can see some loss of detail in the highlight areas. To be expected with the flash, I'd guess. The FZ-40 shot is more what I would expect to see with no flash and the desk lamp with a non dslr. It does give a more moody feel--so rather than detail, one gets mood from it. I think, anyway.

As I think has been discussed, apparently the FZ-35 is slightly better than the 40 in low light. I've been borrowing DH's FZ-7 and I cannot get a decent low-light shot out of it--but can with my FZ-7. I think he must have some setting different than I have mine at.... I checked a few things, but need to look into it more, as I'll be shooting product tomorrow, and the shots need to be better than I've been able to get from his FZ-7. Same camera but different results!
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Bradley and I have been married for 53 years. He is very used to me constantly taking photos. He is also used to me developing class syllabi for the course I teach. God bless him. I am glad that I could help out today with some photo samples for you.

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I want to looking at the evolt e-500, but the image quality of the Canons seems a hair better because of the difference in sensors?
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kamilucky, when I was looking at the 30D, I felt the image quality--based on numerous test shots in numerous reviews--was superior to almost anything else I saw. However, the pricing on those is getting to be way over what my budget was. When I compared the Canon Rebel series to the Olympus and the Pentax, I felt there was no significant difference in IQ, even in the more expensive Xsi--and, in fact, felt that both the Oly and the Pentax offered better color reproduction in some cases.

Of course, much depends on your shooting applications and what features are the most important to you. And what your budget is! In the "entry-level" class, in a good name, you probably will be fine with whatever you choose. I had such a hard time making up my mind, I now have the Pentax k100d super and an e-510 on the way.... Am really happy with the Pentax--although it just came yesterday and I haven't had much of a chance to check it out yet. I'll test the e-510 when it comes, too, but pretty sure I'll keep the Pentax only because I'd like to be able to buy some older Pentax lenses.
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The Olympus E-500 is a very good camera with especially good color reproduction. It was the last of the Olympus DSLR cameras to use the Kodak produced CMOS imagers. Most Olympus fans regard the E-500 as having the best color and image quality.

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Sarah, can you help clear up some confusion for me? Obviously I am a newbie to the dslr world... to say the least. The specs in Steve's review here on the e-500 say it had a Kodak CCD sensor, and the e-510 a CMOS sensor (but doesn't say who produced it). Above you state the e-500 had the Kodak CMOS imager. So I'm a bit confused, and I would love to know what I'm talking about when I go to sell the e-510 (if I do, LOL!). So, the e-510 did not have a Kodak sensor, although it is CMOS, and the e-500 had a Kodak sensor, but a CCD? Is that correct? It is not hard for me to get confused, so please bear with me--I appreciate the comments you and everyone here have made, and they seem to be helping an awful lot of other people, too, who have been having the same dilemma as I!

In any event, I was very surprised, when viewing test photos from so many reviews and also looking at the pics folks have posted to the forums here, that I was not as impressed with the Canon Rebel series as I was with both the e-500 and the e-510. I had anticipated the opposite.
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The original Olympus 4/3 system models used Kodak Sensors.

Later models (including your E-510) use Panasonic (a.k.a., Matsushita Electric) sensors.
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Thank you!
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It has been a busy day for me. I have spent most of it writing new material for my two classes tomorrow. You now know that the E-510 uses a Panasonic CMOS imager. The Olympus E-500 is a bit of a cult camera, being that it uses the last Kodak CMOS imager.

Here is a sample of the color that the E-500 produces:

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Such great information, everybody! I find this all quite fascinating... So, although the e-510 was the "new & improved" version of the e-500, it did not have the Kodak sensor and has a "cult" following. OK, good to know that. That sensor was the last one Kodak made for Olympus, or for any dslr? The color in that shot is wonderful, Sarah--from what I remember, that blue is pretty dead on to true (I've seen it in person before, and am just going on memory).

My husband & I are both from the Rochester, N.Y. area (Kodak's HQ), and lived in Rochester for years. So any tidbit of Kodak history interests us. And the stories we could tell.... Lots of friends and relatives who worked there... With better business planning, Kodak could be still be king of the camera--they had the technology and a great workforce, but, sadly, the succession of management was ill chosen to lead Kodak into the "brave new world." Among other issues....

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