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Old Feb 13, 2005, 1:17 PM   #1
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I have done the usual I suppose, read the magazines, online reviews and got all in a confused state.

I want to purchase a good SLR for product photography, the resulting images will be printed lithographically, so detail quality is important as is image density.

I looked and looked and compared images between these three models and can see the Canon stands out, but I like the price of the D70 and the features of the E300.

I also noted that Steve's pictures showed similar colour reproduction on the 20D and the D70, but a lot darker and different blues on the E300.

Went into my camera shop today, they said a big no to the E300 due to lens compatibility, a yes to the D70, and a big yes to the 20D, so I left a bit sad and empty handed.

I have had my hands on the D70 before and liked the DOF preview and also the way I could select which area in the viewfinder was used to focus on (say far right), is this available on the 20D?

Any other views and comments would really help.
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Old Feb 14, 2005, 4:03 PM   #2
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Went into my camera shop today, they said a big no to the E300 due to lens compatibility, a yes to the D70, and a big yes to the 20D, so I left a bit sad and empty handed.

I wonder what sort of lens compatibility they were refering to?:-?
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Old Feb 14, 2005, 4:33 PM   #3
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They were just implying I would have a restricted choice of lenses with the E-300.

Now I have more or less decided to rule this out of the equation.

New interest in the Nikon D2X now, but a bit rich I think.

D70 still interests me due to the price and 100 cashback offer.

But the more I read about the 20D, the more I am convinced that this is the best buy at the moment.

I may wait until the 18th Feb announcements though.
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Old Feb 14, 2005, 7:02 PM   #4
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Have a look at Pentax *istDS
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 12:02 PM   #5
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Lens choice is a little restrictive when it comes to the 4/3 mount but is getting alot better every month it seems and from the roomers, will become even more so after the PMA2005 show.....

Oly Models:

11-22mm F2.8-3.5

14-45mm F3.5-5.6 (E-300 kit lens)

14-54mm F2.8-3.5 (E-1 kit lens)

40-150mm F3.5-4.5

50-200mm F2.8-3.5

50mm F2 Macro

150mm F2

300mm F2.8

7-14mm F4 (announced for 2005)

14-35mm F2 (speculated for PMA2005)

35-100mm F2 (specualted for PMA2005)

100-250MM f2.8 (specualted for PMA2005)

Also you have the choice of 3 Sigma lenses. So right now you have a choice of 11 different lenses with 5 more from Olympus expected in 2005 and possibly more from Sigma and maybe another manufacture.

And just to let you know Olympus Americaalso currently has a $100usd rebate being offered on the E-300 body and kit when you purchase an E-300 between now and March31/05 which you can find
here. Now im not saying you should buy the E-300.... but the lens choice is not nearly as bad as it used to be when the system format was first released. I also don't own and e-300 so im not one to advise you on it. I do own an E-1 and its fits my needs and requirements perfectly. I just wish I could afford both the 11-22mm and 50-200mm lenses for it to complete my kit and be able to fully retire my C-750 setup.


Personally I would wait to see what comes out of PMA-2005 no matter what camera system you end up deciding on as new model announcements usually help lower the prices on current models.:-)

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