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Old Aug 27, 2006, 9:08 AM   #1
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I'm a newbie and I'm contemplating of having one of the mentioned units as my first DLSR camera,which one do you think is better ? Is live view important ? Is it worth the extra cost compare to E-500 with 2 Lens kit. Here in my place the price of E330 with OM lens is 1.3K US$ while E 500 2 lens kit is 1k US$.

I'm would like learn macro in the futureand I love nature.

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Old Aug 27, 2006, 11:20 AM   #2
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The Live View feature of the Olympus E-330 ispurely matter of personal preference. I don't need it and I wanted to save the money, so I purchased the E-500 two lens kit, which is the very best buy in the DSLR market. Those two lenses, the 14-45mm and the 40-150mm are great lenses.

You might also want to look at the Pentax K100D which has SR (shake reduction) which is Pentax's term for IS or image stabilization. The K100D also has a much broader Dynamic Range as well. I was very impressed with the camera, that I purchased it and use both cameras. The Pentax 18-55mm lens is a great lens and it allows you to do macro shots right out of the box. You cannont do that really with the Zukio 14-45mm lens.

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Old Aug 27, 2006, 10:05 PM   #3
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Don't know where you are but shop around...try the internet as well for competitive pricing. Live view, IMO, is good if you find yourself 1) taking lots of odd-angle shots or 2) planning on using an underwater housing at some point. I do neither so it was not a hot-button for me. Call me old-school but I still can't learn to love the I-really-wanted-to-be-a-rangefinder flat top on the E-300/330.


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I'm just not a fan of live view. Ialways thought it felt extremely odd to be holding a camera in space in front of my head. When I got my E-500, I was much more comfortable finally returning to the way I learned to hold a camera: arms held close against the body and holding the camera to your eye. For me, it's more intuitive...the camera and me are always pointing in the same direction. Live view always gave me a sense of disconnect because I could hold the camera in front of me but still be distracted by other things in my field of vision.

By all measures, the E-330 is a great camera. But I wouldn't pay an extra $5.00 for live view on any camera.
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The current Olympus E-500 two lens kit is probably the biggest bang for the buck of all the current consumer level DSLR cameras. If you want a body mounted IS/SR then please take a good look at the Pentax K100 DSLR camera.

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Actually according to dpreview;

The live preview of the EVOLT E-330 dSLR is notas good as the usual live preview feature. I read that you still can't see the effect white-balance have on photos (As you normally could with a normal live preview), and images across the screen also tend to look grainy and dark. (Not a good sign)

If you are really into live previewing, then the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-R1 fix lens pro will be a better choice since it has a flawless live preview with proper custom WB and WB fine tuningpreview on the LCD (Unlike the E-330's live preview). The camera also have a larger image sensor (APS-C 10.8 MP live view CMOS imager), and a high qualitylens that covers 24-120mm respectively. (Choices of Olympus lenses are few and very expensive)

Take a look at SLRgear, peek at the Olympus lens section and try tofind a comparable lens if necessary. (The 14-54 mm looks good for the budget)

The EVOLT E-500 will be a great choice if you don't mind live preview. (It is also far cheaper than the E-330 and sharesmiler capabilities)





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Old Sep 12, 2006, 9:41 AM   #7
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thanks guys for all your reply..finally after I finally decided to go for Olympus E500 (14-50/45-150mm), I'm again in a confusing situation.

Lastnigh while on the shop I saw the Sony Alpha 100 with 2 lens kit; 17-70mm and 70-300mm.

Now I'm not sure if I'll go for the Oly or with the Sony ?
Kindly post your advise which one is good for a newbee like me. I'm interested on photographing nature and macros.

Here in my place Oly is a little bit overprice at 1K US$
and Sony is 1.2K US$ both are with in target budget.

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Old Sep 13, 2006, 9:17 AM   #8
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I am faced with the same dilemma. I think I'll go with the e500, check dcresource smaple photos of the two. Teh Oly is way better. Sony ISO 800 is comparable to ISO 1600 on the Oly. Colors look more natural on the Oly too.

The lenses for Oly are the best (So I hear). It is cheaper too.

E500

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ol...ew/index.shtml

A100

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/so...r_a100-review/
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My wife has the Olympus E-500 with the two lens kit and it is a nice little camera. Recommend the FL-36 Flash, as the onboard flash is a little weak. We also bought the 50MM F2.0 Macro lens, which is terriffic, and not only does 1:1 magnification close ups, but also doubles as a wonderful portrait lens. All in all, a pretty nice camera.
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I would suggest go for Olympus E-500 … check out some good reviews here…
http://www.inods.com/search.jsp?quer...search+reviews
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