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Olympus E series. . .
Old 04-16-2006, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have experience with any of the Olympus 4/5ths system cameras? I'm interested in the E-330 but it might be too new to get much info but the other top of the line products should probably give a hint on it's reliability.
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does anyone have experience with any of the Olympus 4/5ths system cameras? I'm interested in the E-330 but it might be too new to get much info but the other top of the line products should probably give a hint on it's reliability.
The Olympus is a great camera. Tonal gradation is fantastic. Macro work is tough to beat. A bit noisier than the Canons or Nikons, but still a spectacular camera. The 4/5 system is quite simple. You just double the focal length. If you're shooting with a 200mm 2.2, it's actually a 400mm 2.2. This is their marketing for their work. You would never be able to buy a lense that's 400mm at 2.2 for the price you get one at 200mm - talk to a rep. You can capture in sRGB as well as Adobe RGB.

On the flip side, after having demo'd their top o' the line for a few weeks, I would never buy one for a simple reason. They're low in the MPs. I mean, when nikon and canon were going to 8+mp, these idiots put out their top of the line at 5mp. Stupid. If you blow up to 20x30 size or bigger, you're going to have to do some serious math on the file to minimize softening. SInce we blow our images up to at least 20x30, we wanted the best. We went with the Canon 1Ds Mark II. Great camera. Then we went to the H1D at 22mp and are upgrading to the 39mp version next month when they actually start shipping. As they always say, there's no replacement for displacement... i.e. Get the biggest sensor size you can afford... Follow that with the most expensive lense you can afford. Simple.

If you're shooting magazine size at most, then you're fine... It's all skill from here on...

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Here is a shot done with the E-330 w/ the 35-100 lens. If you have any specific questions let me know and I'll try and help. So far I do enjoy the camera, the higher noise level is only a factor above 400 ISO.

Not sure how to get the image size larger, one of these days I'll get this all figured out!
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[ I went with the E-500 kit about 2 weeks ago, and have just started playing with it. So far, I'm tickled sh*tless with it. It's fairly light weight, and the images are stunning. Haven't shot any models with it, but have been scouting some sites for May shooting. The menu is fairly easy to use, and you have the choice of changing your settings either through the menu, or or off the dials on the camera itself. Did I mention it was light? When climbing Up the hill to a series of waterfalls, it wasn't near the weight as some others that I have checked out.
Enclosed is a couple of scenics from my scout.
...or, maybe not.

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I bought the E300 (the one they called ug-ly!) when it first came out at Xmas of '04 and still use it as my main camera. Have shot thousands of images with it. Completely reliable, dustbuster works exactly as advertised. I just boxed mine up to have a new Katz Eye focusing screen installed with a split image microprism.
I looked carefully at the E330, but my gripe is that the LCD doesn't articulate to a vertical - only horizontal. And since I shoot primarily in ISO 100-400 conditions, no reason to upgrade for noise reasons. I'll probably get one of the closeout E-1s in a few weeks though, for inclement weather conditions.
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