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Old 07-08-2004, 06:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In a couple of weeks I am going to be coming into a couple of grand and want to up grade my photo kit.

Here are the two choices I have :

1. Get a full blown 4 head Alien bees set-up and continue to use my Nikon Coolpix 5700 for about another 6 months to a year.

2. Get an Olympus E-1 and contiue to use my meager hot light set-up and add some Bees as funds become available.

The Cool Pix works fine for now but is really slow at recording images and we all know the disadvantages of hot lights.






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Go for the E1
Old 07-08-2004, 09:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm sure that you don't shoot in the studio 100% of the time. Get some cheap flash units -- like Vivitar 285's. They're $70 each new. Get a couple and play.
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Re: What to do?
Old 07-08-2004, 10:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My first question would be why the E-1? The body alone is $1500. If you're only getting a couple grand, why not consider a system that will give you the body, a nice lens, and leave you enough left over to buy another nice lens to go with your system? That's what I did with the Nikon D70. Rather than go for the D100, which was considerably more expensive and less capable, I opted for the D70 and the 18-70mm G ED IF lens. That cost me $1299. For another $700-800 you can get a 70-200mm f2.8 HSM lens from Sigma for Nikon. I use that lens all the time and it's a wonderful piece of glass. I won't settle for anything but the professional series if I buy other than brand name Nikon glass for quality reasons and I haven't been disappointed yet with any of my Sigma lenses or my Nikon lenses for that matter. Just another idea. And if memory serves, the E-1 is 5 MP whereas the D70 is 6.3 MP. I don't know if that really matters to you anyway but it's just another tidbit.

In any event, I don't think you could go wrong with either setup. I just know that you'll get a lot more for the same money if you buy Nikon. (I don't want to start a flame war about Nikon vs. Canon and all that childish and pernicious blather, guys and gals, so go easy on me. I'm just offering my .02 cents based upon my own economical situation as I have to stretch every dollar I can). [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Good day and happy shooting!

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Re: What to do?
Old 07-08-2004, 11:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Nikon and Canon both make great gear. For under $1000 you can get Canon's DRebel. I know several people who have installed the hack with success. Kinda hacks me off some (no pun intended) 'cause I spent $1600 on my 10D body alone and these guys for $999 can get a body (same sensor as the 10D), install a hack, and almost have the same camera!

If you're serious about a DSLR, look at the available glass and not just the bodies. It would sure suck to have locked yourself into a system with a limited selection of quality lenses. There are some great reviews here and elsewhere on the web.

If I were you, I'd consider the D70 or 10D and then get the lights quicker. But that's just my two cents.

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Re: What to do?
Old 07-08-2004, 12:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm a Nikon CP5700/CP8700 shooter and like my AB's. Carnival Cruise Lines now uses E-1's for all their photographers (10-14 photographers per ship). They had tried Nikon, but found the wet weather of the Carribean and Alaska areas hard on the gear. The E-1's seem to be better suited to these conditions.

By the way, The 8700 is much faster than the 5700. A RAW capture takes only 15 seconds from start to finish...only 9 seconds to where you can shoot another into the buffer. The RAW files are 12MB in size! It worked just fine for vacation shooting.

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Re: What to do?
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I would agree with Mike & Mike. Either the canon rebel or the d70 will really be the smarter way to go I think. I shot only Nikon in film and I recently purchased my canon 10D and I love it. And I also have the sigma 70 200 2.8 lens and the Sigma 24-70 2.8 I love them both although the 24-70 takes an 82mm filter. Boy was that tough to find locally. I would think that it may be wise to go that way. Again, as others have said, just my opinion.
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Re: What to do?
Old 07-08-2004, 04:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You could buy a lot of home depots.. right Jeff?!

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Re: Go for the E1
Old 07-08-2004, 07:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I already have a Vivitar 283, a flash from my Minolta and even Rollie strobe, Try and find batteries for that. All which won't work with my CoolPix 5700 unless I use the on camera flash and slaves.

I want something with modeling lamps, better control and accessories.

You are correct about not shooting only in the studio. I have been shooting car and motorcyle races along with landscapes.
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Re: What to do?
Old 07-08-2004, 08:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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After reading alot of reviews including the one on GG I decided on the E-1 as apposed to the Canon or Nikon. Most reviewers commented on the quality of the build and how well the camera is sealed against dust and moister. The current lense line up is more than what I will ever need at least for now and I'm sure they will be coming out with more lenses in the future.

I was managing a camera department when the OM-1 was introduced and was impressed with that camera at time. I was heavey into Minoltas and Hasselblad so never owned one myself but it turned into a classic.

The 4/3 format doesn't scare me at all. I like the idea of a DSLR being designed from the ground up for digital including the lenses. If I already had some Nikon or Canon lenses from a film camera that would have swayed my decision to go with one of those. I don't think Minolta is planning on designing a DSLR that will use it's manual focus lenses.

I have some of those work lights and they are a pain in the butt use-awkward and no controls. Mine came from Menards.

Thanks for the input.

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Re: What to do?
Old 07-14-2004, 04:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Just to let you all know. I ordered the E-1 from B&H. Their price over the phone was quite a bit cheaper than their website. The rep suggested that I order the camera and lense seperately because it is cheaper.


I got the camera, 14-54mm lense 2.8-3.5, extra battery, remote control, uv filter and shipping all for $1,901.40.

The Bees will have to wait until I get my CoolPix 5700 sold. But I can get those one at a time as funds become available. I should have one or two of them by the end of next week.

I'm headed up north (Wisconsin) for a few days of vacation the end of this week

I don't think the E-1 will be here before I leave but it will be here when I get back.

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