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Olympus 4/3 System
20 Jun 2006 at 17:41 GMT
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Just a word so folks don't forget about this option! I bought an E500 six months ago, and I've been delighted with it. Much better value than Canon, the main area that lets it down is the AF (I was used to an EOS30), but in all other ways it beats Canon & Nikon at the price point.

I set up a comparison with my mate's EOS D20 and the E500 performed better in exposure and optic quality (on kit lens for kit lens only). All I need now is to be able to afford some of the astonishing lenses Oly do at the top end :-(. It also handles better, and the screen knocks spots off the Canon.

Also, after the initial learning curve, I simply love the 4/3 format, so much more natural, more like medium format. By contrast, the 35mm/APS looks thin. Most of my pics (but by no means alI !!) I will be posting on shutterchance will be uncropped, unretouched.

Anyone interested, please ask away.
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22 Jun 2006 at 07:38 GMT
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I really don't know much about Olympus cameras but I'll definitely be interested to see these improvements you talk about.
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30 Jun 2006 at 17:17 GMT
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The 4/3rds system is ergonomically great. It's designed from ground up for digital use. I've not been impressed by the Olympus offerings, but now Panasonic has joined the 4/3rd camp. Their Leica lenses look very interesting. Not knocking the Olympus gear - but it's not ideal for my type of photograph (mainly very high ISO or very long focal length).
Iain Myrans 
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4 Jul 2006 at 02:56 GMT
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I agree and want to add another reason why I think it's a great format. One of the reasons it has gotten some bad press is because the image shape does not match up to any standard paper size. This is true BUT it is a very happy medium. Meaning if you are making enlargements from a standard full-frame image to say an 8x10 or 11x14 you have to crop out a huge amount of image data thus loosing resolution. This format requires much less cropping in every situation with the exception of 4x6 / 8x12 shapes, etc.

I'm most excited abuot the Leica multipurpose zoom (should be in the range of 14-50mm)that is coming out late this fall. As you may or may not kow Leica has embraced this format that their format of choice for digital lenses.

I own an E-330 and I couldn't be happier. I only with is used the same size sensor as the slightly older but higher rez cousin, the e-500.
The Maven  [admin] 
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5 Jul 2006 at 19:20 GMT
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I think it was Olympus who started to standardise the 35mm SLR format - back in the OM-1 days. They're trying to do it again, this time for digital. If you think about it, the 3:2 aspect ratio of today's film isn't the most ideal. Monitors are 4:3 aspect, that's why all the point and shoots use this. Panorama is 16:9, again different from DSLRs which use the 3:2. The most optimum of course would be 1:1 - your camera lens is round afterall.
David from the Hebrides 
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7 Dec 2006 at 23:13 GMT
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I'm new to shutterchance and use the Olympus E1, having been a Canon EOS1 (film) user for many years. I can say the Olympus is a beautiful camera to use, and I can assure previous writers in this forum that the Olympus 14-54mm f2.8 and 50-200mm f2.8 produce stunning results, and are technically sharper than even the pro "L" lenses I have on my Canon. Although "only" 5m pixels, I regularly print up to 15x10 inches and they look beautiful.
Iain Myrans 
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2 Jan 2007 at 05:04 GMT
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Good to hear! I just purchased a 50-200mm Zuiko for my E-330. The e-1 is a lovely camera. Enjoy it! I can't wait to see the replacement for it when it come out. I just hope they keep it (and their future lenses) weatherproof. It's great for the outdoor/nature photographer.
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7 Jan 2007 at 23:42 GMT
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I'm quite intrigued by your comments about this camera, and wonder how effective it would be for taking action shots, such as birds which don't tend to stay still for very long.
David from the Hebrides 
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8 Jan 2007 at 01:26 GMT
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Ellie, don't worry for one second about the "speed" of the E1- it is a joy to use and is no slower to focus or take with than my film camera (Canon eos 1) which has been the tool of choice for the majority of pro sports photographers for the last decade. The Olympus lenses are superb, and reasonably priced compared to other pro lenses eg Canon and Nikon and if you spent any time in the past with traditional film cameras, all the controls will seem naturally placed- no fumbling through menus on a wee screen! As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I have found the 5 million pixels to be more than suffcient for prints up to 15" x 10" but you should be aware that it is now about to be replaced with a new pro model due in the spring ( probably with 10m pixel ccd) Lots of people (myself included) will be trading in for this when it comes, so you will be able to pick up good second hand ones (mine included!!) very soon. Finally, it is robust, waterproof and a nice chunky size- trust me!
EJWilkins 
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14 Jan 2007 at 01:39 GMT
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Thanks David I haven't been entirely idle since you posted your message.

I've been looking carefully, both in shops and online and have learned quite a lot. I see that Panasonic has gone for this 4:3 format too and it's also available on Leicas .. interesting. Does anybody know of any other manufacturers that use it?

I've handled the Olympus E-400 and really like it, a lot. It might actually be my choice when we've saved up enough money to buy a new camera in a month or so. I'm really quite excited by the prospect. I doubt if we'd be able to afford (or justify) spending out for the replacement for the pro E-1 when it comes out.
Iain Myrans 
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17 Jan 2007 at 17:27 GMT
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There is a website that's tracking all four-thirds development, you can find it at http://www.four-thirds.org/en/ . I'm shooting on the e-330 and it's very fast to focus and shoot too. I'm sure it's not as quick as the E-1 but I've got a few nice birds-in-flight photos which turned out pretty well so there's no need to worry about that ( http://sparklite.shutterchance.com/photoblog/20709.htm ). The Leica four-thirds lens on the Panasonic also has IS, something the other four-thirds cameras don't have. I have not seen the lens yet but when it's available for sale separate from the camera I'm going to try one on my Olympus.
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re: Olympus 4/3 System
23 Jan 2007 at 00:42 GMT
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The Panasonic 4/3rds sure looks interesting to me - mainly for the Leica glass than anything else. The DSLR scene has sure gotten a lot more competitive over the last 1 year. If I weren't so heavily invested into Canon L glass, I would seriously be considering the Panasonic.

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