Im a complete rookie in the DSLR/SLR business, I have only had the pleasure (??) of shooting with point and shoot cameras until now.
After spending a couple of days reading nonstop at Cameralabs.com and a couple of other pages (cameralabs was clearly the best and I am grateful for all the info I found here), I decided not to go for the popular Nikon and Canon models, but to go for the Olympus Evolt E510.
I bought it at US1photo.com, a page I thought appeared professionel and at the same time cheap - plus cameralabs.com had it on their page so I thought: "what the hell".
I bought the twin lens pack with a bag for both camera and lenses + a 4gb memory card. Total: just under 600 dollars - a freaking bargain compared to what I had to pay for it in Denmark - where I am from (around 800-1000 dollars). A friend brought the camera with him from the states..
WARNING: US1photo.com did deliver the camera on time etc. but their customer support stinks!! I am grateful that the camera has no faults, as it would be hell to get it fixed with them I think. I have written them 3 emails with general questions, neither has been responded!..
Anyway, back to the important thing, the camera.
I opened the box and got the battery charged, and man, was i exited.. But 1 hour in, I was pretty damn sure that the camera was broken somehow. Like I said, I am a newbeginner at the DSLRs, so I assumed that putting the camera on "auto" would get me started right away. But that was not the case.
In certain lights the camera would not shoot at all, no matter what lense I used and how long I pushed the button. And the flash was acting very strange (at least thats what I thought yesterday) - saying drrdrrrdrrr and not taking the shot but just flashing a lot of times..
Well I am happy to say that it is me and not the camera there is something wrong with! After reading some more on forum, I found this link http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/e510-sett.html
. I sat down and made all the adjustments and learned tons about the camera, and guess what, it works just the way I like now..
Im really really happy about this camera allready, I switching lenses and taking pictures of everything possible, and it produces great pics allready. Furthermore it has a great design, a lot cooler than Nikon/Canon models imo and the grip is perfect for my hand..
Based on the price and all the written above, I say BUY IT, do not hesitate, it is great.. BUT beware, the "out of box" settings are garbage - at least when you're new to all this..
Im looking forward to beating you all in the picture competitions
Edit: I have one question though. Is it normal that the camera says "drrr" when I turn it off?