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 Post subject: Upgrade E400 to E510?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:51 am 
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Hi Everyone,

I'm having semi-serious thoughts about upgrading my E400 with the two kit lenses to an E510... I'm not too bothered about the live view although I can see it would be nice to have, but the IS and other features over the E400 are quite compelling. I really like the 4/3rds system and the size of the E400, as far as I can see the 510 is a similar size, just with a handgrip.

I originally paid £599 for my E400 two lens kit with the Oly leather bag, 1gb card, reflector, bean bag and some other stuff from London Camera Exchange. My questions are, if I chop it in for an E510 would I get a better deal just doing a body only swap, or would it be better to part ex it with it's kit lenses for an E510 with kit lenses? Also, can anyone venture the value of an as new E400 body with and without kit lenses so I can try and estimate a price to change?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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My guess would be that selling the E400 as a kit with at least one lens would make it more marketable as a second hand product. Otherwise you're asking the buyer to already own or buy a lens...

So I'd say, sell the kit, then buy the kit!

This also gives you the chance to re-evaluate the system and see if Olympus and Four Thirds is still best for you.

I'd also recommend picking up the E510 in person first as it feels much bigger than the E400 / E410.


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I held the E-410 and to be honest it does feel totally different to the 510. So I think the 400 would be in the same bracket. The 510 also feels alot more exspensive then it feels if you get me. A bit like the Nikkon D200 it feels much more exspensive then it is!

A great buy and great value.


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Well, Olympus recently announced £100 cashback on the E510, which proved to be the tipping point for me. In the end I swapped the E400 and both kit lenses for the E510 and both kit lenses...and a few pounds!

I did really like the E400, but the strap lug was starting to annoy me, as was the fact that it was already 'obsolete'. The IS, live view and the extra menu options on the E510 (like mirror lock up, and all the other tweaks) are all great additions, and I do like the handling as well. It also seems to focus better in low light than the E400, is very fast in operation and is less noisy at higher ISOs. I still prefer the overall look of the E400, and I'm definitely a 4/3rds fan!

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