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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:15 am 
Finally handled an E3, and wow. Now I know why people say it's built like a tank. It's because it is built like a tank!! Almost feels like it could stop a bullet. Even the flip out LCD feels super sturdy compared to the LCD of the E620. The E3 I was playing with had the 18-180 on it. I was surprised to see how small the 18-180 is for such a wide focal length lens. But I digress. I was very impressed with the E-3, and it did not appear that heavy. It is huge though, compared to the E4xx and E5xx. Oh, and that OVF ... I wish they would have stuck that OVF on the 4xx, 5xx and 6xx. So big!!!


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:21 am 
my e-3 is set to arrive tomorrow. i hope ups drops it off before i go to work.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 2:15 pm 
Let me know how that E3 goes!

I've had so many bad experiences with UPS that I try to avoid them. Unfortunately, UPS is cheaper than FedEx, and most vendors use them.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:33 pm 
:) HI there,

I prefer go store than shopping online for buying new olympus E-3.
It was clue, safe and easy than UPS.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp ... 8285865472


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:54 pm 
lynn55 wrote:
:) HI there,

I prefer go store than shopping online for buying new olympus E-3.
It was clue, safe and easy than UPS.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp ... 8285865472


i bought the e-3 for $800 online from Dodd Camera


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 8:08 pm 
I just ordered mine :)
paid 1400 for the E3, a 12-60mm, and HLD-4 grip!

My thread about it was deleted because I mentioned selling a certain lens of mine.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 10:24 pm 
Atomic wrote:
I just ordered mine :)
paid 1400 for the E3, a 12-60mm, and HLD-4 grip!

My thread about it was deleted because I mentioned selling a certain lens of mine.


good deal! let me know how you like the hld-4 grip. my ownuser never leaves the e-520.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 11:26 pm 
Atomic wrote:
I just ordered mine :)
paid 1400 for the E3, a 12-60mm, and HLD-4 grip!

My thread about it was deleted because I mentioned selling a certain lens of mine.


WOW!!! Where did you get that for $1400?? Pray do tell!!!


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 11:44 pm 
Armanius wrote:
Atomic wrote:
I just ordered mine :)
paid 1400 for the E3, a 12-60mm, and HLD-4 grip!

My thread about it was deleted because I mentioned selling a certain lens of mine.


WOW!!! Where did you get that for $1400?? Pray do tell!!!


eBay :)

but I got lucky. the poster did not tag it as an E-3 so it didnt get as many views as it could have.


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 4:35 am 
the e-3 has arrived. it was a store demo. only 1,000 shutter accutations.


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 4:39 am 
Very nice!!! You use it yet? How is that E3 with 12-60 combo? Fastest AF in the world? I'm so jealous!!


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 7:44 am 
first thing i noticed is how great the viewfinder is. auto focusing definitely moves quick. much faster than anything else i've tested so far. it arrived close to 8pm. i'll be giving it some real tests this week. since i mainly shoot in aperture priority mode, i haven't really noticed the lack of the mode dial.


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 7:38 pm 
:)
I did not buy Olympus E-3 because of this

Bad points
Higher noise above 800 ISO than rivals.
AF system fast but often searched.
Some controls illogically placed.
Very tough rival in the Nikon D300.

Good points
Tough build quality, dust and splash-proof.
Effective built-in anti-shake and anti-dust.
Live View with fully-articulated screen.
Quick handling and broad customisation.

Build quality:19 / 20
Image quality:17 / 20
Handling:18 / 20
Specification:19 / 20
Value:15 / 20---

Overall:88%


:( Olympus E-3 was not here on best semi-pro digital SLRs.

Camera Labs Buyer's Guide:
The best semi-pro digital SLRs
http://www.cameralabs.com/buyers_guide/ ... DSLR.shtml


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 7:43 pm 
The E-3 is built by old churces and German Leopard II tanks. It's as sturdy as anything out there (and I handle anything from 1Dmk3 to D3 on a sort of regular basis, so I should know what I'm talking about).

Truth be told, the weight and solidity of the E-3 did suprise me quite a lot the first time I handled it (I was using the E-400 on a daily basis).

Nowadays, though, I don't notice it. It's become very light, very small, and I don't think about the sturdyness.

Though, it's been covered with rain, it's been treathed the way most press photographers do treath their cameras (I shoot press), and it's taken the abuse with no problems at all.

When it comes to build, I don't even think stuff like the D3 or 1Dmk3 is better built. That is why the E-3 is as expensive as it is. It's just bullet proof.

:)


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 4:19 pm 
lynn55 wrote:
:)
I did not buy Olympus E-3 because of this

Bad points
Higher noise above 800 ISO than rivals.
AF system fast but often searched.
Some controls illogically placed.
Very tough rival in the Nikon D300.

Good points
Tough build quality, dust and splash-proof.
Effective built-in anti-shake and anti-dust.
Live View with fully-articulated screen.
Quick handling and broad customisation.

Build quality:19 / 20
Image quality:17 / 20
Handling:18 / 20
Specification:19 / 20
Value:15 / 20---

Overall:88%


:( Olympus E-3 was not here on best semi-pro digital SLRs.

Camera Labs Buyer's Guide:
The best semi-pro digital SLRs
http://www.cameralabs.com/buyers_guide/ ... DSLR.shtml


keep in mind the noise can most likely be taken care of in the post production. my first test last night with the camera, i had a severe problem with back focusing using the diamond pattern focusing mode. i switched it to just using one focusing point and the issue was resolved. while there are a lot of buttons on the e-3, it was really less than a 30 minute learning curve.


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