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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:03 am 
Hello peeps,
I was quite interested in buying a Canon Eos 400D but revelations have a habit of taking off track.. :lol:
I'm really drawn to the Olympus E-510 now and I reckon I'll end up buying it..
Before I do, I'd just like to ask people using it now..
Do you like it?
Are you happy with it?
Did you wish you went for a Canon or Nikon?

There's only one thing that's putting me off the camera; its the manual focus motor thing people are talking about..
Can someone explain the manual focusing process to me please..
Can you actually focus it without any interference from the camera.. ?

I think I'm gona be taking a lot of night shot and I'd prefer to just use manual focus instead of auto... but is it manageable?

Just a recap of the questions: :P
1. (To current E-510 owners) Are you happy with the camera and picture quality?
2. Explaining the manual focusing on the camera.. (please)
3. Is manual focus totally manual or does it have a mind of its own?

Thank you for reading.. hope to get some answers and soon join the E-510 club!!

JQ


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:51 am 
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1) Yes I love it.... more than the Canon and Nikon purely based ont eh kit lenses.... on the body, I think I'll marry it if I could.

2) focusing is focus.... I pesonally dont care

3) Manual is manual

4) and I slap anyone telling me that my camera is sub par to thier own based on little things like focus moter thinggys... In the end, unless you are doing action, or gurilla photography (IMO) thats when fast focusing is a top lister... in the end, I think that, if you take too long to take a photo, its not the camera's fault, you arent fast enough.

I can still outshoot some of my friends with my compact. nuff said.

you will not be dissapointed with the 510, I can assure you that

1) If you really really really want the 9 point focusing areas
2) a bigger viewfinder
3) really want higher ISO

then go get another camera

but the 510 offers you
1) Superior Dust cleaning
2) Live view
3) Image stabilisation
4) better kit lenses
5) a 4/3 system that gives you better and larger DOF (Imagine the wide angle lenses you attach ... yummy)
6) better selection of lenses (better as in larger and more higher quality when you get into the pro range)
7) light and a bigger grip
8.) doesnt feel like plastic
9) its an olympus lol

In the end, as long as it feel comfortable in your hand, then you will want to use your camera more...

Good luck choosing... you will not be dissapointed with an E510

Leo

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:01 am 
Thank you very much for your heated response.. :lol:
Much appreciated. I think I'm gona go for the E-510..
Can someone explain what the manual motor focus is or how it works?
Thanks..


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:17 am 
With the motorized manual focus, it's basically the same as focusing with any other SLR, by turning the focus ring. The only difference is that you cant focus the lens when the camera is turned off or if the lens isn't on the camera, which doesn't really matter as it's unlikely you'll be doing those very often.

I would agree completely with Leo and I am very pleased with the image quality and useablility of the camera.

I hope that helped.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:06 pm 
Yep, definitely helped.
Thanks guys..


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:43 pm 
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The E510 has several focus modes. I usually use the single autofocus + manual this allows the camera autofocus to operate by half pressing the shutter button .. or just manually focus using the focus ring. The system works well, and I have found the manual focus feature useful while shooting form a tripod in that there is no need to focus, recompose, then shoot. I also like the magnified live view feature to dial in the focus while shooting from a tripod.

there is a good overview of the e510 here in the cameralabs e510 review and also here: http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/e510-rev.html

hope that helps ...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:23 am 
Thanks Japhy..
I'm quite impressed by all the good reviews this camera is getting..
Plus 2 good kit lenses.. :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:24 pm 
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I second Leo.

I actually got the single lens set plus the zuiko 70-300mm instead of the twin lens set as it give almost double the range (although missing some in the mid) but that's a matter of personal preference i guess...

I've only had the camera for a few weeks and I never had another dsrl so I can't really compare but I'm really happy with my E510 and I can recommend it to anyone. The biggest advantages as far as I'm concerned is that you can get the same zoom range at a fraction of the weight. Plus the image stabilisation in the body ensures you won't have to buy one with every lens ;) With the E510 IMO you simply get more bang for your buck.

That said the canon 400d is an excellent camera as well and in the canon section people might react quite different ;)

Good luck on your choice, I know it took me quite some time ;)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:37 am 
Hey Paukl,
Thanks for the input..
I was wondering if the image stabilisation performed well at 300mm (600 eq.)? :lol:
Good decision going with the 70-300 by the way.. I'm going to check the prices and packages available..
I'll probably get my e-510 in the end of March..
Thank you all for your comments.. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:18 am 
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Check out Gordons quick review of the Image stabilisation on the E510 on the Bigma 50-500mm lens (yes, thats right 100 - 1000mm)

The quality of the picture at 1000mm is pretty impressive and shows just how hard working that IS is at any focal length.

http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2900

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:37 am 
....... have a look here also

http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2945


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I can't complain about the image stabilisation... Even though i really don't have a steady hand, blur in my pictures is, even at 300mm, almost always due to subject movement, not camera shake... I'm still gonna get a tripod for night-shots and macro-photo's though...

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