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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:13 am 
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Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know Olympus announced a new DSLR today - the E-420 - and a neat 'pancake' style 25mm f2.8 lens.

See our Olympus E-420 new analysis.

What does everyone think of this new camera?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:32 am 
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One issue I can see in the UK with this could be the price. Currently the best UK twins lens 410 price is about £400.00. But as you know for another £45 you can now pick up the twin lens 510 kit.

Has a retail price been mentioned by Olympus ?


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Yep, sorry, the expected price is £339 GBP / $499 USD body only, £379 GBP / $599 USD with the 14-42mm lens, £479 GBP for the twin lens kit or £449 GBP / $699 USD with the new 25mm f2.8.

I've updated the article.


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Hmm, would have been nice to have contrast AF in the 510's live view...

Oh well, I'll let people continue to believe I'm taking pictures when Im really focusing. heh

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Wow, just when we thought it'd gone quiet for a month or two. Congratulations to CameraLabs for being amongst the first to break the news. It was there on Gordon's RSS feed Image.

The Olympus UK page for the E-420 is here. As I write the US site hasn't been updated yet.

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Hi,

(new here ;))

That's some interesting news (though I couldn't help to speculate about an E520 after reading it ;)).

I've been crawling all DSLR websites lately, 'cause I'm preparing myself for a DSLR purchase somewhere between now and summer. :). My shortlist changes every day, but I seriously like the specs of this camera.

I'm used to a compact coolpix 5700 (which has sadly died recently :(), so size is something I take into account.


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Hi Martino,

May I offer you a warm welcome to the CameraLabs forums.

Reading Gordon's news analysis there is certainly a lot to like about the E-420 but that lack of image stabilisation would be an issue for me. But then, as I get older I get shakier... :lol:

I imagine you've already read Gordon's articles The best budget digital SLRs and The best semi-pro digital SLRs.

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Bob Andersson wrote:
Hi Martino,

May I offer you a warm welcome to the CameraLabs forums.


Thanks. It's great to find such a good resource as cameralabs.

Bob Andersson wrote:
Reading Gordon's news analysis there is certainly a lot to like about the E-420 but that lack of image stabilisation would be an issue for me. But then, as I get older I get shakier... :lol:


My coolpix is....was an 8x optical zoomer without image stabilisation. I can't say that I didn't miss it. Many of my telephoto pictures are blurred due to shaking (and my bones are still fresh ;) ), so IS is also on my wish list, be it from the camera body or provided with a lens.

Bob Andersson wrote:
I imagine you've already read Gordon's articles The best budget digital SLRs and The best semi-pro digital SLRs.

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More than once :oops:. Thumbs up for his articles.


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 Post subject: A pankake lens?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:27 pm 
What's a pankake lens?


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Bruno wrote:
What's a pankake lens?

Well, I missed Shrove Tuesday this year... :lol: :lol:

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With 25mm focal length after applying the 2x crop factor this is the classic 50mm walkaround prime lens with a field of view similar to what you see with the naked eye. Reasonably fast lens, at f/2.8, as well. As for the name, compare the shape with Canon's EF 28mm f/2.8
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 Post subject: Thanks. but ...
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:56 pm 
It looks more like a doughnut!


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 Post subject: new E420 sensor??
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Just skimming the specs on the Olympus web page indicates that the E420 is using a new sensor 11.8mp vs. 10.7mp for the e510. Olympus is also touting the improved shadow performance. So…will this bring the E420 dynamic range up to par with the competition? If so I would say this will be a very competitive product. When will we see the E520?

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Zuiko Digital 25 mm 1:2.8

Couldn't they give this simple lens a little larger aperture, say F/2.0 at least? Because
(a) a 4/3 sensor can use every photon you can get to "stay clear" (of noise that is)
(b) a 4/3 sensor needs larger apertures to single out subjects with a shallow dof than APS-C sensor cameras

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would be nice to have a better apeture... and you'd think a lens that thin would not be too much of a road block for light.

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Yep, the sensor is new, but it's still 10 mpixel. They're saying similar dynamic range to the E-3... maybe it is the same one!

I agree with Thomas and Leo, a faster aperture would have been nice. But then maybe that's an issue with pancake - or doughnut (!) - lenses. Those two I tested from Pentax were f2.4 and f2.8...

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Penta ... 70mm_lens/

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