A&P Thoughts on New Olympus DSLR

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  1. enexgee

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    that is all .
     
  3. PRMike

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    I dig their stuff I just don't like the issue with their lenses and pricing.... I heard good things about the new Minolta as well though.
     
  4. raptor_talon

    raptor_talon Who is the master? Sho'nuff!

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    don't be such an elitist. it got a recommended rating from dpreview so it does do some things well. For people looking to step up from P&S cameras, it might just do the trick.


    go to a store and test it out for yourself.
     
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    It's a cheaper version of the E1. But the sample images aren't that impressive for a DSLR. They look pretty similar to my A200
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    The choice of lenses in that system is very slim compared to Nikon or Canon .
     
  7. sony

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    Hell, I'd buy into the Minolta lens mount before I purchased the Olympus E series cameras. What hash browns says is true, the lens choices in the Olympus system are slim. Its a relatively new mount that is supposed to revolutionize the digital slr market because the lenses are designed to be smaller and therefore should be theoretically cheaper, but if you've looked at prices this is anything but reality.

    The cameras feature a whopping 2x "crop factor" so a 11-22mm lens for the 4/3 system is a 22-44mm equivalent.

    Lets just compare some prices real quick:

    70-200mm f/2.8L (constant 2.8 apature) on a 1.6x camera 112-320mm equivalent.

    The closest lens I can find is the:
    Olympus ED 50-200mm which becomes a 100-400mm lens in 35mm terms, but its a f/2.8-4. The price comparison?

    The 70-200L is $1,100 new vs the 50-200 which is 1,000 new. :wtf: Smaller and cheaper? RIIGHHTT....

    Some are going to argue here that the 50-200mm is cheaper, but then you don't take into account that the other lens systems have huge third party and consumer lens line-ups not to mention a used market. You can find a 70-200mm f/2.8L for 750-900$ used.. try finding a 50-200mm f/2.8-4 used. Good luck.

    So by buying into Olympus' 4/3 mount you
    1) Buy into a system with little third party support (AFAIK only Sigma has 4/3 lenses and they're still expensive)

    Because of this, Olympus really has the option to control the market, meaning they can sell their 11-22mm for as much money as they want and if you need a 22-44mm equivalent lens, you have to buy it for that price.

    2) The lenses are expensive. The 4/3 mount is supposed to provide cheaper, lighter, better lenses than their 35mm equivalents but so far they're just lighter. :mamoru:

    3) The bodies are priced about the same but provide less image quality and less features for the buck.
     
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    Meh. If someone is stepping up from a point and shoot into SLRs they're better off getting into a system that has

    1) better body (its not as small, but it has better features and image quality)
    2) a better user base (a lot more help is available)
    3) a used market (you can buy lenses for WAY CHEAPER)
    4) a consumer market (afaik the consumer olympus lenses are priced almost as much as their "pro" lens line-up :hsugh: )

    Look at their ENTIRE lens lineup with third party lenses included:



    • Zoom lenses
      • Olympus ED 7-14 mm F4.0
      • Olympus ED 11-22 mm F2.8 - F3.5
      • Olympus EZ 14-45 mm F3.5 - F5.6
      • Olympus ED 14-54 mm F2.8 - F3.5
      • Sigma 18-125 mm F3.5 - F5.6 DC
      • Olympus EZ 40-150 mm F3.5 - F4.5
      • Olympus ED 50-200 mm F2.8 - F3.5
    • Prime lenses
      • Olympus ED 50 mm F2.0 Macro
      • Olympus ED 150 mm F2.0
      • Olympus ED 300 mm F2.8
    IIRC the cheapest lens is the Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 but it loses its walk around value when you realize the 35mm equiv is 36-250mm :rofl:


    A couple things to note:
    No 50mm macro in the 300$ range (its a whopping $500), no good portrait prime - the shortest prime they have is 100mm equiv. :mamoru: No "bang for the buck" lenses (no 50mm f/1.8 for 80$, no Tamron 28-75mm for 300) unless you consider the 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 lens (which is a 22-44mm equiv) a bang for the buck at a insane 800 dollars :mamoru:
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    Let's just say you buy into a DSLR system and find that it's not right for you .

    The Canon / Nikon will be easier to sell and at a lower loss .
     

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