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Bobbi  S. Tomes
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member since: 2/27/2005
 

TELLME ABOUT OLYMPUS EVOLT E-500


hI, I AM TRYING TO GO TO A BETTER, MORE PROFFESIONAL CAMERA. I HAVE BEEN USING PANASONIC LUMIX DMC FZ20, A COMPACT 5 MEGAPIXEL CAMERA. THIS WILL BE MY FIRST DIGITAL SLR. I HOPE IT WILL HELP ME IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF MY WORK AND GIVE ME MORE POSSIBILITIES. I DO POTRAITURE, AND HAVE ECENTLY BEEN PICKING UP MORE JOBS THEN EVER AND IT ACTUALLY SORT OF SCARES ME A BIT. ONE YOUNG COUPLE I DID A SHOOT FOR, THE BOY HAD A BETTER CAMERA THEN ME AND BROUGHT IT TO SHOW ME. I KNOW IT IS THE FINISHED PRODUCT THAT MAKES YOU THE PHOTOGRAPHER, BUT I REALIZED THAT TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES FAST, AND I FEEL A NEED TO STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME, I DONT WANT MY CLIENTS OWNING A BETTER CAMERA THEN ME, THEY WILL THINK THEY CAN STAY HOME AND DO THEIR OWN PICTURES! TO GET TO THE POINT, I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT OLYMPUS EVOLT E 500 FROM SOME POEPPLE THAT HAVE ACTUALLY USED IT, AM I MAKING A GOOD SWITCH? THIS IS ABOUT THE BEST DEAL I COULD FIND FOR WHAT I CAN AFFORD.

10/2/2006 8:03:55 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
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member since: 3/17/2005
  Allow me to give you a tip about this business. You will NEVER EVER be able to get ahead of the technology curve because manufacturers don't want to let you. If they allowed that, they wouldn't be able to sell you new equipment that in many instances people just don't need but purchase for the sake of keeping up with the photographers next door.

I've been using Nikon F-2 manual focus cameras, lenses and motor drives to earn a living with since the 1970's . I need an auto-focus digital camera like a moose needs a hat rack and I never hear my clients complaining about the equipment I use because all they want from me is the results they hired me for in the first instance.

It's not the camera so much as the individual that's driving it. So, if you want to look really really professional, instead of changing cameras, just get a photographer's vest. Seewhatimeanhuh?
Take it light. ;>)
Mark

10/2/2006 8:23:48 PM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
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member since: 2/27/2005
  Well MARK, the panasonic I use now is basically a fancy digital point and shoot. Because it is not an slr, I cannot try other lenses, limiting my possibilities.I cannot, for example, photograph groops, or do a decent marco shot. I want an slr, and although some may swear by it, I believe film cameras are being phased out like the way dvd players have almost replaced vcr's. It sucks but you have to march on with the world or the world will march on without you! But wait, getting way way way off base here. Back to the subject, I want to hear from folks using or have used olympus evolt e500. Thanks!!!

10/2/2006 9:58:12 PM

 
Carol Teal
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  Bobbi, I use the EVOLT E-500, and I am quite pleased with it. My biggest concern is the noise when using a higher ISO setting. If you have been researching like I did before buying, you may have seen this already, but here is where I got my info to make my decision http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Olympus/oly_e500.asp.
Also, you can actually compare this camera with 1-2 other cameras that you might be considering. I only had one other camera in mind (Canon's EOS Digital Rebel XT) but the comparison review and the lens kit made the choice for me. The other concern that I have not encountered yet (because of lack of money anyway) is the issue of compatiable/affordable lens. I have heard there should soon be more affordable lens made (Sigma makes lens that are compatiable and I read something recently about Panasonic and Olympus). You can look through my gallery too, and see photos taken with the E-500. There are a couple instances where I used the E-500 but did not realize that my Nikon was the default camera and so it shows the Nikon as the camera used. I purchased the camera in June I believe so after that all photos would be taken with it. You may email me from the gallery page if you have any more questions. Hope this helps! You might want to ck out this forum too!
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1022&page=18

10/3/2006 7:46:25 AM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
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  Thanks carol, the landscapes and many of the other photos were just beautifull. The colos are so irch. I still however would like to see some studio shots and also maybe some sports.

10/3/2006 11:30:32 AM

 
Carol Teal
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  Thanks Bobbi! I don't think alot of people on here use this camera, but you might look up this camera on here and see who uses it and look through their galleries. Also, I think the E-300 takes about the same quality photos (check the dpreview maybe to see if I am correct with that) so you could look at those too.

10/3/2006 1:58:20 PM

 
Pete H
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member since: 8/9/2005
  Hmmmm?
Perhaps someone could comment on Ansel Adam's hi tech camera's he used. LOL

Bobbi, I have to agree with Mark...While a quality camera is indeed necessary for many pro's, it is NOT needed for the non pro. It IS the shooter, NOT the camera.

I heard a little story once, allow me to share it with you.

At a rummage sale, the auctioneer was trying to sell off an old dusty violin. Loose strings and cracked wood could be seen.
The bids were running about 5 to 10 dollars.
After several minutes an old man came forward and wished to examine this old violin. After a little tuning and tweaking, he drew back the bow and began to play a piece of classical music. Beautiful notes now washed over the crowd.

"How much am I bid?" yelled the auctioneer. "$500...$1,000...$1,500 and the bids climbed.

"In the hands of a master, any art is elevated."


All the best,

Pete

10/4/2006 7:29:53 PM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
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  Pete, you too are way off base from my question but because you wish to go in this direction, what the hey... My pictures are good, very good, with the camera I have. It is not as I I were saying Oh, gee, I take God awefull pictures, perhaps a fancy camera will turn me into a photographer! No No NO, listen and HEAR. I said I hoped it would help me improve, and give me more possibilities. Try putting a 3 dollar disposible walmart camera in a photographers hand and tell them to take pictures worth selling. The camera certainly does have something to do withit. A LOT to do with it. With an average point and shoot, you cannot do large groops, you cannot make quality enlargements, good marco shots highly unlikely. I am already a good photographer, and my portraiture is starting to catch on big in my town, but as I see it, if there is anything one can do that is an improvement, then why not???? This camera has many features and effects currantly not available to me, and a much higher resolution, plus the possibility to change the lens and much more. Why must some of you try to belittle others? Stick to the topic, offer an answere TO THE QUESTION, or stay out of the disscusion!!!!!! If you cannot offer me any insight on what my actual question was, do not respond. Thanks.

10/4/2006 8:05:43 PM

 
KV Day
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  I use the E-300 with the E-500 firmware. My only beef with the Olympus cameras, they run on the soft side of things.

10/4/2006 9:06:12 PM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
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  What do you mean by the soft side of things?

10/4/2006 9:43:43 PM

 
KV Day
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  Lacks sharpness.

10/5/2006 4:11:36 AM

 
Pete H
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  Ok Bobbi,

"THE BOY HAD A BETTER CAMERA THEN ME AND BROUGHT IT TO SHOW ME."

I suppose I read more into your statement than was actually there.

More to the point:

The E-500 uses the same sensor as the older E-300.

Why limit yourself to the 500? There are a few other DSLR's you may want to consider.
You may want to read the in depth review of this camera.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympuse500/

All the best,

Pete

10/5/2006 4:14:33 AM

 
Chris Faull

member since: 10/2/2006
  Hi Bobbi, I've brought the e500 and I love it, Now dont get me wrong, I used to use an olympus om10 years ago, then I changed to fugifilm, but wanted to go back to a dslr. I looked at all the reviews and decided to go for this because of my perseption on valaue for money. I havent shot anything at high iso value so can't comment on noise, but what I do shoot is all in raw format for flexibility. The colours are vivid, pictures are sharp and I am very happy, now all i'm waiting for is the opportunity to shot my granddaughter. I've only had the camera a couple of months so it's still new, with loads of options to play with. In any even shooting in raw format is a definate bonus for me being the new boy.
Good hunting,
Chris.

10/5/2006 5:48:15 AM

 
Bobbi  S. Tomes
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member since: 2/27/2005
  Chris, I have read many reviews by now, spoke with a few people with e500, and also looked at some pictures taken with it. I too am big on value for money, and I am definatly going to get this camera. I am getting it for very cheap because it is a store demo model. I dont mind that, and it still comes with the software, cables, and warranty, but only has one lens with it. I feel pretty confident that I am making a good decision. I a excited about getting it. You should post some pictues you have taken.

10/5/2006 7:39:47 AM

 
Chris Faull

member since: 10/2/2006
  When I've got some good photo's I will certainly post some. At the moment it's a few pictures of flowers, a few of the dog, all are really all over the place as they are "Play snaps" I even took some flower pic's at high speed and high aperture (have I got that the right way round? I think so), anyway on the camera they obviously came out black but with being raw, the software sorted it out, now I know this isn't they way to do things but as I said, I was playing.
All the best with your purchase,
Cool camera, happy chappy.

10/6/2006 5:35:30 AM

 
Christine Zipps
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member since: 12/30/2007
  Hi, Bobbi --

I think you've received some good comments here and you no doubt have already made your purchase, but wanted to thank you for staring this thread as I haven't found a lot of info about this camera. My husband got me this camera for taking quality photos of my floral preservation work a couple of years ago. I wasn't that interested in photography at the time, just recording my subjects for my website (www.picturetrail.com/czcreations). I found it served the purpose well.
However, in January of this year, I got the photography bug big time and it's my new passion. I have not spent time (patience not a virtue, just want to DO IT) learning the more technical aspects of the camera and do believe I need to, but have had decent results so far. I've entered several gallery exhibitions and had two pieces pass jury inspection for a national show this fall. You might like to peek in my gallery for I've also done some portraits. I would be happy to send you directly several group photos I've been hired to do (they were all happy with the results) as well as performance shots taken at high ISO. I do know what Vicki talks about with being "soft". For the performance (high speed, Mexican dancers) shots, I used the highest ISO setting and did find a lot of noise there, but other conditions were against me - distance, dark theater, unable to use flash). I am happy to send you some of those as well, if you'd like.
You mentioned lenses. In addition to the lense that comes with the camera, I also use a 40-150 mm lense. Would like more capability in this type of lense, like up to 250, ideally.
While I do agree that in the hands of a master, just about any camera will do, I also agree with you in that it takes the "right tool for the right job".
When I get more sales to justify, I plan (this could change) to graduate to a Nikon D700, full frame unit. I am looking for the image stabilization and focus tracking features and do plan to take camera-specific classes. I'm currently trying to find one locally for my Olympus. Do think that that would help a great deal.
Hope this was helpful!

Again, if you want me to forward those group/performance shot samples to you directly, please EM me directly at czcreations@comcast.net.

Happy shooting,

Cris

12/3/2008 8:53:29 AM

 

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