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Mikki Cowles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2004

The Olympus E-1 DSLR

WOW! I can't believe it! I finally found a site where someone actually owns an E-1. To those who have one, would you mind chatting with me about it? I just got one after a couple of years of shooting with a C730uz,-- I LOVE it, and I would like to talk to someone else who owns one. There has been plenty of reviews in the photo magazines and online, but I haven't been able to find a fellow consumer to rate it, or talk about it. I would like to know how you like yours, what accessories you have for it, how you ended up with it, (are you a pro, and bought it for work, or an amature who lives to shoot :o) Please contact me, as up 'til now I thought I was the only one in the world who owns this awesome camera! :o) I look forward to hearing from you...

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6/3/2004 7:50:01 PM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  Mikki: Well, I don't own an E-1 but I tested it for PHOTO LIFE magazine last fall. Most recently, I used it extensively at the Montreal Grand Prix race. One of the photos is in my Gallery.

This is an incredibly versatile camera but expensive compared to a lot of others so it has not been a hot seller.

Cheers! Peter Burian

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6/25/2004 1:12:58 PM

Mikki Cowles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2004
  Thanks so much, Peter, for writing back. I thought I'd never see this question responded to, it's been so long...:o)

How cool for you to get to try out the latest gear--it's really too bad more people aren't willing to make an investment in this system. Like you said it is an incredibly versatile camera, and I might also add rugged, dependable, and for having only 5.2 megs (which was almost a drawback for me as I considered buying this camera versus the Nikon D100), I have been very impressed with the prints. (I've only stretched it out so far to 11x14, but sharp as a tack and with brilliant color and clarity!)

I was a little overwhelmed at first, because I am still fairly new to photography, and trying to remember and learn all the settings from one shooting situation to the next had me breaking out in a cold sweat and thinking I had gotten in way over my head, but what a camera to learn on...when I finally do get it right, it is greatly rewarded! :O)

Thanks again for responding, and I welcome anyone else who has this camera to add their two cents as well..



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6/25/2004 8:45:07 PM

Bob Duerr   Good evening Mikki:

I don't have the E-1 because it wasn't
available when I bought the e-20, but have very happy with it. I always wonder
how much better the e-1 is....
I have several Oly cameras and have been
impressed with each one. The optical
quality has been very good and the features each camera has been very useful.

with the use of digital I can now see
the quality of my picture takeing
without have to rely on the processing
which has been lousy at times. Now
I wonder how many pictures I have taken
would have been ok if the processing
had been up to par????


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7/1/2004 6:55:18 PM

Sagi    hey mikki!
seems like it is hard to find an E-1 owner :)

myself I dont have one, but im keen on buying one since the day it was released.
so my question to you is what gear do u use with it and are you happy with the dust shaking technology?
did it occur to you that you had dust on the CCD?


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7/6/2004 9:25:49 AM

Mikki Cowles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2004
  Greetings, Sagi,
Thanks for taking the time to drop me a line. I love my camera, the accessories I have so far are the FL50 flash, (I got it to replace the FL40, because it would not sync faster than 180, and I often try to shoot images of the hummingbirds that visit during the spring and summer, so I needed to sync with a shutter speed of at least 1000 to freeze those little wings in flight), The lenses I have are all of them except the 300mm (gotta save up quite awhile for that one! :o) and the newer 11-22mm. I am pleased with them, and interchange quite often. As for the dust on my ccd, I guess the greatest test of a function such as the supersonic wave filter, is you shouldn't even know it is there. I've not had the slightest bit of noticable dust on any images and I have had it soaking wet in the woods taking waterfall shots, and at the beach with sand blowing around. This is a hardy little camera, and very much worth the investment. My husband asks me every now and them if I am still happy with my choice, and I come right back with a hearty, affirmative reply!

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7/6/2004 9:46:49 AM

Lisa Deaton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/26/2003
  Hi Mikki,
Like everyone else, I don't won an E-1, but dream of owning one someday. For some reason I am an olympus girl. My first camera was an olympus and I have had an olympus ever since. Right now I have a C-3040 and an E-20. I have actually gone to the camera store to compare the feel of the Nikon D70, Cannon 20D and the Oly E-1. I will definitley go for the E-1 when I get enough cash!!! It just felt so good in my hand. Anyway, I have question about flashes. I have a FL 40 which I use with my E-20. You mentioned that you went to an FL 50. I have been thinking about that, but am not really sure how to use the FL 40 and hate to get another flash I don't know how to use. This may sound stupid, but do you set your flash for a specific shot? I was thinking that TTL ment you didn't have to do anything but turn it on, but I haven't read my manual so I'm probably wrong. If you have any good advice about using these flashes or know of a good website I can go to that explains them, I would appreciate it. Sounds like you are enjoying your camera. I am envious!!

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2/17/2005 7:57:54 AM

James Bowman   I am an old die hard Olympus pro user. I only have used their 35mm pro system cameras until I bought the E-1, yep folks we are in a minority, but that is cool. I own the 14-54, 11-22, the 7-14, the 50-200, the 50 mac, battery pack, 8mm fisheye ( waiting for delivery), FL-50 with handle and HV-1 pack. I use this system for any photograph anytime, it has over 2500 images taken on it and has never failed me yet. I use this in a home studio with 1600 watt sec power and a radio trigger system. ( great for kids and infants ) I have had 16" x 20" prints made from my images without any problems. I do use Photoshop. I was sold on Olympus years ago with the OM-1, OM-2, OM-3, OM-4 as I used them in fast paced wedding enviroments, when the action slowed to portaits I used a Mamiya 645 1000s and a Mamiya RB 6 x 7. I have a little experince and I do not regret investing in the Genius of Olympus, ever. This will seem foolish to some, but I have since sold my Mamiya meduim format equipment as the E-1 5 megapixel images do the trick for my work. This is my two cents worth, wishing everyone the best these Christmas Holiday, and thanks to good people at, they are the best!

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12/11/2005 4:58:34 AM

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