Want to buy Olympus e-510. Talk me out of it?
I handled the e-510 today... and liked it! I read the reviews here, and it seems good..

But... there is all the talk out there, you hear names like Canon, Nikon, etc. And Olympus does not come up all that often..

I have been using Minolta SLRs for 17 years, and I want to go digital. Other than little digital cams, my only experience is some studio work with a Nikon D1x..

Now, I am not one that runs with the tide, so I will not cave to marketing hype. Of course, this makes me more interested in the Olympus, but I want to know what the bad news is...

Comments (9)

Why would anybody try to talk you out of it? Olympus has made fine cameras for many years. They still do. Based on the size and financial considtion of the firm, the are able to do so for years to come..

There are a lot of issues that you probably have already considered, so I'll only suggest two things that I hope your clear about..

1) The sensor proportions and the resulting limited assortment of lenses for this format and their possibly higher cost. If there are available the lenses that you are likely to need, and that is not a problem for you, it's not a problem for you..

2) The relatively small size sensor (aside from the proportions). Very large prints might be a little noisier or difficult to create..

If your desire is for a fine d-slr that feels right to you, is small and portable, takes fine images under a wide variety of situations and has a relatively low entry cost. Then...go for it.Van..

Comment #1

As Van says above, a good camera and if you like it, what's the problem. If you haven't handled the similar Nikons or Canons then you might want to do that, but if you have then there's no problem - just get it..


Comment #2

Looks like a good choice to me, I would happily get one to add to my e500 if I had the cash, and I love my E500!!In body IS is nice to have though and you shouldn't get dust with the E510. Canon , Nikon and Pentax offer great cameras too so maybe try before you buy !.


Tim Hughes

Comment #3

Your ears will fall off,Your bank account will dry,You will loose your job and social security benefit,You will go blind,You will never be able to find a parking spot for your car,Your wife will leave you,Your children will hate you,.

... please: don't do it!.

Did I succeed?..

Comment #4

Dont want to be negative..nice cameara..but the cons are:.

Small tunnel viewfinder..worst in classDated 3 point AF systemWeaker DR compared to rivalsJPEG images tend to oversharpen at defaultNR for jpeg needs turning downGood range of lenses, though many are expensiveFlash system behind rivals..(wireless etc)4/3 format gives more DOF. not so good for portraits (though can be a plus).

On to plusSome good deals (twin lens kit)Oly optics are excellent..always have beenIn camera AS/ISDustbuster most effective out there2x crop a plus for tele work.

Bout it really.. .

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Comment #5

Thanks for the feedback everyone. The reason that I asked the question is because most of what I read about most cameras is entirely positive. It's hard to find someone to talk bad about a camera or recommend something else..

I will probably buy it tomorrow...

Comment #6

Don't do it!.

I was also considering Olympus for a while, then I saw Pentax K100D reviews. On there were some posts comparing K100D to E-500, basically said that K100D was better due to larger sensor. That shook me a little, but then I saw Pentax is having a rebate promotion in September, I pulled the trigger on K100D..

I believe the Pentax rebate promotion is still on for few more days. Check for best prices...

Comment #7

You say you have minolta why look at olympus?.

You can pick up an a mount camera..for not a lot you know..

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Comment #8

To me, and once you actually DO buy a camera of any brand, I suspect you will realize it probably didn't matter to you either..

All the mentioned cameras are just fine and will do what you want. It really boils down to which camera feels most comfortable in your hand and which set of controls work best for you. All the rest is nothing more than sales hype and talking points..

This is not a 'wise-guy' answer. This is a serious response to your question. Go buy something and start shooting pictures.STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

Now that you've judged the quality of my typing, take a look at my photos..

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