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  • Olympus E-620 opinions??

    Just looking for general opinions from anyone that has an E-620. Pros/cons as a first DSLR?
    I would be transitioning from a P&S Canon S3 IS.
    Thanks
    Mike
    Gear:
    Olympus E-620, 14-42mm f/3.5, 40-150mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8
    Nikon N2000, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

    My Flickr | 500px | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

  • #2
    mikerob2334,

    I have had my e-620 Since November of 2009 and I shoot fairly regularly. I must say for the money I put into my e-620 and the thought I put into which camera to buy, I love my camera. As with all things there are things that I wish it did better or different. I got mine with the 14-42 and the 40-150mm lenses. Both are good for starting out. I love the articulated screen, it really makes some shots possible.


    In this shot, Looks like sun rays made out of wood
    Thumbnail, the camera was about 1 inch off the ground but because of the screen I could frame the shot and it turned out good. The glowing buttons have been nice, the art filters (gallery)do come in handy occasionally. The noise levels could be better, but for an entry level dslr I think they are pretty good. Lens choice is another matter, there isn't a lot like on the big names, but most of the lenses are really nice. I have 7 lenses now, 4 of which are OM (gallery) and I have to use an adapter and manually focus them.

    I also have a Olympus FL-36R flash, some say it doesn't put out enough light but for what I use it is fine.

    I've always like my canons when I was using point and shoots but when I went to buy a dslr I spent over 6 months looking at specs and pictures and reading up about experiences. In the end Olympus won out, I will say the Canon 60d caught my eye, but I'm sticking with my e-620 for at least another probably 2 years. Unless the price of the e-5 comes down, then maybe I'll jump on that.

    Feel free to check out my Flickr: dm|ze's Photostream. Most of the images are from my Olympus e-620 and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

    Dan
    Currently shooting with: Olympus e-620 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm 70-300mm and 50mm f/1.4 and 1.8, 28mm f/2.8 Soligor 35-140mm Macro OM lenses,
    Checkout my flickr

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    • #3
      Thanks xinman, I think I'm going for it. I've got a friend who is willing to trade me her E-620, two lenses, lens hoods and bag for my ipad.
      Mike
      Gear:
      Olympus E-620, 14-42mm f/3.5, 40-150mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8
      Nikon N2000, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

      My Flickr | 500px | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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      • #4
        I don't think you'll be sorry you did, it is a fine camera.
        Currently shooting with: Olympus e-620 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm 70-300mm and 50mm f/1.4 and 1.8, 28mm f/2.8 Soligor 35-140mm Macro OM lenses,
        Checkout my flickr

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        • #5
          Originally posted by xinman View Post
          I don't think you'll be sorry you did, it is a fine camera.
          Nope, I'm not. This camera is nice but the menus are a maze. Seems like there are 4 or 5 ways to do everything. She barely used it so it looks brand new. Got the kit lenses with it: 14-42mm and 40-150mm
          Mike
          Gear:
          Olympus E-620, 14-42mm f/3.5, 40-150mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8
          Nikon N2000, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

          My Flickr | 500px | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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          • #6
            Yeah the menus have a lot in them. I would recommend going through the manual and figuring out your settings. Once you have you settings set up you really won't use the menus too often. Most things you will change can be changed from the super control panel.
            Currently shooting with: Olympus e-620 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm 70-300mm and 50mm f/1.4 and 1.8, 28mm f/2.8 Soligor 35-140mm Macro OM lenses,
            Checkout my flickr

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            • #7
              And you can always set up a few "MyModes" with your common settings for different types of shooting.

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              • #8
                Yeah that is a pretty cool feature too, but you can only have 2 modes I think. It just seems like you should be able to have more than that.
                Currently shooting with: Olympus e-620 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm 70-300mm and 50mm f/1.4 and 1.8, 28mm f/2.8 Soligor 35-140mm Macro OM lenses,
                Checkout my flickr

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by xinman View Post
                  Yeah that is a pretty cool feature too, but you can only have 2 modes I think. It just seems like you should be able to have more than that.
                  It has been awhile since I checked, but I think you have access to 4.. two mymodes and two "custom resets".

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                  • #10
                    I don't have the 620 but I do have some Olympus equipment and I know it is high quality and a good bang for the buck. However, if I had it to do over, I would not have any of my hard earned dollars in Olympus. Recently Olympus has indicated they are going to move away from the professional cameras and concentrate on the EVIL line.(see the article here.) No one can blame them for choosing an avenue where they have the potential to not only do well, but also dominate; certainly they have no chance of overtaking the big two in the foreseeable future. That would indicate to me, that as good as this camera may be, and as good a deal as you may be getting, you may support for your camera dwindling in the future.
                    Lee R
                    http://lucentbydesign.blogspot.com//
                    The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
                    -Marcel Proust

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                    • #11
                      The Rumors Of Oly's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated!

                      Originally posted by LeeR View Post
                      I don't have the 620 but I do have some Olympus equipment and I know it is high quality and a good bang for the buck. However, if I had it to do over, I would not have any of my hard earned dollars in Olympus. Recently Olympus has indicated they are going to move away from the professional cameras and concentrate on the EVIL line.(see the article here.) No one can blame them for choosing an avenue where they have the potential to not only do well, but also dominate; certainly they have no chance of overtaking the big two in the foreseeable future. That would indicate to me, that as good as this camera may be, and as good a deal as you may be getting, you may support for your camera dwindling in the future.
                      Well, a few things here.. number one being that Olympus corporate fully dis-avowed the gentleman's statements as personal speculation. BUT, Olympus has made clear that the concentration is on mirror-less. They have also stated that until m4/3 can fully support 4/3 lenses (ie... auto-focus), there will be 4/3 cameras to support those lenses. From there.. it depends on your definition of support. While Canon and Nikon will no longer support or repair many earlier lenses or bodies, you can still call Olympus to support it's E-1's and ALL 4/3 lenses. And they will repair those bodies and lenses as well.

                      Now, maybe in a few years I will have to make a different decision where it comes to further upgrades in my business... but I am not a gear chaser, so long as my system works and makes me money, I have no reason to succumb to the gloom and doom that many Oly gear collectors do. (And, they will allow me to add to my collection cheaply as they all run toward the fire exits!)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LeeR View Post
                        I don't have the 620 but I do have some Olympus equipment and I know it is high quality and a good bang for the buck. However, if I had it to do over, I would not have any of my hard earned dollars in Olympus. Recently Olympus has indicated they are going to move away from the professional cameras and concentrate on the EVIL line.(see the article here.) No one can blame them for choosing an avenue where they have the potential to not only do well, but also dominate; certainly they have no chance of overtaking the big two in the foreseeable future. That would indicate to me, that as good as this camera may be, and as good a deal as you may be getting, you may support for your camera dwindling in the future.
                        I can live with that if it happens. I don't plan on sticking with Olympus for very long. When it comes to technology, I tend to upgrade to the latest and greatest as often as possible. I plan on going with Canon for future equipment purchases. But for a first dSLR I couldn't pass up a good trade. I had already planned on getting the ipad 2, so trading my old one for this camera worked out perfect.

                        @xinman: I have an issue you may be able to answer. I am trying to set up exposure bracketing to do some hdr. But from what I have read and tried on camera, you have to actually trip the shutter for each shot. Is there no way to set the camera to take 3 bracketed shots on its own. If not, it looks like a remote trigger is in order to prevent any movement (however slight) between exposures?....and I know someone might correct me, but shouldn't I actually be able to accomplish the same thing with one RAW file? I've never dealt with RAW so there's going to be a lot of learning going on now!
                        Mike
                        Gear:
                        Olympus E-620, 14-42mm f/3.5, 40-150mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8
                        Nikon N2000, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

                        My Flickr | 500px | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mikerob2334 View Post
                          I can live with that if it happens. I don't plan on sticking with Olympus for very long. When it comes to technology, I tend to upgrade to the latest and greatest as often as possible. I plan on going with Canon for future equipment purchases. But for a first dSLR I couldn't pass up a good trade. I had already planned on getting the ipad 2, so trading my old one for this camera worked out perfect.

                          @xinman: I have an issue you may be able to answer. I am trying to set up exposure bracketing to do some hdr. But from what I have read and tried on camera, you have to actually trip the shutter for each shot. Is there no way to set the camera to take 3 bracketed shots on its own. If not, it looks like a remote trigger is in order to prevent any movement (however slight) between exposures?....and I know someone might correct me, but shouldn't I actually be able to accomplish the same thing with one RAW file? I've never dealt with RAW so there's going to be a lot of learning going on now!
                          You do in fact have to trip the shutter for each individual bracketted exposure, that's one reason I have done many shots like that. Although I just order me a new tripod so that will help in that area for me. You can actually do it using raw which is how I do most of mine at this point. You can see some of my work here Tone Mapped - a set on Flickr

                          Here are a couple of my recent shots using one RAW.

                          Photowalk 51 of 52 - St. Jones Greenway Pt. 1

                          Nature Center at Killens Pond - Tonemapped from a single raw

                          As for LeeR's comments I'm not super worried about this deal for now. I seriously doubt I will drop much more money on Olympus stuff for the time being. I do really like Olympus products but I need to know they will continue to support their customers. I have no intentions of ever going to an EVIL camera so I will not be happy if they stop making 4/3 bodies. If they would get out and advertise they could have a bigger chunk of the market, their products are nice. I always keep an eye on canon just in case.

                          DMIZE
                          Currently shooting with: Olympus e-620 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm 70-300mm and 50mm f/1.4 and 1.8, 28mm f/2.8 Soligor 35-140mm Macro OM lenses,
                          Checkout my flickr

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                          • #14
                            I'm likely going to keep my e500 until my Sigma macro lens stops working, and then decide what I want to do; at almost $500 for the lens alone, and a tight budget to begin with, it's going to take a lot of serious thinking (and saving).
                            I've been in a lot of "sink or swim" situations, and I've never seen "sinking" as an option.

                            Olympus E-500 / Nikon D7000 / Blog / Gallery / Flickr / 500px

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