Washed out pictures with E-520
Learn to use exposure compensation and spot metering.
This is quite likely the answer, as it sounds like the shots are overexposed. Which metering mode are you using, and does the problem occur in particular situations?
Less likely is the possibility that you're using a full frame lens, which can confuse the metering. I have to set the compensation to -1 when I use my old manual focus lenses.