My E-330 impression with wedding pics

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Joseph E Ellis Regular Member • Posts: 390
My E-330 impression with wedding pics

I met up with my Olympus Sales Rep. on Thursday and she had just gotten her E330 sample. She let me have it for the weekend and I was able to put it through it's paces on Saturday. I don't have a huge gallery of images becuase there was too little time to get to know the camera before Saturday but...

First impressions -

This camera is fast. It focuses fast, there is very little/no shutter lag and the buffer was a non-issue. Everything about the cameras speed is good enough for professional applications and compared to the E1 I feel the E330 aquires focus slightly faster. Also I have to note that the screen on the back of this camera is fablous! Better than everything I have used and that includes the D2X.

Image quality is also very good - I shot the camera at ISO 400 for most of the day and looking though the pictures there is some noise but it's not objectionable or heavy. I have not shot it at 800 or above although I'll try and run some tests before I have to return it tommorow.

The camera itself probably closely mirrors the E300 however being that I've never shot that camera it was a new experience for me. Working in A or S modes was easy, manual was a bit slower for me only because I'm not at all used to having only one command dial. On the plus side the major settings ISO, WB etc. have dedicated buttons and it's very quick to make changes. Did I mention the screen? Compared to the E1 it's really light which is both good and bad - harder to hand hold at lower shutter speeds - good becuase after 8 hours of shooting your back with thank you. Ergonomics are good but not the same quality of the E1 which I can shoot without ever taking my eye away from the finder.

Also I can report that the image boost in Live Mode A works in near complete darkness by showing a very grainy BW image on the screen for composition. Awesome for shooting from a low or high perspective even in a deep dark pit, like last night's reception.

Overall I'd buy one of these in a heartbeat as a third body to have on me all day. An E330 with a 11-22 would be an awesome candid camera set up.

OK so with no further ado... a couple of E330 pics (next reply)

Comments and questions welcome.

Best,

Joe

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Theresa K
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Very impressive, Joseph, as usual....

Nice to hear your vote of confidence as well for the 330.
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Bruce L. Snell
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Re: Very impressive, Joseph, as usual....

Cool beans. Imagine that little body with a 17mm f1.2 lens! Wouldn't that be sweet?

Bruce

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Carloskbco Veteran Member • Posts: 8,250
Re: Very impressive, Joseph, as usual....

Very good...amazing stuff really

Carlos

OP Joseph E Ellis Regular Member • Posts: 390
Re: Very impressive, Joseph, as usual....

Bruce,

I agree, a E330 coupled with a fast prime would be an unbeatable combo for PJ work.

Best,

Joe

Bruce L. Snell wrote:

Cool beans. Imagine that little body with a 17mm f1.2 lens!
Wouldn't that be sweet?

Bruce

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witzgall Contributing Member • Posts: 519
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Joe;

Thanks for posting this! I just want to encourage you to try and get some sample shots at 1600 and 3200. Grat work, btw.
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Quest21 Senior Member • Posts: 1,873
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Nice pics Joseph!
I had both E300 and E500, and they both hunt in low light.
How does E330 AF perform in low light?
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David 247
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Re: My E-330 impression with wedding pics

Thanks for sharing your impressions. Some really nice wedding photos too.

Look forward to seeing some high ISO shots if you have time.

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aussiedavid Senior Member • Posts: 1,153
Re: Very impressive, Joseph, as usual....

The concepts & composition are as usual spot on Joseph, is it just me or are the colours in the first ones up the creek the last one looks OK, they are not like your normal work at all? Is it that the S/W can not handle the new profiles yet?—David

OP Joseph E Ellis Regular Member • Posts: 390
Re: My E-330 impression with wedding pics

Quest -

I really can't give you any kind of comparison because I don't shoot with either the E300 or E500 however I did not have any problems with the focus of the E330 in all types of light. I also feel that it locks focus in all types of light slightly faster than my E1. To be honest however I have very few focus problems with the E1 in most situations.

I will shoot a some high ISO frames tommrow and post the results.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Best,

Joe

Quest21 wrote:

Nice pics Joseph!
I had both E300 and E500, and they both hunt in low light.
How does E330 AF perform in low light?
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OP Joseph E Ellis Regular Member • Posts: 390
Re: Very impressive, Joseph, as usual....

I haven't toned these with a color calbrated montior yet - I'm just posting from my laptop. I'll take a look when I get home and can have a gander on my main system.

Best,

Joe
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Cephalotus Veteran Member • Posts: 3,792
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Joseph E Ellis wrote:

I will shoot a some high ISO frames tommrow and post the results.

I would highly appreciate some 100% crops, too...

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AndreK Senior Member • Posts: 1,179
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Great stuff. A lot to expect in the upcoming E-x whenever that might be
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Quest21 Senior Member • Posts: 1,873
Re: My E-330 impression with wedding pics

Which lens did you use with E330?
I used kid lens with both e500 and e300.
Maybe better lens have better focus.
Can't wait to see some high iso shots...

Joseph E Ellis wrote:
Quest -

I really can't give you any kind of comparison because I don't
shoot with either the E300 or E500 however I did not have any
problems with the focus of the E330 in all types of light. I also
feel that it locks focus in all types of light slightly faster than
my E1. To be honest however I have very few focus problems with the
E1 in most situations.

I will shoot a some high ISO frames tommrow and post the results.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Best,

Joe

Quest21 wrote:

Nice pics Joseph!
I had both E300 and E500, and they both hunt in low light.
How does E330 AF perform in low light?
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skylon Contributing Member • Posts: 602
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I'm assuming all shot in Raw?

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OP Joseph E Ellis Regular Member • Posts: 390
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Yes -

All shot in raw and post processed in Oly. Studio. This was also my first time using this software so still learning there - I'd love to get these into Capture One.

Best,

Joe
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OP Joseph E Ellis Regular Member • Posts: 390
Re: My E-330 impression with wedding pics

Quest21 wrote:

Which lens did you use with E330?
I used kid lens with both e500 and e300.
Maybe better lens have better focus.
Can't wait to see some high iso shots...

I used primarily the 14-54 and a little with the 50 macro.

Best,

Joe

Joseph E Ellis wrote:
Quest -

I really can't give you any kind of comparison because I don't
shoot with either the E300 or E500 however I did not have any
problems with the focus of the E330 in all types of light. I also
feel that it locks focus in all types of light slightly faster than
my E1. To be honest however I have very few focus problems with the
E1 in most situations.

I will shoot a some high ISO frames tommrow and post the results.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Best,

Joe

Quest21 wrote:

Nice pics Joseph!
I had both E300 and E500, and they both hunt in low light.
How does E330 AF perform in low light?
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Matt35 Regular Member • Posts: 256
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Love the pics... Wish I could see some sort of a comparison of the 330 and 500 though, since I'm currently looking at the 500. Thanks for the post!
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Michael Meissner
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witzgall wrote:

Joe;

Thanks for posting this! I just want to encourage you to try and
get some sample shots at 1600 and 3200. Grat work, btw.

Ummm, the E-330 doesn't have ISO 3200 (ISO 1600/800 are done internal via push processing as the sensor only goes up to ISO 400, similar to the sensors on the E-300/E-500).

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