got my e520

Started Jul 10, 2008 | Discussions
sebboh Contributing Member • Posts: 559
got my e520

new to the forum and just got the e520 from j&r price matched to $560. it's my first dslr and i was going to get the e510 and wanted to thank this forum for alerting me to the deals on the 520. i had an old minolta xe-5 that my dad handed down to me 10 + years ago, but haven't used it much in the last 5 years thanks to the ease and quality of digital p&s cameras. i've been fooling around with a nikon Dx1 and nikkor 80-400mm VR lens from work, which got me interested in slr shooting again.

anyway here are a few test shots i took yesterday with the new 520. the noise filter is turned off, picture setting is "natural" and contrast etc are all at default settings. pictures taken as raw and converted using ACR 4.5 beta than processed (or not) in photoshop.

this one's a little fuzzy due to the wind (should have upped the iso from 100 and shot at a higher shutter speed):

on this one i was very impressed with the detail of the kit lens (even at 100% crop) though maybe i should have closed the aperture to get a wider DOF:

testing with the built in flash automatic flash mode:

a night picture from my deck at f 22, iso 100, and a 60 sec shutter time:

there are a few more photos on my flickr site and i will probably put up more if anyone wants to see:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28476552@N04/

any critism or tips on these shots would be appreciated as i'm just learning how to use the camera.

also, i've never really done any post processing before and was curious if anyone has any preferences for photoshop versus aperature or vice versa and why.

thanks

hobbes

OP sebboh Contributing Member • Posts: 559
Re: got my e520

the colors in these photos i posted on flickr look considerably more washed out to me than the images did on either photoshop or iphoto. does anyone know why that is? is it flickr or my browser (firefox 3)?

hobbes

EY2 Regular Member • Posts: 486
Re: got my e520

Well, I'm no expert, and I'm sure someone will have something actually helpful to say to you, but I for one LOVED these shots, especially the cats and the long exposure. Hand-held?

If you had left out the part about this being your first DSLR, I would never have know it. What was the P&S you learned on?

Now, this IS from someone trying disparately to get buy.com to actually ship me the 520 I ordered last weekend. Doesn't look likely.

Thanks for posting!

EY2 Regular Member • Posts: 486
Re: got my e520

Sorry, I can't answer this directly, but you could download them from flickr and check them locally again. Or, if you have the geek knowledge, you could write a short html that would pull the local image into Firefox to test that theory.

sebboh wrote:

the colors in these photos i posted on flickr look considerably more
washed out to me than the images did on either photoshop or iphoto.
does anyone know why that is? is it flickr or my browser (firefox 3)?

hobbes

OP sebboh Contributing Member • Posts: 559
Re: got my e520

thanks for the comments. it turns out the color issue is just firefox 3. the colors look normal in other browsers. the p&s camera i have is an old konica/minolta dimage g600, but i had a little film slr experience. hope buy.com comes through for you.

hobbes

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