Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

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JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

A friend of mine has been using E-2020 for like a decade now (purcased mine when I moved to E-20) and was feeling the need of upgrade ... So I'd offloaded my E-510 dual kit, fl36 and ex-25 as a bundle (with camera bag+2G mem card) ... Didn't get much $$$ but at least I now have good excuse on getting something new(er) for me.

So, it'll most likely be 2hand E-30 or E-6xx body (since I still have 14-54) or something like refurbished PL-2 with kit lens (and VF-2) ... I did order Metz-48 AF-1 Oly earlier, so I'd prefer to have camera with wireless ttl..

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Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 12,369
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

I loved the E-510 to E-30 upgrade, so that's what I'll recommend. The E-30 is very much a "shooter's" camera--great size, shape, layout, viewfinder and importantly, speed.

Now finding one might be a challenge.

Good luck,

Rick

OP JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

Well.. I know one.. but spending well over 500 Euros on E-30 body feels a bit thick.

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photoguyinpa Contributing Member • Posts: 640
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

JoannaK.... Hello!

I had bought the E510 back in 2007 with the two Kit lenses. I sold the lenses to put towards the HG lenses you see in my " signature " below. I then bought a 2nd hand E30 thinking I would sell the E510 to off set the price of the E30.

I did not do that for two reasons. One, the E510 is smaller to take to places that you would not want to carry around the larger body. Secondly, I would not get the money out of the body its self that its worthy of. So I kept the E510 and my wife uses it mostly and I have the E30.

Having more than one body can also be good when you go places you rather not change lenses, like to a wedding for example. Keep a lens on each body.

But, the E30 is an awesome camera, vey capable tool. You will love the E30. I am glad I did buy one just as I was glad I went from a point and shoot Olympus C-5050-Z to the E510.

Robert
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My Gear: E-510, E30, 50mm f2.0 macro , EX-25 Extension Tube, 14-54mm Mk1, and 50-200mm NON SWD lenses..
FL36 Flash and flash bracket for the camera.
Happy Shooting!

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Linnin Regular Member • Posts: 128
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

Skeeterbytes wrote:

I loved the E-510 to E-30 upgrade, so that's what I'll recommend. The E-30 is very much a "shooter's" camera--great size, shape, layout, viewfinder and importantly, speed.

Now finding one might be a challenge.

Good luck,

Rick

I'll agree with Rick. I moved up to the E-30 from my first DSLR, an E-500. The auto-focus is not only much quicker but also sharper/more accurate.

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gandalfII Senior Member • Posts: 1,952
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

The E30 doesn't clip highlights like the 510, a huge advantage. going from E30 to E5 was an improvement, but less than 510 to 30. I like the E30 handling better than either with 11-22 or 50-200.

Marty4650
Marty4650 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,114
If you liked the E510, then you will love the E30

The E30 is pretty much an E510 on steroids:

  • Better sensor

  • More resolution

  • Less noise

  • Better performance at higher ISO

  • Better AF. More focus points.

  • Extremely good build quality

  • Faster continuous shooting rate

  • AE and WB bracketing

  • Double Exposure

  • Incredibly good OVF

  • Better liveview

  • 7 aspect ratios

  • 1/8000 second top shutter speed

  • Digital Leveler

  • Tilt and twist screen

  • AF Micro Adjust

  • Art Filters, Face Detection etc.

The only downside is that the E30 is quite a bit bigger, and 50% heavier than the E510. In fact, it really is "halfway between" and E510 and an E5 in size and weight.

The E30 handles extremely well, is very fast, and the OVF will be a joy for you to use after using the tiny one on the E510. The grip is comfortable, and holding it feels more secure than an E510.

What would be REALLY nice would be an E50 with the OM-D sensor and HD video.

Of course, this is just dreaming....

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OP JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: If you liked the E510, then you will love the E30

E-50 might indeed be nice ... But at this point I'd be happy to get E-30, it would indeed be a big upgrade after E-510.

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Simon Zeev
Simon Zeev Senior Member • Posts: 2,816
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

I am shooting with the E500 from 2005.
Last year I brought an E-PL2 with 3 lenses:
9-18
14-42
40-150
My E500 is used now only when I want to shoot the new camera.

The E-PL2 is now my main camera and Just now I brought another E-PL2 to use them for 3D pictures:

I love the E-PL2 and re commend to add an EVF to every camera that can take it and don't have an integral one.
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OP JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

Idea of having that much camera gear sounds neat, but unfortunately with this level of (non) income.. having one is .. well, it's kinda must be enough.

I think I might be getting an E-30 tomorrow.. I have located one, need to travel some to go pick it up. Should be in clean/good condition with plenty of shutter left, will see tomorrow .

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OP JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

I got it today.. have had not much time to take many pics, but the back lcd and viewfinder are quite amazing compared to E510..

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Marty4650
Marty4650 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,114
Joanna

I think you will love the E30. It really is a very fine camera.

Here are a few shots I took with my own E30, just to get you in the right mood...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marty4650/sets/72157622527036747/show/

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OP JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: Joanna

Wow.. thanks. I feel awed..

The shop owner, whom I purchased the E-30 from did offer me to use 7-14 (real 4/3 size Olympus) for testing the body at the shop for a while.. Totally amazing lens, pitty though that it's nearly 2000 euros, so ther's no way I could afford to purchase one.

Yes.. it was first time I have seen/used either E-30 or 7-14 .. E-30 I could get (used, but in near new looking) .. that 7-14 ... letme say that it's a good thing that my credit card has so low limit set.

Marty4650 wrote:

I think you will love the E30. It really is a very fine camera.

Here are a few shots I took with my own E30, just to get you in the right mood...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marty4650/sets/72157622527036747/show/

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Skeeterbytes Forum Pro • Posts: 12,369
Re: Joanna

Congratulations on your E-30. In several regards I think it's tbe best of all the E-series cameras.

And yes, the 7-14 is really something. Don't rule out the 8-16 as a reasonable alternative at half the price.

Cheers,

Rick

OP JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

Got the AF48 delivered today (2-hand, ebayed from Germany).. Seems to be working nicely, I'll need to start testing the wireless system someday soon.

Looks like I'm ready to take some photos at Saturday evening..

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Simon Zeev
Simon Zeev Senior Member • Posts: 2,816
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

Hi Joanna,

I understand the economic problems. I am 1 and half year before retire and my wife is on pension now. I think the possibility to buy more toys is because I do not live extravagant. I can't tell others how to live, I am not a wealthy man but I think seriously when I want to buy new gear.
I wish you enjoy the E30, seems to be a nice camera.

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psychobiker New Member • Posts: 5
Re: Sold my E-510 ... and 2 kit lenses and FL36 and..

Let us know how it all turns out.

OP JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
First 5 hours with E-30 and 48AF-1

Hi

Evenig went nicely.. E-30 and 48AF-1 worked well, on averagely they seem to be a lot more responsive than my older E.510 + FL-36. Especially the flash-recycle time is so much faster. And the E.30 af seems to work much more sensitive to low light that E.510:s ..

In the end I took around 650 photos during 5 hours at quite dark event.. Didin't have much time to realx during the evening. Busy busy busy.. Both camera and flash managed the whole evening with just one set of batteries (used AA Nimhs and E-30:s original BLM)

Some notices though. These may well be due me not knowing this camera/flash as well as I should, so not much of a complain.

  • Oh, how happy I am about the Jpeg quality of Olympuses ... E-30 jpegs save me a lot of post processing and tinkering with raws

  • E-30's AF seems to give some false positives, so that even though the af is locked, the image aint' sharp. This is not much, just couple photos

  • Some uncetainty on flash controll. Nothing serious.. couple near-white pics and about 1% (6-7) overly dark ones.. Dark ones quite salvageable. I did use ev--0.3 as a safeguard, since the clother tend to be bear black anyhow.

Unfortunately no pics (at least yet).. I'll need to do some checking on some of those (and read the rules of this site) first.

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daddyo Forum Pro • Posts: 12,429
Joanna...

The flash metering issue is something you just need to deal with by adjusting the flash compensation (I assume the Metz has a compensation similar to the FL-50).

When shooting in low light event situations, flash metering is greatly challenged by the reflectance of clothing and fabric in the frame. I deal with it all the time at corporate events. You shoot one person or group dressed in dark suits and the flash overexposes, then you shoot another group where one or two people have white shirts and the flash shuts down and underexposes. It's a royal pain.

I try to be conscious of these issues before I do a shot and adjust the flash compensation up or down as needed to offset the problem. Your shooting at EV-0.3 was a smart move since over exposure is generally much more problematic.

If someone ever builds a flash that meters strictly on skin tones (like cameras have face detect) I would buy one in a heartbeat regardless of price

Also, if you're not using them, I highly recommend using Sanyo Eneloop batteries in your flash -- there's no better rechargeable in my opinion.

God Bless,
Greg
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OP JoannaK Contributing Member • Posts: 646
Couple more notes.

When I tested the wireless option .. I managed to get the Metz 48af-1 to flash twice while my camera was not taking pictures.. and on both times I'd managed to see the flash's hot end..Not so fun while in allmost dark room and suddenly random flash from short range.. There were no other cameras (or other similar light) at the site, so I'd no idea what triggered the flash... and I'm quite sure I did not accidently press the flash-release at the behind of the unit by accident.

Sencond thing I noticed was that at least twice the E-30 took the picture way too late, like I'd managed to start moving camera of the target. Not sure why, most likely the af did not lock when I exlected and I didn't lift my finger from trigger high enough before movement.. Anyhow, got some interesting camera angles by accident. And at least one of them is actually quite nice shot ...

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