Olympus E-1 Review

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bbonham's review of Olympus E-1

★★★★★

“I have 29 years experience of working with film, and...”

Written on: 10/11/2005 by bbonham (1 review written)

Good Points
Speed - up to 12 shots at 3 fps - excellent!!!
Speed - boots up in slightly more than 1 second.
Many different focus modes, including a manually overriden autofocus.
Heavy duty color management system - Not necessarily a good thing for beginners.

Bad Points
There is no way that one can call this an easy camera to use. I had to actually read the manual to learn how to use many of the functions. It was especially noted when setting the white balance.

General Comments
I have 29 years experience of working with film, and about 4 years working with digital cameras. I have used about everything there is, from Leica to Canon's, and Kodak's to Konica's. I have also serviced many of them as a repairman.

The Olympus E-1 digitas camera has been a challenging system to learn - even for me. I do like the camera for that reason. It has so many options and settings that it gives the photographer the ability to manage the recorded image from the original photo without requiring a lot of post editing on the PC. This is not a point and shoot camera!!! It will be unforgiving to those who do not read the manual or understand basic photographic principles.

It is very fast, and has no visible distortions of the image when using the well noted 14 - 54 zoom lense. The focus is optained almost instantly and has been very sharp. It has every feature that is common to all Pro quality cameras, and all doors and buttons are gasketed to seal out water.

Do I like this camera? Yes I do, but it is hard to reccomend it to anyone who has had little experience in photography.

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  • 1 - 6 Months

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