Can anyone help me - need help in the jungle of digital SLR's

I need some help.I think I've narrowed it down to a Canon 400D or Olympus 510E..

I like the 510E because it has LiveView, and I think it will be usefull because I take a lot of pictures with selftimer (is thats whats it's called? ) I often place the camera on places where it's hard to see through the seeker. (I'm sorry, my glossary isn't that good)..

The canon 400D gets great reviews also, so I feel a bit lost here. Is the seeker ( the window you see through when you take the picture what is it called in English?) bigger on the 400D?.

Can someone tell me the biggest differences between the two, and is there other cameras I should consider too?.

I will mostly take familypictures and children moving around.

Happy new year fromevh..

Comments (6)

The best option for a DSLR if you are just starting out is the one which feels best in your hands..

Having said that I would suggest one of the main stream manufactures ie Canon, Nikon or Pentax as the accessories are much more widely avaiable, and cheaper..

The part you look through is the view finder..

I hope this helps..

Comment #1

I also have a Canon 70-150 mm lense. It's camera was bought in 1979, I'm not sure how old the lense is, but it's obviously not made for a digital camera.-).

Does anyone know if I can use it on a 400D?.


Comment #2

No, that lens will not work. Canon redesigned their lens interface/mount in the early 90s I believe when they introduced autofocus (AF). You need lenses with the "EF" designation on them to work with Canon digital SLRs..

Evh wrote:.

I also have a Canon 70-150 mm lense. It's camera was bought in 1979,I'm not sure how old the lense is, but it's obviously not made for adigital camera.-).

Does anyone know if I can use it on a 400D?.



Comment #3

Both camera will give you great results. The Olympus is a 4/3 system camera. It has a smaller sensor than the Canon and other 3/2 cameras. That can be problem with noise at higher ISO settings. In good light, that is not an issue, only in low light. But that is where the built-in image stabilzation of the Olympus can be a great benefit ad the Canon does not have it.

It also has the live-view which, as you mentioned, you have use for..

The Canon will give you a far wider range of lens choices. Besides Canon, there are Sigma, Tokina, and Tamron. With the Olympus you have the Olympus Zuiko lenses which are very expensive and some SIgma lenses..

There are a lot of other choices, too many for some . There's the Pentax K10D (and it's clone the Samsung GX-10), the Nikon D40X (note that only lenses with built-in auto focus motors will work in auto focus mode on this camera), and the list goes on..

Any currently sold DSLR will give you fine photos. One thing that's important is that you handle the camera before you buy it. It has to feel comfortable in your hands.My humble photo gallery:

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Comment #4

Which lenses will be necessary to have? How far will I get with the lenses that comes with the cameras? E510 it's 14-42mm and the lens with the D400 is 18-58 (?) mm..

I might buy a flash instead (the budget's not unlimited:-)). This is one of the things I'm unsecure of: Will I need an extra lens or am I more in need for a flash? There will be taken some indoor-photograpies. And I guess they will be the bigger challenge..


Comment #5

Relax. R-e-l-a-x. Buy a camera, any camera, and start taking pictures. You only need a lens because otherwise the camera won't work, but pretty much any lens will do - whatever the camera you buy comes with is fine..

Simple is good, and simpler is better. Cheap is good too. If I were in your position I would go for the Nikon D40 (not 40x) - cheapest dSLR (here), excellent camera, and Nikon or Canon give you more long-term options as regards lenses etc...

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