Canon eos 40D vs. Olympus E-520 or E-510
Hi, I would like to purchase a DSLR. I am a beginner so what ever camera I get, I will need to learn how to use it etc. I would like to get the best camera right from the start. Based on my experience, I realized that every time I buy something in the middle, I den regret it. (Like beginners skis etc). So I have been looking at canon 40d and the Olympus e-510.

The canon is heavy, and looks bulky, but once I had it in my hands, It seemed like the most natural think to take pictures with. The Olympus is quite smaller. I did not get to take pictures with them. So I am just basing my decision on what I found on this site. Which one would you suggest? Also the canon comes in a kit with a 17/85mm lens.

It would take about a year before I can get a new lens. Thank you. Raf..

Comments (5)

As you've noticed, starting with "beginner" or entry level products can sometimes leave you wanting more fairly quickly. Other times, the "basics" are enough. Numbers crunching isn't always a good way to select a camera, quite often the specs of various components are close enough to match up very well or to just not be easy to choose between. If you like the Canon and the "fit" seems right for you, it's certainly a good place to start. I suppose you might want to try to handle the 450D/Xsi, it's somewhat smaller and a little less expensive. I'm guessing that you will find the kit lens frustrating due to it's limited focal range - but that's the case of pretty much all of them until you can move beyond the first lens...

Comment #1

Thanks for your reply. The main reason why I want an SLR is to be able to manually adjust settings. I am very "picky" with colors in a picture. I would like to take more "lively" pictures with more "lively" colors. I understand that this depends on the outdoor light etc etc. But I want to make sure that I get a camera that will not make me regret my decision.

Obviously the cost factor is very important for me, so the E-520 is very tempting. But I am afraid that I will not get the same image color quality as with the cannon (I used the comparator form the web site). (At the beginning, maybe the E-520, will be easier to use, but in the long run, I may want to have a more advanced camera.) Thanks Raf..

Comment #2

Hi, I have been looking at the samples pictures also for the Nikon, and the colors of the d60 and d80 seem to have more life than both the Olympus and canon. Does this depend on the lens? Is there a way to adjust the settings as to get the similar color results with the canon or with the Olympus. Or is the Nikon just better with that regard? Thank you again. Raf..

Comment #3

"Color" will be affected, sometimes, from the lenses, as some makers select glass, coatings, etc., to achieve a certain "look." People who shot a lot with all high end Canon or all high end Nikon lenses (and I would suppose other brands as well) will talk about "Nikon color" or "Minolta" color, etc., and they are so used to the results they get and expect, they can tell if a 3rd party lens is used. I can't. (?) (Maybe I could with a selection of appropriate images to choose from?). Whether it's experience, training, or just individual vision, or what. A common comment on the selection of 70-200/2.8 type lenses is the Sigma 70-200/2.8 which is a popular lens, has a "yellow" color cast. Wedding photographers will comment that they stick to a single make during shoots to keep the color consistency.

Some of the pop and vividness is from the lens and some is from the processing. Even as a Nikon user, I'd be hesitant to sugggest that Nikon renders "colors" better as a system. Nor would I suggest that Canon's popularity is a result of an inherent superior color performance...

Comment #4

Hi Craig, Thank you for your reply. Based on the pictures I've seen, I decided to buy the Nikon D60 with the AF-S DX VR 18-55 + VR 55-200 kit. (I am in europe so th eprice is 670 euros = 1065$ I think in the States it would be cheaper, but with the import tax it would been almost the same) I based my choice on: -Comparing pictures in this site.

-Holding the cameras at the store.

-Friends recommendation.

-I just had to make a decision because, I had spent lots of time researching. I liked the Canon 40d, but I do not have sufficient budget to build a nice set. I liked the specs and the advances of the E-520, but I was not fully convinced after looking at the pictures. Plus the 4:3 aspect ratio was also something I did not prefer. I am still not sure yet if I made the right choice, but I think time will tell. By looking at the pictures, I am bit concerned about the focusing of the D60.

I guess once I will become good with the camera, the 3 point in line focus will be ok, but at the beginning it may not be easy for me. (Is this a correct assumption?) Based on the kit what other lens would you recommend?..

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