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After days of research I decided to go for the E-510 from Olympus.I went for the two Lens Kit (14-42 / 40-150). My first impression ispretty positive. The AF works fast (compared to my Fuji Finepix S6000fd).The picture quality is slightly better - the colors look more natural..

The S6000fd has a feature called "face detection". The E-510 doesn't have this feature, but the E-520 will have it. But I believe that I can shoot pictureswithout his feature ....

Here are two sample pictures.... The second one is not that good becauseit was suddenly really cloudy outside..

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What type of external flash and telephoto lens would you recommend??.

Should I use Olympus genuine accessorizes only or are there other brands like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Quantaray, ... you can recommend?..

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Congrats on your purchase!.

If you go to the olympus dslr forum you might find a lot more experienced people that can give their opinions.   I have the e-510 though and I didn't shop around too much for a flash. I went to my local camera store and they recommended the olympus flash. There are 3, depending on what you need. I got the middle one - the FL-36. It seems to work perfectly for everything I've needed it for.

The recharge time can be a bit slow as the battery starts to fade but it hasn't been too much of an issue..

Hope that helps!..

Comment #1

Niels81cal wrote:.

After days of research I decided to go for the E-510 from Olympus.I went for the two Lens Kit (14-42 / 40-150). My first impression ispretty positive. The AF works fast (compared to my Fuji FinepixS6000fd)..

Congrats..

The picture quality is slightly better - the colors look more natural..

In the Finepix and more in DSLR, the emphasis is that you have a tool to shoot better photos with a little more work. Lower range Point and Shoot are designed to be as much no fuss shoot and that's it type of cameras..

The S6000fd has a feature called "face detection". The E-510 doesn'thave this feature, but the E-520 will have it. But I believe that I.

I don't see any faces in the two shots above. So FD doesn't work anyway for those two photos..

8-).

Here are two sample pictures.... The second one is not that good becauseit was suddenly really cloudy outside..

Actually, nothing wrong with the second one. A one touch adjust in Picasa or some easy to use photo program makes the walls whiter and gives "pop" to the photo..

What type of external flash and telephoto lens would you recommend??.

There are the Olympus FL flashes - they work specially with the metering of the camera. There is one Metz flash that does that also and one Promaster. I haven't seen many others that work with the metering of the camera..

Should I use Olympus genuine accessorizes only or are there otherbrands like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Quantaray, ... you can recommend?.

Unlike the other brands, there are not many other brand lens choices for the Olympus. Olympus has a bunch of low cost, light weight and sharp lenses for general use. There are a few Sigma and a few Leica lenses. Nothing much else fits..

Have you visited the Oly and Four Thirds websites and looked at the catalogue of lenses?.

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Anandahttp://anandasim.spaces.live.com/http://olympuse510.wikispaces.com/http://picasaweb.google.com/AnandaSim/http://www.flickr.com/photos/32554587@N00/..

Comment #2

Niels81cal wrote:.

Hello,.

Hi....

For some reason, the white balance didn't work well in your second shot. It's much too "warm". This could be something you did, like select the bright, sunny WB setting...then when it gets cloudy, the color temp goes up? Try auto WB?.

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You can "fix" it with a simple photo editor. It works especially well if you know the wall was painted white!.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #3

I'd suggest you don't go buying an external flash or additional lenses yet..

There are a * lot * of features in a DSLR that take time to get the hang of. The flash, you will find, is considerably more powerful than the S6500 in-built..

The 40-140 on the Olympus equates to 80-300 in 35mm terms ( which is the same reach you has with the S6500 ). That's a lot of reach. Also bare in mind your DSLR images will stand a lot more cropping, and the in-body IS will help with longer shots, so you can get more useful range than you'd expect..

Your second photo had an off-color simply because the white balance was set to fine-day ( which is presumably Olympus speak for "Sunny" ) whereas when the shot was taken it was cloudy. The light is quite different. A few moments in post processing should get you a correct white balance..

Face detection is something of a gimmick. You won't find any problems due to a lack of this "feature"..

Enjoy your new E-510..

StephenG.

Fuji S3 ProPentax K100DFuji S9600Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #4

Niels81cal wrote:.

What type of external flash and telephoto lens would you recommend??Should I use Olympus genuine accessorizes only or are there otherbrands like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Quantaray, ... you can recommend?.

You already have a perfectly good telephoto lens (the 40-150)!Have fun with your new cameraBest wishesMike..

Comment #5

Chuxter wrote:.

Niels81cal wrote:.

Hello,.

Hi....

For some reason, the white balance didn't work well in your secondshot. It's much too "warm". This could be something you did, likeselect the bright, sunny WB setting...then when it gets cloudy, thecolor temp goes up? Try auto WB?.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

You can "fix" it with a simple photo editor. It works especially wellif you know the wall was painted white!.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'.

There is a Wild Fire in Santa Cruz, CA and yesterday evening all the smoke from the fire was blown north ... Suddenly there was a enormous dark brown cloud over me .... It looked a bit like ID4 (the movie)  The sun turned red and it was almost like late evening ... That's why the wall is slightly brown..

I just took a similar picture of the same building (my work office) again ... with no clouds .

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I think it looks better now. WB is and was on auto..

Here are two other pics:.

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Comment #6

Sjgcit wrote:.

I'd suggest you don't go buying an external flash or additionallenses yet..

There are a * lot * of features in a DSLR that take time to get thehang of. The flash, you will find, is considerably more powerfulthan the S6500 in-built..

The 40-140 on the Olympus equates to 80-300 in 35mm terms ( which isthe same reach you has with the S6500 ). That's a lot of reach.Also bare in mind your DSLR images will stand a lot more cropping,and the in-body IS will help with longer shots, so you can get moreuseful range than you'd expect..

I like to do some more wildlife pictures. That's why I was thinking buying a lens with up to 300mm. The 40-150mm lens is good ... I guess it's a bit more zoomcompared to the S6000fd....

Your second photo had an off-color simply because the white balancewas set to fine-day ( which is presumably Olympus speak for "Sunny" )whereas when the shot was taken it was cloudy. The light is quitedifferent. A few moments in post processing should get you a correctwhite balance..

That off-color was because of natures condition (a big cloud of wildfire smoke).I already pasted a new picture on this thread which looks better..

Face detection is something of a gimmick. You won't find anyproblems due to a lack of this "feature"..

I think so, too .

Enjoy your new E-510..

StephenG.

Fuji S3 ProPentax K100DFuji S9600Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #7

Mike703 wrote:.

Niels81cal wrote:.

What type of external flash and telephoto lens would you recommend??Should I use Olympus genuine accessorizes only or are there otherbrands like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Quantaray, ... you can recommend?.

You already have a perfectly good telephoto lens (the 40-150)!Have fun with your new cameraBest wishesMike.

The lens is great ... but for wildlife it could be with a bit higher range ......

Comment #8

AnandaSim wrote:.

Niels81cal wrote:.

After days of research I decided to go for the E-510 from Olympus.I went for the two Lens Kit (14-42 / 40-150). My first impression ispretty positive. The AF works fast (compared to my Fuji FinepixS6000fd)..

Congrats..

The picture quality is slightly better - the colors look more natural..

In the Finepix and more in DSLR, the emphasis is that you have a toolto shoot better photos with a little more work. Lower range Point andShoot are designed to be as much no fuss shoot and that's it type ofcameras..

The S6000fd has a feature called "face detection". The E-510 doesn'thave this feature, but the E-520 will have it. But I believe that I.

I don't see any faces in the two shots above. So FD doesn't workanyway for those two photos..

8-).

Here are two sample pictures.... The second one is not that good becauseit was suddenly really cloudy outside..

Actually, nothing wrong with the second one. A one touch adjust inPicasa or some easy to use photo program makes the walls whiter andgives "pop" to the photo..

What type of external flash and telephoto lens would you recommend??.

There are the Olympus FL flashes - they work specially with themetering of the camera. There is one Metz flash that does that alsoand one Promaster. I haven't seen many others that work with themetering of the camera..

Should I use Olympus genuine accessorizes only or are there otherbrands like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Quantaray, ... you can recommend?.

Unlike the other brands, there are not many other brand lens choicesfor the Olympus. Olympus has a bunch of low cost, light weight andsharp lenses for general use. There are a few Sigma and a few Leicalenses. Nothing much else fits..

Have you visited the Oly and Four Thirds websites and looked at thecatalogue of lenses?.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

Anandahttp://anandasim.spaces.live.com/http://olympuse510.wikispaces.com/http://picasaweb.google.com/AnandaSim/http://www.flickr.com/photos/32554587@N00/.

Thanks for the all the hints ... I will check them out..

Comment #9

On an external flash... if you look at the Olympus line, there's the FL-36 and FL-50, and the R variants of both, as well as the tiny FL-20. The numbers correspond to the maximum guide number in meters @ ISO 100..

FL-20 is small; takes two AAs; doesn't swivel, tilt or zoom. It's not useful unless you want a small flash that sits a little higher than the built-in and provides a touch more power..

The FL-36 and FL-50 are tilt/swivel flashes. The former uses 2 AAs, the latter 4; with a difference in flash power as well as cycle time. Neither's particularly subtle..

The R variations can be controlled remotely via the bodies that support it..

As for a telephoto lens, if you've got good light, you might be able to get away with the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 cheaper than the 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 (either version) + EC-14. If you want much longer without going near the Olympus 'Top Pro' line ($), and want an AF zoom (versus say an OM Zuiko + adapter; some people have experimented with mirror lenses), you might want to look at the Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3...

Comment #10

The only choice in third party lenses is Sigma and they make some very good lenses. I have the Sigma 50-500mm EX DG HSM lens (aka "The Bigma"). It's a nice lens and has a huge range..

There are a few flashes other than the Olympus flashes that will work with the E-510. Two from Metz - the 48 AF-1 and the 58 AF-1. I plan on getting the 48 AF-1. It slots nicely between the Olympus FL-36 and FL-50. What I like about the Metz over the Oly FL-36 are two things: 1) the Metz uses four batteries instead of two like the FL-36 so the recycle times are much faster and 2) the Metz is updatable via USB connection to your computer, no need to send it in for a firmware flash in order to use it with a future Oly camera that may not be compatible with the flash in it's origianl state.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com..

Comment #11

You already have a perfectly good telephoto lens (the 40-150)!Have fun with your new cameraBest wishesMike.

The lens is great ... but for wildlife it could be with a bit higherrange .....

Dont't forget that on yoru camera a 150mm lens equates (in terms of image magnification in the viewfinder) to 300mm on a full-frame DSLR and 200mm on a crop-sensor camera (like most of tha NIkons, Canons , Sonys and Pentaxes). Effectively you get more magnification at the same focal length, which is why your kit lens is 14-42 mm instead of the more common 17-55 mm..

If you want something very long for wildlife, there is the Olympus 70 - 300 or the Sigma 135 - 400 or Sigma 50 - 500... plus you'll need a tripod....

Best wishes.

Mike..

Comment #12

Niels81cal wrote:.

Chuxter wrote:.

Niels81cal wrote:.

Hello,.

Hi....

For some reason, the white balance didn't work well in your secondshot. It's much too "warm". This could be something you did, likeselect the bright, sunny WB setting...then when it gets cloudy, thecolor temp goes up? Try auto WB?.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

You can "fix" it with a simple photo editor. It works especially wellif you know the wall was painted white!.

There is a Wild Fire in Santa Cruz, CA and yesterday evening all thesmoke from the fire was blown north ... Suddenly there was a enormousdark brown cloud over me .... It looked a bit like ID4 (the movie) The sun turned red and it was almost like late evening ...That's why the wall is slightly brown..

I just took a similar picture of the same building (my work office)again ... with no clouds .

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

I think it looks better now. WB is and was on auto..

I think this one looks a bit too blue. I think it's in the shade and is illuminated by the blue sky...at least that's what it looks like. Again, it's easy to "fix" in PP:.

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Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

Comment #13

I have found the auto WB in the 510 to be pretty mediocore. Actually make a change in setting to the desired setting usually works much better..

JimOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

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