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Olympus, anti-shake question
I see a lot of posters very pleased with the Olympus line of DSLRs, so I have to ask: Are they all as slow to react as the one I looked at in Sam's Club, a 410 I think? I can handle a little slower start up, but even after it was ready the shutter lag was horrible. The canon XTi sitting next to it was 10 times quicker. Maybe the batteries on the Olymbus were low or something? Am I missiing something?.

Next, what it the thought on anti-shake? From a dollar prospective in camera makes more sense to me, but I really don't know anything about it. Is it really worth getting? Does anyone have a much better anti-shake system than another?..

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JohnBelding wrote:.

I see a lot of posters very pleased with the Olympus line of DSLRs,so I have to ask: Are they all as slow to react as the one I lookedat in Sam's Club, a 410 I think? I can handle a little slower startup, but even after it was ready the shutter lag was horrible. Thecanon XTi sitting next to it was 10 times quicker. Maybe thebatteries on the Olymbus were low or something? Am I missiingsomething?.

Yes. Were you using live-view? Else there should not be as much difference to be so noticeable. Startup is slower as Oly ones go through dust reduction cycle at startup. What about lenses on the two? Were those kit lenses?.

Next, what it the thought on anti-shake? From a dollar prospectivein camera makes more sense to me, but I really don't know anythingabout it. Is it really worth getting? Does anyone have a muchbetter anti-shake system than another?.

Lens based system is better as it stabilizes image on viewfinder too. And as it is on lens, any malfunctioning won't affect camera operation much. Now a days few affordable I.S. lenses are available (e.g. Nikon 55-200VR)..

However I.S. is helpful feature, especially during travel (can avoid carrying tripods in general).Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

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JohnBelding wrote:.

I see a lot of posters very pleased with the Olympus line of DSLRs,so I have to ask: Are they all as slow to react as the one I lookedat in Sam's Club, a 410 I think? I can handle a little slower startup, but even after it was ready the shutter lag was horrible. Thecanon XTi sitting next to it was 10 times quicker. Maybe thebatteries on the Olymbus were low or something? Am I missiingsomething?.

Display cameras get set to some pretty weird settings. You could have been in live view or perhaps the anti shock setting was set which would cause a significant delay after the shutter is pressed.Normally the camera has nearly no delay..

There is a way to reset to factory defaults it's either in the menu or you might see two buttons bracketed with the word "reset". Press them together and turn the wheel to the blank or "0" option and that will reset all to factory default..

Next, what it the thought on anti-shake? From a dollar prospectivein camera makes more sense to me, but I really don't know anythingabout it. Is it really worth getting? Does anyone have a muchbetter anti-shake system than another?.

If the camera had IS then it was a 510, which I believe is the one that Sam's Club currently carries. IS in the body is handy as all your lenses are stabilized. It does work in the Oly bodies quite well though not perhaps as effective as in lens stabilization. But then you only have to buy it once..

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Which kind of IS you get probably depends on why you want it. I should think if you want IS to stabilize a particularly long lens, in lens IS is probably superior to in body since the IS is built into the very device in which the shake is occurring..

However, if your goal is to merely minimize camera shake in general. In body IS is likely to be a more rational and cost effective choice since it will work with most any lens you have. It may even be superior to in lens in this case, since the camera shake is as likely to be to body (yours AND the camera!) as in the lens and you are likely to want the IS centered on the source of the shake as much as possible..

Certainly for casual improvement of overall sharpness, I doubt you will likely see much difference.STOP Global Stasis! Change is good!.

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Shutter lag when pre-focused and used without live view is negligible in almost all DSLRs. Live view, somewhat of a gimmick, forces the camera to switch from normal phase based AF to contrast based AF ( which is used in P&S's and is significantly slower ). As live view essentially cripples the AF system on a DSLR I don't see the point of it..

Without live view focus times depend more on the lens and less on the body. Having extra focus points helps in principle, but in practice I think it's of marginal benefit on entry level systems as normally the lenses used by owners are not top flight..

The Oly 510 has an in-body IS system ( similar to the Pentax K100D and K10D, the Samsung GX-10 and the Sony Alphas ). The Oly E 410 has NO IS..

In body IS has one advantage over lens based IS. It means any lens becomes an image stabilized lens. Typically this means you can shoot a stop to a stop and a half slower. Perhaps more in some circumstances..

However in lens IS has an advantage if you want to see the stabilized image through the viewfinder. Only lens based IS gives you this..

The difference between modern in-body IS and modern in-lens IS is less significant that it used to be. My own view is that the difference , if it exists still, favors the lens based system, but the cost this adds to the lens makes it a poor cost-benefit choice for most users. Given that Canon and Nikon are the two main in-lens IS vendors and don't sell an in-body IS system, and that the top lenses for those bodies tend to have in-lens IS anyway, this is rather academic..

Using a tripod IS has no real advantage..

StephenG.

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I suspect you are correct on the live view setting. I just picked up the camera on the way through the store and clicked off a quick shot from the Oly and the XTi on display. I will try to reset it next time and see what happens..

Thanks..

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JohnBelding wrote:.

I see a lot of posters very pleased with the Olympus line of DSLRs,so I have to ask: Are they all as slow to react as the one I lookedat in Sam's Club, a 410 I think? I can handle a little slower startup, but even after it was ready the shutter lag was horrible. Thecanon XTi sitting next to it was 10 times quicker. Maybe thebatteries on the Olymbus were low or something? Am I missiingsomething?.

Sounds to me the XTi was in a continuous mode and the Olympus was in a single shot mode I think. I've experienced the same thing when I was testing the cameras, but I didn't know anything about continuous vs. single shot mode thing back then, I thought all dslr will shoot in a burst mode when you press their shutter. I'm pretty sure the Olympus was in a single shot mode because based in my testing, the Olympus was shooting slighty faster than the Canon in burst mode. Hope that helps and hope i'm right also...

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It was probably in Live View mode where there is significant shutter lag because the mirror has to move out of the way first ant then it takes the shot. I shoot with an E-3, E-1 and E-510 and they have all been great cameras, the lenses are second to none as well!!.

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