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Olympus E-510 or Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi)
Hi,.

I'm very new to DSLR's and have been using an old Olympus OM-10 which I have 3 lenes for and a digital Canon Powershot A620..

I enjoy taking photo's of street scenes, signs, and general daily life but would like to expand my photography skills. I'm also the proud father of a 2 week daughter whom I'd also like capture on film. An example of my general shots are below.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrmodsgod/.

For my budget, I'm caught between the Olympus E-510 with a twin lens kit (ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 & ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6) that apperently is quite good for entry level, or the Canon EOS 400D which also comes out well in reviews but has a lower level quality lens provided (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6).

I understand that the Oly used a 4/3 system which can make additional lenes expensive and also has a different aspect ratio to traditional camera's..

Can anyone help with the pros and cons as I'm on the cusp of buying either one on a daily basis!.

Many thanks,.

Alan..

Comments (9)

You'll have a wider assortment of lenses available for the Canon - Canon, Sigma, Tamron, & Tokina. The Olympus will limit you to the Zuiko, some Sigma, and the handful of lenses made for the Panasonic 4/3 camera. That said, what is your purpose? How much "growth" do you anticipate in your system? You'll be replacing a camera body before you ever replace a good lens..

The kit lenses with the Olympus are quite good. The other Zuiko lenses are even better but they are pricey. The E-510 has one big advantage that the Canon doesn't have and that is in-body image stabilization. With the Canon, you'll have to buy image stabilized lenses and that adds to the cost. The dynamic range of the Olympus is not as good as the Canon and noise at higher ISO settings will be less resent with the Canon..

I have both an Olympus E-330 and the E-510 and heven't regretted ever getting them. The two-lens kits are an excellent value and you may find yourself using just those for quite some time.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.

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Comment #1

3 oly lenses in the bag already(that will be IS BTW) just need an adapter, in body IS as opposed to buying it repeatedly. great camera, great kit lenses, new lens price disparity is not as big as you think for when one takes into account the quality of the lens and compare them to IS lenses from canon so it's apples to apples. seems like the decision is made already..

Good luck and the good news is regardless which way you go there are no wrong answers....

BTW - you can do a flickr search to compare the real world issues of the DR disparity. considering Oly is touted for their color rendition regardless of teh test results in the real world of it's use it proves more than up to the task. as was mentioned you give up a bit of high ISO, you can search for those examples as well to see if they prove to be acceptable for you. regardless of which you buy make sure to budget for a flash as that will make using kit lenses easier..

Keh.com is a great resource for used to help manage a budget for any of it if need be...

Comment #2

I think that the fact that you have Oly now makes it somewhat of a no-brainer. The 510 is not my favorite of the Oly line, but it's a great starter camera and ticks the right boxes as far as features are concerned. Personally, I like the little E420..

If you consider the Canon, I'd not consider the 18-55 kit lens at all. I'd opt for the much better 18-55 IS model which can be purchased as a kit from many sources. There are many other good choices as well for the Canon. The new 55-250 IS is getting good reviews right now...

Comment #3

Many thanks for all you help - I'll mull the info over and let you know...

Comment #4

Peter A. Stavrakoglou wrote:.

You'll have a wider assortment of lenses available for the Canon -Canon, Sigma, Tamron, & Tokina. The Olympus will limit you to theZuiko, some Sigma, and the handful of lenses made for the Panasonic4/3 camera..

However, the Zuiko line barely limits you at all as there are 36 lenses covering all the main focal lengths. There are also the optically magnificent digital Leica lenses, which fit Olympus..

Daniel..

Comment #5

Alan,.

Don't rule out the Nikon D60 as well as that has some excellent image quality..

As for Pros and Cons, download the manuals for each camera and look for key words....

For example, Canon claims a spot meter in the XSi, 30D, 40D and 5D but it isn't a true spot meter but a smaller portion of the frame with a weighted meter towards that point..

Another example would be Olympus IS which at one point was more of an ISO boost than a true stabilization system (I believe they've corrected this in newer models)..

A M Bradshaw wrote:.

Hi,.

I'm very new to DSLR's and have been using an old Olympus OM-10 whichI have 3 lenes for and a digital Canon Powershot A620..

I enjoy taking photo's of street scenes, signs, and general dailylife but would like to expand my photography skills. I'm also theproud father of a 2 week daughter whom I'd also like capture on film.An example of my general shots are below.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrmodsgod/.

For my budget, I'm caught between the Olympus E-510 with a twin lenskit (ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 & ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6) that apperently isquite good for entry level, or the Canon EOS 400D which also comesout well in reviews but has a lower level quality lens provided (EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6).

I understand that the Oly used a 4/3 system which can make additionallenes expensive and also has a different aspect ratio to traditionalcamera's..

Can anyone help with the pros and cons as I'm on the cusp of buyingeither one on a daily basis!.

Many thanks,.

Alan.

'The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.' Abraham Lincoln..

Comment #6

I agree, the Zuikos don't limit you in focal lengths, they've got it covered. But in sheer numbers, they are more limited than Canon and Nikon. There's also a bit of a lack of Zuiko prims but they're zooms are extremely good, I don't know if that matters. The cost is a bit high too, that's why I haven't added any to my bag lately.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.

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Comment #7

Grab some MF adapters and you can have any prime you might need/imagine. there's no reason to feel limited by Oly's lens lineup that continues to expand...

Comment #8

I think you first need to think about what you are going to be shooting. I like to take shots of sports, birds, cars, etc. Not a great deal of inside stuff. Under those considerations I wouldn't even consider the Canon because it does not have a proven dust removal system, in camera IS, and has less exposure control..

If I was shooting 80% inside in low light I might have made a different choice. I probably would have gone with Nikon..

Regardless of what is said here you really should go to the store and hold any camera you are considering and see how it feels in your hands. If you don't like the way the Oly or Canon feels don't buy it. All the DSLRs available now are excellent cameras and will take excellent pictures once you know how to use the camera..

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

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