GeorgL
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Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:22 pm

Hello!

I've always wanted to become an aviation photographer and I have a few pictures in A.net taken with a cheaper camera. I am actually an aviation videographer and as I'm going to USA next week, I thought that it would be a big mistake going to such a great trip without a good SLR. I've now decided to buy a camera and I will probably get the EOS 350D. However, recently I found the newer Olympus Evolt E-500 which is slightly cheaper than EOS. It has a few features better than EOS, while the Canon has lots of features I prefer over that.

Is there any reason I should get the E-500? I will go and purchase the cam this evening so thanks for the quick replies!  Wink
 
eddl
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:26 pm

Don't know the E-500 but you can't go wrong with the 350D. The camera is not the most important thing, the lens line-up is far more important. There you can't beat Canon.
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:28 pm

I would (and have gone) go for Canon. The E-500 has a crop factor of 2 which means every 18mm lens is a 36mm lens and every 300mm a 600mm. Not bad to have 600mm of course but 18mm (or 27 on the 350D) is often needed for Air shows (static) and Cabin/cockpit/wing view. Plus the things EDDL mentioned.

Georg
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:17 am

The Olympus points the way to the future for DSLRs with its in-camera image stabilisation (instead of in the lens) and sensor dust removal mechanism. But apart from the range of its lenses the Canon has an edge in image quality, particularly at high ISO settings. See www.dpreview.com which has in-depth reviews of both cameras.
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:19 am

Quoting GeorgL (Thread starter):
Is there any reason I should get the E-500?

Hi!

I bought the Olympus a month ago and I love it. It has so many amazing features, one of which is the Supersonic Wave Filter to clean the sensor. I've had no dust yet after a month of almost constant use.

If you're looking to go into aviation photography, as I was, get the Olympus just for the reason that for 800 USD you get the camera, a 14-45mm lens, and a 40-150mm lens. As Jorge1812 said, it has a 2x crop factor, but since the low end starts at 14mm your base will be 28mm, only one more than the 350D. And then, your maximum is 300mm. For the 350D you need to buy the kit with the 18-55 and then get (if you don't want to spend a fortune) the Sigma 70-300USM which is somewhere around 200 dollars. You'd end up paying more than the Olympus kit, and you'd have the big gap between 55 and 70mm.

As for adding lenses later on, keep this in mind. Olympus lenses are on par with Canon and Nikon quality, but they are VERY, VERY expensive. An Olympus 50-200 is 850 dollars, where as the same lens made by Sigma for Canon or Nikon camera is around 550.

Just my two cents, I'll leave the decision to you, but you should know that I am very happy with the Olympus.

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GeorgL
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:05 pm

Thanks to all for the great information!! I bought the EOS350D yesterday before reading ANITIX87 great reply, but I think it was a good decision to get the Canon. I like it a lot and cheaper lenses is an important factor for me. I've already taken lots of pictures in the garden and can't wait to photograph some airplanes. It will probably happen from the coming Saturday when I'm flying to a fly-in and then I will go to the other side of the world - an airpark in Arizona.

Hope I get some good pics submitted to A.net! I really appreciate your help.
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:17 pm

Quoting GeorgL (Reply 5):
but I think it was a good decision to get the Canon

Yes it was, congrats on your new equipment.

Georg
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:13 pm

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 6):
Yes it was, congrats on your new equipment.

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Congratulations, GeorgL!

You'll not go wrong with Canon in the future, as of the high amount of lenses available.

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GeorgL
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:03 am

Thanks, guys! If anyone is interested, have a look at what I've catched already: http://georg.lennuk.net/gallery/index.php?cat=10001
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:20 am

Quoting GeorgL (Reply 8):

There are some nice macro shots in there. What lens are you using?
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GeorgL
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:06 am

Thank you. I used the 18-55 lens which came with the kit. No extra lenses bought here yet.
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:12 pm

Well I was going to post an identical thread, but this one fits the bill rather well. First off, this is my first posting on Anet. I'm getting very serious about aviation photography, and I'm looking to upgrade my equipment. My Dad is a pro photographer; through his connections I can get a Canon 30D kit (comes with the 19-55mm lens) and the Canon 100-400mm EF IS lens, new, for about $2000. Would this be worth it? I'm not trying to buy talent, but it seems like a great deal, not to pass up.
Most importantly, would this be a good camera/lens combo to do some great shooting with? As I said, I'm still pretty new, but I'm really enjoying it and want to improve.
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:44 pm

Quoting QXRamperMEII (Reply 11):
Canon 30D kit (comes with the 19-55mm lens) and the Canon 100-400mm EF IS lens

An excellent combination (and I speak from the perspective of being a Nikon user)!
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jorge1812
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:37 pm

Quoting QXRamperMEII (Reply 11):
Most importantly, would this be a good camera/lens combo to do some great shooting with?

Not many better ways to start aviation photography - go for it.

Georg
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:27 am

Awesome....thanks for the input. Ive done a bit of shooting, but I haven't been too successful getting posted, yet. Thanks again, and you'll be seeing my work soon!
 
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RE: Canon EOS350D Or Olympus E-500

Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:22 pm

A bit off topic but what's the exact difference between the EOS350D and the 30D? Some say the photo quality is similar while others say it isn't. If the photo quality is very similar why is the 30D so much more expensive?

I bought the EOS350D Rebel here in Curacao in April (incl. EF-90-300mm USM lense) for USD $1000 which is a good price. Yesterday when I went to the same electronics store, they now have the 30D for about USD $1300 dollar (only the kit). So it is quite a bit more expensive. It has never been that clear what separates the 30D from the EOS350D.

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