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I'm thinking of buying an e510 when they come out in July, but one of the criticisms of the 500 is that the viewfinder is very small and it makes manual focussing difficult. Can anyone tell me if they have had problems? I like the size of the camera and that it has image stabilisation, the Nikon D80 is too large for my hands.
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Quote: I'm thinking of buying an e510 when they come out in July, but one of the criticisms of the 500 is that the viewfinder is very small and it makes manual focussing difficult
Were is this criticsm comming from, Nikon user`s or the large EOS club on here. 4/3 viewfinders are a little smaller than any 3/2 format cameras, they have to be. The difference in reality is very slight. I use both an E-1 and a Cannon 300D, The E-1 is much better than the 300D even though its smaller and circular.
The 510 will be even easier to focus manualy than the older 500, it has live view.
Any chance you can get to try out a 500 for yourself. Talk to people who use both formats to get a realistic responce. The only other person I`ve seen on here using both is Alen Booth so you could PM him and ask his views.
Go to a local photo store and handle as many of the alternatives as you can [Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Sigma etc etc] and pick a winner.
When July comes around, compare your current winner with the e510 and make the decision yourself - job done.
The criticism was in a review on-line, I was browsing using Google, I can't remember who. It was not from ephotozine. I don't have an SLR at the moment, and although I've been able to handle the Olympus e400 (didn't like the feel of it), Nikons(D80 felt too big in my hands) and Canons(liked the D400) in Glasgow I can't find an e500. Buying without handling is a risk, but I like the idea of the image stabiliser.
Quote: Go to a local photo store and handle as many of the alternatives as you can [Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Sigma etc etc] and pick a winner
Thats always good advice, though E500 are getting hard to find.
Check out the Olympus gallery, E500. Note the user names and check if any live in your area or simply pm, sure most will be more than happy to help.
The 510 with IS will be popular when it comes out.
I had an E500................for about a week.
After all the negative reports about the 350D/400D viewfinder I followed some forum advice (not just on here, I'll add) about how good the Olympus system is and bought one.
The viewfinder is indeed awful. The 400D viewfinder is immensely better (as is picture quality and lack of noise, but that's another story).
I could never live with the 4/3rds viewfinder, it is like looking down a dark, small square tunnel.
I ended up going Canon in the end, bit of a waste of money, but that's life.
The 400D has a better viewfinder, the Nikon D80 and Canon 30D are better again.
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