Olympus E510 - Digital Slr Camera Inc 14-42 Lens 10mp at * £299.99* or Twin Lens' at *£349.99* - HotUKDeals
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Olympus E510 - Digital Slr Camera Inc 14-42 Lens - £299.99 collect from store or add £4.99 for delivery.

The Twin kit version is only £349.99! (Inc 14-42/40-150 Lens)
http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/content/products/details/index~modelcode~oly-e510-twin-kit~dept~cameras~subdept~digitalslrcameras~brand~olympus.htm?

Revews: http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2007/07/24/Olympus-E-510-Digital-SLR/p1

* D-SLR with built-in Image Stabiliser
* Live View with 7x / 10x magnification for accurate focusing
* 10 Megapixel
Live MOS sensor
* New processing engine
* Strong dust reduction (Supersonic Wave Filter)
* Compact and ergonomic design
* 6.4 cm / 2.5'' HyperCrystal LCD
* Built-in pop-up flash
* 18 convenient scene modes
* Dual-slot memory compartment for xd-Picture Card and CompactFlash
* Include 14-42 Lens
* 3x wide angle standard zoom
* ED and aspherical lens elements for excellent quality
* Compact and lightweight
* Close focusing distance of 25cm

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#1
Excellent camera from a reputable dealer. Hot.
#2
pet2000;2359075
a reputable dealer..


... that's certainly one opinion. The past experience of users here might suggest otherwise!


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#4
Great price,order by phone though,i have ordered many times from them through there web site,but most of the time i had to ring up and find out where my order is.I am still waiting for items i ordered weeks ago.
#5
I am tempted, but I don't need another camera.....

Heat added!
#6
Unbelievable low price.......... I have this camera and the quality and the features are outstanding......... best things are great quality kit lens , liveview and the in body IS..... at this price there is no other choice !!

check out my pix at;


http://www.flickr.com/photos/buganna/
#7
cats
Unbelievable low price.......... I have this camera and the quality and the features are outstanding......... best things are great quality kit lens , liveview and the in body IS..... at this price there is no other choice !!

check out my pix at;


http://www.flickr.com/photos/buganna/


Nice pictures,i still have my e1 and E330,but the price is tempting.
#8
Ordered twin lens kit, heat added
#9
dragonzuiko
Nice pictures,i still have my e1 and E330,but the price is tempting.


the new e-520 is on pre-order for £ 600 with just 1 lens. it has a better live view, ( was it needed ? ) like the e-330 system, but for half the price the e-510 is an amazing bargain......

I used to own the e-330, but returned it, as nearly all my shots were blurred.....I couldnt take any handheld shots indoors, without flash , at even 1600 ISO without getting blurry images

with the IS on the e-510 I can get sharper shots than the e-330 , right down to 1/2sec exposure ! and perfectly sharp at say 1/5s. all handheld indoor shots. At 1/10s you can take shots all day long and the IS will ensure they are totally blur free.

I wouldnt buy any camera these days without an IS system, not for allround use anyway.

Having said that, I prefer the look of the e-330. with its viewfinder on the left edge, and flip out screen, but it was a right heavy beast compared to the e-510.

for anyone not needing / wanting the zoom lens, sell them on ebay for £ 80, and you end up having paid just £ 270 for the e-510+14-42mm lens !!!! :thinking:

NOTES:- I shoot always in RAW mode , and then adjust WB , contrast , highlights on the pc...... I think a lot of people shooting JPG (on any SLR) are getting poor images if the WB isnt set precisely, which it almost never is.... with Raw u can set it afterwards, so u essentially have an electronic negative of the digital image.... the 14-42mm lens has been tested to be at its peak sharpness at 35mm and F8 , thus I always just use A priority mode, set it to F8 and zoom to 35mm unless I really need a wider angle. have got some great results on this sub £ 500 package........ I think too may people are buying into brand names , and then setting the cameras on auto, shooting as JPGs and ending up with shots that couldve been better taking on a compact with a little know how...... I also find it funny how some people think that brand A is the best, or brand B is, when they dont know how to take a pic unless they use the auto mode......nothing wrong in auto modes, but its not a platform to start judging which cameras are better than others (!)

Im quite new to SLRs and have been stunned by how so many people are focused on brand names, rather than overall quality....... It may just be in the UK ( ? ) as the E-510 was the best selling camera ( in its class ) in europe last year.
#10
Goldeneye243
I am tempted, but I don't need another camera.....

Heat added!



Buy it, and then sell what u got !
#11
cats
Im quite new to SLRs and have been stunned by how so many people are focused on brand names, rather than overall quality....... It may just be in the UK ( ? ) as the E-510 was the best selling camera ( in its class ) in europe last year.


I agree with alot of what you say, but just need to mention a couple of things: Olympus is a brand name, but I assume you're talking about Canon and Nikon. Also, the Canon 400d IS the best selling DSLR. Period (and in the UK, the 2nd best selling camera overall for last year!). I don't know about Europe or "in it's class", but this is echoed in the US too (Canon and Nikon pretty much having the top 9 spots with the Sony Alpha 100 in 10th).

Personally, I think the liveview on this camera does need an update because the lag on it really gets annoying, but that said for the money: It's a very good camera and the twin lens pack gives pretty useful range too.

Voted hot.
#12
I desperately need a reason not to buy this. I have no money in the bank and i owe lots on the cards, but i want this. Does anyone out there have any old bank floorplans they dont need anymore? :whistling:
#13
This is a fantastic camera. Don't take my word for it, look on dpreview or steves-digicams and for more examples go to flickr and search or E510 pics. I paid nearly twice this price for it last year and am still delighted with it.

I know nothing about this retailer so can't comment either way.
#14
cats;2364564
the new e-520 is on pre-order for £ 600 with just 1 lens. it has a better live view, ( was it needed ? ) like the e-330 system, but for half the price the e-510 is an amazing bargain......


This is incorrect - the E-520 does not have a liveview system like the E-330, the only camera on the market that does is the is the Sony A3x0 series. The problem with liveview in SLRs is that to open the main sensor and drive the screen from there as most compact and bridge cameras work, you need to raise the mirror which in turn disables the camera's phase detect autofocus and auto-exposure systems. This means to focus the camera needs to clumsily drop the mirror, focus and then raise the mirror back or use the slow contrast detect method where the focus is determined from the image on the sensor. The E-510 has to drop the mirror for its autofocus in liveview, the E-520 can use contrast detect AF which isn't much of an advantage due to the slow speed.

The E-330 used a different implementation for liveview, while it could drive the screen from its main sensor as many cameras do it also had a second camera sensor mounted in the viewfinder chamber. Using this screen to drive the live preview meant that the mirror could stay down which in turn allowed the camera to use its high speed phase detect autofocus and could take pictures without additional mirror flips. Sony have followed a similar approach by fitting a tilting mirror in the viewfinder chamber, when liveview is enabled the mirror moves and directs light to the second camera sensor instead of the viewfinder which again allows the camera to function as if it was using the viewfinder.

The main benefit of the E-520 over the E-510 is the new sensor rather than the updated liveview system although currently the E-510 dual lens kit is well worth going for - the Olympus kit lenses are pretty much the best of any kit lens and with IS in body it means the full 28-300mm range is stabilised.

John
#15
Voted Hot.

Have just 'ordered' the twin lens kit for £349.99 + £4.99 delivery. Out of stock at the moment but some coming in W/C 30th June.
#16
hot price!
#17
Could someone give me some reasons why I should spend the extra and buy this over the Nikon D40? Thanks.
#18
cats
.... with Raw u can set it afterwards, so u essentially have an electronic negative of the digital image...


Bear in mind that there's no guarantee your RAW format will always be supported. It's not impossible that in a few years you'll have a drive full of RAW photos that can't be opened by any current software.
Adobe DNG looks most likely to be the standard but there are no guarantees.

cats

Im quite new to SLRs and have been stunned by how so many people are focused on brand names, rather than overall quality....... It may just be in the UK ( ? ) as the E-510 was the best selling camera ( in its class ) in europe last year.


It's not brand names per se but , once a brand is popular there is more kit available second hand, more guarantee file formats etc will keep being supported, security that they wil always keep making new kit you can use, higher probabability you will know other people with compatible kit etc
It's self-perpetuating but once you're massive there is more reason for other people to invest in the system.
banned#19
[QUOTE=cats;2364564
NOTES:- I shoot always in RAW mode , and then adjust WB , contrast , highlights on the pc...... I think a lot of people shooting JPG (on any SLR) are getting poor images if the WB isnt set precisely, which it almost never is.... with Raw u can set it afterwards, so u essentially have an electronic negative of the digital image.... .[/QUOTE]

Do you use any special software to process RAW or what comes with the Olympus? The reviewers always use Photoshop ... maybe that's because it's what they're used to but I'd rather not shell out several hundred pounds for software I won't use other than to post-process my pics.



the 14-42mm lens has been tested to be at its peak sharpness at 35mm and F8


that's a useful tip. Does sharpness fall off dramatically at wider apertures and other focal lengths to the best of you knowledge? From what I've read a byproduct of the small sensor is a greater depth of field which is great but sometimes you want to use a shallower DOF to blur background/foregrounds and focus on the subject more clearly.

Do you have any idea how the telephoto lens performs?

TIA
#20
cats

Buy it, and then sell what u got !


I must resist,i just sold my second E1 :)

Are the new 75-150 lenses any better than the older 75-150 lens ?
banned#21
Diodorus-siculus
... that's certainly one opinion. The past experience of users here might suggest otherwise!


What have you heard? I've heard that their stock levels on the web site aren't too accurate and as this is showing as 7-10 days and theres a lot of interest I hope people don't get disappointed.
1 Like #22
Raspberrys
Do you use any special software to process RAW or what comes with the Olympus? ........Does sharpness fall off dramatically at wider apertures and other focal lengths to the best of you knowledge?.................Do you have any idea how the telephoto lens performs?
TIA


I use Olympus Master to process raw files, I also use PICASA ( freeware ) to touch up / effects etc, as its very quick , easy + good results.

From the test I read, 35mm is the peak sharpness, but it was still good elsewhere, and edge to edge is the best on the Zuiko lens anyway..... but its good to know if u want max sharpness where to find it........I think the 40-150mm zoom was also tested, but I cant remember where now, a search online will probably find the test site.......
#23
siralexofengland
Could someone give me some reasons why I should spend the extra and buy this over the Nikon D40? Thanks.



510 has ;

Image stabiliser
better lens quality
dust removal filter
2 lens in package
live view

if that doesnt float your boat, nothing will......... :whistling:
#24
How does this compare tot he 400D?
#25
[quote=cats;2365939]510 has ;
Image stabiliser better lens quality, dust removal filter,2 lens in package
live view
I have the E510 excellent very compact compared to others SLRs. Liveview is slows up the picture taking process slightly and goes b&w in low lighting. Manual focus is terrible. The two lenses are above average quality and are also very compact for the focal range the offer. Unless you need longer zoom lenses the two supplied a great for most situations. Metering is also great. Image stabiliation also helps with the longer zoom lens.
The Nikon D40 has better AF and greater range of independent suppliers of lenses and accessories.
Despite its minor flaws it is a great camera. If your serious about this or any digi SLR get an external flash. The built in ones are barely adequate.
http://www.photographyblog.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=66532taken last summer. 3rd or 4th photo with E510 camera straight out of the box.
http://www.photographyblog.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=66535&limit=recent
Mini train in donegal
#26
dragonzuiko;2365855
I must resist,i just sold my second E1 :)

Are the new 75-150 lenses any better than the older 75-150 lens ?


I assume you mean the 40-150mm lens? The new one is quite a bit smaller and lighter however it's around a stop slower at maximum aperture, there's a good comparison here:

http://www.biofos.com/esystem/4015_tst.html

John
#27
Raspberrys;2365854
that's a useful tip. Does sharpness fall off dramatically at wider apertures and other focal lengths to the best of you knowledge? From what I've read a byproduct of the small sensor is a greater depth of field which is great but sometimes you want to use a shallower DOF to blur background/foregrounds and focus on the subject more clearly.

Do you have any idea how the telephoto lens performs?

TIA


DPR have an article up on the 14-42mm, performance is good all round:
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/olympus_14-42_3p5-5p6_o20/

Biofos have some good writeups of the lenses as well:

http://www.biofos.com/esystem/std.html

John
#28
if i didn't just get the sony A350, i'd be very tempted by this offer, it's expensive to get a decent wide angle lens (sub 24mm) on the sony/minolta mount. That said that older minolta 70-210/300mm lens are both cheap and good
#29
Johnmcl7
I assume you mean the 40-150mm lens? The new one is quite a bit smaller and lighter however it's around a stop slower at maximum aperture, there's a good comparison here:

http://www.biofos.com/esystem/4015_tst.html

John


Yes i meant the 40-150mm,thats a good site,looks like i will keep mine :)
#30
dragonzuiko;2367050
Yes i meant the 40-150mm,thats a good site,looks like i will keep mine :)


Great site for Olmypus users, the guy that runs it is very friently as well. The 40-150mm mk1 is a good lens particularly build quality, no real need to replace it unless going for as compact a setup as possible. I did toy with the idea for a while but I tend to always just use my Slingshot camera bag which has enough room to carry the bigger 50-200mm.

John
#31
cats
Unbelievable low price.......... I have this camera and the quality and the features are outstanding......... best things are great quality kit lens , liveview and the in body IS..... at this price there is no other choice !!

check out my pix at;


http://www.flickr.com/photos/buganna/


Nice pics there cats :thumbsup:
For yourself and anyone else that's interested the following thread has been live on HUKD for some time now http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=107205&page=29

Anyone wishing to show off their pics , and they don't have to be David Bailey standard, I'm sure will be welcome there. Credit to dmccabe for starting the thread many moons ago :thumbsup:
It's a nice little community far from the madding crowd !! :)

Regards all.
#32
Thanks for the info just order one. I hope it comes soon as it is out of stock at the moment on the twin lens deal.
#33
Ordered one. My only concern is over the size of the viewfinder from reading reports. Should hopefully be compensated for by the live view feature. Heat added.

Always good to see something other than 241 offers on yoghurt on this site!
#34
Grrrr.... This always happens to me, I order something and think I got a great price but then see it cheaper a few days later.

Ordered the twin lens kit from PC world online last week for £385. I did get 2.5% quidco and 1% cash back on my credit card so not too bad, only paid £20 over the odds, and it does mean I've got it in time to take on my hols next week.

I did a lot of reading round about dslr cameras before buying it.

Was tempted by the Canon 400d, but it would have worked out a lot more expensive as I would have had to upgrade the lens, whereas the Olympus comes with 2 very decent lenses.

Any one who gets one of these should get themselves down to pc world for a decent lowe pro case to put in, they got some on clearance at the moment starting at 97p.

Great deal. Heat added.

Jim
#35
tempted but cant make my mind...wanna wait for e520
previous plan was e520 body + pancake lense
#36
I placed an order for the twin lens kit on saturday and called the customer service a few minutes ago as I hadn't heard anything from them.

Turns out they had only 2 twin lens kits in stock, and took an order for 22. I spoke to two customer service reps, one told me they would know if they were going a new delivery from olymous by the end of tomorrow, another said they wouldn't as it was a one off offer.

I switched my order to the single lens kit as its it still a good deal, and can get the 40-150 on ebay for around the £60 mark. At the time they only had two of these in stock, so there is now only one remaining.

Good luck to all that ordered, and damn empiredirect for overbooking so majorly.

Worst thing is they took the money out of my account straight away, despite the fact it was already out of stock. That's just unacceptable.
#37
LssL


Worst thing is they took the money out of my account straight away, despite the fact it was already out of stock. That's just unacceptable.



Yes they done the same to me,charged for items they never had,i have to ring them up for a refund,well out of order.
#38
No longer listed on the empiredirect site, so I've expired it.
#39
Recieved delivery for the single lens kit today after having had to swap from double lens kit due to overbooking. The status of my order on the website is still "processing".

For future reference I wouldn't bother ordering online with them as their system is rubbish, just call them up and place your order. Might not get cashback but at least you get the item.

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