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advise requested please

I have seen this camera,
I quite like the look of this, but do not realy know much about dslr's
would you think it would be a good one for as a first one in dslr.

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/sto...duct&sku=972225

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Re: advise requested please

This Olympus E400 is now been replaced by a newer model, the E410, and the best kit to go for is the basic E400 with 17.5-45mm lens (349). You will find the lens kit on the package you've look at is on the long side, you have X2 the focal length with the E400 chip, this makes the 17.5-45 a 35-90 equivalent. This is a very good camera to begin with, and I'm sure will last you many years before you need a replacement, as 10 mega pixel is more than enough for most users, unless you're interested to blow up you photos beyond 20x16 inches. I have been using this camera for a few months (until I left it in a taxi one day), I find this camera is light and easy to handle, I was able to carry the camera with 3 lenses in a very small holdall. The picture quality from this camera is best described as film like, if you have been shooting film, you will find the images from this camera is not that much different to the images you got used to.

I'm now waiting for the E510 (not on sale yet) as my replacement of my lost E400, which I sorely missed.

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Re: advise requested please

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I have seen this camera,
I quite like the look of this, but do not realy know much about dslr's
would you think it would be a good one for as a first one in dslr.

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/sto...duct&sku=972225

many thanks
that seems to be a bad link, but check out Ians reviews by clicking on 'cameras' on the top left. If he hasnt reviewed it, pop along to www.dpreview.com they have some pretty in depth reviews which are pretty good!

whats the make and model?
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Re: advise requested please

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I have seen this camera,
I quite like the look of this, but do not realy know much about dslr's
would you think it would be a good one for as a first one in dslr.

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/sto...duct&sku=972225

many thanks
That link didn't work for me, but the sku number indicates an Olympus E-400 kit with standard and tele zooms.

For under 500, I think this is a bargain. The latest generations of Olympus models are very good. The new E-410, just coming on the market has live view and slightly less noise at high ISO, but it's more expensive.

The E-400 is competing against the Nikon D40x, Canon EOS-400D, being a low cost, 10MP, compact DSLR.

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very sorry, I usually check links before putting them up, but forgot to do so.

thank you for your advise.
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Olympus E-400 kit with standard and tele zooms

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Re: advise requested please

The E400 is very nice and that seems a good price.
I don't think you will be disappointed in any of the current dSLRs.
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Re: advise requested please

thank you for all your replys and advise, I have gone out today and bought one.
Should I have two cards in its slots?

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thank you for all your replys and advise, I have gone out today and bought one.
Should I have two cards in its slots?

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Well done - a nice outfit

The E-400 has both a mini xD card slot and a Compact Flash slot. xD cards are slower and more expensive, so I would use CF, primarily. However, a keep a smaller spare xD in the camera as a stop-gap in case I find myself running short of CF space and with no spare cards in the bag.

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Re: advise requested please

A new camera can be the start of a new era in photography, lets hope your enthusiam, skills and not least your photographs take on a new dimension. You will no doubt need to work at it, but I'm certain you will enjoy the journey
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Re: advise requested please

thank you Ian.. now all I have to do is learn how to use it

thank you to everyone again, that was much appreciated.
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thank you Ian.. now all I have to do is learn how to use it

thank you to everyone again, that was much appreciated.
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I'm sure there will be plenty of offers of help from the DPNow forum members

First tips:

Set the image quality to SHQ mode - this is the best quality without using RAW mode (ORF files, or Olympus Raw File format).

I'd just try taking any old picture, get used to the autofocus and the shutter release button sensitivity - even use auto mode to start with.

I'd also set the AF point selection to the centre point only as using the default auto select setting can be confusing.

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Re: advise requested please

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thank you for all your replys and advise, I have gone out today and bought one.

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Wahey!! Good on ya!!

Enjoy it and don't get despondent if it takes a while to get used to it, as it always does with any new kit. Don't feel shy about asking for any advice and help - there are some very helpful, experienced and dedicated Oly users in here so yer off to a good start.

Have fun.

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