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    After years of sitting on the fence, I found an E-1 w/HDL-2 at a price I couldn't resist. A bit old in terms of its technology but I'm always floored by the images it produces (shares the old Kodak CCD like the E-500 no?).
    I understand it's near indestructable and will provide an all-weather option in place of my E-30. I'd like to pair it with a used 14-54 MK1 (also weather sealed right?) if anyone has one they would like to get rid of, PM me.
    Oly EM-5 | Oly E-30 | Oly E-1 | FL-36 | mZD 9-18mm | PL 25mm f/1.4 | ZD 12-60mm SWD | ZD 50-200mm SWD | ZD 50mm f/2 | Gallery

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    Re: E-1 on the way!

    There's no doubt the E1 does produce great images, I use mine as a back up for the E3 and wouldn't be without it.
    Enjoy
    Neil

    www.ndlphotography.co.uk

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    • #3
      Re: E-1 on the way!

      As far as I'm concerned there are no other cameras. My 2.

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by MEDISIN View Post
        After years of sitting on the fence, I found an E-1 w/HDL-2 at a price I couldn't resist. A bit old in terms of its technology but I'm always floored by the images it produces (shares the old Kodak CCD like the E-500 no?).
        I understand it's near indestructable and will provide an all-weather option in place of my E-30. I'd like to pair it with a used 14-54 MK1 (also weather sealed right?) if anyone has one they would like to get rid of, PM me.
        The E-1 has a 5MP FFT CCD Kodak sensor, the E-300 and E-500 had 8MP versions of the same Kodak sensor technology. The last Kodak sensor E-System camera was the E-400, but this was a not an FFT CCD sensor type.

        Ian

        PS Yes all 14-54s are weather sealed.
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        • #5
          Re: E-1 on the way!

          E-1 just arrived!! Have to say I'm extrememly pleased with Cameta Auctions speed of processing and shipping. I purchased late Thursday night and it arrived Monday afternoon (standard USPS shipping!) I was surprised to find a "used" camera in such perfect condition. I honestly can't tell it's not brand new from the box! Perfect in every way and only $300 USD including grip/battery/charger and everything from the original box.

          So being curious about the perfect condition of a used camera I checked the menu based on the instructions from biofos.com

          If I'm reading this correctly there have only been 803 shutter releases!? Someone please confirm this.



          If this is accurate, this E-1 hasn't even been broken in yet! I'm super excited. Here's some more pics and comparisons to the E-30 if you're interested to see how they compare in size.









          Oly EM-5 | Oly E-30 | Oly E-1 | FL-36 | mZD 9-18mm | PL 25mm f/1.4 | ZD 12-60mm SWD | ZD 50-200mm SWD | ZD 50mm f/2 | Gallery

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          • #6
            Re: E-1 on the way!

            A cult classic..........6.8m pixels and be there........
            Bob

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            • #7
              Re: E-1 on the way!

              Its the very reason I chose the E-30 rather than the E-3, it nearly the same size and weight as my E-1 and handles much the same. I still use the E-1 and took it out only yesterday, Im sure you will be very pleased with it.

              And yes that is correct for the shutter releases, unless of course it has had the shutter replaced by Oly in which case it would have been reset, but thats highly unlikley.
              Regards Paul.
              One day I hope to be the person my dogs think I am.

              http://www.pbase.com/paulsilkphotography
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              • #8
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                cool camera! I have had thoughts once or twice on picking one up, but I think the L-1 makes a fine backup body. I am sure you are going to have some fun with that guy, looking forward to seeing some shots from it!
                ~Reggie

                Nikon D3s | D500 | Nikkor 300mm f/4 PF | Tamron 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 | 70-200 f/2.8 G2 | Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art | 500mm f/4 Sport

                Panasonic GX8 | GF3 | 20 f/1.7 II | 12-35 f/2.8

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                • #9
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                  Flippin' eck! I've just bought an old E-1 and was amazed at the DR of the thing at ISO 100. The amount of shadow detail (and virtually noise free) is staggering. I took some simple indoor shots in RAW - looked very dark against a bright window, took it into LR and boosted the 'fill light' to maximum - the darkness is illuminated with very little noise.

                  I got mine on eBay for 120 with 11000 shutter actuations, no instructions, battery or strap (but I have spares of these for my E-3 anyway - they're the same!). Mega bargain!

                  The 5MP Kodak sensor is a true wonder!

                  Andy
                  Olympus E-M1 ZD 7-14 f4, 300 f2.8, PL 25 f1.4D
                  mZuiko 12-40 f2.8 Pro, 60 f2.8, 40-150 f2.8 Pro
                  EC-14, EC-20, HLD-7
                  Metz 58 AF-1&2 , Manfrotto 441, Gimbal Head, Velbon Neopod 74


                  Gallery: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/elliott.aje.andy

                  Website: 361photography.com 361wild.com

                  "Oly_OM" @ e_group

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                  • #10
                    Re: E-1 on the way!

                    Yep, I've been saying "5MP never looked so good"! It's a great time to pick up an E-1. They're dirt cheap right now and at ISO 100-400 it holds its own against all the newer models.

                    You should try and find a used vertical grip to go with it! The pair fit together better than expected.
                    Oly EM-5 | Oly E-30 | Oly E-1 | FL-36 | mZD 9-18mm | PL 25mm f/1.4 | ZD 12-60mm SWD | ZD 50-200mm SWD | ZD 50mm f/2 | Gallery

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                    • #11
                      Re: E-1 on the way!

                      Originally posted by AndyElliott View Post
                      Flippin' eck! I've just bought an old E-1 and was amazed at the DR of the thing at ISO 100. The amount of shadow detail (and virtually noise free) is staggering. I took some simple indoor shots in RAW - looked very dark against a bright window, took it into LR and boosted the 'fill light' to maximum - the darkness is illuminated with very little noise.

                      I got mine on eBay for 120 with 11000 shutter actuations, no instructions, battery or strap (but I have spares of these for my E-3 anyway - they're the same!). Mega bargain!

                      The 5MP Kodak sensor is a true wonder!

                      Andy
                      How is the DR at ISO 200?

                      I received an E-1 last week that I bought on eBay, but I have neither a 4/3 lens (leaning towards a 12-60 in the next few months) nor an adapter for my OM lenses yet. I'm itching to find out myself, but I'll have to live vicariously through all of you until the adapter arrives.
                      Russ

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                      • #12
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                        Subjectively, I can't tell a difference between 100 and 200 with regard to DR. Sometimes it seems like my highlights are a little hard to recover compared to the E-30 but that's a whole different beast.

                        As for the 12-60 it's a fantastic (albeit pricey) lens. If $$$ is an issue, you can find the original 14-54mm lens that came with the E-1 back in the day for pretty cheap. It's a great all-round lens for less than half the cost of the 12-60.

                        However, you won't regret saving for the 12-60mm. Don't take my word for it! Look for some of Raj Sarma's posts and he'll make a believer out of you! That guy does amazing things with the E-1, 12-60mm. Lives in NYC I think too. Goes by rssarma over on dpreview forums.
                        Oly EM-5 | Oly E-30 | Oly E-1 | FL-36 | mZD 9-18mm | PL 25mm f/1.4 | ZD 12-60mm SWD | ZD 50-200mm SWD | ZD 50mm f/2 | Gallery

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                        • #13
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                          The interesting thing for me is lack of noise at the low ISOs and there is a certain something I can't quite put my finger on about the look of the output. Here's a few quick ones just taken, check out the lack of noise and great DR on the cloud shots!

                          Andy

                          Olympus E-M1 ZD 7-14 f4, 300 f2.8, PL 25 f1.4D
                          mZuiko 12-40 f2.8 Pro, 60 f2.8, 40-150 f2.8 Pro
                          EC-14, EC-20, HLD-7
                          Metz 58 AF-1&2 , Manfrotto 441, Gimbal Head, Velbon Neopod 74


                          Gallery: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/elliott.aje.andy

                          Website: 361photography.com 361wild.com

                          "Oly_OM" @ e_group

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                          • #14
                            Re: E-1 on the way!

                            Some DR tests

                            ISO 200 - firstly, straight out the camera (RAW), in LR, then with fill-light and recovery set to 100:



                            ISO 100 - firstly, straight out the camera (RAW), in LR, then with fill-light and recovery set to 100:



                            The ability to pull detail by pushing the exposure massively is pretty amazing. You can see that the ISO100 is better (less noise, more detail), but this is a pretty extreme case.

                            Andy
                            Olympus E-M1 ZD 7-14 f4, 300 f2.8, PL 25 f1.4D
                            mZuiko 12-40 f2.8 Pro, 60 f2.8, 40-150 f2.8 Pro
                            EC-14, EC-20, HLD-7
                            Metz 58 AF-1&2 , Manfrotto 441, Gimbal Head, Velbon Neopod 74


                            Gallery: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/elliott.aje.andy

                            Website: 361photography.com 361wild.com

                            "Oly_OM" @ e_group

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                            • #15
                              Re: E-1 on the way!

                              Originally posted by AndyElliott View Post
                              Some DR tests

                              ISO 200 - firstly, straight out the camera (RAW), in LR, then with fill-light and recovery set to 100:



                              ISO 100 - firstly, straight out the camera (RAW), in LR, then with fill-light and recovery set to 100:



                              The ability to pull detail by pushing the exposure massively is pretty amazing. You can see that the ISO100 is better (less noise, more detail), but this is a pretty extreme case.

                              Andy
                              Andy,

                              Greatly appreciated!

                              Thanks,
                              Russ

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