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  • Hands on with the E-30

    Olympus have an E-30 for us to familiarise ourselves with

    More later today...

    Ian
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    Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

    Looks like I have the E-30 for a week, so I will be able to bring it with me to the Chasewater park meet this weekend (see: http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum...ad.php?t=2652).

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    • #3
      Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

      Can you ask all those that get to have a play to post their first impressions, along with their best picture taken with it.

      If posible I'd like to see something of it low light capability, so when it comes to lunchtime in the dark corner of the pub... (keep an eye out for a nice looking barmaid)

      Have fun
      Graham

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      • #4
        Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

        Originally posted by Graham View Post
        Can you ask all those that get to have a play to post their first impressions, along with their best picture taken with it.

        If posible I'd like to see something of it low light capability, so when it comes to lunchtime in the dark corner of the pub... (keep an eye out for a nice looking barmaid)

        Have fun
        I have the camera here now and it feels very nice in the hand. This is an engineering sample, so no pictures can be published from this sample, unfortunately, but quite understandably. It's still 2 months before the E-30 will reach the shops, remember.

        Barmaid - yeah, OK, OK!

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        • #5
          Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up


          As expected, the finder view is larger than the E-4x0/5x0, but smaller than then the E-3, and about the same size as an E-1.

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          • #6
            Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

            Ian,

            Looks to be pretty well made, I know you can't publish the images, but how do they compare with the G1 in terms of dynamic range, colour, noise etc? Would be interested in your opinion please?

            Thanks
            f22

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            • #7
              Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

              Originally posted by f22 View Post
              Ian,

              Looks to be pretty well made, I know you can't publish the images, but how do they compare with the G1 in terms of dynamic range, colour, noise etc? Would be interested in your opinion please?

              Thanks
              f22
              There is nothing pre-production about the build quality - it's excellent. It's solid, no squeeks, and the seams are perfectly aligned.

              The shooting sound is quite similar to the E-3 and nothing like the E-5x0 or E-4x0. I can't hear a motor whine re-cocking the shutter or moving the mirror, but there is a fairly clear metallic sound from the action.

              Not had a chance to do any shots yet.

              Ian
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              • #8
                Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

                Hi Ian,

                Thanks for the info, sound promising. I guess it's the same shutter mechanism as the E3 judging from the 1/8000...which is good.

                When you have had the chance to compare shots, I'd be interested in your opinion on the files compared with the Panasonic, please.

                cheers

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                • #9
                  Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

                  How does it feel in hand? Compared to E-5xx or E-3?

                  Is it much lighter than E-3?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

                    Originally posted by toronto18 View Post
                    How does it feel in hand? Compared to E-5xx or E-3?

                    Is it much lighter than E-3?
                    The E-30 body feels slightly lighter than an E-3 body, but it's more heavy than an E-510 than it is lighter than an E-3, if you get my meaning.

                    In the hand, the grip is much the same as an E-3.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

                      Thanks for the quick response... I completely get your meaning...

                      I'm looking for a lightweight camera to complement my E-3.

                      Was hoping it would be the E-30, but I'm leaning towards the E-520 for now... especially since the E-30 has no weathersealing correct?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

                        Originally posted by toronto18 View Post
                        Thanks for the quick response... I completely get your meaning...

                        I'm looking for a lightweight camera to complement my E-3.

                        Was hoping it would be the E-30, but I'm leaning towards the E-520 for now... especially since the E-30 has no weathersealing correct?
                        That's correct, the E-30 is not splash-proofed. The battery door has a rubber gasket, but it's not the 'pinch' type that makes a secure seal, and the card media flap has no gasket.

                        The 14-54 II lens, like its predecessor, is sealed, though.

                        Ian
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                        • #13
                          Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

                          Sigh... I wonder if the E-530 will be weatherproof....

                          Why Oly makes all these wonderful sealed weatherproof lenses (a great selling feature!) with only 2 bodies (E-1 and E-3) that can make use of this feature is beyond me!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Hands on with the E-30 coming up

                            Originally posted by toronto18 View Post
                            Sigh... I wonder if the E-530 will be weatherproof....

                            Why Oly makes all these wonderful sealed weatherproof lenses (a great selling feature!) with only 2 bodies (E-1 and E-3) that can make use of this feature is beyond me!
                            because the warranty suppport costs are enormas and out of proportion on anything but your top model

                            I believe you will find that Oly has been dropping the weatherproof / showerproof rating on those models in it's P&S range - although of course the bombproof models have come in.

                            and these are so overspecced (I took an SW720 to 60 ft this summer - 3 years old no seal maintenance etc)!

                            it's also easier to keep a body relatively sheltered than the lens so, like many, I have shot in pretty nasty stuff with both 400 and 510 bodies - but not in the same way that I would with the E3
                            E-P1, OMD E-M1, E400
                            7-14/12-50/12-60/14-42/17/30(1.4)/35-100/40-150/45/50/50-200
                            ec14/ec20/ex25/MMF-1, MMF-3/ RF11/FL50Rs/FL36R/SHV-1/AC-1/AC-2

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                            • #15
                              Re: E-30 digital level


                              Here you can see the two gauges of the digital level on the main screen. The right hand side shows the forward/back pitch and it indicates in the picture that the camera is slightly nose down.

                              The horizontal level is shown here as... level

                              I'm not sure that the 'pitch' can be indicated in the viewfinder or on the top panel status LCD. But the horizontal level is indicated on the section of both the viewfinder and status LCD that shows the exposure override/compensation/bracketing ranges.

                              Ian
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