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  • #16
    Re: 1st E-300 Thread Here!

    Originally posted by Glyn R View Post
    I got rid of my E-300 when I got the E-330. I regret it already. Mind I regret selling my Minolta 700si film SLR too! I think its called hindsight.
    The E-300 was one E-System model I never really got into and consequently I have used the least. By contrast, I really like the E-330, so I'm curious about what you don't like about it?

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    • #17
      Re: 1st E-300 Thread Here!

      I absolutely love the E-330. I regret selling the E-300 it would be excellent as a second body. I think the Live view and general layout of the E-330 is the best Oly available at present. When they fit a flip screen to the E-510 I might be tempted to change. Pixel count is not an issue for me. I got less than 200 for the E-300 so I think someone has a bargain. I should have sold one of the 14-45 lenses for about 45 and kept the body.

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      • #18
        Re: 1st E-300 Thread Here!

        Originally posted by Glyn R View Post
        I absolutely love the E-330. I regret selling the E-300 it would be excellent as a second body. I think the Live view and general layout of the E-330 is the best Oly available at present. When they fit a flip screen to the E-510 I might be tempted to change. Pixel count is not an issue for me. I got less than 200 for the E-300 so I think someone has a bargain. I should have sold one of the 14-45 lenses for about 45 and kept the body.
        OH! I see

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        • #19
          Re: 1st E-300 Thread Here!

          Originally posted by Glyn R View Post
          I got rid of my E-300 when I got the E-330. I regret it already. Mind I regret selling my Minolta 700si film SLR too! I think its called hindsight.
          It's interesting that you should say that. I just bought an E-330 and have been debating about whether to sell the E-300. So you think I might regret it?

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          • #20
            Re: 1st E-300 Thread Here!

            This thread has whetted my appetite - however I must get to grips with my E-510 before my thoughts return to the E-300.

            As an outside sort of person my skin seems to have an almost permanent tan which I enjoy. It is however pleasing to learn how our thought processes are made up from around the world.

            Regards. Barr1e

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            • #21
              Re: 1st E-300 Thread Here!

              Hi,
              Its great to find a forum with nice things to say about the E300! The E-300 is my first SLR and I'm finding it to be a great camera. Sure there is a lot to learn moving from compact to SLR, but I'm enjoying doing so. I like the solid feel of the camera, and having got used to composing through the viewfinder I don't want to go back to composing on screen so I'll stick with what I have and maybe-money allowing*g*-add some lenses and suchlike.

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              • #22
                Re: 1st E-300 Thread Here!

                I have had my E-300 for about a year now - a late adopter as I was forced into purchase as I needed a replacement for my beloved E-1(water damaged). The close-out price on a new E-300 was too good to pass up even though the all new E-410 and 510 had just hit the market with better spec's.
                I am very pleased with the "300" after my first year - the image quality I find to be as good as the E-1, no doubt due to the family relationship of the Kodak sensors in both cameras. The extra 3 MP is a bonus and the ISO performance at 800, 1600 is a tad better than the E-1 to my eye.
                I like the straight body shape and the viewfinder offset - a bit "range-finder" style. I appreciate the lighter weight and more compact body. The built in flash has been a life-saver on a few occasions when the light goes bad and you forgot to pack a flashunit...
                All the major settings are button and thumbwheel to access and set - great.
                As Ken Rockwell says on his website, the purpose of a camera is to "get out of your way and let you take photographs" - for me the E-300 is such a design.
                I seldom worry about reviewing images for exposure problems as I find the camera's metering to be consistent and predictable under standard lighting.
                I use mine on Aperture preferred mode for 95% of the time, and have used manual mode with an external flash, occasionally on Program which conveniently offers shift mode.
                So far I have used it with the entry level kit lenses - the 14-45 and the 50-150. The results are pretty good, but I do miss the extra brightness and slightly faster AF performance of the 14-54 - and it's more solid splash-proof construction.
                Using the 14-45 with its lenshood on will give you black shadows on your pictures if you set the lens to 14mm and use the pop-up flash. This is a problem as I like to leave the hood on this lens as it can suffer from flare in some harsh lighting conditions.
                The AF performance I find to be quick and accurate in all but the darkest, low contrast situations - where all but a pro-level AF would survive.
                I really donot like that the low light AF assist is done by flash strobing - it is so annoying and tells everyone in the room that you're about to take a picture and they all either freeze or duck for cover! Give me back the E-1's little red AF light even if the range is more limited, I prefer to be discrete in my photography. I suppose the new E-3 class leading AF is basically what I want - but at a "300" price!
                The main gripe for me with the "300" design would have to be the viewfinder display - the information shoved over to the right is 'out of the way' and easily missed, the E-1 placement under the screen is infinitely superior. I do like how all the settings come up in the viewfinder as you are changing them so you can do changes with the camera still up at your eye.
                Handling in comparison to the E-1 is obviously much lighter but lacking the signature tank-like build. There is the odd ridge on the hand grip that sometimes is annoying.
                Even allowing for those gripes, if it was weather-sealed I'd still keep the E-300 despite the new models on offer.

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