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Preference for a digital SLR

by nazirp / September 11, 2006 10:14 AM PDT

I was looking at Canon Rebel XT but ended up buying
Olympus EVOLT E-500 with dual kit lens at Future shop
Canada for $850 plus tax.
Then I read about E-330 which happens to be more
expensive. I also read about the live view feature.
Should I return the E-500 and instead purchase E-330
as the live view feature would show me exactly what I
would be shooting. And should I buy the body with a
better lens ?
Which in your opinion is a better camera ?
E-500 is 8 megapixel whereas E-330 is 7.5 which is
very minor difference.
Or should I have selected Canon ?
I am obviously confused.
I also found that with some photos I took with
E-500 showed fine but when I uploaded on PC a few
were dark and I had to lighten them.

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Digital SLR
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / September 14, 2006 7:30 AM PDT

It sounds like you are worried that you have made a mistake.

When you get up to this class of camera, you don't make a mistake. You are choosing from among top-of-the-line cameras.

There is no need to play the game of:
Shudda....Woulda....Coulda.

The live view feature on the E330 is a first for DSLR cameras and I really don't see the point. You will see the same thing through the viewfinder and just as accurately. With the viewfinder you are actually looking through the lens of the camera....how accurate can you get.

Olympus started as a lens company and produces some of the finest lenses. The ones they chose for the kit are well made, high quality lenses.

Before you judge if an image is dark or light, make sure your monitor is adjusted properly.

Then do some investigation.
All photos from a digital camera has EXIF information embedded in the image. EXIF is loaded with information about your camera settings when you took the photo, which includes the shutter speed, aperture, ISO settings.
These things determine proper exposure. See if one of the settings is set to an extreme.
You may have accidentally changed something that is affecting the exposure.

I suggest you go to a nearby tourist attraction and spend several hours taking photos.
Before you take a photo, spend some time framing the shot and see if you can improve the view.
Afterward, set down and review the photos and find things (as a photographer) that could be improved by using different angles, composures and exposures.

A couple of hints:

When taking photos of something that is over 50 feet away, try to include something nearby in the photo. Like tree leaves in one corner of the image. This gives the photo depth.

When shooting the primary subject of a photo, you don't have to always use bulls-eye photography (centering the subject). i.e. if the subject is walking, let us see where he is walking too. Or where he is walking from....if that is more interesting.

Just spend more time thinking about a shot and let the camera do its work of capturing what you see.

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Thank You
by nazirp / September 15, 2006 5:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Digital SLR

Thanks a million for the response.

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