olympus nikon or cannon?please help!

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by sean_doucette, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. I'am going to be going digital soon,and am wondering what are everyones
    thought are.Can I get some opinions on the three brands I have mentioned in
    the subject line and why you would suggest the brand you did.
    Thanks Sean
     
  2. Let's see: you ask for a brand comparison without offering any indication what you shoot, what your budget is, or what your level of expertise is.

    And you ask in the Olympus Forum, expecting purely dispassionate answers.

    And you misspell 'Canon.'

    How lovely.
     
  3. Sean, to get help from other people you need to read up a bit yourself and help them help you. The companies in question make cameras form a hundred bucks to several thousand dollars - so this question as it stands is meaningless.

    Also, you are not allowed to crosspost - read the forum rules. On the other forum you didn't even bother to verify whether you've typed the brand names.

    -A
     
  4. Here's a few points of view:
    If you are an amateur, Olympus E-500 is great value, and so are the lenses. The "dust-buster" mostly takes away the problem with dust on the sensor. If you have old OM lenses, they can be used with an adapter. The lens selection is limited, but well planned. Most people come a long way with just two zooms and a macro.

    The upgrade path is limited, at least so far, but that shouldn't be much of a problem for an amateur anyway. Low light/high ISO is not the strongest side of Olympus DSLR's, but you have to consider how much available light photography you do.

    Nikon has som great cameras, the D50 and the new D80 are particularly suited for amateurs, and lots of great lenses. It's a bit more complicated to put together a complete range with only two or three lenses, but the "all-in-one" 18-200 VR can be a good starting point. The quality of that lens is surprising. D50 is great at high ISO as well.

    Canon: I don't like the ergonomics. Ask someone else.

    A note on megapixels: Anything above 6MP is more than good enough unless you are going to print large posters.
     
  5. This is way too broad a topic to answer in any unbiased way. If you're thinking about buying an entry-level camera, then the UK's Amatuer Photographer had a great insert a couple of weeks ago where they did a very extensive test and review of the E-500, Sony Alpha, Nikon d70s, and the Canon 350XT. The bottom line was that they all scored between 89 and 91%, which is really a dead heat. It's a very well written article and well worth finding.

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  6. Olympus has long been known for a unique (very high!) quality of colour reproduction from its lenses. It used to be a favourite I gather amongst National-Geographic types. Longer setup times, but supurb pictures.
     
  7. As a long time user (25+ years) of the OM film system I opted not to follow them into the Digital arena. Unlike film cameras where you can run any roll of film through the body, choosing a digital system can be a lot more involved due to the sensor design.

    My impression of the industry is Canon is on the leading bleeding edge, Nikon is the best designed with great ergonomics and Olympus show great promise but haven't had great DSLR market penetration to date.

    As far as using old lenses go, IMHO there's far too many compromises using older lenses with any recent DSLR camera line. I opted to keep my OM system and start a Nikon DSLR system. If you're going to change technologies then in for a penny in for a pound.

    Nikon and Canon have lots of bodies and lenses to suite most every need and pocket book with some excellent third party bodies that share their lens mounts (Fuji, Sigma etc).

    That said, the OM ultrasonic sensor cleaner is a really great idea that I wish Nikon would introduce!

    Jim
     
  8. I shoot Nikon, but am exploring options due to the impossibility of having the sensor cleaned in a particular backwater country in Asia, which may not be an issue for you. I've seen incredible results from Canon, Nikon, and Olympus. Its the musician, not the fiddle, that's important ;-).

    I'm seriously considering Olympus, but have some concerns for how I work (hopefully those will be answered, and I'll know if its time to jump off the Nikon ship, or to add another body to the bag so I can pretty much constantly have one in transit to the U.S. or Japan for cleaning).

    Canon is what I said a year ago I should have gone with when I switched to modern DSLR from Pentax screw mount way back when. I don't like their ergonomics as much, but the reality is that I didn't like Nikon's either until I got used to it. Any totally new control/ergonimics layout takes a while to get used to (errm, some of us longer than others, it was about a year before I stopped reaching for the lens to change aperture, hehe).

    BUT, if you live in a place where you CAN have sensors cleaned, you honestly can't go wrong with any of the three systems. I must admit that I'm often jealous of the smaller bags that my buddies shooting Oly seem to be able to carry, seems that the body and lenses are a tad smaller :), and as my joints start to creak and crack under the strain, errrm....hehe, but you probably aren't slogging around hot, humid Asian countries for days on end with a monstrous camera bag strapped on....
     
  9. I second J DC and want to add my own, of course without implicating J DC may think as me.

    What is the difference between Olympus on one hand, and Canon & Nikon on the other ? A very basic one.

    While Canon & Nikon have stood on their feet while offering a magnificent continuity to their clients, Olympus is much smaller company, whose commitment to their clients was put under the most serious doubt after their killing of the OM line.

    Once an innovative company under the technical leadership of Maitani, Olympus today is something you buy without any confidence in its continuity.

    Cheers,
    Ruben (also a 25+ user of the OM line)
     
  10. My thoughts are that all 3 brands are good. Their particular strengths are different, so you need to give us some idea what you're looking for, in order to know which will suit you best. I would also add that Pentax and Sony also make good DSLRs, and one of those might also suit your needs well.
     
  11. I should also add that I have, at various times, been victimized by Canon and Nikon's failure to provide continuity to their customers as well. In fact, IMHO, Olympus provides BETTER support for their old manual focus lenses on their inexpensive DSLRs, than Canon (no compatibility at all with their MF lenses) or Nikon (no metering with MF lenses on their amateur DSLRs) do.

    Actually, the best continuity of all has been provided by Pentax.
     
  12. Before make decision, must looking about budget for buying DSLR
    Sorry - if you have budget under $1,000 agood choice is olympus E500 bundle with two lens. I think this is excellent DSLR with many manual parameter setting like Kelvin white balance, large LCD & very bright too.
    Canon & Nikon have the same range price, but remenber the kids lens only one. you must have more budget buying lens. If you have budget above $1,000, agood choice is canon 30D, 5D with many "L" lens
    For the finally output you can see review & galeries about DSLR-Ok.
     
  13. I just spoke to a customer service technician at Olympus about a 3.5 mp digital camera that I recieved as a gift in April. I told the tech that the camera does not seem to work and that I needed to get it repaired. I was then told that I could send it in and they will evaluate the camera and if it has a few scratches or nicks it would not be accepted for repair even if I had a receipt for purchase and it was under full warranty!!! They will only repair cameras that are in pristine condition and look like you really haven't used them. I don't know about them but I shoot for myself now but used to shoot for the news media and your camera WILL get banged up as you use it.
    I had no idea that this was the case. I have never heard of Canon or Nikon not supporting their customers when the cameras were in warrany and Nikon has gone beyond the warranty in many cases!
    How dare they do that. I guess they don't want any professionals using their equipment. The Customer Support person that I talked with was Dorian and she assured me that that was exactly the case with Olympus.
    Rick Rogers a current but soon to be non Olympus cutomer.
    8-30-06
     
  14. You have posted this message more than once, so I have to ask. What model is this? I don't know of any recent 3.5 MP models from Olympus that might still be under warranty. And if it is an old camera that is out of warranty and not working for some unspecified reason, isn't it reasonable for them to ask about any physical damage?
     
  15. Nikon D70, D12
    or Canon 10D, 300D and be happy
     

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