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Olympus E500 DSLR camera top view.
Zuiko digital 17.5 - 45mm
1:3.5 - 5.6 zoom lens attached.
Olympus E500 DSLR camera front view.
No lens attached showing internal mirror and sensor workings.
Olympus E500 DSLR camera rear view.
Olympus E500 DSLR camera side view.
Zuiko digital 17.5 - 45mm, 1:3.5 - 5.6 zoom lens attached.
Olympus P-S100 Pict Bridge Digital Photo Printer with 20 page, 6 x 4 inch, photo paper cartridge inserted.
Lexar 1 Gigabyte Compact Flash Card.
Olympus 1 Gigabyte xD "H"picture card.
Olympus RM-1 remote control.
Operating range approx 5 meters (16.4 ft).
Size: width 35mm length 56.5mm thickness 6.5mm
Weight: 11g including battery.
Picture taken using the Zuiko Digital 18 - 180mm 1:3.5 - 6.3 Zoom Lens at full zoom, as close as the auto focus would allow. (Front of lens to subject measured at 232mm with a tape measure).
Picture taken using the Zuiko Digital 18 - 180mm 1:3.5 - 6.3 Zoom Lens at full zoom as close as the auto focus would allow this time with the Macro adapter lens screwed on. (Front of lens to subject measured at 58mm with a tape measure).
"Crystal Vision" DSLR professional high definition lens.
Wide angle (0.5x) converter.
62mm thread fit.
"Crystal Vision" DSLR professional high definition lens.
The lens converter splits in to two units for a 4x macro adapter.
62mm thread fit.
Olympus Digital "Zuiko" 17.5 - 45mm 1:3.5 - 5.6 Zoom Lens.
Focal Range 0.28 Meters / 0.9 Feet - Infinity.
52mm thread fit.
Olympus Digital "Zuiko" 40 - 150mm 1:3.5 - 4.5 Zoom Lens.
Focal Range 1.5 Meters / 4.9 Feet - Infinity.
58mm thread fit.
Olympus Digital "Zuiko" 35mm 1:3.5 Macro Lens.
Focal Range 0.146 Meters / 0.479 Feet - Infinity.
52mm thread fit.
Olympus Digital "Zuiko" 18- 180mm 1:3.5 - 6.3 Zoom Lens.
Focal Range 0.45 Meters / 1.5 Feet - Infinity.
62mm thread fit.

Personal Olympus E-500 DSLR Review.

This is my latest addition to my digital camera range an Olympus E-500 DSLR. It replaces my old manual camera a Miranda MS-1 which was an old 35mm single lens reflex camera.

One of the main bug bears with the old SLR's was not being able to preview the pictures you had taken, it was only when a 36 exposure film was developed that you found you only had a couple of decent pictures which could work out quite expensive.

Most digital cameras have an instant playback feature so any "rubbish" pictures that are found can be deleted at source, this means you get maximum good pictures on your memory card for no extra cost.
Olympus have taken the SLR camera and replaced the film with a CCD sensor to capture the images, they have also introduced the digital "Four Thirds" system lenses for the camera.

Most manufacturers have built their cameras to fit existing lenses where as Olympus have gone the other way and developed their lenses to fit the camera. The new lenses use the new "Four Thirds" fit and is to be adopted by five major manufacturers in the future. This sounds like a good idea but as it is relatively new it means the lenses are rather expensive. It also means the image sensor is half the usual size to a full frame 35mm sensor so you could argue that both methods have good and bad points.

Most of the images used in the design of this web site have been captured using the Olympus E-500, this page being an obvious exception as some images are of the Olympus E-500, in these cases I used the Fujifilm Finepix F420 camera that also features on this site.

My intentions for this camera was to be able to take portrait, scenic and close up pictures, the two supplied lenses were quite sufficient for the portrait and scenic shots but I found close up photography with these lenses struggled to focus due to being to near the subject matter.

My solution was to buy a close up macro lens that could take 1:1 ratio pictures, it was not the most expensive of the macro lenses available and so far it has performed well. The inherent problem that came with this lens is that I could now do with a ring flash in bad light situations, these are very expensive and out of my price range so I have been trying some "home made" solutions using bright white LED's so far with not much success!

Included In The Kit:

Olympus E-500 DSLR 8 Million Pixel Camera Body, Zuiko Digital 17.5 - 45mm 1:3.5 - 5.6 Zoom Lens, Zuiko Digital 40 - 150mm 1:3.5 - 4.5 Zoom Lens, 3 Cage CR123A Lithium Battery Pack, Olympus P-S100 Digital Photo Printer, Lowepro Rezo 140 Camera Bag, A/V Cable For Olympus E-500, DVD-ROM & Advanced CD Manual, 1Gb Compact Flash Card, Instruction Booklet, Carry Strap, USB cable.

Bought As Extras:

Li-ion Rechargeable BLM-1 Battery, Battery Charger, Zuiko Digital 35mm 1:3.5 Macro Lens, Tamrac Expedition 4 Camera Rucksack, Velbon Ultra-Luxi "F" Tripod, Olympus FL-36 Flashgun, 4Gb Compact Flash Card, 1Gb xD picture card.

December 18th 2007:

Whilst on holiday I found a few camera shops with lenses half the price that they were in the UK and was unable to resist buying a new zoom lens and some other goodies.

The lens in question is a Zuiko Digital 18 - 180mm Zoom Lens which gives an optical 10 times zoom with a reasonable minimum focal distance of 0.45 Meters. This is far superior to the 40 - 150mm lens which has a minimum focal distance of 1.5 Meters!
Another advantage is that it virtually covers the range of two existing lenses so does away with the need to change lenses out in the field and is also less to carry about. To see some pictures taken with the new lens and other lenses check out the latest entries on the Flickr web site.

The other main purchase was a Crystal Vision DSLR Pro High Definition Wide Converter lens, this screws on to the front of the Zuiko Digital 18 - 180mm Zoom Lens changing the zoom range to 9 - 90mm handy for wide angle pictures the result is an almost "Fish eye lens" effect.
The Crystal Vision lens comprises of two elements, when split a macro lens adapter can be screwed onto the Zuiko Digital 18 - 180mm Zoom Lens, (or any digital lens with a 62mm thread fit) enabling close up pictures to be taken, here is a comparison example...

Click for larger image Picture taken using the Zuiko Digital 18 - 180mm 1:3.5 - 6.3 Zoom Lens at full zoom as close as the auto focus would allow. (Front of lens to subject measured at 232mm with a tape measure). Click for larger image The same picture taken using the Zuiko Digital 18 - 180mm 1:3.5 - 6.3 Zoom Lens at full zoom as close as the auto focus would allow this time with the Macro adapter lens screwed on. (Front of lens to subject measured at 58mm with a tape measure).

So in conclusion with this test I ascertained that by using the Macro adapter I can get closer by a factor of approximately 4 times magnification, (232mm divided by 58mm = 4x).
One of the pitfalls with this screw on lens idea is that it will only suit a lens that houses a 62mm thread fitting, so in that respect it is quite limited. That said I have been pleased with the pictures I have taken so far therefore it was a worthwhile investment.

February 20th 2008:

After a lot of deliberation I decided to buy the Olympus RM-1 Remote control so as to be able to operate the camera from a distance and also to eliminate camera shake from pressing the shutter button.
The only downfall that I have found so far is that the remote infra red sensor is on the front of the camera so you need to be in front to operate it. I have experimented operating the remote from behind the camera using mirrors with some success but with limited range, needs a bit more thought!

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Olympus RM-1
Remote Control.

Olympus E-500 DSLR:


Olympus E-500 top view
Top View.

Olympus E-500 rear view
Rear View.
Olympus E-500 Front View
Front View

Olympus E-500 Side View
Side View.

Specifications.

Effective Pixels: 8.0 Million Full Frame CCD
Max resolution: 3264 x 2448 Pixels
Shutter Speed: 1/4000 - 60 sec
Drive Mode : 2.5 fps
Lens Types : Zuiko Digital Four Thirds System
Sensitivity: Auto: ISO 100 to 400Manual:
Expandable To ISO 1600
Flash Modes: Auto Pop-Up, TTL Auto Or Manual
Image Sensor 4/3 Type Full
Storage Types: Compact Flash & XD Picture Card
Capture Format : RAW/JPEG/TIFF
LCD Screen: 6.4cm Hyper Crystal LCD
Presets: 21 Scene Modes Plus P/S/A
Full Manual Operation
Metering: Centre-Weight Average And Spot
49 Area AE Sensor
Focus Areas: 3 Points Auto & Manual
Dimensions: 13 x 95 x 6.6cm

Images Of Some Featured Items.


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Olympus P-S100 Digital Photo Printer.

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Lexar 1GB Compact Flash Card.
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Olympus 1Gb xD type "H" Picture card.
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Zuiko Digital 17.5 - 45mm
1:3.5 - 5.6 Zoom Lens.
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Zuiko Digital 40 - 150mm
1:3.5 - 4.5 Zoom Lens.
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Zuiko Digital 35mm
1:3.5 Macro Lens.
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Zuiko Digital 18 - 180mm
1:3.5 - 6.3 Zoom Lens.

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Crystal Vision DSLR Pro
High Definition Lens
Wide 0.5x Converter.

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Lens Converter Splits
For 4x Macro Adapter.



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