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    Olympus E410 or E420

    Planning to get my son a new camera and have noticed that you can now get an E410 body for only 230 compared to 310 for the E420. Is there really that much difference between the two to justify spending that much more? My son is only 14 and I think the E410 should be quite good enough for him to develop his photography skills. He has an E500 at the moment and so could use the kit lens from that on the new body to start with.

    Any advice welcome.

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Hi Will,

    the E-410 should be fine - image quality is very similar.

    Kind Regards

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    Thanks for the advice Brian.
    Now will I see if they still have any left and find somewhere to hide it until Christmas if they do.

    If anyone is interested this is his Flickr photostream so you can see why I think he could make good use of a better camera. (proud father )

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecrazymansphotos/

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    he's got a GREAT Eye
    and an Artsy Sense of Style in his framing
    Coool......

    Does he really have to Wait till Christmas for the oly

    Best- H

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    Thanks Helen!

    Of course he got all his talent from me. I keep trying to get him to give it back but, being a teenager, he won't cooperate

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Hi Will
    I thought they were great too.
    This is EDUCATION!
    Get him an E420, and give it to him straight away.
    He can have a new pair of jeans for Christmas.

    Just this guy you know

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Thanks Jono,

    I have to say that I am tempted since I could then borrow it!

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    I will play Devil's Advocate; go with the 420, you can get it it with that SWEET 25mm pancake
    Last edited by Lili; 7th October 2008 at 06:11.

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Very tempting.

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    Will having tempted you, it appears I will be picking up a E410 two lens kits this afternoon.
    Was to have got it yesterday, but I got stuck late at work

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Will

    My daughter manages a gallery in London and last year it hosted an exhibition of photographs, taken by Jon Nicholson, of the people in Darfur.

    Jon is sponsored by Olympus and for this assignment he used E-410 and E-510 cameras. The pictures were stunning and show what is possible with this camera.

    The link to the exhibition report is here www.dpnow.com/4364.html

    Jon's other work with Olympus is shown at www.jonnicholson.co.uk

    Either camera would be fine.

    NR

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Rea View Post
    Will

    My daughter manages a gallery in London and last year it hosted an exhibition of photographs, taken by Jon Nicholson, of the people in Darfur.

    Jon is sponsored by Olympus and for this assignment he used E-410 and E-510 cameras. The pictures were stunning and show what is possible with this camera.

    The link to the exhibition report is here www.dpnow.com/4364.html

    Jon's other work with Olympus is shown at www.jonnicholson.co.uk

    Either camera would be fine.

    NR
    Nigel, thanks for the link, stunning work that is

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Exactly Nigel, the E-410 is a cracking little camera - Lili, you're gonna love it!

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    Okay so what is the big difference between the 420 and 520 and can you use the 25mm on the 520
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Get him a film camera,show him how to develop film,show him how to print,discuss the older photographers,how they worked.Be involved.The alternative is to give him another excuse to be in front of a computer screen after snapping away for half an hour.Will am talking about my kids not yours but the danger is there.

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Quote Originally Posted by nei1 View Post
    Get him a film camera,show him how to develop film,show him how to print,discuss the older photographers,how they worked.Be involved.The alternative is to give him another excuse to be in front of a computer screen after snapping away for half an hour.Will am talking about my kids not yours but the danger is there.
    I did think that might be a problem but I'm happy to say that I have to make him spend time post processing. He has a good habit of trying to get it right setting up the shot in the first place.

    Thanks for the link Nigel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Okay so what is the big difference between the 420 and 520 and can you use the 25mm on the 520
    Guy
    E520 is a bit bigger, has a 'grip' and uses bigger battery.
    It also has IS (sensor based).
    I am a research junkie
    Brian- I can't wait!!!

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    Thanks Lili just left Photomark here in town and played with the 520 . Real nice but from MF viewing to the 520 I thought i was looking in a tunnel. LOL

    Okay it's a 20 thousand dollar difference what does one expect, right. Just to spoiled I guess
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Thanks Lili just left Photomark here in town and played with the 520 . Real nice but from MF viewing to the 520 I thought i was looking in a tunnel. LOL

    Okay it's a 20 thousand dollar difference what does one expect, right. Just to spoiled I guess
    LOL Guy,
    I has E410 nao!!


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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Thanks Lili just left Photomark here in town and played with the 520 . Real nice but from MF viewing to the 520 I thought i was looking in a tunnel. LOL

    Okay it's a 20 thousand dollar difference what does one expect, right. Just to spoiled I guess
    Pay another few hundred dollars and you get
    Weathersealing
    a LOVELY 100% bright viewfinder

    it's called the E3!

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    CONGRATS Lili

    i had the 420 for a period of Time and did Luv it
    The 410 is a Jewel as well

    post some Pixs...
    Best-H

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Pay another few hundred dollars and you get
    Weathersealing
    a LOVELY 100% bright viewfinder

    it's called the E3!
    If Dell was selling it . i would already have it. No cash but a nice business credit at Dell.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helenhill View Post
    CONGRATS Lili

    i had the 420 for a period of Time and did Luv it
    The 410 is a Jewel as well

    post some Pixs...
    Best-H
    Thanks Maggie I plan to just as soon as I get a chance, we going out of town this wekend and Oly is going with

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    The E410s had sold out so that decided it for me. Ordered him an E420 body for 269

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Good choice, Will... the E-420 is all the camera he'll need!

    Kind Regards

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    Re: Olympus E410 or E420

    Hi all, I'd just likke to say thanks for all the information in these posts. I have just purchased an E410 & can't wait for it to arrive.
    I have played around with a few DSLR's but this will my first replacing my trusty old OM10 as my main camera.
    My best friend has an E420 & an OM10 & has manual converter/adapters so he can use the OM lenses on his E420, which gives beautiful results, I'm hoping for similar results with mine (which of course I do plan to do the same with).
    I'm just wondering if anyone has any useful tips to help get me started.
    Thanks Ra*

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    Finally pick my Camera up tomorrow, can'e wait!!!!

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