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Digital SLR Camera: Nikon v Olympus

About to buy myself a new camera. Narrowed it down to a Nikon D70s or an Olympus E-500.

Brand loyalty (I've had an OM1 for almost 30 years), and cost, steer me towards the Olympus. None of my OM lenses will fit though, so I'll be starting over again. Price for kit with two zomm lenses ~ 560.00

The D70 might be a slightly better camera, maybe, but for amateurs like me either would be more than good enough. I happen to have a brand new, never fitted, eight year old Nikon 70-300 AF lens sitting on the shelf at home (it's a long story) which sweetens the Nikon choice somewhat. Price for body and 14-70 zoom lens ~ 650

So photographers, opinions please. Help me choose.
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Re: Digital SLR Camera: Nikon v Olympus

Canon!

Oh sorry, out of those two choices? The Nikon wins my vote ESPECIALLY since you already have another lens at home.

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Look into lenses as this is THE issue. The Olympus uses a standard which I am not sure how it has gone. While the Nikon is not a standard there is a lot of Nikon lenses and third party lense manufacturers that support the Nikon mount. Check prices on lenses as this can easily be the real money (and for an amatuer the biggest effect on quality)

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Re: Digital SLR Camera: Nikon v Olympus

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The Olympus is a fine camera for the everyday family/ amature/ hobbyist photographer. What I don't like about it is that it seems to have a smaller sensor (2x mag factor) and that it seems to be noticably noisier at higher ISO's than the Nikon or Canon. I think it has a smaller buffer as well. I have read that it takes substantially longer than other DSLR's to start up which could be a PITA if you need to get a shot *right now*.
Is it a bad camera? No, but given the choice, I'd go with the Nikon here.

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The Olympus is a fine camera for the everyday family/ amature/ hobbyist photographer. What I don't like about it is that it seems to have a smaller sensor (2x mag factor) and that it seems to be noticably noisier at higher ISO's than the Nikon or Canon. I think it has a smaller buffer as well. I have read that it takes substantially longer than other DSLR's to start up which could be a PITA if you need to get a shot *right now*.
Is it a bad camera? No, but given the choice, I'd go with the Nikon here.
That just about sums it up perfectly. Thanks both.

I've certainly heard that the Olympus is noisy above ISO400, which probably wouldn't worry me too much. However it is a consideration. Likewise the buffer and start up speed. If I hadn't got the spare lens it would be the Olympus, superb value, but I have, so guess what I've just bought. Got back from the store 5 mins ago and yes, got the D70S. The guy in the shop suggested that the E-500 might be a slighly better choice, but hey what does he know

BTW here is a link to a review of the lens I have:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/75300.htm

Story behind it is that my brother-in-law bought some Nikon gear, including this lens (plus another long telephoto which he hasn't yet sent to me). But his camera bag was stolen before he ever got around to using it. Replaced the Nikon with Canon. So it sat in his cupboard ever since.

I'll take the D70 to a trackday next week at Oulton Park, see what I can do with it. The extra lens should be perfect
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That just about sums it up perfectly. Thanks both.

I've certainly heard that the Olympus is noisy above ISO400, which probably wouldn't worry me too much. However it is a consideration. Likewise the buffer and start up speed. If I hadn't got the spare lens it would be the Olympus, superb value, but I have, so guess what I've just bought. Got back from the store 5 mins ago and yes, got the D70S. The guy in the shop suggested that the E-500 might be a slighly better choice, but hey what does he know

BTW here is a link to a review of the lens I have:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/75300.htm

Story behind it is that my brother-in-law bought some Nikon gear, including this lens (plus another long telephoto which he hasn't yet sent to me). But his camera bag was stolen before he ever got around to using it. Replaced the Nikon with Canon. So it sat in his cupboard ever since.

I'll take the D70 to a trackday next week at Oulton Park, see what I can do with it. The extra lens should be perfect
If there is a lense coming that is abover 300MM go Nikon for sure. Even lower quality long lenses are $$$$ or many pounds for you.

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If there is a lense coming that is abover 300MM go Nikon for sure. Even lower quality long lenses are $$$$ or many pounds for you.
Well, so far he's been unable to find in in the attic, and he can't actually remember what lens it was, but he "thinks" it might be a 500mm or something. Now I don't think Nikon made a 500, but time will tell. If he ever finds it. If it is a 400, 500 or 600, they are very bloody expensive. Maybe it's a zoom

Just been unpacking the boxes. Put the battery on charge, so in about 2 hours I'll be ready to go.

Question: in the old days i always put a protective filter on the end of each lens, just in case. Did the same with the new ones. Hoya. Good call or detracting from Nikon quality?
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Question: in the old days i always put a protective filter on the end of each lens, just in case. Did the same with the new ones. Hoya. Good call or detracting from Nikon quality?
Always a good call.

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