Monday, February 15, 2010

Camera Update

As you can see, I went with the Olympus E-P1, which actually happened somewhat unexpectedly. Considering the price range I was working with I was actually leaning more towards the compacts, but then I stumbled upon the E-P1 at a local camera store for the amazing price of only $400, atleast a couple hundred below the normal market value (apparently it was significantly marked down because the E-P2 is about to come out, but the price still seems crazy low to me—the camera store could be selling them on Ebay for quite a bit more). So the price tag, backed by my research, basically made up my mind for me. There just didn't seem much point in really considering my other options when faced with this bargain. But although it takes higher quality photos than a more compact camera and I've finally got all those manual controls I was itching for, there are still some cons I'll have to get used to. It's size, for one, since I'm used to something I can fit in my back pocket. And the absence of a built-in flash, but I don't use flash much anyway and I did go ahead and buy an external one for times when I really need it. And, probably the most glaring con for me, no macro option. I normally use macro a ton and it will be sorely missed. I really don't know why it is that compact cameras almost always have a macro capability but full-sized SLR cameras never do. It's like it's an impossibility with SLR, but I can't imagine why, and it's really unfortunate. Of course I can get an awesome macro lens seperately, but the cost is as much as I just paid for the camera (plus the included lens) itself. Sigh. But anyway, I am still really happy with what I've got, and, flash aside, the camera can't be blamed for those gripes, it's just the nature of the SLR beast (or DSLR, really, but I'm not used to saying that). So, happy with, definitely, but it's going to take a bit more familiarizing before I form an official opinion (but I expect it to be a good one).

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