E-420 vs D40

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  1. Ptyler22

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    Does anybody know how an Olympus E-420 compares with a Nikon D40? Does the 420 have auto focus in the body? When it comes to moving on and getting more experience which camera will be more limiting in terms of lenses and expense of lenses? Lastly which is a better camera for mostly sports and still shots. Is there any big sacfice with one or the other? Thanks in advance.
     
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    i'll post what i know and have read. Olympus, apparently is starting to make a it's presence known to the dSRL world with it's cameras. Unfortunately, your lens options are really limited and rather costly at that.

    Although I prefer the underdog, go with the Nikon.
     
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    Check them out here - http://www.dpreview.com/

    On the top left side click on "Buying Guide/Side by side" and you can do a comparison.

    Olympus has a fine selection of lens in three grades, and yes, you do get what you pay for :wink:

    Cheers, Don
     
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    i've read that those Zuiko (sp?) lenses are really great.

    How do you rate Olympus's ability for indoor shots? I'm still new the world of photography but everything I've read points me to BIG sensors.

    Supposedly, Olympus has the smallest sensors in the market. How big of a factor is the sensor size?
     
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    The sensor issue is actually a little more complicated than simply stating sizes, Olympus uses a NMOS and the Nikon is CCD.

    If this is an issue for you, I suggest you spend some time on the site I linked to, both sensor types and sizes are explained there if you look hard enough :wink:

    It's been six months since I did my research and I can't remember all the technical details now but I was confident in my choice of the E-510 over the Nikon D40. I do remember that not all Nikon lens were AF with the D40, where as all lens AF on Zuiko...

    Image stabilization, dust reduction system, 10 MP and live view sealed the deal for me.

    Keep in mind I have no hands on experience with other dslr brands, I simply spent a lot of time researching and made my choice based on my needs.

    Up till last year I was using a Mamiya slr and a Kodak P & S...

    Cheers, Don
     
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    OOya, I've spent lots of time on that site already, it's great. I see you have an olympus, no problems finding lenses?
     
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    No problem at all, depending on how deep your pockets are :lmao:

    Before I forget, when you are at the dp site doing the comparisons, there is a little question mark beside each item that will take you to a page with more details such as an explanation of the sensor systems.

    I originally bought the E-510 with the Standard Grade 14-42 f 3.5 - 5.6 plus a card and taxes for ~$675 at Don's Photos here in Saskatoon.

    Then I bought two 40-150's off ebay, the older larger size f 3.5 and the new smaller f 4.0, just a coincidence they were both $107....

    Then I decided to upgrade from the 14-42 to the High Grade 14-54 f 2.8, new off ebay for $385, locally it goes for about $485 plus taxes... Sold the 14-42 for $100....

    Then I purchased a used Standard Grade 70-300 from a member of a 4/3's forum for $285, new is $430 plus taxes.

    So, no problem with finding lenses... probably more information than you needed but hopefully a realistic idea of what to expect.

    Super High Grade lenses are another matter, cost wise :heart:

    Cheers, Don
     
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    1) I think they compare rather equally. They're two different styles, though. the 420 is 10 mps where the D40 is 6. Also, the 420 has no IS, and no way of getting IS (Nikons have lenses with IS). But, the Olympus has a live view preview screen, so if you are interested in that option, it may very well overcome the unavailability of IS.

    2) Yes.

    3) Definitely the Olympus. Their lenses, although good and plentiful, are just in NO comparison to the range Nikon has. And I find Olympus' prices to be rather high (though others could prove me wrong on this, its just an impression I get).

    4) I'd say this is a tie. The 420 shoots at 3.5 fps, while the D40 shoots at 3fps (but at an unlimited amount of jpegs). Sports is hard to shoot, and this is where having a professional camera would really pay off. But for the occasional ball game, I'd personally say either one would do you quite nicely.
     
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    OK thanks guys, also how about the sony SLR A200? how is that in those catagories compared to the others?
     
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    Does anybody have a sony Dslr A200? Do you like it?
     
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    I have nothing against Olympus and other brands, actually on paper it looks like you get more bang for the buck with those. But personally I went with Nikon because of the overall system and accessories. They have tonnes of lenses, great flashes, accessories, etc. Also Nikon seems to be a stable platform -- they haven't obsoleted any of their old lenses for decades. Now I know the D40 doesn't have a built in autofocus motor, but I went with the D40 knowing that any lenses I buy now will be fully compatible with the next Nikon body I buy. Also it's easy to find tech support info for Nikon on the net, just because there are so many users. Long story short, Nikon seemed like a safer, more future-proof choice. ..And this probably also applies just as much to Canon.
     
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    Ya thats the biggest thing I have been hearing, which is bad for me because I will be shooting sports and would like fast fps and the olylmpus has 3.5 but the lenses I hear are hard to come by.
     

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