Nikon d40 or Olympus E-520?

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  1. KKJUN

    KKJUN TPF Noob!

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    Well, after reading a thread, that was complaining about noobs (http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/photography-beginners-forum-photo-gallery/187647-i-know-im-new-tpf-all-but.html), I feel a little guilty making this thread, but anyway:

    I'm planing to buy my first camera in the next few weeks. My budget is around 420€/600$. It looks like I'm having two options right now:

    1.) Get a used Nikon d40 off ebay, probably with two lenses and accessories for probably around 400€.

    or:

    2.)Borrow a little bit of money from my parents and buy a Olympus E-520 on amazon. It's 460 €, but it used to be 850€ (if you want to check: http://www.amazon.de/Olympus-E-520-SLR-Digitalkamera-Bildstabilisator-Kit/dp/B0019JNMJC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=ce-de&qid=1261697637&sr=8-1)

    Which option would you recommend? I'm more leaning towards the Olympus-option, but i'm a little worried about the huge dischount (why would they give it?).
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    As long as Amazon is fullfilling the order I wouldn't worry to much about it. I'd get the E-520 and a warranty.

    What are inventory taxes like in Europe? They may be overstocked and seriously need to move some product.
     
  3. Kofman13

    Kofman13 TPF Noob!

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    i have an e-510 which is pretty much same as 520 and i love it
     
  4. KKJUN

    KKJUN TPF Noob!

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    thanks for the input guys. any other oppinions?
     
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    I've used my friends e520 and i dont like how it feels on my hands. Im a nikon owner and i love my d40 especially now with the battery grip. If feels so much better in my hands
     
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    I've been shopping through new and used DLSRs and I have to agree, after just holding several different cameras I just don;t like the way that the Olympus feels in my hands. Probably going with a Nikon D40 or D40x.
     
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    The D40 is going to give you much better noise performance across the board. I'd skip the Evolt.
     
  8. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    LOL

    We have been through this before :)

    If you need slightly better high iso performance, go for the D40

    If you want the additional features of live view, auto sensor dust cleaning, auto focus in body, 10 vs 6 mp, image stabilization and a slightly larger screen go for the E-520.

    Cheers, Don
     
  9. KKJUN

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    Thanks for the input guys. I think I will get the Olympus, even if it has worse performance, considering it is new and has a warranty (and I tried the e520 of a friend of mine. the feeling isn't THAt bad).
     
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