should I buy it??

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  1. colette

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    Hi,

    I have a friend who wants to sell me his olympus e300. (he just doesn't use it anymore; nothing wrong with it) Anyone have an opinion on the camera??

    This would be my first SLR. Is it a good camera to start with??

    Any opinions are welcomed.

    Also, does anyone know what a good price is??? (excellent condition, 2 lenses, battery + charger, memory card)

    Thanks!
     
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    what lenses are they and how much do they want for it?
     
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    This is what he told me....

    Olympus E-300 with Zuiko 14-45mm lense $300.00
    Zuiko 50-200mm lense $900.00
    Lense Filters (UV,Flouresent,Polar) $50.00
    Backpack $50.00
    Battery pack, extra battery
    Remote control, charger
    Tripod, Lense shield thing, 1 Gig storage card $70.00
    $1,370

    I figure since the entire package is used, I’d take $1,200.00



    What do you think??
     
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    Well, it looks like you'd be spending all your money on the one lens, basically. (Basically, it looks to me like he's selling you that lens and throwing in a camera.) But that lens goes for about $950 new, I think -- so this isn't a super deal. With respect to the camera body, Adorama has E-300's used for $160, and I think the 14-45 can be picked up on e-bay for $40. So he's over-charging you $100 on that combo, I think. The other stuff could vary in quality -- but it looks like he's not cutting you any spectacular deal on it. (A 1 gig card can be had for almost nothing these days, for example.)

    So about that camera...again, I'm not an Olympus guy, but it looks like it was a bit of an odd duck even in its day. (Side-mounted mirror?) DPReview only gave it a "recommended" when it came out (which is a relatively low rating from there). Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review: 29. Conclusion: Digital Photography Review And it's now -- what, like five years old? It's not what I'd necessarily think of as a good starting place for getting into SLR's.

    On the other hand, $1200 will get you a decent setup with current technology -- or a pretty solid setup with last generation technology (i.e. one or two years ago -- like the Canon 30D). So even though he's a friend, I'm not sure this is a great deal. Unless you're really interested in that lens for some reason, I'd pass.
     
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    cant complain about anything bob said....i would have to agree plus going with CANON or um nikon :p gives you a larger lens and accesories option. I believe for the same 1200 you could pick up a used 40d and lens combo try it out
     
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    yeah i agree with these guys...1200 seems like a bit of loot considering the body is that old...
    you could get a nicer setup for that money i think.
    if you dont necessarily NEED that high end lens...maybe get the package without that glass...if he knocks $900 OFF then maybe...

    if you really wanna stick with olympus, these are nice packages:
    Olympus E-520 10.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body with 2.7" HyperCrystal II LCD Screen with 14-42mm Zoom Lens, 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens & Zuiko 70mm - 300mm f/4.0-5.6 E-ED Digital Zoom Lens
    Olympus E-520 10.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body with 2.7" HyperCrystal II LCD Screen with 14-42mm Zoom Lens, 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens & Zuiko 70mm - 300mm f/4.0-5.6 E-ED Digital Zoom Lens and FREE Olympus Gadget Bag

    though, if youre ready to drop 1200...dont do it on your friends set up...i would explore nikon and canon options first.
     

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