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    Default I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Hello one and all
    My name is Andy and I live in North West England. I have followed the forum for a while after I bought my E-500 in December. You may have read my post about the weird artefacts thing with the 8mm and E-500 (sorry about that - I suppose I should have introduced myself first). A little about myself: Married, one daughter, self employed (acoustics). I live and grew up in the Lake District in England. Photography has always fascinated me, one of my earliest memories is wondering why I had to stand still and smile with all the aunts and uncles, while someone did something mysterious with a box with a strange piece of glass at the front. I just had to get a closer look at this thing!


    I started with SLRs when I was about 16 years old (24 years ago). My first was a manual Praktica, the standard lens was OK towards the centre of the image, but it did some weird things at the edges. Then I worked my way through a Minolta XG-something (really nice lenses in those days) to a Canon A-1. Which I loved.

    Then work, marriage, etc. It's been said so many times. Eventually I found myself with a little more time and money and had been keeping an eye on the prices of DSLRs. So I went to my local camera shop with the intention of trying and then buying the 350D (remember my A-1?). I picked it up, rattled off a few shots, and made lots of ummm and errrr noises.

    The shop guy said "try this" and handed me the E-500. (Now I have to say at this point, and please don't shoot at me, that I never liked the OM cameras, more accurately, the OM-10. I tried an OM-10 and the sloppy feel to it just put me off). Straight away the E-500 felt "right" in the hand. To cut a long story short I walked out of the shop with the twin lens kit (after paying for it, of course).

    I absolutely love the way digital has changed and re-awakened my interest in photography. And now I can bore people all over the world about it as well.

    Cheers
    Andy

    p.s. I'll post some images as soon as I can work out how to make room in the attachments area.

    pps. Managed to clear a little space and posted a flower image in the Photos forum.

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    Default Re: I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Welcome

    Interestingly, I knew an "Andy" from England, who is also an Acoustics expert
    But that was here in Texas.

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    Default Andy - a big welcome!!!

    And trust me, now you'll be hooked on the Oly 4/3 gear. Don't even get the bug to pick up the E-1 now that it can be had for a pittance. Many have started with the E500 and then picked up the E-1. It's too late to turn back now - and that's a fact.

    So let's start seeing some great images, eh!
    Have a wonderful day!

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    Default Re: Andy - a big welcome!!!

    Welcome Andy.

    I agree with Ben, don't be tempted to pick up an E1, you won't want to put it down again!

    I also bought an E500 a few months ago and then seen what a bargain the E1 was, so I bought one of those also.

    I love using both cameras but there is just something about the E1.

    I look forward to seeing some of your images.

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    Default Re: I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Welcome. Like the rest of us I am sure you will soon get an E1 as a trusty back up to your E500. It is also a good place to store an extra lens. And costs much less than I paid for my E500

    Enjoy!

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    Default Re: I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Awwww... don't.

    I have been trying to resist picking up an E-1 ever since I found out it existed (after I bought the E-500). Seeing the shots on the forum produced by you folks with E-1s, I don't think I'll miss 3 million pixels. Do you?

    Cheers
    Andy

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    Default Re: I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Hi Andy! Welcome! I am an e-500 owner too. I love it. I am trying to resist the siren call of the bargain e-1 as well....

    Glad to have you here and look forward to seeing you around!
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    Default Re: I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Yes, I often do miss the extra 3mp (I know it sacrilege to say so), and I always miss the big nice LCD, and the somewhat faster focusing. But that is why I keep the E500.

    OTOH, $$ for $$ there is not a better deal around than the E1 and it feels soooo goood in the hand. The viewfinder is a real treat after the E500 (my biggest gripe). And if you get the Cameta deal with the power grip you will have a perfect platform for the 50-200.

    My only other suggestion is to remember that while the E1 with the good lenses is weather proof, please don't shoot outside in an active thunder storm.

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    Default Re: I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Garry, Kerry, DavyG, Ben

    Enough is enough ;-). Since getting the twin lens kit in December, I have added: a 35mm macro (lovely little lens), an FL-36, infra red filter, polariser, etc. A week ago I went crazy and bought an 8mm. Now, I don't earn my living with my camera, and this has got to stop!!

    I am going to put all thoughts of another camera body out of my mind (why do I need one? In my film days I always hankered after more bodies so I could keep different films loaded - no need now).

    So I will get on with taking the pics and posting a few more on the site. When the weather here in England gets better.

    You know - a few lightning shots would be a challenge - eh Garry?

    It's great to hear from like-minded people - keep posting.

    Cheers
    Andy

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    Default Re: I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Well Andy, it is real nice to have 2 bodies and not have to switch lenses when you are in a hurry !!!! E1's are almost free !!!

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    Default Remember....with the E-1

    You can take pics in a tsunami !



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    Default Re: I'd better introduce myself rather than rant on the forum

    Almost free... At this rate I'll wait until they are free. Mind you, there is an ad in the latest magazine here in the UK for the E-1, 14-45 and SHLD-2 for 500 pounds (about 940 US dollars).

    If it was the 14-54 I might just be a little more tempted (some chance!)

    Regards
    Andy

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