Professional DSLR for the price of an entry level DSLR. A real bargain.
3 June 2012
Summary: What more can I say. Everything good about this camera has already been said by all the reviews over the years. It may only have 5MP but it makes good use of every megapixel. At today's asking price, its a bargain. Where else can you get a professional DSLR camera at the price of an entry level DSLR.
Summary: You have to hold one of these E-1's: they are build to last. Likes: build quality, colors, viewfinder. Even only 5MP, the picture quality is amazing. The size is smaller than your regular Nikon or Canon DSLR. Prices are going down, and if you want a good and reliable photographic tool, you are not goin to regret going with Oly E-1.
Summary: The E-1 is an anomaly. It is outdated and archaic. Its LCD is primitive. It boasts a whopping 5 megapixel sensor that is currently outdone (number-wise) by cell-phone cameras. And yet, it is one of the greatest digital SLR's to ever roll off a production line. The E-1 has perfect ergonomics, feels like a "real" camera (no cheap plasticky Canikon vibe), and takes incredible pictures with a depth of realism that is hard to match. Before I bought my used E-1, I had an E-30.
Great for the right price, for ~200 buy it right away!!!
6 July 2011
Summary: Old old old equipment, very capable and weather proof. Using it as a backup for harsh conditions. I also own a E-30, and use the E-1 during rain or places were I wouldn't use the E-30. Hopefully I will be able to upgrade to the E-5, also weather sealed, within a year. Note that there is a very high chance your sensor will have some "specs" of dust. It is old, and most users have taken advantage that this is a weather proof equipment. Ask a lot before you buy.
Summary: Bought this camera used after reading all the good things about it and glad I did. It's mostly used as a back up, but once I start using it, it's hard to put it down. It's a pros camera (no presets) I love that it's simple and very easy to use. The picture quality is excellent. Ergonomics makes it one of the best cameras to hold. All the buttons are in the right place for quick access.
Summary: We have been using the E1 for 15 months now and I can say we are very pleased. I love the sharpness of the lenses. Our company does commercial and portrait work and we are able to go to 30x40 sized prints and they are sharp, much sharper than 35mm and even some 645 neg's we used to use. Color rendition seems to be right on, bit on the warm side but very little. Most work is done with studio lights. All in all the camera preforms the way we want it to.
Summary: You can look at every digital SLR camera on the market and not find a better feature set than the E1. The four thirds system really does solve a lot of the problems facing 35mm lenses on digital bodies. The critical lens suite is now available and they work flawlessly. I've used this camera in Trinidad at 90 plus degrees and 90% humidity, and in interior Alaska at -45 degrees and 2% humidity. It has worked flawlessly across all of those conditions.