Saturday, May 06, 2006
Since you asked...
And several of you did. About the camera that Carol is using to get those really neat shots of birds in our back yard, that is.
We researched features and price for weeks before deciding on the Olympus E-500 SLR digital camera. It's available as just the camera body (worthless unless you have lenses that will work with it) or as a kit with one or several lens and accessory combinations.
Above is the camera itself. The picture is from the Olympus web site. The lens they're showing on it is the 14-45 mm zoom.
Here are the two lenese that came with the kit we opted for:
This one (left) is the 14-45 mm zoom. The one over on the right is the 40-150 mm zoom.
We really wanted to get a lens that would go up to 300 mm, based on our trip to Afriac 5 years ago and our attempts to take wildlife pictures from farther away, but unfortunately money IS an issue.
Let me tell you, those camera manufacturers are really proud of their longer telephoto lenses! Example: The camera kit we bought was under $1,000. Olympus' LIST PRICE for a 300 mm lens (not zoom!) for this camera is $6,999. Oh, sure, you can get it online from retailers and discounters for $5,999. And I imagine e-Bay has them for even less. But...
Anyway, since you asked... Yes! We are very happy so far with our camera purchase.
By the way: We';re getting more rain today, so don't look for a report on golf course fairway cracks. We're wimping out and staying inside!