What about an E-30?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by elandel, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Hi all. I have m4/3 cameras - E-pl5 and E-P3 - with native lenses and 4/3
    14-54II. Now I'm going to buy the 50-200 and 12-60 and 35 macro. I would like to use them on m4/3 with the adapter I have BUT if they have handling issues (AF too slow in some situations etc.) I'm considering a used E-30 to have a baclup body that can use them properly. I now its old and I don't want an E-5 because I'm not investing heavily on 4/3 bodies.
    I know there is the rumored E-M1 but too heavily priced if the rumoes are true.
    So what I'm asking is if the E-30 is a decent camera with decent IQ considering I'm a jpg shooter.
    Is it worth it?
     
  2. timg

    timg Mu-43 Regular

    74
    Jun 13, 2012
    It's a decent camera but I never gelled with mine... I've owned an E510, E1, E30, EM5 and EP3 and the E30 was my least favourite.

    Something about the colours on the images was never quite right and the heavy AA filter meant that fine details were often missing (although I only shoot RAW).... even though they are the "same" 12mp sensor, I prefer the output from the EP3.
     
  3. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Yes, but I need something big to put the 4/3 lens. The E-3 has too small lcd for my old eyes, E-5 is way too expensive for something that will be used only now and then so E-30 or E-620 are the only choices if I remenber well.
     
  4. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    Fred
    There is also the E-600. The same as the E-620 without the backlit buttons and fewer art modes. The E-30 viewfinder is definitely better (brighter) than the E-6xx finder. I've seen used E-600 for under $200.

    Fred
     
  5. timg

    timg Mu-43 Regular

    74
    Jun 13, 2012
    I was going to suggest an E1 as they're cheap-as-chips and weather sealed but I guess that rules that out! E510/E520 have a larger grip than the E600/E620... you have to watch the highlights on the E510 but the output is super-sharp...
     
  6. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Here in Italy its difficult to find those prices but if I could then I would definitivly get one.
     
  7. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Not easy to find here. Wouldn't it be too small with the 50-200 attached.
     
  8. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    I much prefer the E30 to the E620 sized cameras especially with a lens as large as the 50-200mm. The E30 also has a larger viewfinder, which you will find much easier to see through compared to the E620. Image quality is very good with the lenses you mentioned and at ISO 800 or below it can produce very good files, you will be pleasantly surprised.
     
  9. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    The E30 also fully supports SWD lenses (12-60 and 50-200)
     
  10. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    The E510 is a great camera, better output than the E620 and E30 as it has a weak AA filter. Only 10 megapixel but very nice files. Shoot it at ISO200 and as timg said don't overexpose for best results.
     
  11. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

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    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    If you can find the E-30 at a decent price, go for it, it's a good camera...that is unless you find a good used E-5.
     
  12. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Difficult to find a decent priced used E-5, but I found some decent E-30's.
     
  13. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    The E-30 is a great camera, so is the E-1 (if shooting low ISO). It has a weak AA filter and I always found it had lots of detail. I have owned E1, E3, E30, E500, E620, E600, EP-1, EM-5. I'd prob still have the E-30, if not for the OMD that I love. The E3 had the stronger AA filter, but I always found it had very pleasing portraits/images. AA was never a big factor for me.

    I'm actually selling an E600 soon. Too bad you are in Italy. Shipping would be expensive I'm sure.
     
  14. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Yes shippimg would be way too expensive. So you say ihat the E-30 is the best choice overall?
     
  15. Declan97

    Declan97 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 3, 2012
    Padang, Indonesia
    I can see some points in terms of what you needs, me myself, will much considered this E30 if I haven't the pl2 as lighter body... Even after few month handling E3, I use to think about to trade with e30 for the size and slightly Dr

    Send from GT-I9300 with EP-L2 sometimes NX 300 and E3
     
  16. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
    Philly
    Steve
    Yes, the E-30 is solid and makes the best compromises probably. Each model has it's strengths and weaknesses.
     
  17. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2010
    I have had E-1, 420, 520, p1, p2, and p3. None of them until the p3, was acceptable from the noise standpoint. The E-1, 620 and 420 especially, were a disappointment. E-p3 with VF and a grip would be great, for bigger lenses. But.... I would be intrested in a comparison, between the E-p3 and E-30.
     
  18. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    I'll do some comparisons...as soon as I get an E-30 and 50-200.:biggrin:
     
  19. timg

    timg Mu-43 Regular

    74
    Jun 13, 2012
    Sounds like you'd already decided you wanted one, I hope it all goes well for you! :biggrin:
     
  20. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thanks