What Olympus camera did you start with?

memzinla

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I think my first digital camera was in 2004 with a small point and shoot, then I bought a Canon T2i, and then finally an Olympus E-520. I loved it! That's where my love for Olympus started.

Here are some pictures taken with the E-520.

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Volando arriba de México by Guillermo Moreno, on Flickr

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P8113567 by Guillermo Moreno, on Flickr

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Tlajomulco, Jalisco by Guillermo Moreno, on Flickr

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My first Olympus, a D-550 Zoom, was also my first digital. It really opened my eyes to the potential of digital. After I accidentally killed it in a water puddle, I went through some Canon P&S and DSLRs, before getting the E-M5, which sold me on the M43 system. Haven't looked back. I don't have any really good examples from the D550, but here are a few unusual ones. These were from a lava flow coming from Pu'u O'o (I think) in July 2003. We hiked a couple of miles over cold lava at night to the base of the pali (cliff) where fresh lava was flowing downhill. The first shot with my wife and late father was taken just a few minutes before the second photo when the lava broke out and flowed toward the spot where they had been sitting.

I got close enough to touch the lava with a stick, but I couldn't pick up any with the stick because the stick wasn't strong enough and the heat was too much. Lava may look like marshmallow, but it's rock. One couldn't stay close to the lava for any length of time because the heat was so intense.

I forget what settings were used, but it was in part flash fill and ambient light. Handheld. I was actually surprised that I got any photos at all in this situation. After all, except for our flashlights and the glow from the lava, we were in total darkness.

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Olympus OM-2, with the Zuiko 75-150mm ƒ/4 zoom, and the Quick Auto 310 flash — the world's first TTL flash — June 23rd, 1977.

Lost in a divorce. :-("Take the house! But don't touch my camera gear!")
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C-5060WZ, in 2004. Not only my first Olympus camera, but my first camera ever. I only had it one year before I replaced it with C-7070WZ, basically the same camera, but 7 megapixels instead of 5. I was obsessed with skyscrapers at the time and I wanted a camera to photograph the construction that was going on.

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(the neighbourhood and street where I grew up)

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(not lava, but a macro of a croton leaf)
 

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A Pen half frame back in the 1960s (other cameras prior to this, dating back to around 1954/5). Followed by a Praktica, an M2 Leica, then my OM1 in the early 1970s.

Had another M3 Leica outfit briefly in the 1990s.

Reconditioned my OM1 and Rolleiflex in the early 2000s.

First digital was my s/h Nikon Coolpix E5000 in 2005, followed by my E-510 in 2007.

I've now settled down with an E-M1 MkI, then E-M1 MkII in 2016, then s/h E-PM2 just recently.

These will possibly see me out.
 

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E-M5i . My Pentax DSLR gear was stolen. Luckily, insurance covered some of it. I'd been curious about mirrorless and the 5i seemed the way to go at that point.
 

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My first Olympus was an OM1n in '1978 I think. In the digital space, I had an EM5.2 but I prefer Panasonic cameras (currently a GX9 and G9).
 

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E-P5, but was not a good experience, had the sticky dials problem, rear screen failed. Not one of their most reliable models.
Then went on to the EM10.2 that went into manual mode 1/160 second and f11 for macro work. No need to learn the menu for that one. Last one EM1.3 purchased for an overseas trip that never happened, early 2020 .

Things have come along way since the E-P5, and hoping that continues.
 

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Olympus XZ-1 and i bought it four times (one were lost in Singapore, one were damaged by nephew, one has just returned from my sister and the zoom were damaged, the last one i bought it used and like new for $60 on feb 2021). Still using it to this day just for practise and casual shoot.

This pocket camera still one of the best as long not above ISO 400. Love the CCD's colours. I had 2 RX100 before which is mark I and III. The mark I, i don't like the sony colour and lens (soft and can't close focus). The mark III which has new lens.....still don't like it. So that's the end of my journey for 1 inch sensor pocket camera. Why not buy XZ2? hmmm i have 3 batteries before from my deceased XZ1 hahahaha. XZ2 use a different battery

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My first digital Olympus was a C-8080, a fantastic 8 mb camera with painfully slow processing times and some weird quirks, but overall a remarkable camera. Built like a metaphoric tank. I honestly still miss it and occasionally have fantasized about either buying another one, or one of its predecessors, the C-5060.

Here is my old C-8080--

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And here is a picture taken with it, years ago, in the airport at Puerto Vallarta---

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I may have to buy another one.
 

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A second hand Olympus E-PL3. My first step into m4/3 was with a Panasonic G6 but (at the time) I didn't like the folding rear screen so I thought I'd try an Olympus with the tilting screen as well. My first outing with it was at Brands Hatch 2016 with a grid walk followed by sheltering in the paddock when the heavens opened.
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a silver pen f, not the analog one. a second hand camera that came with the tiny but wonderful panasonic 20mm f1.7, mainly used for personal work.

it is my first olympus camera, and certainly (90% sure) it'll be my last olympus digital camera.
 

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OM10 in 1980 - still have it with all the lenses (many still used as adapted lenses on mu4.3).
Then, E510 about 2008.
Went into micro 4/3 with a GF6 in 2015, and added an E-PL3 in late 2017, and an OMD EM10 last April.
 

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