Don't buy an Olympus camera

Just don’t. Really. I have no idea why anyone ever does. I so wish I wasn’t tied into the damn things. They’re probably fine and dandy if you’ve got shed-loads of cash. If you haven’t, they absolutely stink.

Take, for example, the subject of a ring flash for macro photography.

If you are fortunate (or sensible) enough to have a Canon or Nikon DSLR not only will you already have a high quality, reasonably priced macro lens (unlike the pathetic misguided – and I use the word advisedly – Olympus owner) but you will also be able to acquire a perfectly adequate ring flash for a mere £128 or so, no doubt considerably cheaper in dollar terms if you live in the US.

If you own an Olympus then dream on. There’s no third-party ring flash for you. Should you want a set-up like your happy Canon or Nikon owning friends you have to shell out for the notoriously over-priced Olympus branded accessories. So a mere £470 (lowest price I could find) is all that’s required. Unless of course you actually want to – gasp – use it with your macro lens. In which case you also have to shell out for the “optional Flash Adapter Ring FS-FR1” (in what sense “optional”, I ask myself, when the fucking thing won’t actually fit on the lens without it) which is a no doubt highly engineered piece of kit looking suspiciously like a plastic tube which costs the absolutely trifling sum of £85.

To summarise. Nikon or Canon? £128. Olympus? £555.

And don’t get me started on lenses. Just don’t. I might have an embolism or something.

4 Replies to “Don't buy an Olympus camera”

  1. Doesn’t the old stuff work? That’s my rationale for using a Pentax: everything they have made fore the last thirty years works fine with a modern digital body and lots of it’s on eBay.

  2. You can use OM lenses on a DSLR but – guess what! – you have to buy an adapter to mount them and it costs… £89.05. However, even if you have a spare £89.05 knocking around you will discover that:

    – Stop-down metering is used.
    – Spot metering does not work properly.
    – Although it is possible to use A (aperture priority AE) mode in auto exposure, the aperture display is not available.
    -The aperture display in M (Manual) is not available.
    – In P (Program AE) or S (Shutter speed – priority AE) mode, the shutter releases, but the auto exposure control does not work.
    – The distance scale on the OM system lens may not indicate the actual distance.

    My technical grasp of photography may be improving but I’m still a beginner and the above limitations are pretty serious as far as I’m concerned.

  3. hmm. All this sounds a bit like the oldest Pentax manual lenses. I don’t find stopping down a huge burden when I use them. Presumably, for macro photography, which is where we started, you have everything set up and very little time pressure, so you can faff until it has been got right. So, if there were a ring flash avialable to fit an OM lens you might be able to get somewhere. Just a thought.

  4. i should say 128 euro is equavilant to 200 american right now
    i spent 180 american or 114 euro on a 12 megapixel olympus with hundreds of effects lighting effects and plenty other things.
    so maybe u need to learn how to shop rather then looking at list prices.

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