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    Advice on older Olympus DSLRs

    Hi there,

    I'm looking for a camera with a pretty specific list of criteria:

    1. I have to fit a fisheye adapter or fisheye lens on the camera to get a 180 degree view
    2. It has to be 8 megapixels or better
    3. It has to have a small form factor - 5 inches wide or smaller
    4. It has to be relatively cheap ($200 used preferably)
    5. It has to be supported by the Olympus SDK - I've listed the models supported below.

    Unfortunately I don't know enough about all of the Olympus models to know where to begin looking. Can anyone here help me out?

    Thanks very much,

    Ted

    Models supported by the Olympus SDK (from their developer's site)

    E-3
    E-30
    E-620
    E-520
    E-510
    E-500
    E-450
    E-420
    E-410
    E-400
    E-330
    E-300
    E-1

    Version 3.4 (RyeNV)
    C-8080 Wide Zoom
    C-7070 Wide Zoom
    C-7000 Zoom /
    C-70 Zoom
    C-5060 Wide Zoom*
    C-5050 Zoom*
    C-4040 Zoom
    C-4000 Zoom /
    C-4100 Zoom
    C-3040 Zoom
    C-3020 Zoom /
    C-3100 Zoom
    C-2040 Zoom
    C-765 Ultra Zoom
    C-760 Ultra Zoom
    C-750 Ultra Zoom*
    C-740 Ultra Zoom*
    C-730 Ultra Zoom
    C-700 Ultra Zoom
    D-40 Zoom /
    C-40 Zoom
    C-21
    E-100 RS
    SP-700
    SP-500 Ultra Zoom*
    SP-350 Zoom*
    FE-130/X-720
    D-595/C-500 Zoom

    Version 2.0 (Wheat)
    D-360L/C-860L
    D-460Z/C-960Z
    D-490Z/C-990Z
    C-211 Zoom
    C-2100 Ultra Zoom
    C-3000 Zoom
    C-3030 Zoom

    Version 1.5 (Jam)
    D-220L/C-420L
    D-320L/C-820L
    D-340L/C-840L
    D-340R/C-830L
    D-400Z/C-900Z
    D-450Z/C-920Z
    C-2000 Zoom
    C-2020 Zoom
    D-500L/C-1000L
    D-600L/C-1400L
    D-620L/C-1400XL

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    Re: Advice on older Olympus DSLRs

    The E-510 can be had used for a couple hundred but the fisheye lens is gonna kill you

    Cheers, Don

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    Re: Advice on older Olympus DSLRs

    Yep. I agree with Don. The 510 would fit right in, but look out on the fisheye. Really no cheap way around that one. You can Photoshop a fisheye effect pretty easily.
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

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    Re: Advice on older Olympus DSLRs

    Thanks guys. Okay, I'll look into the 510. I'm doing panoramic HDRs so the fisheye is a big help - fewer rotations. I have a Nikkor which I use for my Nikon - it's great. But I was hoping I could find something cheaper (and used) for an Olympus.

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    Re: Advice on older Olympus DSLRs

    Hmm, the fisheye really isn't appropriate for panorama's.

    You may want to look at the 9-18mm, it's quite reasonable in price.

    Cheers, Don

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    Re: Advice on older Olympus DSLRs

    Are E-510s going for 200 already?

    You can certainly find an E-500 for 200 if you look.
    E-3, E-510
    12-60 2.8-4.0
    40-150 3.5-4.5
    Sigma 30 1.4
    Zenit 58 F2 [with M42 adapter]
    Metz 48

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    Re: Advice on older Olympus DSLRs

    You can do nice panos with the kit lens. It just takes software to stitch the images.
    I am like Barney Fife, I have a gun but Andy makes me keep the bullet in my pocket..

    Sony a99/a7R

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    Re: Advice on older Olympus DSLRs

    I agree with Don's suggestion of the E-510 with the 9-18mm. I just got the 9-18mm and am pleased with the results so far.

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