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The Olympus E-520 Got Me Started

Posted on 12-11-2012 in Influential Photo Gear

Hello, I'm Guillermo also known as memo90061 in these forums. 


Olympus E-520, the camera that got me into photography

Photography has always been attractive to me. I remember when I was young I would see my dad take pictures of my family. He would set up the flash, umbrellas, and all the equipment. I think that's why I'm interested in photography. When I was in middle school and high school I would look at magazines just to look at the pictures. Once I finally got internet I spent hours on Flickr looking at the pictures. As a beginner I didn't know much, but would look at pictures I liked  and try to learn from them. I then decided to buy a DSLR, but didn't have much money. The Olympus E-520 seemed good for the price, and I bought it.

When I got the Olympus E-520 I was so happy, and was taking pictures of almost everything. I had many bad pictures, and got some that I really loved. My Olympus inspired me so much. When I got the camera I was amazed at all the possibilities you could do with a camera, and with all the settings. I'm embarrassed to say, but I was surprised with the things you could do by setting the aperture and shutter speed. I remember setting the shutter speed to something like 1/500, and being able to freeze someone in the air. It felt like magic! I started experimenting with the settings, and to this day I'm still learning. I also was surprised with raw, and how you could process the pictures later on. I remember I would take jpeg pictures, and would just delete the bad pictures. One day I experimented with a bad RAW picture, and just played around with it. I fell in love with the result. Now I always use RAW when I know for sure I want great results, but continue to use jpg for snapshots. I have also found my style with the Olympus E-520. I like to take pictures of almost everything, but the area that I love in photography is concerts and low light photography. I would take my camera to small concert shows, and to this day I love shooting pictures at concerts. The Olympus also impacted my photography in another way, but I don't know if this is a good or bad thing. The colors in the Olympus seem to be a bit saturated, and I loved it. Now I always seem to bump the saturation in my pictures, and I've noticed that I usually get negative comments because of that. 

Since I knew nothing about DSLRs before the Olympus E-520 I would say this camera has had a big impact on my photography. I learnt so much about photography by playing around with all the settings. I was so amazed I would carry the camera everywhere to capture the good and the bad moments. This camera has had a big impact on my photography because it helped me learn about photography, and helped me find my photography style. The Olympus E-520 will always have a special place in my life.  

Here are some of my favorite pictures taken with the Olympus E-520 - click on a thumbnail for the larger version:

- memo90061


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rr1736 [Delete] Dec 12th, 2012 12:27AM

seemed to move away from the 4/3 format to the M4/3. are
I next up graded to Pentax and I have been very happy with the K5's and K30 I use. if the K01 had and EVF I would have purchased one. My Olympus cameras I passed on to my son who has been pleased with them and the results. Olumpus was nice but the Pentax is better

memo90061 [Delete] Dec 11th, 2012 8:39PM

Yeah the Olympus camera has a very pleasing look. I really liked how the sky looked with this camera. Something about the blue just looked good to me.

Yes it's too bad they are moving away. :(

The Olympus felt nice in my hands, and low ISO wasn't so good with it. I really liked my night images though.

I really want to try a Pentax camera. The K-30, and the K-5 look so good. I think it's the right upgrade for an Olympus user.

zosxavius [Delete] Dec 11th, 2012 7:23PM

I tried an olympus dslr once. I think it was the lower end pentamirror model. It felt nice considering how dated it was. Compared to the k-7 I had on me though it just doesn't hold a candle.

john5100 [Delete] Dec 11th, 2012 6:23PM

My buddy has a E510 and it's a really nice camera. Too bad Oly is moving away from DSLRs.

Unsinkable II [Delete] Dec 11th, 2012 6:03PM

I was a gnat's johnson away from buying an E-620 when the K-x then took my attention. Olympus images have a certain, very pleasing, look. Congratulations on your purchase, and ongoing enjoyment of your hobby.