I've been asked to ask :
could you ask on TP about the Olympus E1 ( something like ' travellers of the world ! who has enjoyed the wonderous world of the Olympus E1 ( or who has tried the E1 but not think it so wonderous ) )
Arjan's trying to decide between the Olympus E1 , the E300 or going down the Canon or Nike road....
If i would have to make this decesion again i would go for a Canon or Nikon camera (i am a verry happy Canon User).
Canon and Nikon are the mayor players on the slr market and deliver great camera's.
But buying a slr camera is a verry personal thing. The feeling that a camera gives when you hold it is verry important. I would say go to the store and try some camera's.
And maybe read some reviews on http://www.dpreview.com
He currently has an old Canon slr, totally manual, about 20 years old , he also has a small compact olympus, both cameras have produced good quality images,
At the weekend we checked out the two Olympus ones, he liked the feels of the more expensive E1 with its heavier and stronger body it looked like it would last a lot longer, Both cameras came with wide angle zoom lens E1- 14-45 which would come in handy for street scenes etc...
The canon and nikon are probably the better option with regard to buying accessories and extra lenses with the advantage of a bigger second hand market....
its just a hard decision when its going to cost so much.....
But a BIG THANK YOU for the link and opinion
I bought a Nikon D70 last year, after weeks spent lusting and thinking and comparing and reading reviews, and the two main arguments that decided me against the E1 early on were 1) the price (this might have dropped substantially since then) and 2) it's an entire new system with lenses specifically designed for the smaller sensors used in digital cameras. The problem is that this means that if you buy into this system, and buy all these lenses, then you can never take the lenses along to a non-digital camera, or even to a hypothetical next generation of digital cameras with larger lenses. Nikon and Cannon on the other hand strongly market on your regular 35mm lenses being usable on digital cameras. (Even getting even "better" results, because the 'less perfect' parts of the lenses outside the middle aren't used to capture the image.)
That said, the new system also has a major benefit for travellers - lenses will be smaller and weigh noticeably less. I can just manage my D70 and one extra zoom lens, but there's a whole range of lenses that I will never even think about, no matter how much I might drool over them.