One particular weekend, I lent my beloved Olympus E-5 to a friend who needed it for shooting. I wanted to do my shutter therapy so badly, so I could either use the PEN E-PL1, or my old, trusty E-520 which is already more than three years old. Since E-PL1 is my everyday camera now and I do bring it to almost everywhere I go to, I decided to give it a rest on the weekends and opted for the E-520 instead. I fixed the Zuiko 50mm F2 macro on it, and attacked the streets of KL.
With all the Megapixel race, and the ridiculous demands of higher ISO noise performance and dynamic range, many have lost track of what photography truly is: taking photographs. The E-520 is an obsolete piece of equipment that has been outclassed by many generations of cameras released year after year. Those who believe that better equipments shoot better photographs and those who measure photo quality by high ISO performance, megapixels and all sorts of technical data would find themselves gravely disappointed with the Olympus E-520, which is only 10MP, usable ISO up to 400 (significant drop of image quality at ISO800).and limit of ISO at 1600 only. If you are a professional photographer looking for the best equipment to deliver the best results to your clients, then there is no argument, get the most advanced gear with the latest technologies and specifications. However, if you are like me, a photography-enthusiast who shoots casually and treats photography as shutter therapy sessions, the E-520 is more than sufficient to get the job done. At the end of the day, the most important part is me enjoying the whole process of my shutter therapy sessions.
All images were taken with Olympus E-520 and Zuiko 50mm F2 Macro
I still love my E-520, I still do. I love how it fits my hands perfectly. I love the small size and light body, yet solidly built and rugged enough to endure my torturous shooting conditions over the years. I love the shutter sound. I particularly love the colours, bearing the signature Olympus colours. I love how the camera has almost all the necessary controls and features that I needed: wireless TTL-Flash, anti-lock mirror, live view (though a little on the slow AF side), reliable built in body IS, etc etc. Most of all, I have come to know the camera in and out that I really felt like I am one with the camera when I shoot with it. This only happens when you have been attached to a same camera over the years. Yes, loyalty is a trait which is hard to find these days. Be faithful to your camera, and your camera will be faithful to you too.
I have grown so much with E-520, and I certainly have come a long way. It is sad that Olympus has abandoned the line of E-5XX and E-4XX series, which I believe are truly remarkable line of DSLR system coming from Olympus. Those are the best entry-level (with heavily packed advanced features and controls mind you) DSLR system out there in the market during their time.
Have you shot with E-5XX or E-4XX series before? Do tell some stories, I sure love to hear your experience.