I currently own an Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera. I’ve had this camera since December 2005. There are new camera models available now that are light-years ahead of my camera in technological improvements. I take good pictures with the E-500; however, I feel the new camera models have features that would help me to improve my photo-taking capabilities. Besides I have come across situations where a second camera body would be helpful. For a while now two digital SLR cameras have held my interest — the Olympus E-620 and the Olympus E-30.
A couple weeks ago I posted a message for MyOlympus Yahoo group members asking for input as to what decision process people went through when deciding whether to purchase the E-620 or the E-30. What I took away from the many replies to my message was that I couldn’t go wrong with whichever camera I chose.
On the evening of Black Friday I placed an order at amazon.com for the Olympus E-620 camera. The price was $70 lower than it had been earlier in the week. In choosing the Olympus E-620 I decided not to put all my eggs in one basket (namely a camera body). The Olympus E-30 was almost $400 more than the E-620. If I decide at a future date that i would like to buy an additional camera lens, for example, I can use the difference in price between the two cameras towards that lens. A 50mm prime lens crosses my mind, as I type this.
I want to share a short story with you in regards to delivery of my first digital SLR camera. What follows is a journal entry from my diary, dated December 5, 2005.
“My new camera arrived this afternoon. I expected delivery on Friday; however. delivery was delayed due to the weather. Delivery was rescheduled for Saturday. On Saturday in the mid-afternoon I telephoned FedEx to verify the status of my delivery. FedEx assured me that my package would be delivered on Saturday. As I was hanging up the telephone, Bob started to chuckle. I heard Bob’s chuckle and saw out of the corner of my eye the FedEx truck as it was pulling away! Bob said the FedEx truck just paused on our street. No one got out of the truck. Saturday came and gone … no camera. I called FedEx late in the evening. This is what I learned during that conversation with FedEx. Apparently the camera was not scanned for delivery for Saturday. The customer service representative placed a tracer on my package. He said that FedEx Home Delivery delivers on Tuesdays through Saturdays only. So he said that my package would not arrive until Tuesday. Well FedEx DID run today. The driver said he was catching up on his deliveries. And get this .. he WAS on our street on Saturday. He said the camera was not in the truck on that day.”
Fast forward to today.
I expected delivery of my new Olympus E-620 camera on Monday, December 7. My new camera was delivered TODAY, 5 days early! What a nice surprise! Kudos to the United States Postal Service!
The E-620 is a little bit shorter than the E-500; the hand grip of the E-620 is a little shorter too. I like the feel of both cameras in my hand; however, the E-620 feels just a little bit more comfortable to me than the E-500.
The timing on receiving my new camera is excellent because Santa is coming to town on Friday evening. Each year my home town has a Christmas parade on the first Friday in December. I’ll be able to use my new camera when I take pictures of the parade!