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Feb 15, 2004, 11:25am

Oly kit
Olympus C5050
Selling my venerable Oly with a heap of accessories.

Update: I had to relist the camera - my reserve was too high (sob!), so this time I have it listed with no reserve. The link below is for the latest auction

I have my venerable Olympus C5050 Digital Camera for sale on ebay right now, along with a bunch of extras, including extra memory, spare batteries, and a LowePro bag.

I'm selling this camera with mixed feelings. This was without a doubt the best prosumer digicam I've ever owned; and I hate selling photography equipment. I bought this in late March, 2003 from London Drugs, and between that time and November, I've taken about 5,000 studio shots with it; most of the photos on CoffeeGeek between those periods were taken with the camera (and beyond - some photos were taken of products that have not yet seen reviews on the site).

My favourite feature on that camera has to be the f1.8 lens, which is lightning fast for a digicam. The successor to the C5050, the incremental C5060 lost this fast lens in lieu of an extra "X" in the lens zoom (C5050 was 3X, the 5060 is 4X) - a bad tradeoff, in my opinion - the lens only stops open to 2.8, losing a lot of light and potential quick photograph and shallow depth of field ability. I don't know of any other prosumer digicam on the market that stops open to f1.8, so this camera is unique, and probably the single biggest reason I am hesitant to sell it.

I've moved on to the Canon Digital Rebel, which is my first dSLR, but not my last. I like the Rebel a lot, but I'm considering getting the Canon D10 replacement that is due in the next few months, which is one reason why I have to "liquidate" the Olympus. I've invested a lot of dough in Canon lenses and flash; I've been a Nikon SLR owner for over a decade, but I like the Canon so much, I may sell my F5, Nikkor lenses, and Nikon kit and kaboodle down the road to buy a Canon Elan 7n or other traditional SLR, to keep my lenses commen.

But selling the Nikons will be even tougher than selling this Olympus is. That F5 and I have been through a lot.

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