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Olympus E-300: What Tussle?
The Digital Imaging Scene

bow of warship
Bow of the warship was almost directly overhead, as shown practically distortion-free by the exceptional 7-14mm lens on the E-300.
Olyympus E-300
Olympus E-300
view of warship
Crisp, vivid colors and very clean whites are typical of the E-300. “Dropping foreground” of 7-14mm zoom emphasizes the vessels. Note absence of “fisheye” curvature.

We found this zoom lens enormously useful in close-quarters work, and an excellent performer. It's a more practical lens on the E-300 than on the E-1, as the "prosumer" model has more than half-again the number of pixels. A wide-angle lens does its trick by reducing the size of subjects in the frame, meaning they each get fewer pixels. So it's best to start with as many as possible. At nearly twice the price of the camera itself ($899, although we've seen it offered in the mid $700s), the 7-11mm may seem like an odd partner for the E-300 in its intended market. But anyone really needing a superior ultrawide zoom might consider the use of this lens a good excuse to buy the camera.

Because we still think of and categorize digital cameras according to pixel count (and even though we know we're not supposed to), the E-300 is more likely to be compared with the Canon Rebel XT than with the original Digital Rebel or, for that matter, the Nikon D50. But that sounds like a whole new tussle—now it's Randy against Biff—think anyone's watching? ptn