While I'm waiting for my Panasonic L10 to come back from a botched Infrared Conversion at Pro Camera Repair in San Diego, I realized I just can't live without a DSLR. While I love my Panasonic GF-1 and everything it does for travel photography, there just something about looking through an optical viewfinder that is ingrained in me. Live View is good and fine, but still, IMO nothing beats looking, composing and focusing through a pentaprism.
So while I am waiting (it's been nearly a month now), I decided to pick up an interim DSLR and went on Craigslist to see what I could find. For a couple hundred I picked this up:
It's an Olympus E-300 with a 14-45mm and a 40-150mm. Its no Canon, but you know what, for the money its not a bad little camera. I know I'm a little late for a E-300 review :) but the reason I'm writing about this now is that I was wrong. I used to dismiss people who shot with low end cameras because there aren't enough Megapixels (this one is only 8mp), and the optical quality isn't as good, but now I think differently.
While I'm probably not going to do any commercial work with this camera, I think its perfectly fine for most every day shooting. Especially if everything you're doing goes online instead of print. What important is that you're shooting, not what you're shooting.