Originally Posted by Hermitt
A 4:3 'Lens' system is not 'way' smaller than any of the other dslr sensors.
good article -> http://www.calicocat.com/2005/01/oly...-standard.html
In fact, the multiplier for 4:3 lenses is X2 so a 50mm lens is equivilant to a 100mm in 35mm format. My 50mm/f2.0 Zuiko was almost $500
Well that is exactly my point, since the 'four thirds' system uses a smaller sensor, the crop factor increases (to 2.0) compared to Nikkon's and Pentax' (both crop factor 1.5) and Canon's (1.6) sensors.
I do not say that Olympus' Fourthirds aren't any good (nothing less then the competition), but i wouldn't recommend them as a first DSLR, this because (at least as far as i know within the Netherlands) wider angle (which you'll need to get the same effect) means less common and pricier.
I haven't done a huge amount of research for lenses for the Fourthirds system but i do think the 2x crop factor limits the maximum wide angle (non-fish eye).
Unless you already know you aren't going to use 'extreme' wide angles, or i am terribly wrong, i stand my point that a Olympus isn't a great ''my first DSLR''.[Edit: oh, i see that this ain't the problem as jjcha said, .....still, my logic sense make me think otherwise though]
Btw, live-view is kinda strange in a DSLR, but handy for someone who wants a a PnS like system. (however i don't like the way Olympus integrated it in their DSLR, the bad color preview, and that the picture is angled for example (both mode-A))