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Old 03-29-2006, 11:03 PM   #16
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Well I cetainly am no professional and someone else here can make it very clear in pre terms...but, the bigger the optical zoom the better. If you have a camera with 20X total zoom, a camera with 10X optical and 2X digital is better than one with 5X optical and 4X digital....clear as mud? Hoe this helps.
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Old 03-29-2006, 11:25 PM   #17
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Hi Anne, Don't even look at the digital zoom number. Digital zoom is just your camera making a picture bigger much like you do on your computer. It doesn't get you closer and the picture quality goes down as the digital zoom increases. Optical zoom is the important thing an is done with the lens. That way you get the same quality picture at 1X zoom as 12X zoom.

If you are looking at a fairly small camera like the 610 I think you will only find 3X or 4X zoom for the most part. If you are lookiing for 10X or 12X zoom you are more than likely to end up with a slightly larger camera like the Canon S2 IS, the Sony DSC H-1, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5S, or one of the high zoom Kodaks. They are not big cameras but they will not fit in a shirt pocket.

Have a look at this link, it will give you a pretty good idea what is out there in digital cameras. http://www.steves-digicams.com/best_cameras.html
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Old 03-29-2006, 11:27 PM   #18
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First thing I would do is turn off Digital zoom. Digital zoom is garbage, all it really is doing is cropping your image and upsizing it back upto stated megapixels. You can do that with any photoediting app.

Also the same way so many get caught up in the megapixel race, optical zoom race can also be missleading. I would rather have good quality optics/sensor with a short zoom than long zoom with terrible optics/sensor combination. The Canon A series cameras have decent sensors paired with decent lens, hard to match at those price points. Some of the Panasonic Lumix cameras may(opinion) have better lenses but their sensors are very noisy.
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Old 06-11-2006, 12:50 PM   #19
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Nikon 70-300mm f/4-f/5.6 G Zoom Lens???

How can I tell if this lens is suitable for D50 if I'm buying over the Net???
PS. is there a breakdown of the codeing for lenses somewhere?????

G, ED, iS what does it all mean???????
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Old 06-11-2006, 01:05 PM   #20
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IS usually refers to image stabilisation.
any other (non canon) info is not in my brain.
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Old 07-03-2006, 06:54 PM   #21
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Zoom Lens Recommendations?

geez, only one week with the new camera and am already itching for a stronger zoom...

I've got a Rebel XT with a Sigma 18-125. I borrowed a Canon 70-300 at my son's baseball tournament last week and was not thrilled with the pics I took with that lens (although I'm willing to blame my inexperience to a large extent; also, I didn't use a tripod, but usually braced myself against the fence).

Suggestions? I'm not in the L series budget (but go ahead and make me salivate), and I fear the IS will be too much $$ right now too, but please feel free to convince me otherwise!

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you're not happy with 70-300 IS?
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Get the 70-300 (I'm assuming by your post you were using a non IS version that was a lot less expensive) and a tripod. Get a decent tripod with a good head for moving around and you'll be a lot happier with the baseball pictures.

Though Sigma makes a 80-400mm with OS (their version of IS or VR) that comes in under $1000. But you'll still need a tripod as that is a beast of a lens. Something like 61 ounces.
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and the Sigma's AF is so dead slow it's almost like using MF.
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Thanks; the 300 was not an IS. (and I know it was a 300; I guessed at the 70 part...) Pics were not sharp, in general - this the result of not using a tripod?

Also, probably having nothing to do with the lens, but the pics were a bit washed out looking (EXTREME sun/heat that day). I can adjust via computer, but suggestions for the next time I shoot on such a bright day?
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Question 75-300 F4/5.6 Usm Is ?

Someone on our local Craigslist is selling this for $400, any opinion? I know it is a first gen. IS lens, but 300mm plus IS is very tempting. Mostly will use for kids indoor/outdoor sports (Basketball, soccer, swimming)

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What is your budget?
$300 - 550 - 800 - or up?
THis is the 70-300 with IS:


fire guy shot at full 300mm


I love it and have not seen any of the problems, from shooting in portrait orientation, that a few others have reported.

The stunt show fire guy was from this far away...
at 28mm


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What is your budget?
$300 - 550 - 800 - or up?
THis is the 70-300 with IS:


fire guy shot at full 300mm


I love it and have not seen any of the problems, from shooting in portrait orientation, that a few others have reported.

The stunt show fire guy was from this far away...
at 28mm


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can you draw a circle or something where the fire guy was located? i can't figure it out just by loooking

and for any except you with nerves of steel that never shake types ...is it really normal to be able to use a 200-300 mm ( with out lightening fast shutter)without a tripod? does the is do that much to make it possible to take that minus tripod?
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portrait orientation problem only happens on lenses with serial number:

xx0xxxxx
xx1xxxxx
and some of xx2xxxx

if you have xx3xxxxx or xx25xxxx (and beyond), you're safe.
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Ooooooh, that would take me a while.

He was (will be, moments later in the show) just to the right side of the wide shot and about 1/3 up from the bottom.
He rides a motorcycle from left to right and in the middle area he crashes it and starts sliding. The dark stripe in the pavement going up and to the left of the guy in the blue jacket is flammable liquid and would be lit on fire. He slides thru then walks about 20' before being extinguished.
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