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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5055 posts, RR: 15
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2425 times:

I was in a store looking at both SLR and digital cameras together. The SLR had a 80-200 lens. The digital had a "10x" zoom. Even though the digital's lens looks smaller it appeared to zoom in tighter on further objects than the SLR, at least in the viewfinder.

what is the SLR lens equivalent of a 10x zoom? How about a 300mm lens - what would the comparable zoom ratio be on a digital?


bruce


Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2388 times:

10x zoom is 10 times the smallest focal length (ie. Wide angle) In the majority of digital cameras its about 37mm which makes 10x 370mm.

The camera you saw was probably the Olympus C700, C2100 or Canon Pro90.

These all have 37mm/38mm-370mm/380mm optical zoom lenses.

Dan  Smile


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5055 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2379 times:

oh! If I'd known that last year I probably would have gone digital! I always thought, well I need at least 300mm to get decent plane shots from a distance and that tiny little lens will never do!

But the drawback is, you don't have as much control over settings for shutter speed and lighting with a digital, right? (consider the lesser expensive digitals) Is it harder to do a pan/motion blur shot with a digital?


bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineAA_Cam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

make sure that it is 10x OPTICAL not 10x DIGITAL zoom..... VERY IMPORTANT.

I've got a Pro90 IS and I love it!

Cameron


User currently offlineDan330 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Non SLR digitals make it very hard to get good motion shots! I bought the Olympus C-700 (380mm lens) a few weeks ago but it is very, very difficult to get good shots of moving objects. I still take my normal SLR and if anything interesting comes my way I use that and not risk missing with the digital.

Personally if I had the choice again I think I'd keep saving until I could afford an digital SLR, anyone else agree?


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

I don't find it hard, however on my last trip I had a sorta 'wet' time where the camera WOULD NOT ZOOM. Well, fast anyway. I cut off so much it was hilarious! Anyways the majority weren't that interesting anyway  Smile.

AA_Cam - I did mention that Big grin

Well, I think the C-700 is very good, with the exception of no image stabalization. You just need to practice and I think the SLR-like cameras like the C700, C2100 and Pro90 especially, are very good as an entry level digital camera.

Then you can move on to digital SLR's, and saving will be made alot easier without film costs  Smile/happy/getting dizzy although there is still extra batteries, storage, teleconverters etc to think of.

Regards

Dan  Smile


User currently offlineAA_Cam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Yes, I agree with EGGD.

One of the most commonly overlooked things in digital photography start-up has to be storage media. On a 128mb CF-card, with my Pro90, I can fit roughly 52 RAW images, or about 86 "Highest Resolution/Lowest Compression" (ie Highest quality) .jpg images.

Cameron


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

On a camera like the Fuji 6900 (which I use now) you have all the control you want if you so desire. I find it a very nice little camera and have had fair success in shooting moving a/c and at air shows.
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But...the zoom is s l o w....I have more photos of half airplanes, noses, tails etc...Takes a bit of getting used to. I think the zoom responsiveness and shutter lag are the biggest draw backs of digital. (Which is why I am moving up to the digital SLR world...Please don't tell my wife....)


User currently offlineAirhead711 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Anyone using a 1.4x teleconverter?I just got one for my C-2100...I took a few sample shots and I see very little difference in the zoom but almost all of the photos are blurry.

Thanks
Scott


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

I had a 1.5x converter for my Fuji. A waste of money I think. Not enough to make a difference and it locks you into having to use the max zoom on the camera.

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