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Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 2:09 am

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?


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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 2:18 am

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.

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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 2:54 am

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?


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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 4:28 am

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

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

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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 6:30 am

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?
 
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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 7:51 am

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.

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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 8:28 am

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.

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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 8:30 am

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....)
 
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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 8:43 am

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.

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RE: Digital Camera Zoom Question

Wed May 01, 2002 9:30 am

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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