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Old 23 Mar 2006, 09:25 (Ref:1558208)   #1
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Digital Camera Recommendations (10x zoom)

Hi guys

im looking to replace my camera (Olympus C740 Ultra Zoom) its been well used in the 2 and half years i've had it (estimate 20,000+ pics) but its beginning to get a bit worn out and its being repaired (for the second time, same fault) and i think its likely to break again so i'll be getting a replacement through the warranty or buying a new one.

My primary usage for the my camera is motorsport photography, my budget is limited to 'normal' high end digital cameras (10x zoom or better, £500) as i cant afford the 'professional' slrs and the lenses that go with them.

Can anyone recommend a camera similar to the spec outlined above? or perhaps advise me on brands to avoid

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Old 23 Mar 2006, 09:32 (Ref:1558214)   #2
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Are you looking at a high end point n shoot, or low end DSLR?

Because I think it could be worth it looking on ebay for a Nikon D50, or Canon 350D, You don't have to get yourself uber expensive lenses, you could get a Sigma 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 for about £130, okay it's not a pro lens, and it's probably one that most seriousl shooters would stay away from. But if it's just hobby shooting, then for the budget you state it's quite appropriate.
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Old 23 Mar 2006, 13:59 (Ref:1558545)   #3
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high end point and shoot really, (allthough my current camera has manual and semi-manual modes which i use) i'd prefer to buy new so i have some sort of comeback should the camera break.

just looking on jessops dslr option :
i could get nikon D50 with sigma 300mm lense for £570,
that lense equates to about 9x zoom

high end point and shoot option :
LUMIX DMC-FZ30, £500 12x zoom

it is just a hobby for me, i dont make any money from my pics, what are the advantages of dslrs? also the sigma 300mm lense, i guess this is a basic make, what problems would i be likely to find with that lense?
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Old 23 Mar 2006, 16:09 (Ref:1558659)   #4
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just looking on jessops dslr option :
i could get nikon D50 with sigma 300mm lense for £570,
that lense equates to about 9x zoom
That is EXACTLY what I have now (in addition to my Oly C-740). The 10x Oly lens is equal to a 420mm.

The Sigma lens' only detractions can be ignored on the D50 as the image sensor is smaller that a 35mm film frame. All `edge deterioration' of the image becomes a non-issue. Furthermore the sensor then renders the 300mm to be equal to a 420mm lens and the 28mm is equal to 40mm. The `Kit' Nikkor lens (18-55mm) is equal to 25-77mm on a 35mm film frame.

I also have a Nikon N75 (F75 in UK) that has been faithful but I fear it is time to join the "21st Photographic Century". I am retaining my Tokina 17mm ƒ1:3.5 as it is still an excellent lens and will work on the D50 (24mm) as well as the N75.

I have sold off my other Nikon N75 as well as an N65 + many lenses on eBay.

The Oly will go to my daughter who is getting tired of her N65.

Anyone want to buy some Nikon 35mm equipment? I have a 100% feedback rating on eBay. PM for details and screen name.

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Old 4 Apr 2006, 20:40 (Ref:1570851)   #5
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im looking to replace my camera (Olympus C740 Ultra Zoom) its beginning to get a bit worn out and its being repaired (for the second time, same fault) and i think its likely to break again
well i got my camera back after another month wait and it broke again within a hours usage, so i've got them to swap it for a new camera under the warranty.

i decided not to get a dslr because i didnt want to buy a budget lense, after all it is an important part of the camera.

i went for a FujiFilm Finepix S5600 (10x zoom, 5.1 megapixels). It came with a carry case and 256mb card for £280, plus i got an extended warranty and £35 in vouchers because i the olympus was £350 when i bought not a bad deal at all.

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Hope you get good results from it.

Personally with your budget, I would have gone with the DSLR and budget lens option. As I belive this would enable you take photos with significantly better image quality than the Fuji is capable of.

I started out with the Fuji s620, and s5000 before progressing to DSLR. And belive me, there is a big difference.
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There is, but at the same time, budget lenses don't always cut it. If it's just for a hobby or fun, you probably don't want to be carrying around a load of kit either.
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Old 5 Apr 2006, 01:28 (Ref:1571025)   #8
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I would be more than happy with the Fuji - all my shots last year were taken with an S5500 and i found that with the right technique i could get some excelent motorsport and modelling shots. It travelled half the world with me - a lot of the shots on my website ( www.focalcapture.co.uk) were taken with the Fuji - all the aerial, all the landscape and some of the motorsport and modelling ones.
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I had an S5000 back in 2004, and it did me pretty well. DSLRs are great, look impressive aswell, but they also need a variety of lenses, stuff like sensor cleaning, etc. But at the same time, you can get a basic system, and build on it.

I wouldn't buy a D50 though. I want a D2h!
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you're right about not wanting to carrying a lot of kit mike, this weekend for the btcc at brands for example im planning to get most of my pics on saturday and for sunday im going to be in the paddock grandstand for a change (i can get a few more shots from there but a big dslr would certainly be out of place and in the way!)
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Mike,im in the same position dont know whether to get the d2x or the d2hs,why would you go for a d2h instead of the d2x...Paul.GT
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Price mainly. You can get a used D2H for around 800 quid or so these days, compared to the around 3 grand for a D2X. It's still a great camera aswell apparently.
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The only thing that im worried about is cropping photo's with only 4 megapix.But what if you had the money would you buy the D2X...
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The only thing that im worried about is cropping photo's with only 4 megapix.But what if you had the money would you buy the D2X...
Just convert to Canon Paul, you know you want to....
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Phill if i had'nt spent my money on all this ~Glass for Nikon i probably would have changed over,but as i have to much sigma glass which does'nt hold it's resell value it would cost me a fortune which you and i know is not possible at the present time,and i also like the Nikon design and ease of use(because you know i'm a simpleton realy),and i would be on the phone every weekend asking you if i could borrow the 400mm lol
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