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    Audrey

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    Re: I'm looking for a new camera

    Hi Audrey, Stephen mentioned Micro Four Thirds. Here is an example:



    This is the Olympus E-P2 fitted with the new 14-150 f/4-5.6 lens (equivalent to 28-300). TThe other lens is the kit standard zoom (28-84 equivalent) he E-PL1 body is even smaller and lighter - these are much closer to the weight and size of a bridge camera than a DSLR, but they have DSLR sized sensors and all the benefits that come with that.

    Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic now all offer compact interchangeable lens cameras like this.

    The alternative is a fixed lens compact with a DSLR sized sensor, and the Sigma DP-series come to mind.

    Ian
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    • #3
      Re: I'm looking for a new camera

      Just as a matter of interest Ian, what would a kit like this cost with the 2 lenses and body?
      Audrey

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        • #5
          Re: I'm looking for a new camera

          Hi Audry

          These lenses with big zoom ranges I fear will always have fringing of some sort, its simply asking such a lot of technology and physics. 24-700 is an enormous range something has to give, quality is the trade off for convenience
          There is also the other problem of holding the thing steady at the 700 end, I guess the camera has some form of stabilization but even so in less than ideal lighting conditions you could struggle to keep things sharp without a tripod.

          I understand the knead for a small light camera, so I should give a micro 4/3 a good look, budget permitting.


          Patrick

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            Re: I'm looking for a new camera

            http://www.ftmphotography.co.uk

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              Audrey

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              • #8
                Re: I'm looking for a new camera

                Audrey the Lumix G2 or G10 might interest you too!
                Jocelyn

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                • #9
                  Re: I'm looking for a new camera

                  Well in the end, I have gone full circle and last night I ordered the Fuji HS10. I know Ash said it would be too similar to what I have, but a lot of people just upgrade what they have to the latest model and are satisfied.

                  I like the fact that the video is in built and of relatively good quality. Not that I use one much (we have never had a dedicated video camera), but sometimes I just like to record the moving object, because it captures the atmosphere so. When I make a slide show, I always think I will add a little video clip to my stills, but haven't done it yet.

                  Delivery 3-5 working days. May be the weekend perhaps early next week.

                  I'll keep you posted.
                  Audrey

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                  • #10
                    Re: I'm looking for a new camera

                    Hi Audrey
                    When I read about the x 30 optical zoom ratio of HS10 (24-720mm), I'm a bit surprised as it far exceeds conventional (or old) wisdom of zoom ratio of x 3 which was I think prevailing during film days. I, on the other hand, personally use a zoom lens of x 10 (35-350mm) that has no Image stabilization feature as one of my favorite lenses for landscape. So the difference is only x 3 between the two.

                    I vistied the HS10 site (http://www.fujifilm.com/products/dig.../finepix_hs10/) and learned that this extraordinary zoom ratio is to be compensated for by some appealing new features. A good hi ISO and the new five-axis stabilizer should help( , if I believe the official site).

                    I then read a BCN article which they issued today that until last year the most popular zooming ratio was x 3 but now it is x 5 or more. When the x 3 and x5 (and more) is combined, they jointly have market share of 63% of Japanese market. HS10 seems to me the front runner in this regard.

                    The BCN also says that 14 to 15 Meg Pixel sensor is getting more popular this year. (see attached chart - it shows the compact camera market share classified by sensor size from May 2009 to May 2010. The 14-15 MP was only 0.2% in Jan 2010 but in May it is 38.0% - it is shown by a red circle).

                    I also looked into the price in Japan. Amazon JP is selling it at yen 36,451 incl. VAT (around 270 pounds). which is the 10 th least expensive but in my view the cheapest among well-known and reliable shops. Our VAT is quite low (5%) compared to Europe especially.

                    yoshi

                    P.S. I'm of course not saying personally that more pixel is better. My G11 has only 10MP and I'm satisfied with it. (I assume you know it is 10.3MP for HS)

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