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Old 13th October 2007, 03:43   #1111
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A friend of mine is coming from the US and I have asked him to get me a digicam. I searched and read quite a few reviews (dp, lumix, t-bhp etc etc ).
And I am confused as to which one to go for.

Both have image stablization ( I need it )
Both are crappy for higher ISO images ( reivews and sample images confirm that).

I am leaning towards FZ8 as its lighter, comes with Li-ion battery and is much cheaper (getting it for 220 USD as comapred to 343 USD for s5 and 281 for s3)

After reading much praise for H5 and H3 here I am in a dilemma now, dont mind spening extra money but it should be worth it

If you are on a budget FZ8. The S5 IS does have some more bells and whistles though. I would have got the S5.

You can see the side by side comparison of both the cams hereDigital Cameras Side-by-Side, 2 cameras: Digital Photography Review
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I myself did this comparison on dp review, and going by it I dont find much difference. Both have the same size sensor. Both are pretty useless at higher ISO ( But FZ8 has an option for shooting RAW). Leaving the brand name aside that comparison does not give me much technical points to consider S5 over FZ8 ( Maybe I am missing something and would ask for the experts to please point that out to me).

The only big plus I could find for S5 is that it has hot shoe but FZ8 is lighter, cheaper and comes with Li-ion batteries.
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Old 13th October 2007, 13:23   #1113
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Some of the things where the S5 IS scores more ..it has a faster highest shutter speed of 1/3200 sec ,face detection(auto focus), Aperture rangeF2.7 - F3.5/F8, the lcd is flip out. In the real world not sure how much these matter..would like the experts to comment.
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All right folks , can we move on to a DSLR from a P&S now ?

Well I picked up a D80 from Jayesh today. Brilliant camera and has the looks of a D50 with quite a few features from the D200.

Not too heavy and the functions menu is pretty simple. Nikon has actually retained most of the features from a D50(bodywise) and functions from a D200.

Will post up pics in the coming days.
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Well I picked up a D80 from Jayesh today. Brilliant camera and has the looks of a D50 with quite a few features from the D200.
Congrats Riju, now you have a top class camera, no more entry level stuff.

I am only waiting for Oct 17th...
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Thanks Samurai .

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I am only waiting for Oct 17th...
Whats up on the 17th . You by any chance picking up the E510 ?
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Heyyyy, nice thread this is. Well, I am planning to gift my Dad a camera. His wish was to have a SLR. He has just got discharged from the hospital, so thought the gift will pep him up a bit. Anyways, down to the point. My budget is around 20-25k. Want a Digital SLR. Either looking for a Canon or Nikon. Can anyone of you suggest a camera in this range and also anyone from Mumbai can suggest which shop to head to ? It will really be a big help for me. Cheers!
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Old 14th October 2007, 21:11   #1118
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Hi I wish to upgrade my from my 2MP Kodak digicam bought 5 years ago with something decent. I have just seen this one:
Olympus FE-120 7.1 MP wit 3X zoom @ Rs. 5125.
Olympus Digital Camera - FE 210 - 7.1 MP & 3X Optical Zoom | Best Buy Olympus Digital Camera - FE 210 - 7.1 MP & 3X Optical Zoom | Olympus Digital Camera - FE 210 - 7.1 MP & 3X Optical Zoom for Sale | Olympus Digital Camera - FE 210 - 7.1 MP & 3X Opt
Can some suggest how good is this?
Also is there any 6 or 7MP cam in the range 5000-6000 Rs..
Pls suggest
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Old 15th October 2007, 00:34   #1119
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Thanks Samurai .



Whats up on the 17th . You by any chance picking up the E510 ?
The next pro dslr from Olympus (still name is yet to be confirmed E-3 or E-P1) is being released on October 17th. Expectations are too high on this camera including a low price.
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I have some amazing 1/3 sec shots in locations where tripods were not allowed. I feel having IS on ALL your lenses is well worth the expense.
Kumar, is it possible to share some of those shots?
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[*]You can get IS with film too - its still used you know .
Tell me about it doc. I still love to use my film camera body!
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IMO with lens IS is that it adds more optical elements that MIGHT have an impact on image quality-the 70-200 2.8 non IS is reputedly sharper than the IS version BUT in newer lenses even that is taken care of. I have a 70-200 f4 IS which is definitely sharper than the non IS version.
This is an area of debate. Sharpness is the question here. For ultimate sharpness one should employ a good tripod anyway. And a tripod mounted (Canon) lens wonít work in IS mode. Lens here detects itís stability and IS mode goes off.
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I'd still prefer a 14-40/2.8 fixed apeture. Maybe I am old (I started on a Hassie 500 and a 80mm lens) but I feel varying thw apeture is kinda like cheating many of them hit minimum apeture very soon; for example i used to have a nikon 28-108/3.5-4.5 and by 50mm it was already a f/4.
I would like to go with you here. Variable aperture is always an issue with speed. Especially shooting with flash. Only point here to consider is weight and cost. But..
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On a telephoto though it really saves weight.
..It helps if itís heavy. Heavy lens gives much better stability when shooting hand held. My zoom lens and camera body weighs more than 2kilos. And I can shoot 1/8th sec comfortably as hand held.

Navin, you should go for EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM. Weight is only 760g.
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Olympus unveils E-3 in Korea (sort of)

Olympus E-3 - Leaked Info | Photography Bay
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Olympus unveils E-3 in Korea (sort of)

Olympus E-3 - Leaked Info | Photography Bay
That's pretty old info, I do have the leaked document which mentions that they are targeting D300 and 40D.

Olympus E-3 Launch Event | Photography Bay
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..It helps if itís heavy. Heavy lens gives much better stability when shooting hand held. My zoom lens and camera body weighs more than 2kilos. And I can shoot 1/8th sec comfortably as hand held.
Navin, you should go for EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM. Weight is only 760g.
you mean this one
Canon | 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Autofocus Lens | 1258B002 | B&H

instead of this one
Canon | 70-300mm f/4-5.6 EF IS USM Autofocus Lens | 0345B002

1. the F/4 L is twice the cost?
2. will I need the extra stop from F/5.6 or is it that the F/4 L can be used wide open but the 70-300/4.5-5.6 cannot.
3. remember I loose out on 100mm. I intend to use this lens purely for school events and maybe a little for aero-model flights.
4. is this lens better (sharper, less CA, etc..) than my main lens (17-55/2.8)? I would like to spend more on the lens I use most. It would be odd having L glass for a lens used 2-3 times a year and non-L glass for a lens used every week or so.
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4. is this lens better (sharper, less CA, etc..) than my main lens (17-55/2.8)? I would like to spend more on the lens I use most. It would be odd having L glass for a lens used 2-3 times a year and non-L glass for a lens used every week or so.
Ok, in that case go for 70-300. What price are you getting in India? I may be worth a check.

What is CA? Did you mean Chromatic Aberration?
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archat68: Also is there any 6 or 7MP cam in the range 5000-6000 Rs..

Camera options in 5-6K
These will be grey market prices without B/W.


SONY CYBERSHOT DSC S650
CANON POWERSHOT A550
NIKON COOLPIX L11
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