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Old Jun 23, 2002, 6:11 AM   #1
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Default best for long zoom

I'm looking for the best long zoom - considering OLympus 2100uz, Canon Pro is and Sony MVCFD97 - but they all have low resolution. Any advice or suggestions?
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Old Jun 24, 2002, 11:02 AM   #2
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My personal preference is for the Olympus C-2100UZ. The only thing I don't like about it is that it uses SmartMedia, other than that it is a winner.

In the last six months I have gotten more Photo of the Day entries from C-2100UZ cameras than any other brand or model so it is still very popular. Too bad Olympus dropped it for the C-700/C-720UZ which does not have a stabilized lens - it makes all the difference in the world between sharp and blurry pictures.

The Pro90 IS is also a very capable camera but I am not crazy about its ergonomics. The placement of the tele zoom control was poor (my opinion), the use of CF2 devices is top notch as is its powerful BP511 battery. But the price was a little high.

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Old Jun 25, 2002, 8:49 AM   #3
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Default I would agree 100% with Steve on this one...

It's really tough to go wrong with the Olympus C2100UZ. Image quality is excellent, the lens is fast throughout the zoom - you can add a 1.7x tele converter and shoot excellent shots at 646mm. It has excellent burst speed and so on.

The 128 meg limitation on SmartMedia is the only drawback, but SmartMedia prices are at an all time low and you can carry a ton of memory in your shirt pocket. The cameras uses rechargeable AA size batteries, so if you run out of power in the middle of Equador, you can still shoot with easily obtainable AA alkalines - lots to like about this camera. It's definitely one of my favorites whenever I travel and want to go light...

Here's a shot at 646mm to give you an idea of the image. This one prints beautifully at 8x10...


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Old Jul 6, 2002, 8:37 AM   #4
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Steve & Lin are right. In addition, the camera plus batteries weighs next to nothing around your neck. You can carry it all day and not be strained.
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