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Old Jan 28, 2003, 12:51 PM   #1
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I'm unfamiliar with the difference between no zoom thru 10x zoom lenses. I know there's a big difference, but is there a site that shows the comparisons in actual photos?
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Old Jan 28, 2003, 3:04 PM   #2
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At the bottom of the sample photos are some of the same shot showing the different zoom magnifications.
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Old Jan 29, 2003, 1:40 PM   #3
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When deciding on a zoom ratio for a camera, always remember that the long zooms (6-10X) will usually require a stabilized lens (quite rare and expensive) or a stable support to avoid camera movement blur. Be prepared to carry a tripod and/or beanbag to support the lens when using them at the longer settings. If you are really "into" photography, then a long zoom is almost indispensable. I have been a 35mm photographer for many decades, and it doesn't take long after buying an SLR to opt for at least an 80-200 zoom (as well as a wide angle zoom). There are too many missed opportunities without them. And cropping images to eliminate the unwanted subject matter isn't a viable alternative in mainstream consumer digital photgraphy yet. Even though I started into digital photography with a 1.3MP FinePix 1300 non-zoom, it only took several months to upgrade to a FinePix 2800 with a 6X zoom (I find I do MUCH more picture taking when it's "free": no film, no developing. For instance I took 148 pictures in the 1st 2 days: would I do that with a new 35mm: NO). I really wished for an Olympus C-2100 with it's stabilized 10X zoom, but I could only find one in used condition as-is. It wasn't worth risking the money, so I settled on the FinePix new for the same price, and am totally satisfied with the pictures it produces.
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