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Old Dec 2, 2005, 10:02 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am looking to get a pocketable (?) camera with 10-12 zoom. Initially I though my only choice will be the S2 IS BUT looking into forums it seems that there is aposibility of getting the A620 and adding tele lenses.

Please tell me that there is SOME way of getting 2.5x - 3x tele adapters for the A620 !!

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Old Dec 3, 2005, 9:12 AM   #2
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Using tele converter doesn't give more zoom.
They just multiply focal length and they're intended for use at full tele.
Even then tele coverters not designed specially for lens in question can cause considerable loss of image quality.
So don't count them as substituent for real zoom.

Best you can get in compact pocket cameras is about 5 to 6x zooms.

Panasonic DMC-LZ2
Then Pentax has few such models.
And Ricoh one model.

But because of size and price limits there's some compromises in those.
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Old Dec 3, 2005, 9:40 AM   #3
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Gidday

The converter would be bigger than your camera(A620) and as E T said loss of quality.

I have S2, FZ5 and OlyC770 (10X) and the Oly is the only one close to pocketable- but thats a big pocket

The biggest zoom pocketable would be the new Ricoh R3 (7X) only 26mm wide compared to 69mm on the Oly C770

Good hunting Dom
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Old Dec 4, 2005, 10:05 AM   #4
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E.T wrote:
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Using tele converter doesn't give more zoom.
They just multiply focal length and they're intended for use at full tele.

Best you can get in compact pocket cameras is about 5 to 6x zooms.

Panasonic DMC-LZ2
Then Pentax has few such models.
And Ricoh one model.

But because of size and price limits there's some compromises in those.
I think that a 4x-5x real zoom will be sufficient for most normal situation. I was expecting to use the full zoom + converter in the rest of the time

Thanks for the 3 suggestions. I could not go and see them ina store but the reviews zre not very favourable for the pana and the pentax (did not see one for ricoh)

It seems I am stuck with s2 IS if i can't find a 3x converter
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Old Dec 4, 2005, 10:17 AM   #5
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The converter would be bigger than your camera(A620) and as E T said loss of quality.

I have S2, FZ5 and OlyC770 (10X) and the Oly is the only one close to pocketable- but thats a big pocket

The biggest zoom pocketable would be the new Ricoh R3 (7X) only 26mm wide compared to 69mm on the Oly C770

Good hunting Dom
Never used Ricoh products before, as a brand are they any good?


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I agree with ET. I had a Canon A75 with a 1.7X tele-converterand lens adapter, all Canon products, and the results were disappointing to say the least. Not only was picture quality noticeably degraded with the converter/adapter assembly attached, but this kind of setup is very inconvenient to use. The tele-converter only works at the camera's full tele setting and you have to take it off the camera for all your other shots. Not worth the costor the hassle.

The Nikon Coolpix S4 is an interesting split-body camera with an integrated 10X zoom lens. It looks small enough to be considered 'pocketable'.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/s4.html
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The Nikon Coolpix S4 is an interesting split-body camera with an integrated 10X zoom lens. It looks small enough to be considered 'pocketable'.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/s4.html
Looks like they didn't think everytuhing thoroughly...

I just wonder were you're supposed to keep right hand's thumb, fingerprints in LCD won't look nice.
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I agree with ET. I had a Canon A75 with a 1.7X tele-converterand lens adapter, all Canon products, and the results were disappointing to say the least. Not only was picture quality noticeably degraded with the converter/adapter assembly attached, but this kind of setup is very inconvenient to use. The tele-converter only works at the camera's full tele setting and you have to take it off the camera for all your other shots. Not worth the costor the hassle.

The Nikon Coolpix S4 is an interesting split-body camera with an integrated 10X zoom lens. It looks small enough to be considered 'pocketable'.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/s4.html
Inded it looks promising - can't wait for steve's or DCreviews review !




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Gidday

Don't know if any of the main forums will do a review of the Ricoh R3 but here is one-sounds like a very fast cam

http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?art=2050

Here is a review for Nikon S4

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/CPS4/CPS4A.HTM

Cheers Dom
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