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Old Feb 20, 2007, 1:38 PM   #11
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This is where I get to step in. Given I currently have a XTi camera with a 70-200mm 2.8 from Sigma, but I have also owned the S2IS. Very good "prosumer" camera, and I have had some good shots by all means.

As many have declared, you cannot simply judge the performance based on a signle factor, and cannot expect them to be indentical for the price. While my current investment is much more than what I paid for the S2, 2500$ compared to 400$, for my needs I can clearly see and respect the investment. I am not a professional photographer, I am a mere hobbiest / amature. When I purchased the S2, I wanted many of the features of the dSLR's, but didnt quite understand the need for a dSLR itself. After much research and looking into it, I did in fact buy the XTi. My first additional lens to the kit lens was the 75-300mm, which yielded very poor results when it came to picture quality, and to include AF speed. Even the kit lens had better photos and sharpness than the 75-300.

I am aware that the S2 and S3 has USM for quick focusing, which is by all means a plus. I am also fully aware that in daylight, the S2 and S3 will perform very well for most people, and even great shots in print, tho still uncomparable to those of a dSLR when paired with even a decent lens.

So if focusing speed is your biggest thing and you cannot justify spending the price for a dSLR, then stick with the S3, as it is still a great P&S camera. BUT, if you intend to shoot in low light, fast action, larger prints, better cropping ability, or more control from your camera, then this is where dSLR's perform better.

Canon S2 shots:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...t/ccd5186b.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...mot/Hearty.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ot/damncat.jpg

Canon XTi Shots:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...mot/RobSon.jpg (50mm f/1.8)
http://buhammot.mine.nu:55/Open/Imag...llWadeJohn.jpg (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6)
http://buhammot.mine.nu:55/Open/Imag...o/_MG_0330.jpg (70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma)




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Old Feb 20, 2007, 3:19 PM   #12
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This is where I get to step in. Given I currently have a XTi camera with a 70-200mm 2.8 from Sigma, but I have also owned the S2IS. Very good "prosumer" camera, and I have had some good shots by all means.

As many have declared, you cannot simply judge the performance based on a signle factor, and cannot expect them to be indentical for the price. While my current investment is much more than what I paid for the S2, 2500$ compared to 400$, for my needs I can clearly see and respect the investment. I am not a professional photographer, I am a mere hobbiest / amature. When I purchased the S2, I wanted many of the features of the dSLR's, but didnt quite understand the need for a dSLR itself. After much research and looking into it, I did in fact buy the XTi. My first additional lens to the kit lens was the 75-300mm, which yielded very poor results when it came to picture quality, and to include AF speed. Even the kit lens had better photos and sharpness than the 75-300.

I am aware that the S2 and S3 has USM for quick focusing, which is by all means a plus. I am also fully aware that in daylight, the S2 and S3 will perform very well for most people, and even great shots in print, tho still uncomparable to those of a dSLR when paired with even a decent lens.

So if focusing speed is your biggest thing and you cannot justify spending the price for a dSLR, then stick with the S3, as it is still a great P&S camera. BUT, if you intend to shoot in low light, fast action, larger prints, better cropping ability, or more control from your camera, then this is where dSLR's perform better.

Canon S2 shots:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...t/ccd5186b.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...mot/Hearty.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ot/damncat.jpg

Canon XTi Shots:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...mot/RobSon.jpg (50mm f/1.8)
http://buhammot.mine.nu:55/Open/Imag...llWadeJohn.jpg (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6)
http://buhammot.mine.nu:55/Open/Imag...o/_MG_0330.jpg (70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma)



Oh, thanks

But what you say is that a DSLR with a cheap 70-300 (or similar) does NOT take better pics than a S2/S3, and it does NOT have better AF speed in general?
You need to spend more money on a decent lens for the DSLR to be worth it, for longer telezooms?
The 70-200 2.8 is very expensive, so I dont doubdt it takes better pics and has better performance than my S3, but the cheap Canon 75-300 you briefly mentioned? How does that one compare?

Thanks again
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 6:51 AM   #13
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But what you say is that a DSLR with a cheap 70-300 (or similar) does NOT take better pics than a S2/S3, and it does NOT have better AF speed in general?
You need to spend more money on a decent lens for the DSLR to be worth it, for longer telezooms?
The 70-200 2.8 is very expensive, so I dont doubdt it takes better pics and has better performance than my S3, but the cheap Canon 75-300 you briefly mentioned? How does that one compare?
The cheap newer 70-300 that JohnG mentioned will have better performance, but I doubt the older Canon's 75-300 will (they are two different lenses) - In which case the Sigma of the same range is better as most folks here have found out, just check the lens thread...

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Go for Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO DG Macro. It's great value lens, nice and sharb under 200mm, and very good above 200mm if you shoot above f8.

Even with such a cheap telezoom you cannot compare DSLR with prosumer camera.

Canon 75-300 cannot match Sigma. First Canon that counts is 70-300 F4-5.6 USM IS, and after that 70-200 F4 USM.
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