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Old Jul 6, 2006, 7:49 PM   #1
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ok heres my question. I have a chance to buy a 350d for a great price. I currently shoot a P/S fuji 5200. The S5200 has a 38-380mm lens . I will say I have been happy with the results I have gotten with this camera, but I have the chance to upgrade for about what I paid for the S5200. I would like to know how the basic lens such as canon 100-300 ef usm f4-5.6 ( or any other lens in that range or say 28-200 ) will compare to the fixed lens on the fuji ?? which would be better.

I would like to upgrade, but do not want to have to spend 800-1000 dollars to get a lens comprable to the fix on the P\S. can I get the same quality for now out of a 200-450 dollar range lens ?? thanks to all for any help.
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Old Jul 7, 2006, 1:52 PM   #2
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Well I have never used the fuji s5200 but i have a Canon s2 is which is similar and I do have the rebel xt (350d). And when you compare fixed lens camera such as your s5200 to a dslr like the 350d its not really fair. The 350d is going to outpreform it in just about everyway. I've compared my Canon s2 pictures to pictures from my350d with the basic kit lens and its not even close the350d is still way better.I would say go for it and get the 350d and for around $450 you get a pretty good lens. I know you can get the canon 28-200 for around that price and I've used that lens and its pretty good and it converts to 44.8-320 with the 1.6 crop factor of the 350d which is real close to the focal range of you s5200
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Old Jul 7, 2006, 2:28 PM   #3
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Are you going to be purchasing a kit lense or basic walk-around lense in addition to the telephoto lense?

You may want to look into the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lense; you can find it for around $550 and it has received great reviews; many say the images it takes rivals that of an "L" lense.

I'm going to be purchasing one relatively soon to compliment my kit lense (18-55mm) which will cover a pretty broad range.
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Old Jul 7, 2006, 2:38 PM   #4
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I had a S5100.

With my XT I bought the $400 Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens. It doesn't have the zoom of the fuji but it has much more wide angle. The quality difference is GIGANTIC. For me not having zoom is not a big deal at this point.

In the near future I may pick up a Canon 70-300 IS for about $400 (or look at sigma and tamron's offeringss) as well and this will give me more zoom than the fuji (480 vs. 370).

If you are looking for lens go to www.photozone.de and click on the review tabs. It is the most informative lens review site I know of.

The S5100's lens was quite good but It isn't even close to the XT.

Even if lens quality and pixel quality (note that this isn't the case) was equal here are some interesting differences between your S5200 and the XT:

Camera 1 = S5200
Camera 2 = XT

Approximate Image Size:
Camera #1 ~ 2607 x 1955
Camera #2 ~ 3464 x 2309 (1.6x the pixels of camera #1)

Resolution Gain:
Camera #2 has 25.2% more overall resolution than camera #1
Camera #2 has 32.9% more horizontal resolution than camera #1
Camera #2 has 18.1% more vertical resolution than camera #1

What does this mean?
At 300 PPI the two cameras would make the following 3:2 and 4:3 sizes:
Camera #2 would print at 7.7" x 11.55" whereas Camera #1 at 5.79" x 8.69"
Camera #2 would print at 7.7" x 10.26" whereas Camera #1 at 6.52" x 8.69"

In real life, with my S5100 (4MP) the biggest I could go to maintain high quality was about 10x13 inch. With the XT it is about (13x19, maybe 16x24 on a perfect shot)
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Old Jul 8, 2006, 9:25 AM   #5
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well thank you all , that is about waht I was looking for . I will be getting the body for about 325 (after rebate ) , and be looking to add a lens . I have considered the 70-300 is, but not sure I want to go the 500-600 dollars just yet ( but whom am I kidding I will probably order it today ) and was going to get a sligtly less expensive canon or sigma lens for now. once again thanks to all of you whom responded. I really aooreciate your advice / comments.
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Buy the kit lens and but the Sigma 70-300 APO DG lens and you should be set.These are the 2 lenses I started out with and you can get good shots with both lenses,just play with them and get a feel for both of them.
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Oh and the sigma is only about $220 USD.
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