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Old Nov 30, 2002, 7:18 PM   #1
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Default MY 1st day, 1st question: Need great camera for low light.

Hi,
I'm new to this forum. I've been using the Nikon Coolpix900 since it came out several years ago. It is as s l o w as molasses and has several "old-age" problems.

I take a lot of low light level pictures in a fairly large auditorium. Since the distance is too far for flash, I only use available light. Of course I use a tripod, but I want a camera with at lease 3x optical zoom (more is fine) that will do a good job. I need one that will focus with lower light levels too. Most of the time there is a spotlight on the subject(s).

I'd appreciate your suggestions.
regards, Tom B.
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Old Nov 30, 2002, 7:37 PM   #2
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Well I will throw my 10 cents in here as I am still a newbe, but from what I have read you need a lot of glass (large lens diamiter), F2 or lower, not a pocket type camera, but more like a real good SLR.
I could be wrong, but I think film is more senitive to low light than a CCD, but if I am wrong I am sure I will be corrected by the experts, and we will both learn something.
Many years ago I used to take some low light pictures using my Pentax K1000 and ASA 400 film at schools and concerts, but digital is all new for me.
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Old Nov 30, 2002, 7:50 PM   #3
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I have an Olympus 2100uz. I have had very good success with it in low light situations.
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Old Nov 30, 2002, 8:02 PM   #4
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The Oly C4040 and C5050 have one of the best optics for low resolution. Read Steve's reviews. I have the C4040 and found it to work well in low light.
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Old Nov 30, 2002, 9:36 PM   #5
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If you dare get into the dSLR type camera you should see what the Fuji S2 Pro can do at high ISO's. 1600 is very usable with low noise..
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Old Dec 1, 2002, 12:07 AM   #6
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Another suggestion: Fuji S602. Has very usable higher ISO, and a 6x lens. Also the Sony F707/717, which has a good focus assist system. The Canon G2/G3 also has a focus assist light.
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Old Dec 1, 2002, 4:15 PM   #7
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Thanks for the quick response.

This gives me a lot to look at. I've always thought the Oly was a good choice and I've been looking at the Fuji too.

Regards, Tom B.
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