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Dano Jan 2, 2003 9:36 PM

Zoom digital or Teleconverter?
 
A recent trip to Mexico shooting Mayan ruins and wildlife with my Canon SLR has convinced me that when I buy my first digital I will need at least a 200-280 telephoto.

I'm struggling between buying the Canon G3 with a 4-times optical lens and adding a teleconverter and something like the Nikon 5700 or the Fuji S602Z (I don't like the EVF on the Olympuses) with built in zoom lenses.

Unfortunately, the Nikon and the Fuji lack many of the features of the G3 (e.g., AF assist, remote, powerful battery, panorama stitch). And WHY did Nikon design a camera without the ability to add filters?

My questions are: Will the quality of the G3 with a 1.5 teleconverter be that much poorer than the Nikon or Fuji? Will the 4MP capability of the G3 make up for that?

Mike_PEAT Jan 2, 2003 10:36 PM

For the Nikon 5700, you get what's called a filter adapter tube, and you attach filters, converters to it rather than to the lens itself...it's not good to attach anything heavy to retractable lenses (I keep a tube and a Skylight filter on my Oly C-700 at all times except when doing flash because of possible shadow).

Well, you can get optical viewfinders on my Oly cameras like the new C-5050, but they improved the EVF on the C-730 from the previous models.

You can find tubes for the 5700 on this page:
http://www.2filter.com/prices/products/digitubes.html

Dano Jan 3, 2003 3:05 PM

Thanks, Mike.

Unfortunately, Nikon didn't think this one through. The zoom lens actually protrudes right through the end of the add-on addapter attachment and would hit any filter put on it. Whoops!

Mike_PEAT Jan 3, 2003 3:27 PM

In that case, buy a cheap filter and pop out the glass...it will act as an extender, for a lot less money than an actual extender would cost.

One or two Oly cameras have the same problem because the tube was made based on one camera without regard to the length of other models that use the same tube.

Gary Senkus Jan 3, 2003 9:27 PM

Re: Zoom digital or Teleconverter?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Dano
A recent trip to Mexico shooting Mayan ruins and wildlife with my Canon SLR has convinced me that when I buy my first digital I will need at least a 200-280 telephoto.

10X optical is "ABOUT" 300-330 lens. depending on cam.
Gary

Dano Jan 5, 2003 3:36 PM

Re: Zoom digital or Teleconverter?
 
No one has really answered the questions yet. Does anyone have any experience with the G3 and a teleconverter vs. the Nikon 7X zoom?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dano
My questions are: Will the quality of the G3 with a 1.5 teleconverter be that much poorer than the Nikon or Fuji? Will the 4MP capability of the G3 make up for that?

And does anyone have any opinions on the pluses of the G3 (e.g., AF assist, remote, powerful battery, panorama stitch), which are not available on the Nikon?

Thanks again,
Dan


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