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Old Feb 11, 2003, 12:02 AM   #1
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Hi.
I currently have an olympus D-460Z.
Very satisfied with it.
But i'm thinking on a more powerfull camera...
I want a camera that has this characteristics:
An F1.8 aperture (like the olympus 4040 if i remember correctly), so i can have better quality at night shots. Or at least, F2.8, like the most (like my d-460).
A big zoom! I LOVE the olympus C2100UZ!! 10x estabilized!!!! and also has an AF illuminator to assist de auto focus process.
But is a camera that is "out of line" now :-(
The Leica with 12x lenses is atractive, but i think that it will be to pricey.
If the olympus C-720 were estabilized (lenses) and with an af illuminator, it would be my choice..
what do you recommend?
thanks in advance
gonza
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 8:50 AM   #2
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C2100Z (UZI) is the best of the lot. The image stablization is very helpful in long zoom shots. The C720 would not be a very good choice but the C730 is much better, but has no image stablization. I have not heard of Leica. The C5050 has limited zoom with 3X, but it has the F1.8 lens, lamp assist, moveable LCD, supports 4 types of media, 5MP and you can attach tele photo lens and filters.

The c2100Z can be purchased on Ebay and I found a web site with them in stock but have no dealings with that internet site:

www.refurbdepot.com

The C2100 would be my choice if zoom was my important camera function. Panasonic is releasing a long zoom with image stablization. Check breaking news on Steve's main page.
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 10:49 AM   #3
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I can't agree that the 2100 UZ is the best of breed. The Canon Pro90 has the same great lens and better resolution (2.6 vs 2.0 MPixels). The Pro90 has a hot shoe and uses Compact Flash memory vs Smart Media. Both cameras are out of production.
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 12:12 PM   #4
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The best of the lot that itcdata had asked about. The Pro90 is also an excellent camera with IS.
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 3:50 PM   #5
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I have used both the 720 and the UZI. The UZI takes sharper, clearer pictures with less CA than the 720, IMHO. While the Pro90 has better resolution, I haven't seen any available on eBay in any condition for less than $600.
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 4:05 PM   #6
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Phil,

The new Panasonic camera (FZ-1) is the one with 12x Leica lens.
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 4:43 PM   #7
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Thanks. I know it is on sale in Japan but the press release are vague when it will be released in the US. Will be interested to see Steve's review of the camera.
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 11:54 PM   #8
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ok, thanks everyone.
The 2100UZ was my choice, and with your comments i confirmed my election. Anyway, i will wait a few months to see if olympus comes with something new (they NEED to do camera that fills the hole that the 2100UZ filled when it was in production), and also to see the steve's review of the new Panasonic camera (FZ-1) with the 12x leica lens.
thanks everyone for the help
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Old Feb 12, 2003, 7:18 PM   #9
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I doubt that anyone will build an upgrade to the UZ 2100 or Pro90 simply because the cost for the lens is too high. Competition drives the business and most consumers are hooked on the megapixel bloat. The big zoom cameras didn't sell well enough to make them profitable. Too bad.

You'll have to buy a DSLR camera and a big reach lens to get what you're looking for.
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