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Old Mar 9, 2003, 12:38 PM   #1
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Appreciate all the advise I got on my first post, so I'm hoping you can help me with the bigger decicion, I now actually have to lay down some cash and buy one of these puppies! My skills as photographer are minimal, and I have never used a digicam, (and I'm not a technological wizzard, but I am trainable!). My needs are primarily taking shots to use in classroom presentations (I'm a teacher). I've got thousands of slides I've taken over the years, but am moving towards Powerpoint types of presentations so most of what I take will be projected on a screen, and of exotic places (usually at a distance, a cityscape, or mountain range, not a lot of close up people shots). I would like some degree of telephoto ability, as I'm being sent to China, and often I won't be able to get as close to a shot as I may like. Also, being a teacher in Arkansas (thank God for Mississippi, or we'd be 50th in everything!), I don't have a alot of money, perhaps in the $300+ range. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give, Jeff
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Old Mar 9, 2003, 12:41 PM   #2
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Sorry about the Mississippi dig, actually with some of their casino income going to education, we are 50th in teacher pay!
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Old Mar 9, 2003, 2:10 PM   #3
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It sounds like you really need a camera with a reasonably long zoom to both avoid carrying peripheral lenses, and to be able to get quality images for your slideshows.

The upside of long zooms is obvious. The down side is that there will always be some chromatic aberration (color fringe). The chromatic aberration is easily corrected in software, and the tradeoff is probably worth it in the long run.

I would be looking for something like an Olympus C2100UZ (usually on Ebay or check with stores which carry older models) for the 10X stabilized zoom lens (2 megapixels) and incredibly good images. If you are unable to find one, then the Olympus C730UZ (10x non-stabilized) or C720UZ (8x non-stabilized) either would make a good choice. A card reader which handles SmartMedia, and a copy of editing software would be in order. I would recommend Picture Window Pro 3.1 ($89) because it does 90 percent of PhotoShop's important things, plus it allows you to correct chromatic aberration.

These are a couple choices - but whatever you do, buy it soon and get familiar with the camera and software "before" you really need it on your trip.

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Old Mar 9, 2003, 5:09 PM   #4
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You would be hard pressed to find a C-2100 for $300, but I couldn't recommend another camera that would be more appropriate for your application. Check out this recent post for some examples of just how good pictures are that have been taken with this camera: http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...855&highlight=.

If you are concerned about, or don't know what Lin is referring to about CA, for long telephoto shots, there is a little chromatic aberration (purple fringing) in the corners for extremely backlit objects. The second picture in the post referenced above is a good example of this.

I own two, and the lowest price I was able to find was $360 for a refurbished unit, sans lens cap. If you need any help locating one on eBay, just let me know and I'll be glad to keep an eye out for you.
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Old Mar 9, 2003, 10:59 PM   #5
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Guess I need to modify the telephoto aspect. I doubt that I'd need a 10x. I'm thing a 3-5x might be all I need, just something to cut the distance in half or a bit more, but most of my photos are larger, panoramas and landscapes for class.
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Old Mar 10, 2003, 12:51 PM   #6
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I doubt that I'd need a 10x
Any of the point and shoot Fujis or Olys will give you what you need then, usually with 3x zoom. I personally like the Fujis - used to have a point and shoot jobby and it did a great job.

BTW they come with software which allows you to do a lovely full screen slide show.

Lin gives good advice:

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but whatever you do, buy it soon and get familiar with the camera and software "before" you really need it on your trip.
Also important to most people is the power supply, AAs being the preferred choice. AA NiMH bats are cheap and at a push (emergency) you can use alkaline.
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Old Mar 10, 2003, 12:56 PM   #7
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If you're going to China, you need to give serious thought to batteries and image storage. Camera size and weight would also be a serious consideration. If you don't go with the C-2100UZ, I would recommend that you get at least a 3 megapixel camera--this allows for some cropping which will give you more flexibility and effectively add to the zoom range of whatever camera you choose.

IR has a good section with recommended cameras by category. You wouldn't go too far wrong with any of Dave's Picks:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/WB/WB.HTM

He's got a nice selection in the "Travel" section and you can do a quick price check there. (Check out the dealer at bizrate.com or resellerratings.com before you buy.) Sony even has a couple of cameras that write to CD if image storage is a problem for you.
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