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Old May 26, 2003, 7:19 AM   #1
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If i'm looking to buy a camera with a very very good zoom, which is the best buy ? I'm mostly going to use it to take outdoor-photos from a "far distance". Eg. ships on the sea while i'm standing either at the "beach" or on another ship.

I've considered these 2 digicams, but maybe there are others that are better ??'

Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom
Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart 850

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Old May 26, 2003, 8:03 AM   #2
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I'd recommend getting a refurbished C-2100 instead of the 740. Here's why:
Cheaper (if you shop smart!)
Image stabilization
Autofocus assist light
Ability to use external flash
comes with charger and batteries
RM-1 remote included
Uses SmartMedia (cheaper than XD)
Larger LCD (1.8 vs 1.5")
I like the fixed lens - less moving parts to worry about
Last , but certainly not least, the C-2100 is a 2MP camera rather than 3. On all long zoom cameras I've seen, CA is a problem on strongly backlit subjects. The higher the resolution of the CCD, the more pronounced the "purple fringing."
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Old May 26, 2003, 8:08 AM   #3
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The Olympus C-750UZ? It should be coming out this summer. It adds the ability of using external flash, plus it adds another megapixel. The camera should have been out already, but it's been delayed due to a shortage of higer-res CCDs.
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Old May 26, 2003, 8:29 AM   #4
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I use an Olympus C-730. While I have been impressed with the shots from the C-2100 I have seen on Steve's site, I don't think the smaller file size is worth the trade-off. The Olympus UZ's do, at times, have problems with purple fringing, but when it happens, I am able to compensate for most of this effect in PhotoShop. After reading Galen Rowell's book "The Art of Adventure" I think we're all too concerned with photo grain any way. Although Rowell was very much opposed to the alterations allowed in digital photograpy, his work show that if you have a great photo, the viewer will overlook a few imperfections. I think the larger file size in the newer Olympus C ultra zooms allows for great pics (I have sold a few). Hope this opposing view helps.
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Old May 26, 2003, 9:54 AM   #5
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Take a look at the Canon Pro90. It uses the same 10 X stabilized zoom as the Olympus 2100UZ, has a few more features and a larger sensor (2.6 mp vs 2.0 on the Uzi). I've added an Olympus TCON-17 teleconverter for an equivalent 525mm stabilized zoom.
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Old May 26, 2003, 4:54 PM   #6
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The Olympus UZ's do, at times, have problems with purple fringing,
FYI, it's not just certain Olympus cameras that have this problem, some Canons also have this problem (one site that shows example of CA uses a picture from a Canon). I'm just tired of people saying its only Olys that have the problem.
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The 740 and 2100 are very doifferent animals because of the size difference .. the 740 is CONSIDERABLY smaller. BTW, the 740 has had the purple fringing problem of the 730 fixed .......... take a look at th ePanasonic FZ1 though ..... has me curious.
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Old May 27, 2003, 9:49 AM   #8
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Thanx a lot... all of you. I think that i'm now considering the Olympus C-750UZ as the best choice. Please keep posting of you have suggestions or alike Thanx again !!!
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