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Old Jun 17, 2004, 5:46 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm looking for best quality pics in a ultra-compact, and I had decided on the SL400R. Then, I noticed that there was a SL300R T* with carl zeiss T lens. I think the SL300R T* is also about $100 more expensive.

If price weren't a factor, which camera would you recommend? If the 300R T* is better, does it justify the price difference?

Also, do you know if there's any news about a SL400R T*?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old Jun 18, 2004, 4:27 AM   #2
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The Contax model is the same as the Sl300R only diff is the lens,

It all depands on individual preference. Iprefer the SL400R

as the Flash distance & Mega Pix is better. Cheers
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Old Jun 21, 2004, 12:06 AM   #3
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I have an SL300R. Here's a couple of comments.

- 300R, 400R, and 300RT all have Zeiss lenses. The RT has a special coating on the lens.

- The shadows on the 300R, and from what I can tell the 400R, are darker than I'd like when taking landscape photos. "Dramatic" shadows would be the polite way of putting it. The RT seems to be much better at getting the shadows right, not too dark.

- I don't think the megapixelage of the 400 makes a big difference unless you do a lot of cropping. I think I could get a good 11 x 17 print from my camera.

I do landscapes so the flash is not a big deal. I like the more detailed shadows of the T, so I"d probably get that one.
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Old Jul 4, 2004, 4:24 PM   #4
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The Zeiss T* coating does make a substantial difference when applied to binoculars/spotting scopes.... principally reducing reflected light and thereforedelivers a brighter image, knock-on benefits being improved contrast anddetail. I'd presume with a tiny lens this would be beneficial, though the smaller than usual ccd in these cameras creates some benfits anyway (plus plenty of negatives),

I'm currently reviewing the Contax slr300t t* fromthespecialised angle of digiscoping but would be interested in seeing a review of the Kyocera sl400r.... can anyone point me to a detailed review of this camera? A Contax t* version would be very interesting to me, and I'll put that toContax...Although you wonder about a4mp ccd in combination with such a small piece of glass in front.

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Old Jul 22, 2004, 2:09 PM   #5
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As far as I know the "T" model is the only one with a filter adapter for threads? Hope I am wrong?
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Old Sep 29, 2004, 9:02 PM   #6
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Does anyone know more about the recently announced Contax U4R: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0409/04092808contax_u4r.asp?

Or even the Contaxi4R for that matter: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0409/04092809contax_i4r.asp

Is the Contax U4R basically to the Kyocera SL400R what the Contax SL300R T* is to the Kyocera SL300R? Though it looks to be a considerably different camera (curved body, buttons on the swivel segment, etc)?

I was just about to order the SL400R but now I read that the U4R is coming in October? Quick question, do these Contax cameras use the same battery as the Kyocera brand (BP-780S 3.7V 780mAh)?

P.S. Also at the same time I'm reading announcements (by SanDisk, Panasonic) about new high-speed SD cards with double the transfer rate of previous generation (20MB/sec vs. 10MB/sec), also to be available in October. Question is,can these Contax/Kyocera cameras take advantage of the higher speed, or are they limited to just 10MB/sec, in which case there would be no point to spend the extra money to buy the 20MB/sec cards?
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Old Sep 30, 2004, 6:47 AM   #7
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I have used my SL300R "T" for several months with a UV filter to protect the lens. The outdoor photos have been outstanding. Inside you have to work at getting the focus right and some times use a small slave flash (mine is very tiny and fits my pocket). It is a tough call as to if this model is any better than the others that are nearly the same, but this one really works well. The case is nice and will hold an extra battery.
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normc wrote:
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As far as I know the "T" model is the only one with a filter adapter for threads? Hope I am wrong?
Even though it is not supplied as standard with the Finecam SL400R, the 28mm filter adapter will fit this model (but not the Finecam SL300R).

To further add to the confusion ....the adapter is supplied with the CONTAX SL300RT* (as a standard provided item) and therefore fits it .....butnot with itspoorer cousin ...the Finecam SL300RT :O


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Old Sep 30, 2004, 5:00 PM   #9
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I think you might have a typo? I did get an adapter with the SL300R "T"
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I think you might have a typo? I did get an adapter with the SL300R "T"
Yep! There is a typo ....I accidentally added a T to the final .... "Finecam SL300R"

You must have bought a CONTAX SL300RT to get the adapter ... not a Finecam SL300R ..... (no adapter)

I think the rest is OKT

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