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Old Oct 22, 2002, 11:09 PM   #1
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I am looking to buy a new digital camera and would like some advice. I currently have a Fuji MX2900.

I would like some or all of the following:

High enough megapixel to print a good 8x10 (11x14 on a stretch)
Auto features that will work with external flash
Good zoom (I don't like the zoom on the MX2900)
Must take smartmedia cards


I would like to use this camera with umbrella/canopy lights. I would like the camera to be smart enough to operate in auto mode even when using external lighting...........but not to smart for me to operate it. A friend of mine was telling me that there are a couple of different kinds of hot shoes but was unsure of what all the differences are. He thought some would not work with canopy type lights with the camera still in control of the lighting. Basically i want a very versatile camera that a only somewhat knowledgeable person can operate. Any and all help and opinions would be greatly appriciated. THANKS
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Old Oct 23, 2002, 7:17 PM   #2
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What is your price range?
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Old Oct 24, 2002, 12:33 AM   #3
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$1000. (Prefer less)
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Old Oct 24, 2002, 7:34 PM   #4
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At that price range, you have alot of
options. If you wanted to stick with
Fuji, the S602 might be what you're after.
It uses smart media and compact flash. It's
hard to advise on "what to buy". Everyone has
different "views" on what is the best. You are on
the right track. This forum has some good info, to
help you in your search.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...uji_s602z.html
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Old Oct 24, 2002, 11:38 PM   #5
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Olympus new C5050 will be available in November. Many webb sites are taking preorders. The price should be less than $800. I am waiting for Steve to preview the camera before trading off my C3000. I also own the C4040 which is a great camera (see Steve's review). Cost is less than $600.
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Old Oct 28, 2002, 3:29 AM   #6
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If you look at the Fujifilm S602, make sure you differentiate between the prosumer model, the S602Z (or S602 Zoom) and the S602 Pro. The S602Z retails for $800, I got mine for $590 at centraldigital.com (very reputable and professional, new, not refurbished, full manufacturer's warranty, and free return shipping no questions asked). The Pro model is going to be quite a bit more expensive, though you'll get a few nice little perks for the extra cash.

This camera rates at the top of the heap in terms of bang for the buck in every review I've read, and I've been nuttin' but happy with it. Check out a few of the photos I took with mine at: http://www.pbase.com/sever/ . Keep in mind I'm not a professional, these are just casual shots, and the ones that seem grainy are grainy (in particular the Blue Angels shots) because I zoomed in about 1500% in photoshop and cropped out most of the image.

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