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Old Oct 3, 2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a digital point and shoot but something with a long optical zoom, this model appeals to me but others have told me stick with Canon or Nikon.

Well I had narrowed it down to the Nikon P80, the Canon SX10 (which is due out anyday) and this Olympus 570 UZ.

I read in a review for this (circuit city) that you could add a 1.7 lens to this and get upto 34x optical from this unit!?!? That just sounds too fun!
I did find the page at their website

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...=1367&fl=5

But will that 1.7 add-on make the 20x zoom a true 34x optical zoom and will it look decent in pictures or really bad?


I also saw the camera has a hot shoe (which interests me for indoor stuff) I realize the P80 doesn't have this feature, and I know the sx10 will have it but I haven't foundthe sx10to see locally yet (too new).

I hit my local Ritz camera but they were out of the 570UZ totally so no luck, will call circuit city tomorrow to see if they have it, as I want to have it in my hands to tell if i like the zoom by hand or not.

Curious if anyone has seen any photos taken with that 1.7 extender lens thing, id love to see full zoom out, full 20x zoom, then this 34x zoom all of the same shot.

Also i see the camera has the hot shoe, silly question but do i have to use the olympus flash (its $499 on their website) thats a bit pricey for me, heck more than the camera! If I can use a different model or brand anything in the $100 to $200 price range that anyone could recommend?

Lastly if anyone who bought and owns this might have looked at the Nikon P80 or the Canon (at least on paper) any ideas or input as to features or something I havent learned about that I should know before buying?

Bill

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Old Oct 6, 2008, 12:41 PM   #2
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Ftlosm,

I got your PM and am happy to respond. The SP-570UZ is a brilliant camera in my opinion. It is so flexible and takes decent quality pictures.



As for the teleconverter lens, the official Olympus one is the TCON-17 and will give 1.7x magnification (so yes, at maximum zoom it will give a true 34x). Believe me, it is so satisfying knowing that no matter how far away your subject is you can get a shot of it.

As for the pictures, here's a shot out of my window at 0x zoom:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhbodle...n/photostream/

Here's the same shot zoomed in at 20x:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhbodle...n/photostream/

And here's the same shot with the TCON-17 lens attached for 34x zoom:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhbodle...n/photostream/

Phenomenal zoom. The quality doesn't seem to be affected much either (although stay away from the aftermarket teleconverters, the one I tried was horrid). Easily recommended by me.

You get used to the zoom ring, but note that the latest firmware improves the responsiveness for the ring.

I have more pics on my Flickr page on in my Flickr group for the 570UZ - check out this thread:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/sp-570u...7605627712308/



Hope this helps!

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Old Oct 6, 2008, 2:55 PM   #3
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Thanks that info andthose shots help alot!

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I am so happy to have taken the time to read your response re the zoom and firmware. I go straight to Olympus for that correct? can you send me the instructions on how to do that again? as I wiould like to upgrade mine tonite!



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I am so happy to have taken the time to read your response re the zoom and firmware. I go straight to Olympus for that correct? can you send me the instructions on how to do that again? as I wiould like to upgrade mine tonite!



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I am so happy to have taken the time to read your response re the zoom and firmware. I go straight to Olympus for that correct? can you send me the instructions on how to do that again? as I wiould like to upgrade mine tonite!



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I am so happy to have taken the time to read your response re the zoom and firmware. I go straight to Olympus for that correct? can you send me the instructions on how to do that again? as I wiould like to upgrade mine tonite!



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Look here:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/sp-570u...7606451861347/

You need to connect the camera to the PC and run the Olympus Master software.
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THank you again..I actually went to the Olympus site and did the upgrade...I noticed less of a lag and less blurr when I used the zoom. I am still adjusting to using a manual zoom . IT's like going from an automatic to a standard..lol...

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