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Old Mar 10, 2003, 3:01 PM   #1
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Default Pentax 550?

I now see that the new (or upcoming) Pentax 550 is listed on Ritz Camera's website, with a 2- to 4-week shipping time. Has anyone, by chance, read ANY kind of review yet on this new model?
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Old Mar 31, 2003, 8:26 PM   #2
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I'm waiting too .. .for the 450 anyway ... I'd kill for a good review.
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Old May 1, 2003, 11:02 AM   #3
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Here it is May 1 and I am STILL waiting to find a good review of this camera. Any users out there?
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Old May 1, 2003, 11:05 AM   #4
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Check out:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxoptio550/

(I ended up getting an Olympus C-5050 anyway)
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Old May 1, 2003, 1:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the link! Why did you decide against it?
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After looking at all the info regarding capabilities, settings, etc, I simply decided that, for me at least, the Olympus C-5050 is a better "bang for the buck." The only thing I'll potentially miss with the Pentax 550 is the much better zoom. However, that is something I can always add to the C-5050 later on, if I decide I really need it.
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Old May 1, 2003, 6:32 PM   #7
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Yeah I read that review too. Noise is a worry isn't it. Does it have a full auto mode?? I couldn't see one.
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Old May 21, 2003, 2:24 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by ruzicka
The only thing I'll potentially miss with the Pentax 550 is the much better zoom. However, that is something I can always add to the C-5050 later on, if I decide I really need it.
Can you elaborate on adding better zoom to this camera? I was leaning toward the Dimage 7i because of the 7x zoom, but if I can improve upon the C5050's 3x zoom then it becomes a contender...
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Old May 21, 2003, 2:38 PM   #9
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While I haven't as yet looked into it extensively, I have read here (and other sites) that there are teleconverter lenses (at least, I think that's what they're called) that can be screwed onto the C-5050 to increase the range.
I think Olympus may have one (Olympus 1.7x Teleconvertor #TCON-17), which would make the C-5050 a 5.1X. Other companies though have possibly additional teleconverters that might be even bigger.
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Old May 23, 2003, 9:13 PM   #10
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Default Another review of the 550.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1091093,00.asp

Not a lot of depth but another perspective.

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