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pigasus Oct 11, 2005 12:32 PM


New to this forum. Could definitely use some help. Looking for a prosumer digital camera. Travel by motorcycle and need to travel light. Interested in 28-200 (or more)range for the lens requirements. Some action shots, lots of people stuff (lots of group pics) mostly 4x6 prints with ability to print occasional 8 x 10's. I've been shopping the konika / minolta dIMAGE A200 but the Fuji S9000 has really caught my eye with the28-300 zoom. I'd appreciate some feedback from folks that have shot these cameras.



sw2cam Oct 11, 2005 12:57 PM

KODAK Z7590/P850

VAtechtigger Oct 11, 2005 1:00 PM

canon S2

VAtechtigger Oct 11, 2005 1:03 PM

sony H1

Fuji 5200


All of these are smaller than the S9000.

The S2, H1, P850 also have image stabilized lens and zooms closer to 30 - 400.

For 4x6 and the occasional 8x10 these are more than enough camera. I have the S2 and love it. The movie mode is great also if thats your thing.

pigasus Oct 11, 2005 3:27 PM

The choices all have offered look like great cameras, but most are missing the wide angle that the first two I looked at offered. Given the choice of range beyond 300 in the zoom or down to 28 for the wide angle, I would choose the wide angle option for large group photos. More options?

sw2cam Oct 11, 2005 3:41 PM


Remember you can buy a wide angle lens for most any digital camera as well as a zoom teleconverter.

An Olympus T-CON TeleConversion lens would multiply the zoom by 1.7x

Bringing the 140mm zoom of the P880 to 238mm. For the life of me I can not remember the maker of the 2.4x teleconversion lens that would pump up the zoom to 336mm. These work on other camera's as well. As do add on wide angle lenses.

Monza76 Oct 11, 2005 5:43 PM

Although it may be a little larger and heavier than you would like, I would recommend the Fuji S9000. The Sony R1 would be an option but it doesn't reach 200mm on the long end. Some are suggesting a wide angle add-on lens, I would not go that route unless you plan on using it only occasionally. The Kodak P880 is also worth a look, it only reaches 140mm on the tele end but has a very nice 24mm wide angle and a manual zoom for better handling than the P850.

All three of these cameras offer a good wide angle and handle more like DSLRs (no silly extending lens means fast startups). The Fuji offers the greatest zoom range, the Kodak appears to be the most compact and the Sony promises the best image quality eith its much larger sensor.

Good luck with your decision.


sw2cam Oct 11, 2005 6:50 PM

Some are suggesting a wide angle add-on lens, I would not go that route unless you plan on using it only occasionally.

Some are not suggesting wide angle lenes or teleconverter lenses. Some are letting others know what options they have. Just as some might let others know about UV filters that are good to have on any camera with any lens for protection of the lens. I have all the above stated lenses, and do not leave home without them. What some others do is what they do, and makes no difference to me. Although I think it's a good idea anyone knows the options they have before they make a decision.

pigasus Oct 12, 2005 9:02 AM

I guess I should have been clearer when I made the statement that I wanted to travel light. I don't mind the size of the S-9000 or theMinoltaA200(I've been carrying a Canon Eos Elan IIe with a Sigma 28-200), as my concern was having to carry additional accessories. Most important considerations for this purchase: good picture quality; at least 28-200 zoom (with no teleconverter); minimum 5 megapixels (8" x 10" prints);anti shake would be a bonus; most shooting would be with provided auto settings.

thanks again for all of your input

[email protected] Oct 12, 2005 5:34 PM

You could even look at a Pentax *ist if you want a relatively small camera with great quality.

Store it in your side bag.

-- Terry

ultrazoom22 Oct 16, 2005 9:59 PM

I strongly support Terry's recommendation of the Pentax 1stDS single lens digital camera. It is a great piece of photographic equipment.


gaul Oct 17, 2005 12:55 PM

Check this thread

S9000 vs Competition

pigasus Oct 17, 2005 1:19 PM

Well, I took the plunge this weekend. Purchased a KM A200 with a 4gb Hitachi Micro Drive, and all the other extras along with a nice case, filter, and extra batteries. Paid $500 for the whole set up. The camera had less than 50 pics put through it (they guy bought it for his dad and he didn't use it). Absolutely wanted minimum of 28-200 as there are a lot of group shots and panoramic pics. Wanted at least 200 on the zoom end and figure with 8 mp will be very capable of cropping to get slightly larger images with necessary resolution. Liked the fact it had great mpeg movie mode. Mostly though, I think the anti shake is what won me over. The Fuji would adjust to a higher shutter speed / iso setting to make the shot. Like the manual zoom and the manual focus and figure this cameral will do most if not all of what I need. Most of what I will be doing is 4" x 6" prints with an occasional 8" x 10" as I usually end up taking the pics on our bike runs. Was shooting film with a Canon Eos Elan IIe with a Sigma 28-200 and this lens seemed to do well for what I needed.

Thanks so much toall who posted in an effort to help me decide. Each was considered with care against my needs and all were helpful. Keep shooting.


gaul Oct 17, 2005 4:57 PM

Sound buy for $500 with extra kit included...

gaul Oct 17, 2005 4:58 PM

Sound buy for $500 with extra kit included...

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