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Old Feb 13, 2008, 3:46 PM   #11
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http://www.resellerratings.com/store...rice_Cameras_6

C'mon...you're way too smart for that...

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Old Feb 13, 2008, 4:28 PM   #12
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http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prod...&display=2 Is this for real? I've been reading reviews on the camera and it seems to get high marks. Any idea why it's only $299? If it's really that cheap, I know body only, I think I'd have to pick it up. Then I could purchase the lens separate.
Do you really believe they can legitimately sell an $800 camera for $299?? You're right in saying it's body only...that means no battery, charger, strap, software or anything else that normally comes with the camera. You'll be forced to buy these items for crazy prices that will take you well over the price you should be paying for the camera. If you refuse to buy these "accessories", the camera will magically be backordered until the end of time. It amazes me that people can still fall for this ploy, and these folks stay in business. B&H and Adorama are two legitimate vendors that can be used as a benchmark.....anyone selling an item more than 10% less than either of these two stores are likely running a scam.
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 5:11 PM   #13
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Well that's why I asked
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 6:58 PM   #14
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You know it's a shame. Really good deals do some times happen. But But their are so many scams out their you have to be afraid to take advantage of them.
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Old Feb 14, 2008, 7:55 AM   #15
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This would be more in line for price and lens combo if you wanted the Nikon D80.

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-10-2MP-D.../dp/B000HGIWN4
It would give you a fairly good range of zoom, but you might still find AF1 is a dot on the horizon if you aren't very close to it...and they wouldn't want you to be very close.

You might also want to read this review/comparison of 10 MP dSLRs.

http://www.cameralabs.com/features/1...st/index.shtml
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Old Feb 14, 2008, 9:22 AM   #16
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Thanks Denn. Can't tell you how much I appreciate it. There's just SOOOO much out there. It's like I have to pick a brand then start learning all about it only to realize I've just begun to scratch the surface for that particular brand! Not even all the rest. For instance after looking at the Sony's I'm learning about the older Minolta lenses etc. I've never held a Nikon. I need to go to a store in Houston and hold a few. I'm still trying to learn about the base units let alone the lenses they use!
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Old Feb 14, 2008, 12:52 PM   #17
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If you are willing to go to a DSLR and bear with the extra weight, you might also consider a superzoom, like the Panasonic FZ-18. I have an Olympus SP-560, which is fine for me. However, I have heard that the FZ-18 focuses faster and has less lens distortion. Of course, such a camera can't come close to a DSLR for image quality in low light. On the other hand, it's a lot smaller and lighter and you have a 28mm to 504mm range, without having to change lenses.

Here is Steve's review of it: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_...onic_fz18.html
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Old Feb 14, 2008, 1:13 PM   #18
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Be careful if you are going to consider the Panasonic FZ18. Here's a blog devoted to it, read esp. the Issues link, but all are informative;

http://www.digicamhelp.com/camera-logs/9/

The FZ18 can also shoot in RAW, so you might want to read this review that goes into more detail on that capability;

http://www.megapixel.net/reviews/pan...8/fz18-gen.php
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Old Feb 15, 2008, 12:42 AM   #19
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Dang you guys now I'm looking into more places than I should!! Quick few questions as "googling" isn't helping much. It could be my word usage.

Quick few questions.

Is there a superzoom that is 10mp+, small footprint, and can record in HD. These all seem to be things that I want out of a camera. I'm will to accept less zoom for these. As a matter of fact I plan on purchasing more than one camera. I'm still in love with the G9 however it would be nice to be able to take a HD video of another airliner and mine coming within 1000ft passing each other. Or doing the night visual approach into Laguardia at night up the river with the Statue of Liberty on one side and downtown Manhattan on the right. If there's a smaller superzoom that can do this then I'll have to drop the G9 for it. If there isn't then the G9 it is. I'm not ready to sacrifice the quality of that camera for just HD video. Of course there is also the DMC-TZ5 but I haven't been able to find one to get my hands on just yet.

Also Pentex is coming out with their new flagship DSLR. It has a CMOS sensor and 14.4 mp. The Sony A350 Alpha I was thinking about getting is a 14mp also with the CCD sensor.

Between the Sony and the Pentax which would be better? Does it come down to user preference based on feel etc. or is one actually expected to just spank the other?

I like these two brands though because of the IS. Not lens required which could help keep the costs down.
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Old Feb 15, 2008, 7:20 AM   #20
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There are three small-footprint superzooms currently available - the Panasonic TZ3, Canon SX100 and Sony H3. The reviews on all three have been positive, though the Canon has more extensive manual controls than the other two.
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