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Old Apr 27, 2010, 2:28 PM   #11
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Yeah,

I have read that the 600-620 is really nice and compact. Close to micro 4/3 size.

I have pretty much decided to go SLR.

The HS-10 seemed very promising and offers so much zoom. But I read so many mixed opinions on it. I have also seen some really mixed results so I have been kind of scared off from the HS-10.

I kind of wish the FZ35 successor would at least get announced so I could consider that.

All that being said Canon XSI seems like a very solid choice.

I am at the gate where they all seem like good choices, but one will make me happy in the long term.


I am (as always) short on cash so I want to get the most for my $$$.


Sarah, Didn't I see a thread where you were going to get both an HS-10 AND a E600?
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 2:34 PM   #12
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The 600/620 or the XSi comes down to what you shoot, action the xsi would be a bit better.

As cash is a concern the initial cost to the olympus is better on the wallet. But if you want better dof control on the long term the canon lens line up gives you more wide aperture choices at different grades and price.
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 2:53 PM   #13
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Yeah I actually have a Canon 200mm sigma lens that I was using on my Rebel G (actually meant for a digital but it worked fine on the 35mm)

So I was considering the cost equal between the two; XSI with kit lens refurb around $500 and Oly 600 refrub with 2 lenses around $500.

I guess I really want the XSI. ok. Alright. I'm going to do it. I mean it this time. yeah....that's it.
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 3:04 PM   #14
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Any lens design for an eos crop or ff will work with the xsi. So you will be fine with the sigma lens. The XSi is a very good camera.
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 3:20 PM   #15
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Yes, I own the HS-10, the Panasonic FZ-35, the E-600, the E-620 and am awaiting the delivery of the E-600. I own the E-620 with the two lens kit.

Just as you posted, stickboy, the results from the HS-10 hav ranged from excellent to just fair. The HS-10 is a fairly complex camera. I believe that in the long term, you would be better served by a DSLR design camera. But only you can make that choice.

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Yes, I own the HS-10, the Panasonic FZ-35, the E-600, the E-620 and am awaiting the delivery of the E-600. I own the E-620 with the two lens kit.

Just as you posted, stickboy, the results from the HS-10 hav ranged from excellent to just fair. The HS-10 is a fairly complex camera. I believe that in the long term, you would be better served by a DSLR design camera. But only you can make that choice.

Sarah Joyce

Thanks all, and yeah, I just figured out what I am doing and will clear it with the trouble and strife tonight.

I would rather get the XSi and have a little more camera than I need.

I will post back pics of roses and hummingbirds when I see them!
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Ok,
So I have read until my brain hurts.
Narrowed down to Oly E600 or Canon XSI
Both very good cameras so you won't go far wrong either way.

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Also considered Fuji HS-10 or Lumix FZ35
Bridge cameras are in a slightly different category to DSLRs.
The HS-10 is still very new, but initial reviews seem quite positive.
The Lumix is an excellent bridge camera.


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E600 negative is CF and XD cards. Not a huge deal but it is one.
A fairly minor issue.

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Canon XSI Only neg is price.
They seem to be getting cheaper as they slip towards the
bottom of the range.


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For bridge cameras they all have the negative of IQ and DOF
HS-10 So many mixed reviews I simply can't decide. I have seen alot of soft shots and heard many compaints and praises. The glass is a big plus...
Decisions decisions......

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FZ35 I am worried Lumix will release a new version and I will be left out.
You can be sure they will. I bought the FZ28 just before the FZ38 (35) came out.
Don't worry about it, a good camera is a good camera. You might even get lucky
if the FZ4x (or whatever comes next) turns out to be inferior to the 35.


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I am really looking for something around $500 that will be a great family camera as well as something fun to learn and play with. Maybe some birding as well. I must have excellent IQ. Almost considered a Sigma after seeing some shots from the DP1...

Any help is appreciated.
It seems like you have already given this a lot of careful consideration. You must
decide between a bridge or a DSLR and then go and make your purchase. Read
the reviews, look at sample images on the flickr camera comparison page, make
your choice and then go and buy it. Your final shortlist is a good one.

If all else fails, just buy the Canon. It is as good as any other DSLRs in the
same price range and you will have more choices when it come to buying
lenses. My brother bought one last year. It produces excellent images and
so far, it has been trouble free.
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Old Apr 27, 2010, 9:21 PM   #18
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Thank you all for your excellent advise.
in the end....
I bought a Canon XSi from adorama on eBay. Refurb with kit lens.
After using Bing cash back and eBay bucks (both I have never used before) it will cost $440 which, I think, is an excellent deal.

Thanks again, will post back when I am excitedly taking pictures of ordinary objects around the house for the novelty of it all!
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congrats. the XSi is a very capable kit, with a great sensor and great AF.
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Thank you all for your excellent advise.
in the end....
I bought a Canon XSi from adorama on eBay. Refurb with kit lens.
Good choice. I hope you enjoy learning about it and using it. If the kit
lens is the 18-55mm IS, you will find that it is quite good.

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After using Bing cash back and eBay bucks (both I have never used before) it will cost $440 which, I think, is an excellent deal.
Sounds good to me. They are a lot more expensive on this side of the pond.

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Thanks again, will post back when I am excitedly taking pictures of ordinary objects around the house for the novelty of it all!
I look forward to seeing them.
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