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Old May 18, 2005, 3:10 PM   #1
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I'd be very grateful for help in choosing a digital camera which has a lense which can take wide angle shots. I am used to a Canon EOS SLR and have a great lense which allows me to take good photos of for instance large family groups. Most digital cameras do not seem to have this ability but I could weel be wrong. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I do notwant to get the digital version of my SLR - I'd love to get a compact camera which takes just as good pictures

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Old May 18, 2005, 5:24 PM   #2
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No compact camera will take as good a pic as your SLR. However, they can do some pretty darn good pics. Most photographers will consider the wide-angle area to begin ata minimum of28mm (in 35mm terms) and go from there (some consider the w-a to start at 24mm). There is one inexpensive camera line that has a 28mm lens, and that is the Fuji E500 and 510. The E500 is the only wide-angle digicam that I can think of that can be purchased for under $200.

There are several pro-sumers that have lenses that start at 28mm, including the Minolta A200 and the "Wide-Zoom" series from Olympus. There is also a Nikon pro-sumer that starts at 24mm -- I think it's the 8400...

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Old May 18, 2005, 6:16 PM   #3
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Though I haven't used them, I've recently read some reviews of the Canon S60 and S70. They both have wide (28mm) lenses as standard.Check out the reviews on this site.
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The Olympus C-8080 wide zoom is an excellent camera.

Check it out for yourself.

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Old May 18, 2005, 10:51 PM   #5
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Hi ian21: There is probably only a dozen or so camera models with a 28mm zoom. Phil and Terry mentioned someof the best.

For compact size, the Fuji E500 & E510 are a good choice, especially for someone new to digicams. If pocketability is important, they may work best for you.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec...nepixe510z.asp

Olympus makes great wide angles, but they arelarger andmore rugged than the compact Fuji, with more extensive menus. Ifsmall size is not that important, then Iwould go with theOlympus. (I own a C8080 and absolutely love it.)There are 3 Olympus models with a 28mm zoom: C5060, C7070, and C8080.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0309/03...ympusc5060.asp

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0501/05...ly_c7070wz.asp

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0402/04...olyc8080wz.asp
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What lens are you using with the Canon SLR? Do you use a flash for the photos of large family groups?
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When I take family photos, I use the following:

- Canon 20D with a Tamron 28-75 XR DI zoom. Nice zoom range for single or group portraits.

- Sunpak 383 Super hot shoe mounted external flash with a Sto-fen diffuser attachment. I usually bounce the zoom off the ceiling if it's low (and white) else I tilt the flash head 45 degrees upward.

For portraits, using the built-in flash on your digicam as "fill-in" light is better than no flash at all.

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Old May 19, 2005, 3:44 PM   #8
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Thanks to everyone for their replies. It seems the best are unsurprisingly quite expensive and out of my league.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I wonder whether the Canon S60 is worth paying much more for than the Fuji 510

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Anyone got any thoughts on this - I'd be grateful

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Thanks

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