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 Post subject: Big Zoom vs big lens
Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:13 am 
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I am looking to replace my camera.

People who know me on the forum will understand... for MM, keep it simple. Even remembering tent poles can pose a problem. :redface: :redface: :redface:

Both cost factors and personality factors have had me looking at a big zoom rather than a big lens. Might I be making a mistake? What might be the disadvantages?

I went to my favourite camera shop to look at what was advisable and what was recommended. I was shown a number of cameras, all the latest technology. The Sony 30X zoom was recommended. The canon 35X zoom was in the same price range, but the sales person claimed that the Sony was a better camera and a better buy.

Can anyone give advice?

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 Post subject: Re: Big Zoom vs big lens
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Hi MM,

We recently bought Bush Brat the Canon SX30 IS with the 35x zoom. I have to say I'm really impressed with it. He has taken some really lovely pics with it (and he is a beginner), and the zoom is amazing...much more powerful than my 75 - 300 lens!!

He took this pic not even on full zoom at Suikerbosrand last weekend, and we quite far away....even on full zoom with my lens I couldn't get as close as that!

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 Post subject: Re: Big Zoom vs big lens
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My friend works at one of the leading camera shops in my country and the Sony gets a better
qualification then Canon

But remeber, no new camera is simple anymore :wink:
A great feature on some Sony's is the panorama swep.
Great for making nice landscapes.

And what goes for almost all lenses
The biggest zoom does not give the clearest image
So if you have 35 for eg, best to stop at 30

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 Post subject: Re: Big Zoom vs big lens
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Flutterby and Bert, thank you very much for your feedback. :thumbs_up:

My last camera was a Sony and it served me well. As I am typing I can see 2 Black collared barbets in my bird feeder, about 8 metres away. I could probably get a pretty good shot with this type of zoom. I also noticed that it had an image stabeliser, which for me is essential.

This morning, on my early walk I had a crow in a nearby tree. A breeding pair of herons about 10 metres away in a pond, 3 ducks swimming, making a big noise.... I had various types of plovers.. and.. and .. and.

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Just to add another dimension I bought a Fuji Finepix HS10 with 30x zoom which I am really pleased with.
It really is very easy to use (needs to be for me!!) and in UK is cheaper than either the Sony or Canon.
This LBR was taken with it in March from quite a distance.

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Thanks Val :D your pics on your trip report were really very impressive and I love the colour of your Roller :thumbs_up:

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MM - how comfortable did they feel in your hands? Were they easy to use? Did you understand the functions?

Just some questions to ask yourself, a camera you are not comfortable with will be a waste of money as you will be reluctant to use it.

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saraf wrote:
MM - how comfortable did they feel in your hands? Were they easy to use? Did you understand the functions?

Just some questions to ask yourself, a camera you are not comfortable with will be a waste of money as you will be reluctant to use it.


Quite right. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Big Zoom vs big lens
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I would agree with Val here, before I moved into the SLR world I used Fuji and found them to be excellent and the Fuji Finepix HS10 gets excellent reviews. So if I was in the market for a similar type camera, I would take a good look at it for sure.


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