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Buying a new camera - Need input on quality of your point & shoot.

Buying a new camera - Need input on quality of your point & shoot.

Old Apr 4th, 2001, 04:36 PM
Jim Tardio
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I put my vote in for the Olympus Stylus Epic. It does not have a zoom. Instead it has a very fast and sharp 35/2.8 lens. Zoom lenses on these things are so slow, they're virtually useless.

Load your camera with 400 speed film. Adjust the flash to the "fill-flash" mode when shooting in daylight...full-flash at night. You'll do fine. This camera is so small it's easy to fit in your pocket. It should'nt cost you more than $89.00. Buy 2 and load one with black and white film!

This is a 35mm film cammera. The APS cameras are cute and easy, but remember that the negative is only half the size of 35mm....which equals half the quality if you want to do any blow-ups.

Visit my website to see lots of travel pics: http://www.jimtardio.com
Old Apr 4th, 2001, 06:47 PM
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I called Best Buy to check on a couple of the models mentioned - great recommendations - thank you! They have literally nothing in stock. When I asked about new merchandise soon, I was told that they might get some in this weekend, but he couldn't be sure. Then he said that they were moving more toward digital cameras and reducing the amount of 35mm that they carried. Can this be "bull" to push the public into spending more money?
Old Apr 5th, 2001, 08:34 AM
dan woodlief
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I think it is just where the market is going. I have heard so many people say "I think I am going to get me a digital camera sometime." I have resisted due to lower quality for the money so far, but eventually most of us will probably be going digital. Even serious amateur and professional photographers are using digital more.
Old Apr 5th, 2001, 08:52 AM
Jim Tardio
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Morgan, you may want to try the mail order houses. Cameraworld and B&H Photo are my favorites. They are extremely reliable and used by pros worldwide. They can overnite your purchase if you like. Plus, there's no sales tax when you mail order, unless you live in their state....B7H is in New York...Cameraworld is in Oregon.

Here's the links:

I'd go to Cameraworld at this date. B&H is closing for the Jewish holidays.

Hope this helps.

Old Apr 5th, 2001, 11:19 AM
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You might try Target for the Olympus Stylus Epic. I got mine there about 20 months ago; it was $99.99 then but I've noticed they're $89 now.
Old Apr 5th, 2001, 11:40 AM
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I just looked at Jim's website. Beautiful pictures, Jim! You have a good eye. Thank you for sharing.
Diane, I am looking at your's as well. Some nice pictures. I always look forward to you and your husband's postings.
Good advice from all who helped.
I'll put my new Vienna pictures on for you to see what my camera does. I don't think it is what you may be looking for, Morgan, but, perhaps someone else is interested.
Happy Traveling!
Old Apr 5th, 2001, 12:50 PM
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Another vote for the $89, non-zoom Olympus Stylus Epic.
Here's a picture I took with it (which has won some awards... brag, brag)http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=174567&size=lg
Old Apr 5th, 2001, 01:26 PM
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Just got photos back from our trip to Italy. Used an Olympus Stylus 38-80 with zoom and wide angle(with 400 speed film as recommended by Olympus) and a 30 year old SLR(Kodak Retina Reflex with 200 speed film). Comparing the pictures side by side, the SLR pictures were far superior. They were noticably clearer, more detailed and had more accurate color. I was very disappointed with the Olympus. It often gave inaccurate light and focus readings. On the SLR, light, focus and shutter spead are adjustable. I also found that the Olympus zoom and wide angle to be next to useless. I know the SLR is a bit harder to use and get use to. But, if you want more than just mediocre snapshots.... Well, I leave it up to you.
Old Apr 5th, 2001, 05:08 PM
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I second the person who takes great photos with the Canon Rebel EOS. WHen I go to Europe and travel by train in May, will just take the basic camera and one lens. In August, will be traveling in Oregon, in a rental car. and will take the long zoom and wide-angle lenses. Best Buy salesperson told me recently that Canon has a nice package that is priced lower than Olympus, and that Canon actually makes the lenses for many of the competitors.
Decided to stick with my 35 SLR.

Old Apr 6th, 2001, 08:35 AM
Jim Tardio
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I can assure you that Canon does not make lenses for it's competitors. While Best Buy may have a fair price, the salesman is just pushing the products that return the most profit for the store.

If you're talking SLR as opposed to a point and shoot, any product from Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Pentax, etc... will be fine. A Canon Rebel with a 24-85 lens would be small, light and capable of very high quality photographs.
Old Apr 6th, 2001, 09:15 AM
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Thanks Jim.

My old Retina Reflex SLR finaly gave out (broken shutter) on the trip. Now, I'm looking for a new SLR. The Olympus Stylus just doesn't do it for me.


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