Touring - Wide Angle Lens
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01-05-06, 02:19 PM
I'm in the market for a new point & shoot digicam with at least a 3 or 4 X optical zoom and a wide enough lens, equivalent of a 28mm lens on a 35mm camera. Most digicams with their 35mm wide angle lens is not wide enough for me and I don't like using a wide angle apapter lens. Any suggestions? Thanks... :)
01-05-06, 04:18 PM
you'll get more help than you can possibly need on this at photo.net
01-05-06, 05:38 PM
I think the widest in a non-slr is the Nikon Coolpix 8400 - it has the equivalent of a 24mm on the wide end, probably my favorite focal length in 35mm. I am debating between that camera and a D70S (digital SLR) with an ultrawide wide zoom.
I have the Coolpix 8400. It is nice, especially the wide lens, but it uses a rechargable LiIon battery. When travelling, you will need to have regular access to household current to recharge. Sony has the new R1. It looks very nice, too. Carl Zeiss lens but same story with the battery, though. Canon S80 has a 28mm equiv. lens, and is smaller, but also a LiIon battery.
If you have a friend in Europe, you might find a way to get a Ricoh GRD, a digital version of the compact Ricoh camera (GR1) with a fixed 28mm equivalent lens.
As the other posters aid, try photo.net or dpreview.com.
I bought an Olypus C-8080 Wide Zoom which has a 28mm lens when I went to France in June 2005. It's an 8 mp camera and was very pleased with the photos from the trip.
It received a good rating at dpreview (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusc8080wz/)
and is reasonably priced. It's not in the super compact catergory but I like using the manual settings too much to buy the point and shoot type. The battery lasts for about 5 hours.
01-06-06, 06:03 AM
Ricoh GX8 is another good choice. It is very small but well specified with a ~28mm lens.
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