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Old December 9th, 2008, 02:32 PM   #1
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It looks like this comes with everything you need to start....right?
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Also, showing my lack of knowledge, what is the difference between 18-55mm and 28-200mm? I know this is the zoom, but what is "zero" does the 18mm go into a negative zoom or is the 18mm equal to zero zoom, and the 28mm is a slight zoom?
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One more request for assistance. I looked online for a comparison between a point and shoot and an slr by photo comparisons and I found none. Could somebody please post a picture taken with each of the same scene. I really don't have the $ to buy an slr right now, but we have a limited time to take good pictures of my 9 month-old and I want to make sure that the slr's really do take noticably better pictures. Thanks.
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One more request for assistance. I looked online for a comparison between a point and shoot and an slr by photo comparisons and I found none. Could somebody please post a picture taken with each of the same scene. I really don't have the $ to buy an slr right now, but we have a limited time to take good pictures of my 9 month-old and I want to make sure that the slr's really do take noticably better pictures. Thanks.
recently had conversations with several camera stores about comparing a 50~200 zoom lense for a SLR with a 12x optical zoom on a point and shoot digital. came away with 2 consistant threads......

1) hard to compare zoom lense with optical magnification because of angle of view, etc. however, the SLR zoom lense generally has better optics for purposes of detail. on the point and shoot, optical zoom refers to magnifying the image like in a telescope while digital zoom refers to making the pixels bigger which actually blurs the details. also, go the the camera store and ask about the difference between macro and zoom.

2) you only need 3 mega pixels if your not going to enlarge beyond 8 1/2 x 11.

so, if you wanna starter kit you may want to think about the cheapest point and shoot to play with to see if you're really gonna like it.
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I have a $200 Fujifilm point and shoot right now. It takes great pics when there is enough light, but inside at night is a different story. I was hoping that the slr cameras with their larger light collectors (lense and digital image capture device) will be able to remedy this. I was just wondering if there will be a big enough difference to warrant a $500 purchase. That's why I was looking for side by side comparisons.
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the longer the zoom lens, the worse they are in low light. More glass = less light transition. The best low light lenses are fixed focal length. They are also the sharpest.

That being said, just get a 200-300 P&S that is small enough for you to take everywhere you go w/ your 9 mo old. You get much better pics of your kid with a cheap p&s that you have with you at all times than an inconvenient complicated slr that you leave at home and never use.

Canon ELPH is my recommendation.
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