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« on: Dec 19, 2012, 13:28 »
I had a finepic bridge digital camera till some nice person nicked it from my car. It had a 30X optic zoom and the camera was great for anything from close ups to long distences I am looking for a new camera and have noticed DSLR camers are not that much more than a decent Bridge camera. The problem I have is I have no idea what the "lens" figures mean and which lens will give me a 30X zoom and the same versatility as my old camera
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Re: Bridge V DSLR
« Reply #1 on: Dec 19, 2012, 14:42 »
Credo, I very much doubt you will get an DSLR camera lens that comes anywhere near close to 30X without paying a fortune for it.

If it's the 28mm, 50mm, etc, a "standard" lens is around the 50mm, anything less than this, ie 28mm, is a wide angle lens and anything above it, ie 300mm, is a telephoto one. So a zoom lens that covers the range 28mm to 280mm would be a 10X optical zoom.

A 30X lens therefore (if starting at 28mm) would need to be able to cover 28mm to around 840mm, which I am not sure you can get in one lens, but you could get one lens for the 28mm to 280mm and another one from 300mm to 800mm. .......... just for a bit of fun though, have a look at Jessops for the 300mm to 800mm lense prices ........ and make sure you are sat down before you do.  :wink:

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Re: Bridge V DSLR
« Reply #2 on: Dec 19, 2012, 20:16 »
Ah right. So if i want that sort of zoom I will end up with a lens that looks like an upturned traffic cone like the ones you see behind the goals at football matches 
As I want the high zoom, I have got many natural shoots of grandkids because i was far away so they didnt know i was taking them, I would be better off sticking to a bridge camera 
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Re: Bridge V DSLR
« Reply #3 on: Dec 20, 2012, 08:07 »
Bl**dy H**l I see what you mean about the lens price
I was interested in this Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR Twin Lens Kit - Jessops - Digital SLRs and was wondering what you thought.
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 20, 2012, 08:35 »
 :D :D Hope you were sat down Credo  :D

Unfortunately, with the SLR and DSLR, the cheaper part is the camera itself and the lenses can be expensive, especially in the higher zoom ranges.

We have the older Canon EOS 400D at work and have had it for a number of years without problems, producing some good photos, it is fitted with the 18-55mm lens and used to take photos of properties that need repairs, new properties for our website and if our residents have celebrated a big birthday/ wedding, etc.

The 550D, looks from Canon's website, as if the deal is an end of line deal as it does not appear on their site in the main DSLR camera section now but that price for the twin lens deal looks good. Other places seem to be selling it with only the 18-55mm lens for that price or quite a bit more.

If a local Jessops have it in, go and have a look at it and see what the difference is between the standard lens and the zoom and it will give you an idea how close you would need to be to get the photos you are after.

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Re: Bridge V DSLR
« Reply #5 on: Dec 20, 2012, 17:09 »
Thanks
Just hope they dont sell them all to fast I need to save a bit more money  Hope i get some for Christmas
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 09, 2013, 14:31 »
Your chance may have gone Credo, or there again they may drop the price again to sell off what stock they have left .......... they are about to announce they are going into administration........ and another one bites the dust ........ any bets on who is next?  :o

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 09, 2013, 14:43 »
Just my B####y luck  Still saving hard 
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Re: Bridge V DSLR
« Reply #8 on: Jan 12, 2013, 07:19 »
BBC News - Jessops camera stores to close with loss of 1,370 jobs
God damn it. No chance of a cheap one now, have to start looking again. Any ideas?
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Re: Bridge V DSLR
« Reply #9 on: Jan 31, 2013, 16:40 »
Buy CANON EOS 600D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135 mm IS Zoom Lens + 70-300
Hers what I eventually bought but only paid £598.99 for it Saw the offer on Currys?PCWorld for camera spare battpack and remote for £600 then saw camera alone for £670. Then saw above deal but with spare battpack for £598.99 so ordered online to pick up at Hartlepool store got it got home looked on site again and saw price had changed to £770 so I guess mine was a mistake Dont care I am happy with it
Once again Flooky thanks for all your help Think I got a good deal in the end.
Mind looking at instruction book if I ever take a decent picture it will be by accident.
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Re: Bridge V DSLR
« Reply #10 on: Jan 31, 2013, 19:19 »
Well done Credo for that "mishap" with the prices, you deserve this little bit of good luck for a change. :clap:

Hope you enjoy your "new toy" and you will probably find that most of the settings you can ignore at first and still get very good piccies with it, then start and "play around" with things from there. :wink:

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 04, 2013, 10:48 »
Hey Credo, did you see that Peter Jones (from Dragon's Den) is looking to take over and run Jessops as an online retailer with other backers.

I wonder what their prices are going to be like ........... or there again it may be better NOT to look, once that get going.  :wink:

You did get a good deal anyway.  :D

 

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