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    Help me choose...Rebel XTi or Olympus sp-560..seems easy but...

    Hi!
    My first post and in desperate need of help. My mind is about to explode after researching this far too long.
    I was almost decided to go with the SP-560 because I really want that 18x zoom plus the panorama assist feature will be great to take pics of the gorgeous Utah mountains.
    Then I read about the Rebel XTi and its awesome image quality and things got harder for my mind.
    If I were to get the Rebel, I will need a 500mm lense (right?) to match the 18x zoom of the sp-560. That could probably kill the Rebel as an option unless there is a cheap lense that does the job fine. When I say cheap I mean less than $200.
    I am no photographer and my previous cameras has been a Fuji 2650 and Sony DSC-T5 so either of this cameras should be a huge jump in quality specially the Rebel.
    I really want the Rebel picture quality but maybe cost and complexity for a rookie will be too much. Perhaps I will be just as happy with the 560...is the image quality difference HUGE between the two if I am mostly printing 4x6 some 10x8 and whatever panorama shots I can create?
    Sorry for all the questions and long post but I REALLY need help.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaolin95 View Post
    If I were to get the Rebel, I will need a 500mm lense (right?) to match the 18x zoom of the sp-560. That could probably kill the Rebel as an option unless there is a cheap lense that does the job fine. When I say cheap I mean less than $200.
    not a chance. the new consumer grade 55-250mm, (400mm equivalent), lens from canon will be around $250. the tamron 28-300mm is the closest you'll get in an "all in one zoom". needless to say it will be well over $200.

    btw: i had thought the lumix superzoom, (fz18??), was a better optical performer than the oly ?
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    How about the Pentax K100D?
    The panny has a better lense than the Oly but worst ISO performance and I really like that Panorama assist on the Oly.

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    pentax k100d body $350 plus the tamron 18-250mm, (27-375mm), at $500. so, around the $850 mark. the pentax just pips the nikon d40 as the cheapest dslr. great little package. still...a much bigger budget needed than the superzoom.
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    When you say
    consumer grade 55-250mm, (400mm equivalent)
    how do you determine and why do you have to determine what it is equivalent to? This whole camera thing is very interesting...I am a computer whiz and now want to try to learn this stuff and its a huge world!

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    the conversion is to 35mm equivalent to enable us to compare camera focal lengths across all different sensor sizes. basically you mulitiply the lens focal length by the sensor size, where "1" is a full frame sensor or the equivalent of a film camera.

    so a 200mm lens on a pentax which has a aps-c sensor, (1.5x), the equivalent to a 300mm lens.
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    How about the Pentax with a Tamron 70-300mm ($189)? Is that a good option even if I have to stretch the budget....will it really give me that much better image quality?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaolin95 View Post
    How about the Pentax with a Tamron 70-300mm ($189)? Is that a good option even if I have to stretch the budget....will it really give me that much better image quality?
    Thanks!
    That setup is not good for everyday pictures because with the crop factor of the K100 it turns the 70-300mm into a 105-450mm lens which is way to long for any indoor shots. I have that Tamron lens and image quality is ok but lots of purple fringing..I tend not to use it much. I have been a lots happier with my Sigma 28-300DC.
    Doug
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    Sorry I forgot to say that I will be getting the kit lens as well for th 18-55 or whatever it is.
    The fringing issue does worries me cause I may end up getting the same issue the Oly 560 has when doing zoom....
    Is that Sigma much more expensive? I will probably end up going with the 560 after all...
    http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-28-300mm.../dp/B0009XQPJ8
    Is that the one?
    Last edited by shaolin95; 01-07-2008 at 10:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaolin95 View Post
    Sorry I forgot to say that I will be getting the kit lens as well for th 18-55 or whatever it is.
    The fringing issue does worries me cause I may end up getting the same issue the Oly 560 has when doing zoom....
    Is that Sigma much more expensive? I will probably end up going with the 560 after all...
    http://www.amazon.com/Sigma-28-300mm.../dp/B0009XQPJ8
    Is that the one?
    I think the best 70-300 zoom on a buget is the Sigma APO 70-300..I kick myself for not buying one. I still think for the money, you will be much happier with a DSLR..


    http://www.sigma4less.com/sess/utn;j...300F4ADPX%3D29
    Last edited by pas49ras; 01-07-2008 at 10:30 AM.
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