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So my Canon has a 4.5-90mm focal length.

So I could buy something like a NEX-F3 with an 18-55mm lense on it, and get a way more "distance" out of the lense than my current cameras have, while still getting more than half the range of the SX260 I just purchased? Son of a...
     
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Originally Posted by identitycrisis View Post

I don't mean to be rude, but have you skipped over the entirety of the thread?

I do NOT want a DSLR, and even shot down superzooms because of price, and size, as I have already stated.

I also would like something with MORE optical zoom than 5x... I am happy with my current cameras short of the zoom capability. While the S100 is within my price range, and I understand the image quality difference, it does not satisfy my requirement for longer range zoom. If i didn't have a digital camera at all I woiuld be more receptive to a better image quality camera with lower zoom, but I have 3 (4 if you count my new SX260) P&S cameras from up to 8 years ago, all with lower zoom ranges.

if the powershot S110 had a 10x or higher zoom, I probably would have sprung for it.

I appreciate the advice, but coming back around to the DSLR recommendation does not help me out much at all.

Guilty as charged. I usually don't read past the first 5-10 posts in the mornings, trying to do 10 things at once & all that.

If all your shots are going to be during the day or in brightly lit rooms, & you also need the super-zoom then the SX260 is a great choice.

20x is the equivalent of a 500mm on a full frame DSLR. Those ginormous white lenses (http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Camera-Lens-Database/Canon/Canon-EF-500mm-F4L-IS-II-USM) you see photographers use at football games.

Be aware though, that at that zoom length you'll still need it to be bright outside to get a shutter speed fast enough to avoid blur. Even w/ the IS, because the microlenses on the compact sensors are so small. The microlenses on a FF camera are about 30x larger & are fed by much larger optics w/ up to 5 stops of IS. Getting a small collapsible monopod would help you get better images at the high zooms, without coming w/ the bulk of a tripod. The Manfretto MM394 is a solid choice. Amazon carries it if you have prime, if you don't B&H also carry it w/ free shipping (might be faster if you live on the east coast). http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-MM394-Large-Photo-Video-Monopod/dp/B004MKNKQA http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755477-REG/Manfrotto_MM394_Photo_Movie_Aluminum_4_Section.html It can also double as a baton to beat off pickpockets wink.gif
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Originally Posted by identitycrisis View Post

So my Canon has a 4.5-90mm focal length.

So I could buy something like a NEX-F3 with an 18-55mm lense on it, and get a way more "distance" out of the lense than my current cameras have, while still getting more than half the range of the SX260 I just purchased? Son of a...
The NEX series is approaching DSLR territory. They're decent if you absolutely don't want a DSLR, but IMO DSLRs are much better, especially considering the lens selection on the NEX series. The lenses also don't retract into the body like a compact.

to get 20x on an APS-C sensor you need about a 350mm lens
Edited by Diffraction - 2/15/13 at 11:12am
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Guilty as charged. I usually don't read past the first 5-10 posts in the mornings, trying to do 10 things at once & all that.

If all your shots are going to be during the day or in brightly lit rooms, & you also need the super-zoom then the SX260 is a great choice.

20x is the equivalent of a 500mm on a full frame DSLR. Those ginormous white lenses (http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Camera-Lens-Database/Canon/Canon-EF-500mm-F4L-IS-II-USM) you see photographers use at football games.

Be aware though, that at that zoom length you'll still need it to be bright outside to get a shutter speed fast enough to avoid blur. Even w/ the IS, because the microlenses on the compact sensors are so small. The microlenses on a FF camera are about 30x larger & are fed by much larger optics w/ up to 5 stops of IS. Getting a small collapsible monopod would help you get better images at the high zooms, without coming w/ the bulk of a tripod. The Manfretto MM394 is a solid choice. Amazon carries it if you have prime, if you don't B&H also carry it w/ free shipping (might be faster if you live on the east coast). http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-MM394-Large-Photo-Video-Monopod/dp/B004MKNKQA http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755477-REG/Manfrotto_MM394_Photo_Movie_Aluminum_4_Section.html It can also double as a baton to beat off pickpockets wink.gif
The NEX series is approaching DSLR territory. They're decent if you absolutely don't want a DSLR, but IMO DSLRs are much better, especially considering the lens selection on the NEX series. The lenses also don't retract into the body like a compact.

to get 20x on an APS-C sensor you need about a 350mm lens

Thanks for the info! ill be looking around a bit more before i open that canon. I don't need 20x but i want more than the 3-4x on my current cameras. if I can find something reasonably priced (and reasonable size) i can probably justify a loss in focal length if it will still get me considerably more than my current cameras.
     
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