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a zoom lens with a large focal length range, for example an 18-200mm or 28-300mm; also, a point & shoot camera with such a lens built in.

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CSI image resolution enhance: How real is it?

So I watched the following 1 minute long Youtube clip from CSI New York. In the clip, using what seems to be the recording from a standard bank camera, they zoom in at least 100, and see the image ...
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Why choose an 80-200mm over an 18-200mm lens?

Being a beginner, I can't see why I must choose an 80-200 over an 18-200. Are there scenarios where an 80-200 would be preferable over an 18-200? I will be buying a D7000 soon and am looking at ...
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Is it better to upgrade Canon 18-55mm IS kit lens to the 18-200mm, or complement with 55-250mm?

I currently have the Canon EOS 550D with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. I am primarily looking for greater telephoto reach, as I have found the 55mm length to be quite limiting at times. So, I was ...
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Are superzoom lenses really so bad?

I have read comments in multiple places, both on photo.SE and elsewhere, that superzoom lenses are not good and that most people will be better served by buying two zoom lenses, each spanning a ...
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Why are there no digital cameras with ultra-bright integrated lenses, like f1.0, f1.2 or even f1.4?

Why are there no digital cameras with ultra-bright integrated lenses, like f1.0, f1.2 or even f1.4? One would think that with smaller sensors vs. film, it would be much cheaper to build an ...
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Why is the 18 - 200 mm lens so expensive compared to equivalent alternatives?

I have been looking at various lenses and I found that that the 18-200 mm lens is pretty expensive (be it Canon or Nikon) when compared to the combination of the lenses 18-55 & 55-200. Is there ...
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Canon kit with standard EF-S 18-55mm IS or 18-135mm IS?

I'm going to order a new Canon 550d in a kit with a lens. I'm fairly new to SLR photography which means I have not much knowledge about the difference between lenses. There is an offer for a Canon ...
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Would the Tamron 18- 270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD make a good choice as my second lens?

I have a Canon 50/f1.8. I am looking for a zoom lens. After much research, I have zeroed in two lenses as my second lens: either Tamron 18-270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD or Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III ...
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348 views

Alternative/third-party superzoom for Nikon?

I have a Nikon 18-200 VR which I think is great. I often use the 200mm part of it so I'm thinking of an even more extreme superzoom, but I'm not familiar with other lenses than Nikon, but I have been ...
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Why prefer the 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses vs 18-200mm?

There seems to be a preference for to have the 18 mm - 55 mm 55 mm - 250 mm lenses, but no mention of why they're better than a single 18-200mm. Could someone please explain why the two separate ...
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What are the disadvantages of super-zoom cameras compared to binoculars?

Maybe it is clear from my question that I don't know much about lenses, both on binoculars and super-zoom cameras, for example I don't know how can I compare the light that enters a binocular with a ...
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Why does my Finepix S2950 not show the image quality I expect?

I am a little confused as to why my Finepix S2950 takes photos like it does. I seem to be able to take great Macro Shots, but not landscapes. I have noticed that if I zoom into a picture enough I can ...
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What does the HS mean for Canon SX40 HS?

What the difference between a Canon SX40HS and a Canon SX40? and also the what does 'HS' mean? Thank you.
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Is there a single lens suited for flying birds, mountains, and close-up portraits?

I have just bought a new DSLR (a Nikon D3000). I want to take photos of flying birds, mountains, and close-up portraits. Is there a single lens well-suited for these types of photography, so that I ...
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Which would be more suitable lens in terms of utility, weight, price: 18-135 or 18-55 + 55-200?

Is it better to invest in one 18-135mm lens or have a standard 18-55mm lens and another 55-250mm lens for occasional need?
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Can I use a Fuji HS30 as a training camera before buying a real dslr camera?

I am thinking about buying a Fuji HS30 to my wife, so she can start shooting on full manual, before investing in a dslr and some lenses. Do focus ring and zoom ring in Fuji HS30 behave like a dslr ...
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How important are in-depth reviews when selecting a compact camera?

I'm going to buy a super-zoom compact camera for my travels and I'm reading a lot of reviews to find which one best suites my needs. I though that a good camera should result good in all reviews, but ...
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Why doesn't it make sense to compare an entry-level DSLR with a super zoom?

A friend of mine told me that it does not make any sense to compare a entry level DSLR (e.g. Nikon D5100) to a super zoom (e.g. Nikon Coolpix P510). So, what does he mean by "it does not make any ...
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Why is the Canon SX510 HS so inexpensive?

Some VERY beginner questions here, I apologize! My knowledge of cameras is limited to say the least. To give you an idea, I know things like: SLRs are good. I can take a lot of pictures in a ...
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Super zoom vs. moderate zoom in compacts

My supposition is that at the same price (in the 150-250$ price range) a lens with 10x or more zoom has worst image quality than a 4-5x. Is it correct? Is usually quality of superzoom acceptable or ...
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Tamron 18-200 lens

I am looking for a budget telephoto lens. The Canon 55-250 and Tamron 18-200 are both within my budget. I am slightly inclined towards getting the 18-200 because of the range it has. I looked up for ...
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How do I select a superzoom lens for travel?

I have my good old Nikon D40. Almost all time I was using default "boxed" 18-55mm lens, but now I feel a big need to buy a lens for getting pictures that I can't get now. I travel a lot and like to ...
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What is the benefit of a dedicated wide angle zoom vs a superzoom?

I am considering buying a Sigma 10-20 mm F3.5 wide angle lens for my canon 550D, but not sure what the benefit would be compared to using the wide angle end of my existing Sigma F3.5-6.3 18-250 mm ...
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Is the image stabilization of Fuji X-S1 enough to make photos with largest zoom from hand?

I've found Fuji X-S1 quite interesting but I haven't found answer to the question that is important to me: According to the specification the camera has build-in image stabilization. It has also ...
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833 views

What is a super-zoom lens for Sony NEX or Samsung NX?

I'm considering to buy a camera such as one in the Sony NEX or Samsung NX series. Do you know which of the 2 series has a lens that is equivalent to the Sony DSC HX200V's 30x optical zoom (Focal ...
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What can I do about Pentax superzoom 18-270 autofocus problems?

I use a Pentax K200 and have been satisfied with the original Pentax 18-250 superzoom, for travelling, outdoors, family types of use. However the autofocus gradually failed, the motor going to and fro ...
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What is cheapest way to get a 10-20× zoom range on a Nikon D5100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I decide on a camera/lens with high zoom range? There are a lot of relatively cheap ~ 300$ (with body) consumer cameras with mega-zoom features — i.e. lenses with ...
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How can I tell which compact super-zoom camera is better for me?

I am planning to buy a compact super zoom camera and am not able to decide between Sony DSC HX9V and Nikon Coolpix S9100. Both have comparable specs and I am not proficient enough to tell which one is ...
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Does autofocus work with the Pentax K10D and Tamron 18-250mm?

Hallo; does autofocus actually work with the Pentax K10D and Tamron 18-250mm? If so,how good/fast is it?
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How do I decide on a camera/lens with high zoom range?

I need a camera that is not so bulky (even though additional lens is fine with me — not more than one extra lens). Also, I am not looking at those high-end camera such as Nikon or Canon Mark III. ...
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Nikon DSLR and optical Zooming [duplicate]

I want to buy a professional camera like Nikon D300. I googled a lot but did not overcome the following dubs. 1) I want a high optical zooming camera. In DSRL specification no zooming is specified. ...
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Are superzoom cameras practical/useful when photographing nature?

I'm considering buying one of compact superzooms, like Canon Powershot SX50 or Fuji X-S1. However, I have doubts if such big zoom are really useful when taking pictures of plants or animals. On my ...
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370 views

Can anyone recommend a telephoto lens for a Sony DSC-H3?

I have a Sony DSC-H3. I'd like to buy some new lenses for it for experimentation purposes. Specifically, I'd like to get a telephoto lens. The only issue is, I can't figure out which one to get. The ...
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Nikkor 55-300 VS 70-300 VR [duplicate]

I own a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55 VR kit lens and now want to buy a zoom lens for basic photography, from portrait to landscape, whatever attracts me. So far I have shortlisted 2 lens 55-300mm ...
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Which Canon superzoom to select for clearer sports pictures? [closed]

Currently I am using an EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. But I feel this range is not sufficient for me, shooting events and sports. So I am considering an EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM. It has a bit ...
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What is the actual distance for taking a photograph with a 4.3-180mm Super Zoom camera lens vs. a 55-200mm DSLR lens? [closed]

What will be the true actual distance for both lens in terms of actual meters?