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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday morning cameras

We actually start with a lens, despite the title :) It is the 35mm full frame Sigma 24-60 f2.8 EX DG, bundled with bonus stuff like a Hoya G series 77mm UV filter from Cameta Cameras on Amazon for the price of $240. When mounted on your typical DSLR, you are getting the equivalent crop of roughly 36-90mm so it's not exactly a wide-angle lens there.

If you love adorable but not loud-red cameras, then $125 will get the red Samsung L200.

If you want an underwater friendly camera but don't want to spend a lot of money, there is the Vivitar 6200W Vivicam for $120 via 3rd party.

Say all you want about superzooms, they can't get anywhere near as bright as primes. Case in point, the Sigma 50mm f1.4 available for the Canon mount for a round $500.

If you want an affordable wide-angle digicam for exactly $150, and it has to be a Coolpix from Nikon, there is only one option, the Coolpix P50, which is an older camera but still works just fine. Obviously you have to adjust your expectations to the price point, you can't expect this to perform like a Canon G9 which by the way is getting harder and harder and harder to find these days. At least find at a reasonable price. Even the reputable retailers are jacking up prices. Supply and demand at work!

If you want a water-friendly camera that is beyond the basics (eg Vivitar above), but don't want to pay $300+ for the latest models, there is a compromise at $200. It is called the Pentax Optio W30. It took Pentax a while to replace the W30, but it is still around. And a recent report has shown that there is demand for more water-friendly cameras.

And we close in style! With the introduction of new T-series models this week, it only means one thing: Better deals for the Sony T300 which has now dropped to the much more tempting price of $300. This is the black finish, but the other colors are discounted to $300 as well. Do note that it uses MemorySticks, although memory card prices have fallen so perhaps even if you don't want to build up an army of MemorySticks, you can buy a couple of them without spending too much money.

As always, be sure to check reviews, both by professional review sites, and independent photographers alike, and check sample pictures but also real world pictures from real world users.

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