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Any non DSLR cameras with lens mounted manual focus and zoom

videobruce 17 47 United States
25 Apr 2008 5:03PM
I'm thinking about stepping up to a DSLR, but I haven't ruled out upper end non SLR if I could find one that had zoom & focus on the lens, not as a rocker switch controlling a motor.

I have a DiMAGE 7Hi now and both are on the lens though the focus is only a electronic type ring, not a actual manual control.

The other 'want' is a camera that uses a CF card as I feel those SD cards are way too small.

Any ideas?
Brom 17 804 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2008 5:16PM
i believe teh fuji 9600 has that but imho you would be better off going with a DSLR as you might find a bridge camera restricting after a while
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
25 Apr 2008 5:29PM
You would be better of with a small dslr, smallest and one of the cheapest at the moment is the Olympus E410 at less than 300 for body and kit lens.
G73photography 15 417 15 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2008 5:29PM
yeah the 9600 has focus and zoom on the lens, but i do aggree you would benefit from buying a proper dslr for the price, you can get a canon 400d for around 300-400 quid now,
videobruce 17 47 United States
25 Apr 2008 5:53PM
Someone else suggested the Fuji 6000.
I'll look into this 9600.
discreetphoton Plus
17 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2008 6:38PM
Go with the SLR, seriously. You can start with something light with decent superzoom.
I had the sony f-828 for three years. Two and and a half of those were spent wishing I'd bought something else, as I couldn't be as creative with it as I wanted to be. When I eventually got my hands on the D80 a whole world of options opened up, especially with regards to long exposure shots.
It ends up being cheaper to upgrade 1 piece at a time than replacing the whole lot.
videobruce 17 47 United States
25 Apr 2008 6:58PM
Is the 9600 the European version of the 9100?
The 6000 is just a older model with less pixels?
Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
25 Apr 2008 9:21PM
In answer the original question, despite the predictable rush foreveryone to tel you to go for a DSLR - the panasonic FZ30 and its successors have manual zoom and focus rings in the lens..
SD cards, though
RogBrown 14 3.1k 10 England
25 Apr 2008 10:58PM

Quote:panasonic FZ30 and its successors have manual zoom and focus rings in the lens..

Yes, I've got one. 35-420mm zoom, macro & most things a dslr will do, except you can't stick a Sigma 10-20 on the front! As Tooth says though, SD cards, but what's the problem.
PS Now replaced by FZ50
squodge 14 123
26 Apr 2008 3:12AM
Kodak P880.
* 24mm at wide end
* Shoots RAW, TIFF, and JPG
* Has a hot shoe
* Zoom available while recording movie clips
* ISO 50 to 800
* Larger than normal sensor for a non-dSLR
* Camera accepts filters
* Full manual mode - can change all settings

Alternatively, you can still just about get the Nikon D40 [not the D40X] with 18-55mm kit lens for less than 300.

~ squodge ~
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
26 Apr 2008 4:12AM

Quote:Larger than normal sensor for a non-dSLR

No its not Smile Smile
steveb 17 343 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2008 6:21AM
My foray into digital was with a Sony DSC-R1 bridge camera, now discontinued but available used. I still use it, an excellent camera. Lens equivalent to 24 - 120mm, sensor just about aps c size, 1.67 crop factor, shoots raw and jpg or jpg. Remote cable connected shutter release available. Has manual zoom, manual focus ring on the lens, but focus is electronic, can read out distance in display, useful for when using hyperfocal focussing. The lens is rightly renowned for its quality. It takes a reasonably sized 67mm filters. Twist about LCD display useful, especially when low to the ground, but not over large. As it's not an slr, no need for mlu as there's no mirror to cause vibrations. On the downside the evf, like most, is never as good as with an slr viewfinder, and the speed saving raw is slow, but doesn't hinder my style of photography.
Paul Morgan 20 19.5k 6 England
26 Apr 2008 7:18PM
I`m still using a canon Pro 1, no rush to upgrade.


2/3-inch CCD
L-series 28-200mm f/2.4
2.5 frames per second continuous shooting
Interval shooting and Exposure and Focus Bracketing


EVF only
Limitted Iso setting`s, noisy at iso 400
Expensive, even second hand

The Fuji FinePix S9600 would be worth looking at, now a little dated and can be picked up for less than 200 new.
videobruce 17 47 United States
27 Apr 2008 3:06PM
I was looking at the 9100 (I'm in the states), but I also see there is a S 100 FS out.
whiteswan01 13 13 England
2 May 2008 9:55PM
i had a fuji 9600 got some lovely shots Dawn

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