Lenses for bird photography

To: "Robert Read" <>
Subject: Lenses for bird photography
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 19:53:23 +1000
Hi Rob,
I use a 3.2mp Fuji S5000 with an Olympus TCON-17 for an slr equivalent of 635mm telephoto.  I'm getting pin-sharp photoquality prints (I prefer to look at prints rather than on-screen piccys) at A4 size.  It's great for birding, and with a trade-in on my SLR, set me back (with tcon) only $500. I've taken over 5000 pictures with it already, so it has paid for itself already in film processing savings.   I'll worry about getting a more expensive camera when I become a better photographer, as I'm nowhere near the limitations of my equipment yet and it's the photographer that makes the picture, not the camera.
Cheers, Mike
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From: [ On Behalf Of Robert Read
Sent: Saturday, 21 August 2004 10:47 AM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Lenses for bird photography

I have what may be a silly question.
Compact digital cameras are now available with 4 Mega pixels and 10X optical zoom, said to be equivalent to a equivalent to 38-380mm on a 35mm camera. 
On paper this seems to be getting into the range that could be useful for bird photography, at far less cost than a digital SLR and zoom lense.  It also sounds a bit too good to be true.
Can anyone offer any comments or experience?
Robert Read

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