Olympus C-740 - opinions? telephoto?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Earl Lewis, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. Earl Lewis

    Earl Lewis Guest

    I've just purchased an Olympus C-740 Zoom. I am not even an amateur
    photographer, just the last computer nerd in the US who didn't have a
    digital camera yet. I am very impressed by the photos I'm getting
    (what do I know, I never was much interested before), but somewhat
    disappointed by not finding any discussions about this model on this
    newsgroup. I suppose this model is not aimed at high end
    photographers, rather guys like me who are mostly click-and-shoot?

    I'm interested in getting a telephoto lens for it, Olympus sells a
    TCON-17, which requires a CLS-4 adaptor tube for this camera.
    This lens weighs the better part of a pound, and upon looking at the
    threads it's intended to screw onto, I'm wondering about how much
    stress this weight will put on the barrel that moves in and out to
    'zoom' the camera. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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    Paul Bech Guest

    Yes, 17X ?!?!?!
    If you must the axtra lens does not mount to the main lens, it is mounted
    around it.
    Paul Bech, Aug 3, 2003
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    Earl Lewis Guest

    Interesting, I too suspected that the total magnification would equal
    17x. Ummm... what the hell is a 'longer focal length'? From semantics,
    I'm guessing that you wouldn't need to focus as often as you move
    toward or away from the target. But since the camera uses some kind of
    auto-focusing feature, that wouldn't seem to be of much help to me?

    Near as I can figure it IS incompatible with the 720 and 730, but
    compatible with the 740.
    Yeah! I found that out already trying to shoot flying model planes!
    Like shooting at an F16 with an AK47? You have to GUESS when to press
    the camera shutter (how much to lead the thing).
    Why come should I want to do that?
    I'm already using 1024x768 cause that's the monitor resolution I use,
    and it gives me more shots - 70 something on a 16mb xdPicture card. I
    didn't realize that reducing the size of the pic would increase my
    magnification. I guess I need a camera school - or to haunt this
    newsgroup for a while.

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    gr Guest

    I'd say the low end P&S is the fixed focal length cameras. Why do you call
    the 3x zooms "pathetic" and low-end? That range of focal length is pretty
    standard for zooms, even for expensive lenses. (Granted, the quality of the
    lens is reflected in the price.) The Olympus ultra-zooms are really about
    the only digicams that offer zooms much more than 3x, but they're no more
    "high-end" than similarly priced P&S's from other manufacturers.
    gr, Aug 4, 2003
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    JK Guest

    I would if they weren't so expensive. Perhaps in a few years I might buy one?

    LOL! 3x is fine. Many experienced photographers produced great images
    using a small number of prime lenses.
    LOL! F8? What do you do in low light situations? Do you always
    carry a tripod and hope the subject doesn't move? How far will
    your flash reach if the lens is f3.7 at telephoto(and especially
    when you stop it down to f8)? That makes the ultra telephoto
    slow lens not very useful in many situations.
    That makes the lens not very useful in many situations.
    JK, Aug 4, 2003
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    JK Guest

    They were also quite cheap. I bought them all used. I think I paid less
    than $400 for the three.
    JK, Aug 5, 2003
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    Earl Lewis Guest

    How come Photoshop tells me that a 1024x768 pic has a print size of
    14" x 10"? But you're saying 4x6? What am I missing?

    I am loathe to experiment and find out myself, as I own a 1993
    dot-matrix printer. I can't print in any color. As long as it's black.
    As you can see, I'm not too interested in accumulating pics on paper.
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    Thanks, I did miss this school. For $500 seems like I should have
    gotten a book with these lessons in it. Oh well, they've got to sell
    side-by printers I suppose.

    One thing I learned (already, and I only read one page) was NOT to
    delete the pics from the card with WindowsExplorer while I have it in
    the MAUSB-10 USB reader, which is exactly what I've been doing. My
    C-740 doesn't offer the option of deleting all the pics on the card at
    once (as the manual states that it does) but, rather, allows you only
    to reformat the card instead (or delete one pic at a time). I didn't
    think reformatting the card each time I took a card-load of pics
    sounded very healthy, so I was deleting on-line with WindowsExplorer.
    It SEEMED to work fine, but if Olympus says not to do it, I'd better
    reformat each time.

    Maybe the camera and MAUSB-10 could be out-of-sync somehow, so that
    the pulses don't match up, as far a pic deletion is concerned?
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    Earl Lewis, Aug 6, 2003
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