Olympus C-740 UlraZoom

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by ed, Mar 3, 2004.

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    ed Guest

    I am doing some research before buying a digital camera. I have some
    parameters that must be met.

    1.The camera must be used within a Linux OS

    2. At least 4x optical zoom

    3. 3.2 megapixels minimum

    4. Off camera flash available or a good red eye reduction.

    At the moment I am leaning towards the Olympus C-740. It does not appear to
    be able to use off camera flash but I have read that their red eye
    reduction system is good.

    I know that this is a very subjective matter but I would ask for some input
    from the group on my camera needs and what would be recommended.

    ed, Mar 3, 2004
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    al-Farrob Guest

    I don't know if the 730 is still on the market, it has all the features of
    the 740 and can use off camera flash.
    I have the 730 and like it very much, it has all you want, and all my work
    is made under Linux, too
    al-Farrob, Mar 3, 2004
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    ed Guest

    Am I wrong in my assumption that the 740 does not have an off camera flash
    option? I read the specs and I do not see mention of it.
    ed, Mar 3, 2004
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    al-Farrob Guest

    You are right! The 740 does not, the 730 does! :))
    al-Farrob, Mar 3, 2004
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    ed Guest

    I went to Olympus's web site ........the 750 has a dedicated hot shoe for
    quite a significant bump in price (549). Have you any experience with
    redeye reduction with Olympus on camera flash?
    ed, Mar 3, 2004
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    al-Farrob Guest

    The 750 is different, I do not know it.
    The 740 is the same as 730 minus some features.

    I never used the flash for portraits, so did not use the redeye reduction,
    all I can say is people say it is good.
    I used it once before in a different Olympus camera (c-2) and it was good.
    al-Farrob, Mar 3, 2004
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    Sorby Guest

    My wife has this camera. I can confirm the red-eye reduction works well.
    However I don't like the EVF (electronic viewfinder) and am frustrated by
    the noticable shutter-lag - which is a problem when shooting anything that
    isn't stationary.

    However I haven't used it much - I guess with practice & anticipating the
    lag it's not too big a problem?
    Do you find that is the case with yours, Al-Farrob?
    Sorby, Mar 3, 2004
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    al-Farrob Guest

    Well, I don't like a lot the EVF, of course, an actual SLR would be better:)
    The shutter lag, exists, I don't know if it is larger than in others, I have
    not much experience with other makes.
    I think the shutter lag is still a problem with all digital, if you are used
    to film cameras, though.
    al-Farrob, Mar 4, 2004
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    ed Guest

    What would be your recommendation for printing under Linux. I am currently
    using a win printer......HP722C. While text is good photo quality is not.
    ed, Mar 4, 2004
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    al-Farrob Guest

    I do not print a lot, I have an Epson Stylus Photo 915, I have not had the
    time yet to configure it to print under Linux, I don't know if it would
    print well.

    As I have dual boot on my laptop, I print from win98.
    And more often directly from the pccard adapter, with the printer not
    connected to the computer.
    The quality is good for my needs.
    al-Farrob, Mar 4, 2004
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    John Navas Guest

    [POSTED TO rec.photo.digital - REPLY ON USENET PLEASE]

    In <6kt1c.113795$> on Wed, 03 Mar 2004 22:51:46
    Olympus sells reconditioned cameras with factory warranty on eBay.
    The C-750 typically sells for about $400.
    John Navas, Mar 4, 2004
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    Giles Morant Guest


    I use my Olympus C-750 exclusively with Linux (Gentoo). For printing,
    gimpprint is the equal of (AFAIK) any non-professional printer driver: I
    get amazing photos from my four year old Epson 760. It integrates best
    with the Gimp.

    The C-750 is now much cheaper than the RRP, as the replacements (-765 and
    -770) are coming out soon. Get the 750 over the 740; the noise is not
    such as issue (especially when you can run NeatImage easily using Wine in
    Linux) and the off-camera flash is handy. There are probably other
    differences as well that I forget.

    NB, the C-770 will have much better videos: consider that. (Oh, and the
    new Canon seems pretty good, although it lacks a few features of my

    Hope this helps,

    Giles Morant.

    Courchevel, France
    Giles Morant, Mar 4, 2004
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