Which "FIXED" lens digital camera to buy?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Gene, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. Gene

    Gene Guest

    I need your help:

    I want to purchase the BEST digital camera with a
    "FIXED" lens. That is, one that does not have
    optical zoom. I "do not" want a lens that moves
    in any way. I am looking for the maximum mega-pixel
    camera, with a fixed lens.

    I have looked around, but can't find anything that
    I really like. The HP E317 looks OK, but there
    must be something of more quality out there ...

    If you find a camera that looks good, please email me


    THANKS in advance:)

    Gene, Nov 2, 2005
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  2. I can't imagine why you would want a single vision lens.
    Gene F. Rhodes, Nov 2, 2005
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  3. He could try a D200 with a 50mm (equiv) lens.
    Many of us started with a "fixed" lens SLR so why shouldn't he?

    Gerrit 't Hart, Nov 2, 2005
  4. Gene

    Gene Guest

    Grandkids :)

    Gene, Nov 2, 2005
  5. Gene

    tlai909 Guest

    Non zoom cameras have been relegated to the very cheapest of P&S

    Try the most expensive fixed zoom Kodak. It shouldn't be more than

    tlai909, Nov 2, 2005
  6. Gene

    Jeremy Guest

    Ricoh makes what you're looking for. Fixed 28mm equivalent. It's the
    "GR-Something-Or-Other") I can't recall the model offhand, but you can find
    it by doing a Google search or by going to the Ricoh web site.
    Jeremy, Nov 2, 2005
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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    My best suggestion is to get a dslr with the lens of your choice.
    Neil Ellwood, Nov 2, 2005
  8. Epson R-D1?

    - Siddhartha
    Siddhartha Jain, Nov 2, 2005
  9. Gene

    Jim Guest

    That explains it. I would shop for price. Only the least expensive
    cameras will be found with this. If you are giving it to kids, then I
    would shop personnally and find the most solid feeling camera an done
    with controls they might be able to use. As far as the guts, I don't
    think you will find a lot of differentiation in this type of camera.
    Jim, Nov 2, 2005
  10. Gene

    John Bean Guest

    Or at least one of the most expensive. Depends on *why* a
    non-zoom lens is the preferred choice - cheapness or
    ultimate lens quality.
    John Bean, Nov 2, 2005
  11. Gene

    Gene Guest


    It's the "movement" of the telescoping
    lens that worried me. I want something for the
    grandkids that "has no external moving parts".
    If it can autofocus without moving something - that
    would be great.

    Additionally, I "assumed" that these would be very
    inexpensive, that is, under $200. So I guess that I
    am really looking for the best camera for under $200 :)

    Gene, Nov 2, 2005
  12. Reading your later post, I think you're looking at a Konica Minolta Dimage
    X50 or X60, or if you can find a good deal on something like an older Sony
    DSC-T series.

    Martin Francis, Nov 2, 2005
  13. Don't underestimate kids! After much pleading, I allowed my
    nine-year-old son to use my camera this spring. It took him about ten
    seconds to master the zoom control.
    Stephen Poley, Nov 2, 2005
  14. Gene

    none Guest

    Agreed -- I think that a kid would not care too much about image
    quality, but would love the ability to zoom in and out in the picture frame.

    none, Nov 3, 2005
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    Bolshoy Huy Guest

    you mean a camera with a prime lens?
    only 35mm P&S have them.
    actually, a few digital P&S only have digital zoom. DONT USE IT.
    Bolshoy Huy, Nov 3, 2005
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