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A zoom lens for an SLR or a ultra zoom P&S camera?

Today my wife went on a hike on Mt McCoy in Simi Valley  with her friends. That peak is around 1.5 to 1.75 miles away from my home. I wanted to take some photos so first I took out the Kodak AZ521/AZ501 that I had bought recently from Walmart for around $169. It has 50x optical zoom.

Here are two photos from one of the bedrooms in my home.  I zoomed in 50x and then cropped the photos. The photos are not that great but when you take into consideration the distance between the camera and the object, it is awesome job in my opinion.

Zoom lens or an ultrazoom P&S?
Kodak 50x zoom

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Then, I put on a sharp Super Takumar 135mm F2.5 lens and also one Sun 80-210mm F4.8 lens on a Pentax K30 camera. Obviously I can’t zoom in that much with this pair.  Following photo is the closest I could get.


So many times, I advise people to go for a ultrazoom P&S camera instead of buying a zoom lens for the SLR. Changing lens on the camera is a time consuming job and on the other hand, the second camera will not take any more space/weight than a zoom lens for your SLR. Plus, when you need to zoom in,  take photos with the P&S almost in few seconds. One thing to note here is I am assuming that we normally use Zoom in outdoor and in broad day light so an SLR really does not do any better than any camera. iPhone included.

I am writing this for another blog I have: http://photography-with-any-camera.blogspot.com/ for amateur photographers.

Panoramic view of Ventura county from Boney Peak

Last Sunday, March 30, 2014, we hiked in Santa Monica mountains- around 11 miles round trip and 2500 feet elevation. There were spectacular views. Click on the link to see the view in full screen.

Panaromic view of newbury park and camarillo
Views from Boney Mountain in Southern California, Ventura county
Santa Monica mountains

For more photos and full details of the Boney 360 Overlook trail, click here.

Boney peak 360 overview trail
Boney peak 360 overview trail

On same hike- around 7 years apart

We took Arian on his first hike in July 2007 when he was around 8 months old. I took photo of mother-son and has been my favorite.  The way he looks is so cute. A perfect Kodak moment!

Today, we went on the same hike and I tried to take his photo with his mom. This time with a real Kodak camera. AZ501. Last time, we carried him and this time we went on this 8 plus mile hike with 2000 feet elevation by himself.
KODAK Digital Still Camera