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OM10 verses Canon 1000

Yep, travel time and I have an old Olympus OM10 with zoom 200 and a Canon 1000 with zoom 300. Both work OK but with the Canon zoom I need 10 spotlights to get enough light in for close ups.

Which should I take with me to the sahara(mechanical v's electronical)? I actually wish to buy a wide angle lens and a couple of filters for one of these camera's but can't decide which camera. Also I would like some advice on a wide angle lense, how big is a recommended size eg 21 to 28 for those great panorma style shots.
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Hi Sheila,

a 300 mm zoomlens is a bit big. You need a tripot to make a steady shot (or a very fast shutterspeed witch is hard without the 10 spotlights).
You did not mention how "wide" both are, but I guess the olympus win's here. And wide is nice and 200 mm is close enaugh for most purpose.

I don't think you need to choose between mechanical and electronic. Both type's have enaugh mecanic's stuff to break down in dust. Just try to keep it clean.

For the wide-angle... Personaly I would not go further then 24 mm to avoid un-natural disturbance (bend line's). But sometime's the bend line's is just what people want... so what do you want?

I hope this helps, but keeop in mind... it's all very personal.

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I'd go with Canon if you want a future for your gear. Olympus has discontinued its whole slr line, so while it would be cheap to buy a couple lenses (maybe secondhand) now, you'll be pretty much stuck down the road.

Re wide angles, a 24 is a fine lens you'll keep using in the future. For your use, I would also consider a wide angle zoom in the 20-35 range, you can find a couple not very expensive ones under the Tamron and Sigma lines. Keep in mind you'll find superwides more difficult to compose with if you have no foreground interest, and flare can be a problem sometimes.

Finally, don't forget a good polarizer. Make sure it does not have a greenish cast (very frequent in cheap ones), and that it won't produce vignetting with your widest lenses. If you need, buy the biggest diameter you'll need and a step-down ring to use with the others.

Good luck on your trip!
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thanks Guys for your quick answer. Still can't decide, maybe I shall toss a coin.

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