I don't think you would find that even a 2x aux lens would provide quality comparable to most 300mm solutions for film cameras. I wouldn't count on a 3x aux lens. There are some high quality 1.5x lenses that seem to give good results and a number of less expensive lenses that give fair results. Although I haven't used either (my aux lens experience is limited and years old), the Fuji tele lens and the discontinued Olympus B300 (a potentially better replacement is on the horizon) get good press when used on the Fuji S602, etc...
Craig - many thanks for writing back - I really appreciate it. I am at a loss as to what I should do...I want to enter the digital photo realm but do not want to sacrifice good quality. I need a good telephoto (I am moving to Africa for 3 years and will take the camera on safari)and am realy confused as to whether there is a digital camera under 800 USD that will meet my needs of an appx 300mm zoom and good print quality. Are you doubtful of the upcoming Olympus C-750? It seems like a good solution, but now I worry based on what you wrote last. It is suposedly very similar to the C730 but with metal body, hot shoe for flash, 4MP, and most importantly, a better lens. If you are skeptical I would be MOST appreciative of any thoughts you may have. Regards, Cyrus..
Hmmh, thought I'd posted to this. I'm not discarding the Olympus. In all likelihood it will be a very good camera (assuming that production models are like the demos and the trend from prior models continues). What it won't be is an alternative to a DSLR and system lenses (but none of the digicams really are anyway). What you shouldn't be thinking is that use of tele-extenders will give equivalent performances, making a 100mm equivalent camera perform at 300mm like a camera of equal quality with a lens that actually is a 300mm lens. Adding a tele-extender to a 4300 won't give you equivalent quality to the Olympus. If you really need 300 to 400mm equivalents, there are a couple of cameras which get into that range w/o auxiliary lenses (or at least a couple get over 300, to 350 or 380)...
Thanks craig for the reassurance. based on what you are saying, I will stick with the OLY C750 - hopefully it will tae good shots that I can print and be happy with. It is my first foray into the digital world and I am a bit nervous as I dragged my wife away from an traditional SLR into the digital realm kicking and screaming : ) Not too many of our shots wil be at 300 mm - most will be traditional family vacaton shots, landscape, indoor parties/get togethers etc. And I wil rarely print in 8x10 - almost always limiting myself to 4x6. This camera should be fine with those needs correct? Based on what I have read, and barring negative comment from you, I will.
Take the plunge into digital photgraphy. Many many thanks for your time and help.
Hopefuly this syatem will not let me down! regards,.
I would expect it would be fine. I kind of think that styles and preferences may change some as you move into digital, simply because the ease of working with the cameras and rapid feedback may get you interested in new/neglected areas. and experimenting is essentially free! I kind of have the feeling that I would have died and gone to heaven if I had a Canon G3 to go with my Fuji S602. It's just that I can see how handy the optical finder and flexible LCD would be in some situations. Yet the Fuji offers equivalent advantages in my sports/action shots!..