Youll find that the 36-38mm (eq.) found on most P&S cameras to bet not quite wide enough in many indoor situations. The 28mm (Eq.) will make life much easier in many indoor shoots of groups of people in tight spaces..
A few mm on the long end wont matter as much as not fitting in all the folks at the table because you cant back up any farther.Jeff..
It all depends on your shooting style... Seeing that you mention party pics and Europe, my opinion is that a wide angle lens could be very useful to get a large group of people in the same picture. Europe being a great place for beautiful buildings and scenery, you may like the fact that you can get everything into a fantastic shot..
Normally a wide angle lense will tend to have some perspective distortion if you have the camera on an angle (instead of parallel to your subject) so you may want to be more careful on how you hold the camera. Then again, it offers some creative possibilities.... I am not an expert but I have been experimenting with a wide angle lense on my D80 - yes, not a P&S camera (the lense being a Sigma 10-20mm) and I like the opportunities that a wide angle can offer..
That is my 2 cents worth......
I completely agree with Jeff. Wide angle is of far more general purpose use (buildings, landscapes, groups of people...) than a little more telephoto power. GIven those two I would get the one with the (much) wider angle lens..
I agree with the others. I won't even consider a camera unless it has at least 28mm equivalent wide angle. So things like the G9 I find totally useless wastes of money. C'mon Canon!! Get with the friggen program!!! BLEARGH!!!!.
Sorry for the rant..
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A wide angle is extremely important! It makes it much easier to take photos of groups of people, or landscapes, etc. It's quite frustrating that most P&S's available today seem to value more megapixels and more zoom over a good wide angle and decent aperture. Personally I would take wide angle with a modest zoom in a P&S over a super-zoom without wide angle any day...
Rob Donchez wrote:.
I'm currently looking to buy a new P&S camera and am considering afew models with the wide angle lens (sd870 and fx500). Having neverused one I am wondering just how big a feature this is and itsusefullness for shooting. The camera will be used to take party picsand the primary purpose will be for a trip to Europe this summer. Anyadvise is appreciated. Thanks..
I have an SD870 IS. It would be perfect for a trip to Europe. Wide angle, IS, decent movies, compact. Take me with you!.
Seriously, I recommend it...
A wide angle is extremely important! It makes it much easier to takephotos of groups of people, or landscapes, etc. It's quitefrustrating that most P&S's available today seem to value moremegapixels and more zoom over a good wide angle and decent aperture.Personally I would take wide angle with a modest zoom in a P&S over asuper-zoom without wide angle any day...