Quote Originally Posted by jolefler View Post
The lens only stops down to f8, a major limitation...
Not on a compact digicam with a tiny sensor (and thus a really short lens focal length). F/8 is a *really* tiny hole (generally already at the point where diffraction is starting to degrade image quality) at the wide end of a digicam zoom. It's smaller than f/32 on a 50mm normal lens on a 35mm SLR, in fact (assuming an actual focal length of 10mm or less on the digicam).