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Discussion in 'Creative Arts' started by KennyH, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. KennyH

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    My Olympus C-2020z is a great camera and all- but it's old and tired... After taking a few shots of the Enzo/F40 on Saturday- I was really disappointed at the Ferrari red coming out as Ferrari pink :(.. It's pretty rare for me to get a shot of cars like these, so when I do, I want it to be perfect.

    I am getting very interested with digital photography even though I would consider myself a novice- I want to learn though. I have a budget of $500-$1000 (I'd rather spend closer to the $500 side though). Ideally, my camera would have a usable video option and a manual focus option in which I could really take some nice quality pictures.

    What should I be looking at? What are some tips? Has anyone bought a digital camera recently who could offer some advice?

    Any help is appreciated!
     
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    www.dcresource is pretty good too.

    have you looked at the Canon G5 or digital rebel? you could get the digital rebel for under 1k with a lens and you'd have a 6+mp dslr.
     
  4. thecarreaper

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    i have been into photography as a " other , other " hobby for a long time. like a car, its going to depend on the uses and conditions you will be using it most, say a static protected studio or an all out sports/ outdoors use. i have a nikon something (its in my truck) and i absolutely love it. i use my manual focus minolta 35mm with a bazzillion lenses only for special occasions. just like a test drive, try out as many cameras as you can and get what meets your needs the best!
     
  5. Mike328

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    1.5 years ago, I paid top dollar for a Canon Powershot G2 (4 megapixel).

    I am very loyal to Canon as a brand, and their powershot series is extraordinary. They have G3 and a G5 models out now. These are their top of the line, high-end consumer cameras, and they have a real "photographer" feel to them.

    Even now, even with all my buddies have their cameras--the camera that takes the group shot for the 8x10 is mine.

    I've also gotten some amazing shots in certain conditions (hot air balooning over napa valley) that I was ONLY able to get by manually tweaking the aperature / F stop settings...

    Cons: Kind of big (won't fit in your pocket), must be patient with the autofocus, outdoor pictures occasionally lack good color variance

    Pros: great resolution (amazing 8x10s), great night mode, manual mode for photography buffs to control shutter speed / fstop, uses common Compact Flash cards (not anything proprietary), great zoom, great close-up pictures, remote, timer, great movie mode.

    But, this has been covered before--lots of good info on this in the archives!
     
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    Thanks for posting this subject and for the replies.

    I am looking at purchasing one in about 2-3 months when prices drop some more.
     
  8. KennyH

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    What do you guys think of the Nikon Coolpix 5700- seems like they are 800-900 new but 500 used- which isn't too horrible. Is it a significant step up from my Olympus C2020z?
     
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    my 2.0 cool pics nikon 2500 whatever takes great pics. i think the newer version is under $300 and has more " pixels" 4.0????? anyway its small and lite, ive taaken it to race tracks, themeparks with rollarcoasters beach and boating trips ect. i would not get one that is too big if you are going to be busy with kids ( dont know if you have any or not.... i dont ) or busy doing other things. yes my 2.0 is on the low side but from cars to pics of naked chicks its been ( ahem!!! ) a great freaking camera. battery will take 150+ pics before it runs out and i have a 64 meg card that will hold 900+ low to med resolution pics. i have had no need for the super high res stuff because i have to resize it to put it in an email on the net anyway.
     
  10. ForzaFerrari

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    What do you think about the new Ferrari Digital Camera??
    see:
    www.forzarossa.nl

    (you can buy it at the off. Ferrari Store...link on ForzaRossa.nl)
     
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    www.stevesdigicams.com is pretty cool.

    I have a Nikon CoolPix 5700, and love it to death - even if it is a little fragile!

    Ernesto
     
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    kenny, i just got a Canon G5 and love it...i'm not even close to using it to its max but has great battery life and takes great shots.
     
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    Does anyone have the Olympus Stylist 400,? Im thinking of buying one this week, 4megapix 3optical and a metal water/weather resistant case. on sale for $306 plus $40 mail in rebate. Heard there good. Any comments
     
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    Kenny, the camera i have is a little out of your price range (Translation: LESS THAN five hundred dollars!:)) but i like it a lot and can take video with it... It's a Sony Cyber Shot; the camera, with an extra memory stick and an extended warranty was around $300, i think... You could take the extra $200 and buy more memory sticks... The 256 MB memory stick was around $100+ when i bought one, so buying two of those would have you set to take some 500+ pictures... Just a thought...
     
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  16. rodsky

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    That's a great site. I like the Canons. If you want quality and a decent size go for the S50. If you want a little more functionality buy the G3 or the G5 (4 and 5 Mpixel). They are a little bigger though. I have the G3. It is an amazing camera. Battery life is outstanding and so is quality. I never really use it at the highest resolution so I dont have a need for 5MP. At 4MP I have had 8X11's developed and they are close to perfect with great resolution. With the G3/5 you can add lenses (telephoto/wideangle) with an adapter. I just used my G3 on Safari - worked very well even using the digital zoom (the photos were very clear).
     
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    how many MP is that

    for a person who only takes family pics, car pics, meet pics..and want a little bit of zoom, are these big cameras necessary?

    i would like something i can carry everywhere but 5.0 and good quality.
     
  18. KennyH

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    Bump.

    Still clueless as to what to buy- I'd prefer to spend closer to the $500 mark- and it seems like everyone is leading me to that new SLR Rebel.. I'd like a camera that is signifcantly more professional than my current c2020Z- which is 2.1 megapixels with a 3x zoom and no manual focus but can't really justify spending 1k on a hobby that I could potentally drop the week after I get the camera due to it being too complicated.

    Anyong have any suggestions for a good beginning SLR/manual digital camera?


    Thanks!
     
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    I got a Sony DSC-F717 which costed me 850 euros

    Great pictures, great options. 5 MP 5x optical zoom, 10x digital.
    Carl Zeiss lens, Nightvision, Infrared focus in dark, Manual and autofocus
     
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    if u want something close to 500$ go to manhattan and buy a Minolta Dimage 7i as i did last year..5.0MP and i paid 650$.
     
  22. matkat

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    I have 2 fuji finepix F601Zoom (1 for me the other for the wife)I wiuld thouroughly recommend one of these the only thing I did was to take out the stock multi-media and replace it with a 512k card,i find the results are fantastic and it is also very user friendly.
    best regards
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  23. dan360

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    I have the digital rebel SLR - its VERY easy to use in the first instance. 5 or 6 basic modes:

    Full Auto (point and fire)
    Portrait
    Landscape
    Sports
    Night Portrait
    + one which I forget.

    These plus some basic photoshop skills should give you most of what you need.

    SLR over a regular Digital is all about whether you'll use additional lenses (I have a regular Canon SLR so can reuse my old lenses). Plus whether you'll use the advanced and manual modes. There are lots of cool features on the Digital Rebel which I haven't got into yet.

    Don't forget that focal length changes on the digital SLR so a 200-300 Zoom becomes 1.6x ie 320-480mm.
     
  24. KennyH

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    Thanks guys!

    After researching a bit I've narrowed it down to the:

    Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Z
    Approx. $750
    6.0 Megapixels
    Max shutter speed: 1/2000 sec

    Canon EOS-300D (Rebel)
    Approx. $900
    6.29 Megapixels
    Max shutter speed: 1/4000 sec

    Sony DSC-F828
    Approx. $1000
    7.99 Megapixels
    Max shutter speed: 1/3200 sec

    From what I understand, Fuji would be the least expensive out of the bunch and offer most of the same options- enough for a novice digital camera user who would like to get into more advanced photography. The other cameras, while more advanced, have a steeper learning curve, and after performing some basic modifications, will be significantly more expensive.

    As you can see, I am leaning towards the Fuji- however, I'd really like to hear from someone who has one (and if possible, could compare it to the Canon)..


    Thanks!
     
  25. rob lay

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    My Sony DSC-P5 after two years is having problems turning off and locking after taking flash pictures. I couldn't wait for it to get fixed with a big car show this weekend I bought a Sony DSC-T1. This camera is awesome!

    Ultra small and slim. About half the overall size as the P5 and I bought that camera to fit easily in my pocket. The T1 is 5 megapixel vs. just 3 for the P5. I'll really test it out taking car pics this weekend, but so far I love it quite a bit more than the P5.

    Only negatives are my old Sony memory sticks don't fit. This camera uses a new memory stick duo that is smaller. Now once I buy duo sticks I have an adapter for my old memory stick devices, but not vice versa. Sony kinda ticked my off originally because they used a proprietary memory device and now I can't even use the old ones. ARGH!!!
     

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