Digital Camera recommendations

Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: spc On: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:26 pm

FUJIFILM S700
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: U235a4 On: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:26 pm

I just ordered a Canon EOS 5D I'll let you know how the unit works out when I get a chance to play around with it.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: lincolnmania On: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:27 pm

i've always had the best luck with fuji's.......currently i have a fuji 3.2 mp camera.....it's about 4 yrs old, i have taken thousands of pics with it
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: europachris On: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:31 pm

U235a4 wrote:I just ordered a Canon EOS 5D I'll let you know how the unit works out when I get a chance to play around with it.


Now THAT's a camera! What lens(es) are coming with it? With a full frame size sensor, that should take spectacular pics.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:38 pm

europachris wrote:That's really very nice - I was expecting a 'better' camera on those shots than a point and shoot.


I'd agree that picture is quite nice.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: av8r On: Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:13 pm

U235a4 wrote:I just ordered a Canon EOS 5D I'll let you know how the unit works out when I get a chance to play around with it.

I'm curious why you bought the 5D over something like the 30D or 40D? Do you primarily do portraits? The 5D is Canon's mid-level portrait camera, although people do use it for other purposes. It's also only a 3 FPS camera so I'm guessing you don't do sports or action shots?
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: U235a4 On: Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:54 pm

europachris wrote:
U235a4 wrote:I just ordered a Canon EOS 5D I'll let you know how the unit works out when I get a chance to play around with it.


Now THAT's a camera! What lens(es) are coming with it? With a full frame size sensor, that should take spectacular pics.


it's coming with a 24-105mm IS lens, I also ordered an 8Gb Ultra II compact flash card, some items I'm looking at for it are Canon Speedlite 580ex II, Canon Battery grip BG-E4, and two Canon battery's BP-511A. The other thing I would like to get is a telephoto lense, macro lense, and a wide angle lense but I want to see how the lense works that comes with the unit.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: U235a4 On: Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:00 pm

av8r wrote:
U235a4 wrote:I just ordered a Canon EOS 5D I'll let you know how the unit works out when I get a chance to play around with it.

I'm curious why you bought the 5D over something like the 30D or 40D? Do you primarily do portraits? The 5D is Canon's mid-level portrait camera, although people do use it for other purposes. It's also only a 3 FPS camera so I'm guessing you don't do sports or action shots?


The only way I can answer this is well I really don't know why other then messing around along time with small camera's I finally wanted something big so I hope this is it. By the way the camera's I have now is a Nikon Coolpix 4300, love it for the macro when doing fish tank shots, then my Kodak Easyshare DX7590 which is a nice all around point and shoot for what I use it for.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: e.alleg On: Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:09 am

I'm not a camera expert but I do sell on ebay for a living so I take plenty of pictures, 100's a week every week in my dusty basement or unheated more dusty barn. I use a Nikon Coolpix L2, it has more features than I need. I like it because it is small, light, very durable and is good with rechargeable batteries. I never take pictures above 2mp because the file sizes are too big for internet use and when I print photos they are 4x6 standard size pictures. I don't think any human can tell the difference between a 2mp 4x6 photo and a 6mp 4x6 without a microscope. I use 6mp when photographing wildlife because the zoom comes in crisper when editing. I like Walmart for cameras, they are the cheapest and let you return to swap no problem. I originally bought a Fuji and didn't like it they let me swap and gave me the difference back. I couldn't justify a SLR's higher price for internet use and general picture taking.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:38 am

Once in the 150 to 300 DPI range the human eye can't detect much difference. But again there's lots of factors there, viewing distance, how well the printer works, how well the camera works. etc. For 4x6 a 2MP camera is good for 300 DPI so realistically you could print a 5x7 with 2MP and still get good results or even a 8x10 if you expected to frame it and hang it on the wall where someone wasn't going to be looking at it closely.

A 2mp image from a very good camera is going to blow away a 3 or 4mp image from a cheapo one.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: av8r On: Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:11 am

For online pics, 72 DPI is about all you get from most monitors so saving it at higher DPI won't do much more than change the color saturation (images will look sharp, but slightly faded) I find that anything over 120 DPI seems to be diminishing returns for anything under 8X11 prints. If I'm printing on one of the big dye subs, I'll crank it up to 300 when a client is paying, but for my Sam's Club prints I drop it back to speed the upload.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: daveuz On: Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:57 pm

I took a few more this morning with the A630. Use the same link as I provided earlier. They are UNEDITED except for the last one (check out the feather hanging from her chin). As far as printers my father has a canon IP6700D PIXMA and does an excellent job.
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:39 am

av8r wrote:For online pics, 72 DPI is about all you get from most monitors so saving it at higher DPI .


DPI doesn't apply to images on a monitor because monitors are measured in pixels, it only sets a default scale for an image for printing.

This 72dpi image:
Image

Is no different than this 600dpi image:
Image

To understand this better import into a Word Document which will scale them according to the DPI. The 72dpi image will increase in size and the the second 600dpi image will appear much smaller, about the size of postage stamp.

There's an article here I wrote a few years back but it probably needs some updating:
http://nepacrossroads.com/post209.html#p209
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:15 pm

My wife and I exchanged cameras as gifts this year. I bought her a Nikon D90 (I'm of that tribe) for her November birthday and I am both amazed and revulsed by it. The images it produces are fantastic, but the "death-by-menu" nature of current DSLRs is shocking. It sounds like your are looking for a great shooting pocket camera and the Canon S90 is pretty much the one a lot of folks like. The Canon G11 is the same camera in a Timex G-Shock case for +$100. It's very popular, too. Very available at Best Buy, etc... for $300-$400. See: http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/s90.htm for a good review.

Above these great little P&S jobs, there are the new 4/3 cameras with a little larger 'sensor.' They are kinda for camera cognoscenti, but they do bring the capabilities up a bit: see the Panasonic GF-1, GH-1 and Olympus EP-2. These have image quality close to the second tier (1.6 sensor) DSLRs. (Pros now use 'full frame' sensor DSLRs that start around $1800...)

As a note, at this point image quality is more important than number of pixels. More pixels have been crowded into many little cameras/sensors and it reduces low-light performance and other important qualities. Balance.

I went completely reactionary against the menu mad DSLRs and bought the same camera my dad used in the '50s-'70s. Back to film... Do not follow.

- Charlie
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Re: Digital Camera recommendations

PostBy: SteveZee On: Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:14 pm

I have a a couple Canon's Charlie. An SX40HS and my trusty G11. The SX is a superzoom that goes from 28mm out about 800mm. It's a pretty handy camera, slightly smaller than a DSLR and shoots pretty good images. The G11 is my constant companion. It's small enough and handy enough for easy carry and it has produced some amazing images in the sizes that I need all the way to 11x14's and 16x20's in Raw format. While I like the Olympus micro 4/3ds format, especially the OM-D. I'm quite ready to put out for that whole system yet.
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