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06/24/2002 12:50:01 PM · #1
I'm new to photography but I'm sick of my current camera's (olympus c3040z) limitations. Is there a digital camera with 5+ megapixels that allows you to use the really good lenses (telephoto for trying to capture my active toddler, portrait, macro, yadda yadda)? I don't mean the lenses you attach to the built in lens. I've got one of those and I am pretty disappointed in the quality of image it yields. I'm willing to spend the $$ for it...but I don't ever want to have buyer's remorse or the 'Gee, that camera rocks. I wish I had that one.' feeling again!

Any help appreciated.

Thanks,
Lisa
06/24/2002 12:52:37 PM · #2
Originally posted by Lisa:
I'm new to photography but I'm sick of my current camera's (olympus c3040z) limitations. Is there a digital camera with 5+ megapixels that allows you to use the really good lenses (telephoto for trying to capture my active toddler, portrait, macro, yadda yadda)? I don't mean the lenses you attach to the built in lens. I've got one of those and I am pretty disappointed in the quality of image it yields. I'm willing to spend the $$ for it...but I don't ever want to have buyer's remorse or the 'Gee, that camera rocks. I wish I had that one.' feeling again!

Any help appreciated.

Thanks,
Lisa


Go to www.nikonusa.com and check out the Nikon D1X. You can't go wrong...


06/24/2002 12:58:17 PM · #3
Nikon also has the CoolPix 5700 coming out later this summer. 5MP and a 8x optical zoom.
There is also the Minolta DiMAGE 7i (7x zoom)

Or you could go with one of the many digital SLRs but so far you cant get one for less than $2000.

Brian
06/24/2002 01:10:13 PM · #4
You think your camera's bad? Try using a piece of sh** camera like mine. Epson Photo PC 650. Point and shoot lameness. I bought it a few years ago and can't really afford to upgrade at this time. From what i've read about your camera, i'd much rather have it than mine.
06/24/2002 01:21:20 PM · #5
A few comments:

1) There is no perfect anything. Like jmsetzer said, go to Nikon and check out the D1x, then go to Canon and play with the EOS 1D. If you've really got the $$$, these are the best tools in this imperfect world. With lenses, etc. you could easily drop $6-7k. One step down are the Nikon D100 and Canon's D60. They're both excellent cameras that use the same lenses as their big brothers and are probably $2k cheaper.

2) No matter what camera system you choose, you'll have to learn to live with its limitations. If you pick the one that feels best to you, you can grow into it. The cameras mentioned above are better than any photographer that posts here (or anywhere else). They are the first digital cameras that are good enough to use all the resolution that Nikon's or Canon's finest lenses can put out.

3) No matter which one you get, a better one will come out next year. Will you need it? Have you extracted every ounce of creativity from the one you're going to buy?

4) If you'd be interested in a used D1, let me know. I hike a lot and would like to get something lighter. (My email is in my profile.)
06/24/2002 03:57:18 PM · #6
Originally posted by Lisa:
I'm new to photography but I'm sick of my current camera's (olympus c3040z) limitations. Is there a digital camera with 5+ megapixels that allows you to use the really good lenses (telephoto for trying to capture my active toddler, portrait, macro, yadda yadda)? I don't mean the lenses you attach to the built in lens. I've got one of those and I am pretty disappointed in the quality of image it yields. I'm willing to spend the $$ for it...but I don't ever want to have buyer's remorse or the 'Gee, that camera rocks. I wish I had that one.' feeling again!

Any help appreciated.

Thanks,
Lisa


What sort of limitations are you having with your camera? I have the c-3030 and while its not the greatest camera in the world it takes great portraits. For Macro I have a Titanium .42x Superwide Macro Lens which lets me focus on anything practically touching the lens. For zoom I use a Titanium 2x which gives me the equivelant of 196mm.

But if you want to go with a camera that allows interchangable lenses like a film slr then you want to go with any of the following:

Nikon D1x
Nikon D100 - whenever it comes out
Canon D60
Canon D30 - Older model of the D60 if you want to save money
FujiFilm S2 Pro - Should be coming out soon
FujiFilm S1 Pro - Older version of the S2 if you want to save money

you can find information about all these cameras on //www.dpreview.com


06/24/2002 04:05:38 PM · #7
The Canon D60 replaced the now retired D30. And the Fuji S2 Pro is being released in July - and just dropped their price by $1000. to compete with Canon and Nikon. These are all 6(+)MP's. The Olympus E-20
is a 5 MP with a permanently mounted lense. Go to .DPReview. Also, check out Olympus Official Sitefor the write up on the E-20 and their interpretation of digital lense vs. light lenses being effective on a digital body.
06/24/2002 04:14:23 PM · #8
BTW: DPReview also has a "features search" which brings up cameras with specs you like, and allows you to compare them. Then, go to a good camera store and feel them in your hand.
;-) Hope this is helpful.
06/24/2002 04:47:36 PM · #9
I have the Fuji 4900Z...and love it!!! I had a Canon 35mm forever, this camera will actually do more, with an adapter tube I can fit many lenses and filters. It is 4.3MP and has a million options. The price at tristatecamera.com is 499.99...can''t beat that.

* This message has been edited by the author on 6/24/2002 4:47:50 PM.
06/24/2002 06:33:34 PM · #10
Most of the top end digital cameras with a built in zoom should meet your needs for under $1000. The Mavica CD400 I have is great, and capture up to 90min of video with sound, the Canon G2, Olympus E-20, and Sony F707 are great camera too.

Just what is it you do not like about your current camera? You should be able to find something in the 500 1000 dollar range that will make you happy.
06/24/2002 09:26:43 PM · #11
For the quick responses. Since I really want to use 'real' lenses and not attachments (I want major zoom capability and a camera that will grow with me), I went to check out the Nikon D1X. WOW! I would hope not to ever get camera envy again with that piece of work. The one thing that concerns me about it is the weight...2.5 lbs plus lens is going to be pretty unwieldy, isn't it? I've already talked my hubby into letting me get the camera and a couple of lenses (it helped to mention that he'd never have a problem thinking of a gift for me in the future...just get me a new lens or filter or something...also had to say I'd hold on to my car longer and give up a couple of other 'treats').

Which lenses to start with?? Can anyone recommend a good dealer or a place that I can handle a D1X before purchase?

Thanks!
Lisa
06/24/2002 09:53:20 PM · #12
That D1x is heavy, but it's balanced well. I find my D1 is easier to hold steady during long exposures than my G2. If you end up with the faster lenses, which are also heavy, you should get a good tripod. I can't help you with photo stores in Texas, but when you buy, check out some of the mail order places. I've had good luck with B&H Photo in New York (//www.bhphotovideo.com/).
06/26/2002 03:41:18 AM · #13
Originally posted by sheyingshi88:
That D1x is heavy, but it's balanced well.

Yes, the balance on the D1 series is really good - it seems to feel more comfortable with a heavier lens.

Lisa,
If you're looking for a superb lens and don't mind paying for it then you won't regret buying the 80 - 200 F2.8. This will equate to 120 - 300 on a D1X and is almost unbelievably sharp for a zoom.

Just one word of warning on the D1 series (which has been raised under the spot editing thread) - dust on the CCD is an issue. I've got over it now and love my D1 but there have been times when it made me regret buying it. Mail me if you want more details.
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