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06/08/2004 10:55:43 PM · #51
Originally posted by faidoi:

Who bought a new camera this year? Why did you choose this camera?


I did, 2, a Nikon Coolpix 5000 digital which I am rapidly coming to loathe and a Nikon N80 film camera which, so far, I love.

In both cases I was offered the camera used for a very good price, checked various reviews before deciding then accepted the offer.

I'm still very much not-sold on the digital. I like to take a lot of candids and the 5000 seems to be too slow, too dim and too inaccurate to get quality results.

I've been thinking that most of my problems might be with the P&S aspect rather than the digital aspect of the camera and thought about maybe a D70 - however I've been reading between the lines on those reviews and think I might still have problems... apparently all the new Nikons use some sort of pre flash for metering and that would be a horrible thing for candids, too.

Is it really as bad as I think it sounds?
06/08/2004 10:57:59 PM · #52
Originally posted by dhare:

Me. I chose the D70 because I heard good things about it, and it felt good and well balanced. I'm really happy with it, and glad I've made the transition to SLR photography.

-Dan


I asked this question in general, but I'll ask you specifically since you have one...

I'm worried about how distracting that pre-flash would be if taking candids. Is it really as distracting as I think it would be?
06/08/2004 11:01:17 PM · #53
I bought one in January. I was looking at Canon because they did a lot of stuff with computers and a lot of stuff with cameras, so I figured it was a good combination. I searched for a while, but I chose the Canon S50 because it had a lot of features and was only $100 more than the one that was recommended to me.
06/08/2004 11:10:36 PM · #54
Originally posted by neilxt:

Originally posted by dhare:

Me. I chose the D70 because I heard good things about it, and it felt good and well balanced. I'm really happy with it, and glad I've made the transition to SLR photography.

-Dan


I asked this question in general, but I'll ask you specifically since you have one...

I'm worried about how distracting that pre-flash would be if taking candids. Is it really as distracting as I think it would be?


Funny you should say that, because I only recently did a few tests regarding the preflash. The preflash is invisible in every case I tried.. except the last one I tried which was in complete darkness, and even then it wasnt that distracting.
06/08/2004 11:28:06 PM · #55
ME - ME + ME!

My beloved Powershot G2 was getting old and starting to feel outdated. I bought the Canon Digital Rebel with kit lens on sale for $900. After three weeks, I returned it out of frustration with underexposed flash backgrounds, but I had already been spoiled by the lack of noise and shutter lag. Two weeks later, I bought another one with kit lens for $820 (!) along with a Powershot G5 to keep around as a more portable backup. I never use the G5.
06/08/2004 11:45:34 PM · #56
I put a deposit on a 1D Mark2. Can't wait! As soon as I get it my 300D (9 months old) will be up for sale...anyone interested drop me a pm.
06/08/2004 11:59:08 PM · #57
I bought a Olympus C-5050Z last September. I was actually looking at many different options, but ended up getting that one when Kiwiness offered to sell me his camera when he upgraded.

Not much imagination in that story though lol At least I can sasy my camera has won some ribbons even if that was due to the previous owner lol
06/09/2004 12:08:51 AM · #58
After three years with an Olympus C3000 I bought a Fuji S7000. The price was right to match all the features I wanted. I have run through about 3000 shots in three months. Several hundred courtesy of being on the infield of a NASCAR event. It had what I wanted although I am convinced that I will soon be unable to resist the siren call of a digital SLR. I must stay strong, at least until the next major price break.

//www.allyourpictures.com/copper/
06/09/2004 12:17:39 AM · #59
Originally posted by dhare:

Originally posted by neilxt:

I'm worried about how distracting that pre-flash would be if taking candids. Is it really as distracting as I think it would be?


Funny you should say that, because I only recently did a few tests regarding the preflash. The preflash is invisible in every case I tried.. except the last one I tried which was in complete darkness, and even then it wasnt that distracting.


That's very reassuring. Did it cause any sort of noticeable additional delay?
06/09/2004 12:47:25 AM · #60
I guess I can add ME to the list, since I brought home a Digital Rebel this afternoon! I chose it after long, and careful research and review of lots of cameras. I finally decided what the heck -- go DSLR and grow with the system. I got back into photography two years ago with a simple A10, and then bought an A70 and so far have taken 4,900 pictures with it. I guess I really LOVE photography, now that there's digital. So, I bought a 300d and look forward to lots of great images.

I also think that buying a new lens now and then will amost be like buying a whole new camera! Right now, all I have is the kit lens but I'm going to take the advice of the fellow at the camera store: don't buy any more lenses until you start losing shots because of not having the right lens -- then get one. So that's what I'm going to do!
06/09/2004 02:27:19 AM · #61
Oh I was thinking this doesn't apply to me but it does somewhat. My girlfriend bought me the Canon Powershot A80 for my birthday. It's a great P&S.
06/09/2004 03:31:29 PM · #62
Just received my new Sony DSC-F828 on 6/3, and thus far have been extremely pleased.
06/09/2004 03:47:48 PM · #63
Got my F828 for Xmas. I know it's not really THIS year, but close enough. hehe

I love this camera, and didn't want to spend a lot of money on other lenses, so it works great for me.
06/09/2004 05:12:56 PM · #64
I have my order in for the D70!!! As soon as I get it (might be a couple more weeks (boo, hoo) I'll have a new camera this year :))))

I considered the dRebel, but I really didn't like the looks, and I've always wanted to have a Nikon. The couple lenses I have are from my old Pentax SLR, and I guess they'll stay where they are for now. Good thing it's only a couple.

I can't wait to get the D70!
06/09/2004 05:41:55 PM · #65
I did! I got my 10D in January.

Reason: my 1st digital cam was olympus and it was nice for 2 years but I missed using SLR features. I felt stifled and needed something better. I have used a Canon Elan EOS IIe for years and it was my baby. It was just very expensive to get good photos developed, just so i can scan them for my site. And I wasted tons of photos on my cats anyhow.

So, when my house sold, I went out and bought a 10D that week. It could use all of my Canon EF lenses, filters and tripod. It was the obvious choice for me since I love Canon and couldn't afford to go higher than the 10D. My budget was $2K for everything (camera, batteries, bag, Storage Data, Card Reader, etc.).

I had considered the Sony F828, which was just released at that time. I read great things about the lens. However, I wanted to use interchangeable lenses, not just be stuck with one. I wanted a camera that could do almost everything my Elan EOS IIe could do. I don't have the "e" but I have learned to live without it.

The 10D also had a really fast ISO, which I love for taking pictures at night of things moving fast. It also had bulb (which many SLRs do), but I needed this setting for my natural lighting long exposures. Most important to me: using my old Canon lenses and being able to get new lenses in the future!!!
06/09/2004 05:51:12 PM · #66
Erm, I came down with terminal camitis this year,
Fuji 6900 (secondhand)
Minolta A1

Both the above have since been sold to finance the purchase of my 300D. Ok, so I lost £150 on the deals but I don't reckon it's so bad, especially since the 300D was almost £300 less than it was at Christmas! I make that a £150 profit lol.
06/09/2004 06:32:22 PM · #67
I picked up a Nikon d70 and made the transition to a dSLR- can't imagine ever going back, I love it!
06/09/2004 07:18:41 PM · #68
I bought my 10D earlier this year.
Reason: It was the most expensive camera and lens I could get my wife to go for. :)
Unfortunately, now shes always using it and getting better photos too!!! :( I guess Ill just have to buy myself a 1D-Mk II next year and give her the 10D.

--Mick

06/09/2004 08:32:18 PM · #69
I got a digital rebel less than a week ago. Although I didn't buy it, it was a gift from my parents.

The reason why I picked the 300d over the 10d and Nikon d70 is because it was cheaper than the 10d, plus it came with a lens and heard about the firmware hack. I didn't get the d70 because the store didn't carry any Nikon lens which seemed kind of strange.

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06/09/2004 08:33:54 PM · #70
I did! A rebel, it's for sale now.
06/09/2004 08:35:44 PM · #71
Originally posted by fstopopen:

I just recieved my sony 828 today!!! I love it. I had a 717 for a while, and wanted something more substantial.

drake


Can I ask why the 828? I tried one at the store for kicks [no offense to you directly] and just thought it was a horrific piece of titantic equipment. I'm not trying to be facetious.
06/10/2004 03:01:29 AM · #72
It arrived! So excited. Learned most of it today (well at least the basics and a few advanced features), going to take it on an excursion tomarrow! :)

Originally posted by Zoomdak:

That 717 arrives to me this wednesday! YaY! Jumping from 2mp to 5mp. Very happy.
Originally posted by fstopopen:

I just recieved my sony 828 today!!! I love it. I had a 717 for a while, and wanted something more substantial.

drake

06/10/2004 08:17:41 AM · #73
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

Originally posted by fstopopen:

I just recieved my sony 828 today!!! I love it. I had a 717 for a while, and wanted something more substantial.

drake


Can I ask why the 828? I tried one at the store for kicks [no offense to you directly] and just thought it was a horrific piece of titantic equipment. I'm not trying to be facetious.


The F828 is the best thing you can get if you want a camera for under 1000 bux that can do better pictures than any other non-SLR and can do awesome video. Plus the swivel base is the best invention ever. Can be very creative with it. It's a non-SLR photographer's dream come true. I love my 828. Have fun with yours!
06/12/2004 08:51:40 AM · #74
Just had my brother order the S602Z for me in the UK.

The Fuji comes with 16MB SmartMedia card, 1GB IBM Microdrive, 4 AA alkaline batteries, 4 Ni-MH rechargable batteries and charger, Shoulder strap, Lens cap, Lens cap holder, AV Cable, USB Cable and software on CD-Rom. Price : 300 Stg.

Though it was a good deal after the goods reviews I read so I took the plunge.
06/12/2004 09:08:19 AM · #75
I will have a new Digital Rebel w/ kit lens and a 420ex flash by the end of this month. Going to blow much of the overtime pay I accumulated lately. Going to use my semi-crummy Tamron 100-300 5-6.3 from my old 35 mm Rebel as my telephoto zoom until I decide on a replacement lens for it: most likely 70-300 w/macro function.

Aaaaaand... I'll get to play with all of Jacko's toys when we get together. Life is good.
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