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Unread 08-17-2010, 01:39 PM   #346
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So would it be better to skip looking for a used one and just try for refurbished? Or does refurbishing the camera do nothing to the actuation count?

As for the cameras use, I just need one that will be at least decent as an all-purpose camera. Like I said, I'm looking to use it for school as well as personal use, so I could end up having to do a wide range of projects. I'm not financially in a position where I can be picky about features or the size of the camera. But that's kind of obvious from the fact that I can't even seem to afford a t1i.
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Unread 08-17-2010, 02:21 PM   #347
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Originally Posted by tsuoi_kaze View Post
I'm looking for my first DSLR, and I really liked the Rebel t1i, which is what I borrowed during my high school photography class. The problem is that I can't even seem to find a refurbished or used one for under the price of a new one! I was looking into other models and realized that I have no clue if it's worth it to go for an older/cheaper camera. This isn't just going to be for my own personal use, but also for college photography electives (I'm not a photography major, so I've been told that I don't need a really high-end camera).

Any advice would be helpful.
Digital SLR's for the most part age much more gracefully than point and shoots. If you are going canon, you can get a Rebel XSi (which is what I own) or a Rebel T1i. While each model is a little better than the previous one, you are still getting an amazing capable camera.

If you are getting a used one, get a used Canon 40D with less than 25,000 shots on it. Don't be afraid to ask the owner their usage for the SLR.
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Unread 08-22-2010, 12:47 AM   #348
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Unread 08-22-2010, 07:53 AM   #349
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Originally Posted by tsuoi_kaze View Post
So would it be better to skip looking for a used one and just try for refurbished? Or does refurbishing the camera do nothing to the actuation count?
Refurbished cameras are backed by some part of the manufacturer's warranty (new cameras generally have a 1-year warranty; refurbished ones usually have anywhere between 30-90 days on the warranty).

Depending on what camera part was reconditioned/repaired, it may or may not have affected the shutter count.

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Unread 09-22-2010, 07:11 PM   #350
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Hello, well I was looking at the
Sony DSC-H1 Cybershot Digital Camera
Would that be a good camera to buy if I plan to use if for, Video, and Cosplay photography.

If you recommend different please keep the camera in a 200 to 300 price range but I will go a little over but not far.

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Unread 09-23-2010, 02:52 PM   #351
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Just that sony you listed is 5 years old. Way before the HD video push. So if you're planning on doing video even for just youtube action I'd say look for a newer model.

I'm not too sure what to recommend. But I usually recommend going with canon on the P&S stuff. You can't afford the G series, but you might be able to snag one from their Powershot lines. The PowerShot SX20 as its starting to be closed-out for the next model. From what i've been told it does decent video.
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Unread 10-04-2010, 01:55 AM   #352
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So...i'm gonna be lazy and not got through 24 pages and hope somebody will help me out :P
so i recently saw some photos taken with a Nikon D90 and they were seriously some of the clearest, gorgeous photos i've ever seen~ Needless to say, i was impressed :P However, there's no way i could afford this camera as my budget is $200 :P But what i basically want is a camera that takes good portrait shots and random shots at cons (of course~ x; ). Also, I'd love a camera with an anti-blur option. The camera I have right now is a Canon PowerShot A610 and it blurs *everything* I've looked all through the manual and everything trying to find an anti-blur option but haven't found anything. So something that automatically prevents blurring is a must :P
I also need a camera that's not too technically complicated lol i'm usually good with technical stuff but for some reason, most digi cams confuse the heck out of me :P
so yeah...any help would be appreciated!
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Unread 10-04-2010, 02:23 AM   #353
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A D70 or D80 might be more in your price range. Think of them as older versions of the D90.
Or check out the Canon equivalents: 300D, 350D, 400D, etc. which are about the same quality.

For portraits, go for a focal length of 50mm or longer. But that's a lens issue, not a camera issue.

To avoid motion blur, set shutter speed to 1 / focal length or faster. Any DSLR (mentioned above) and some point & shoots will have the shutter control to let you do that. If you don't have shutter control, try upping ISO so that maybe the camera's computer will make the shutter faster to compensate.

A tripod or monopod will help you minimize camera motion.

There's also an Image Stabilization, which can help with blur from camera motion, but that's another lens feature, not a camera feature.

Otherwise, there's no such thing as an "anti-blur option".

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Unread 10-04-2010, 09:11 PM   #354
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It might be a bit difficult to set up a tripod at a convention. to avoid blur, as mentioned by the above poster you would need something called image stabilization.

practicing holding the camera very still while pressing the shutter can help decrease camera shake. but honestly P&S cameras are not really suited for low light photography. Unless you look into upper tier models.
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Unread 10-05-2010, 09:57 AM   #355
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im thinking of getting a olympus e620 is it a good camera or should i look for something else
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Unread 10-09-2010, 04:23 PM   #356
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Hey I just started cosplaying this year, and was wondering what camera would you guys suggest I get? I don't know much about cameras, but I'm learning lol.
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Unread 10-11-2010, 03:31 AM   #357
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Originally Posted by raistlin_fanno1 View Post
im thinking of getting a olympus e620 is it a good camera or should i look for something else
Like all Olympus cameras it is a 4/3. I prefer the 3/2 ratio, so I wouldn't go for this brand, but this is really personal taste speaking here.
What you'd want to look at is lens choice, because once you start with a given brand you rarely get out of it, and remember you'll keep your lenses way longer than your body. There are fewer lenses for 4/3 bodies than for 3/2 bodies (third party lens manufacturers like Sigma more rarely adapt their products for the Olympus mount, when Sony and Pentax get about as many as Canon and Nikon).
What you'd want to look at is also how it feels in your hands : if you find the camera a pain to use because controls don't feel right, you won't be able to concentrate on what's important. So I suggest you go to a camera store, try different models in your price range, and see which one feels the most intuitive. Technically speaking, most brands in a given price range are roughly equivalent.

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Hey I just started cosplaying this year, and was wondering what camera would you guys suggest I get? I don't know much about cameras, but I'm learning lol.
Depends on what you plan to do with it, and of course your budget.
If you plan on getting serious (as in, do photoshoots and the like) it's nice to have a DSLR, but not everybody has $500 or more to put in a camera.

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Unread 10-12-2010, 09:33 AM   #358
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So... help.

I'm getting ready to buy a new camera and the past two that I have purchased have been, well, a waste of money. (oh and I am just looking for a regular digial camera; nothing fancy right now.)

I figure I'm just going to get one from Wallyworld online :p
Here's one I was looking at in-store that I liked:
Canon PowerShot SD-1400, http://www.walmart.com/ip/Canon-4181B001AA/13969242

I don't really want to pay more than $300, but I want to still be able to take beautiful, clear shots. I don't want them to look amazing on the little camera screen, then look like garbage when I put them on the computer.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated because there are so many different ones with only slight differences and I just don't know..
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Unread 10-12-2010, 10:16 PM   #359
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Sony A230L (refurb) w/18-55mm standard zoom lens @ $ 287 .99 + tax at SonyStyle.com. You could do some research on reviews but not a bad price for a refurb directly from Sony.
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Unread 11-17-2010, 10:02 AM   #360
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I'm not sure if this is the right thread but it seemed better to put this here instead of making a new one. I've always used point and shoots but have decided to upgrade to a dslr. I've decided to get a cannon T2i but as I've never had a camera like this before I was wondering what kinds of accessories are useful and a good investment. I plan to take it to cons and also to do photoshoots for my group. There's just so many different things I've seen I'm not sure what to get first/will be most helpful to me as I'm just starting out. any suggestions?
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