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Unread 03-25-2011, 03:47 PM   #406
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I think I found a Nikon kit I'm interested in and will be springing for. It's at about 500 right now so I'm gonna try to jump on that. (You've converted me to DSLR, guys. Congratulations)

Onward to reading various tutorials!
If you are getting a DSLR, I recommend reading the book, "Understanding Exposure":
http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-...dp_ob_title_bk

It is not an expensive book, but it describes the photography concepts that you will encounter with your camera. There are books out there that specifically talk about your camera, but "Understanding Exposure" talks about how to take photos.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 07:29 AM   #407
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While I use Nikon DSLRs.. The real world input is Nikon P&S cameras no matter how much its been pushed by Ashton Kutcher still haven't dug themselves out of the hole.
You generally can't go too wrong with any of Canon's P&S.
Thanks for the input. My cheapie digicam sucks at indoor photos and my SLR is too big to haul around cons while in cosplay. Was looking at getting something in the middle to bridge that gap.I did play with the S8100 and get along with it fairly well.I like it's features, stabilization,good for low light, HD video,quick turn on time and shutter speed, plus it's within my price range ($200 online). Guess I'll also look at some Canons for comps. There's not really an apples to apples comparison :-/
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Unread 03-26-2011, 04:49 PM   #408
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Buying my 1st SLR

Do to funds ill be buying a slr, what do you reccomend, i want the best for my money as i will be learning along the way, i have £250 to spend. Tip and help welcome.
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Unread 03-29-2011, 08:30 PM   #409
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Okay, I'm looking at buying myself a DSLR camera with my income tax money, and my budget is roughly $500 at most but I am primarily looking to buy used. I have taken photography classes, and love my pentax k1000, but developing film just gets bothersome. Mostly in a camera I am looking for something that can grow with me, while I know about my exposures and basic photography skills, I still have a lot to learn and want to experiment with various lenses.

I have been looking around at a few used Canon Rebel kits and Nikon kits as well, but what do you guys suggest would be the best bang for my buck as far as something I can keep for a while, has many compatible lenses to choose from, and I will be able to get good use out of it as a novice as well as something that will be good for my advanced photography classes down the road.
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Unread 03-29-2011, 08:41 PM   #410
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I have taken photography classes, and love my pentax k1000, but developing film just gets bothersome.
Pentax K-x can be found for under $500 and you can use all your lenses from k1000 film camera.
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Unread 03-30-2011, 03:56 AM   #411
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Seconding Tenchi fan, however I'd also strongly suggest to try it out in a store before buying anything, because it's a very small body and people coming from film often find the small size and weight unsettling.
If you like a bigger camera, a used Canon body in the xxD series would probably feel better in your hands - but with your budget you probably won't be able to get anything nicer than a 30D (the 40D can be found under $500, but it's without a lens), and this is quite old a body, and as such quite bad at low ISO (which, depending on where you shoot, can be a problem or not).
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Unread 04-01-2011, 09:58 AM   #412
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OK I found a close runner up. Anyone use a Canon Powershot sx130? And how is it at indoor/ low light shots?

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-came...-34167832.html

I was playing with one in Best Buy and noticed you could control alot of the settings like the lens aperture , so once I learned a bit more, that would be useful. Quality seemed decent in the store. The shutter did seem a bit slow, but still faster than my uber cheapie digital and it seemed quite user friendly and more like a mid range camera that was still within my price range. ($200)
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Unread 04-01-2011, 08:28 PM   #413
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OK I found a close runner up. Anyone use a Canon Powershot sx130? And how is it at indoor/ low light shots?

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-came...-34167832.html

I was playing with one in Best Buy and noticed you could control alot of the settings like the lens aperture , so once I learned a bit more, that would be useful. Quality seemed decent in the store. The shutter did seem a bit slow, but still faster than my uber cheapie digital and it seemed quite user friendly and more like a mid range camera that was still within my price range. ($200)
I've always been a fan of the Canon Powershot series for a good point n shoot camera. It looks like the higher end of the Powershot series, a step up from the SD (which is what I have) and browsing on Amazon, it's got some pretty good reviews.
You've done what you should do w/ any camera, play with it.
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Unread 04-01-2011, 08:48 PM   #414
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Unless you plan on really investing in a DSLR with lenses and such, I say just get an S95 and be done with it. Brilliant colors, sharp, easy to use.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 07:55 PM   #415
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Thanks to both for your input. I appreciate it.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 11:31 AM   #416
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So sorry for making a thread about this question earlier, I am now moving it here.

Hello masters of cosplay photography!
I’ve been wanting to expand my skills in photography and get a newer, better camera. I am nowhere near wanting an extremely expensive DSLR camera, but I would love to have more freedom than you can get with a point and shoot. So I thought I’d just search for inbetween cameras that preferably (and this is a very strong preferably) has a viewfinder, because sometimes that sun gets in the damn way of the screen. XD
Searching my local Best Buy, I found a nicely priced Fujifilm S700 that seemed to be just what I was looking for. I’ve looked at reviews for it on a few online places, and some of the negative reviews worry me away from purchasing it. Some people claimed that after a second photoshoot with it, they could not view or copy the files on their computer; some people even said that only a year later their camera flat out broke.

I just wanted to know if those negative reviews were just a once in a blue moon problem, or if said camera really is problematic. Or is there another reasonably priced and reliable camera out there that you know of and fits my parameters? Thank you for your time and help.
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Unread 04-05-2011, 03:28 AM   #417
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The S700 was released in summer 2007. At the moment it was released, it may have been a good camera, but technology has gone a long way since, especially regarding sensors. In the last two years, low light performance has increased significantly on point and shoot cameras, mostly thanks to sensor technology.
So I'd worry about the age of the camera, rather than a few users complaining about the camera breaking.
What's your budget for your new camera ? There's probably an alternative.
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Unread 04-05-2011, 10:56 AM   #418
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I have a Nikon D70. I love this camera but its not very convenient to carry around when I'm cosplaying myself and I miss out on taking pictures of other cosplayers.

I'm looking for suggestions on a small compact digital camera that doesn't take forever to boot up and that I can slip into my pocket. Also the faster it can focus/set-up on its own the better.

I haven't got a clue what I should be looking for in terms of these smaller cameras. Anyone have a camera like this that they love?
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Unread 04-05-2011, 01:01 PM   #419
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The S700 was released in summer 2007. At the moment it was released, it may have been a good camera, but technology has gone a long way since, especially regarding sensors. In the last two years, low light performance has increased significantly on point and shoot cameras, mostly thanks to sensor technology.
So I'd worry about the age of the camera, rather than a few users complaining about the camera breaking.
What's your budget for your new camera ? There's probably an alternative.
Hmm, I'd have to check what my family's point and shoot's age is. If the S700 is younger than it, it might be a decent idea. But good point about the age, thank you.
I was personaly prefering to not go too far over $200, as I dont know how many hours I'll be able to keep at my job once I get accepted into a special program at my school.
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Unread 04-05-2011, 02:46 PM   #420
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I have a Nikon D70. I love this camera but its not very convenient to carry around when I'm cosplaying myself and I miss out on taking pictures of other cosplayers.

I'm looking for suggestions on a small compact digital camera that doesn't take forever to boot up and that I can slip into my pocket. Also the faster it can focus/set-up on its own the better.

I haven't got a clue what I should be looking for in terms of these smaller cameras. Anyone have a camera like this that they love?
May be something like Canon G12? It shoots Raw and has pretty good ISO
http://www.dpreview.com/news/1009/10091412canong12.asp

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