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Old 03-25-2008, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Canon - PowerShot 8.0MP Digital Camera - Black - SX100IS
Anybody have that camera or know someone who does? Can I get good zoom and good quality?
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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John, for the price I would just save up and get the camera I have (DMC-FZ18), its got 18x zoom and 8.1 MP. Check out 86photovideo.com , they got great prices.
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Hey John.

I suggest that you could visit your nearest local photo store, ask if they have this "SX100IS" in the store, ask them to power it up so that you can try it, feel its ergonomics, try the zoom and so on. If you feel confident about it, then you can buy the camera. My point is that you should try them first, look at it as buying new shoes, you'll know when you try it, when it's just isn't you, and you would want to have other options. I hope my point was clear enough for you to understand.

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What kind of photographer are you ? (General photographer, "snap-shooter" ?)
What's your objectives ? (People, Moving object etc etc)
Again it leads you back to the general photographer, a decent camera (compact) has extending zoom, and/or sometimes has digital zoom.
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What's the best kind to photograph aircraft....and John I'm not talking your mega zoom lens...just to get a decent shot!



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John, for the price I would just save up and get the camera I have (DMC-FZ18), its got 18x zoom and 8.1 MP. Check out 86photovideo.com , they got great prices.

You cannot go wrong with the Panasonic Lumix line such as the one bill-ay has. My Lumix is simply unbelievable with a total of 48x zoom and 3 settings of stability (for super clear photos even with a little hand shaking or wind blowing).

Butterfly photo has pretty good prices too.
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Dang Nick, 48x zoom!!?? That is great! May I ask what model you have?

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What kind of photographer are you ? (General photographer, "snap-shooter" ?)
What's your objectives ? (People, Moving object etc etc)
Again it leads you back to the general photographer, a decent camera (compact) has extending zoom, and/or sometimes has digital zoom.
Thanks C, I'm going to look at that camera at bestbuy. Its affordable and looks great. I just want a nice picture of the plane. My point and click, no matter how close you are the plane looks far and its blurry. Thanks Guys!
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Ok guys, I got the camera today! I think its great! I got a few nice shots, and I'm planing to head to IAD next weekend. Maybe BWI tomorrow. It has pretty good zoom, enough for me, and its great for beginners. I get really close to the action at DCA, IAD, and BWI so it should be fine. I will post pics of all the models I took today.
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Arrrggghhh! *Hides quickly*

I have to explain:
I did NC and HND photography at college over a few years when I left school. Thing I always hated about it was that I was always asked what I thought about certain cameras and what was the best one, etc etc, as if I was supposed to be some sort of world expert.

I was always more interested in the picture than the equipment so I usually was rather hopeless at it. People soon got the message and left me alone again (yay!)

I just had my VERY second hand, old and battered Blad with no Prism, so I saw the world in a little back-to-front, 6X6 square, or, more importantly, no light meter (I never used the external electronic one provided for very long either), and I was as happy as a pig in S*it, it was a true education!

Using that, taught me a damn sight more technical skills than anything else I've ever had before or since.
With no light meter, I had to know EXACTLY what I was doing with it.
Such a great discipline and grounding to have, let me tell you!
Photography at it's most basic and purest level. Seat of your pants image making. The ability just to look at something and instinctively know exactly what settings were needed without having to rely on technology. If I made a mistake, I only had myself to blame as it was on film. This being 6X6 square, medium format, only 12 frames per 120 film too, so waste was never an option.
Oh yes and there were other just as important skills too, such as over-riding my brain's reactions and turning in the opposite direction from what my eyes were seeing if I was following something whilst looking through the camera!

However, just don't ask me what the best XYZ is though, I'm clueless!

Always remember there was a guy at college who knew EVERYTHING about the subtleties of the films, the papers and the darkroom equipment and this and that and the next thing and .... oh I've lost the will to live, but you get the idea. Think I eventually hid in the darkroom half the time.
Now I've got to know another guy who's exactly the same, but only with cameras.
The most revealing thing was that I was with him and was going to take a sunset and sillouette picture of something recently - I looked at it and instantly had a pretty good idea of what to do. He, however, declared it to be 'Too hard for him to do'
Ay ay ay!

Anyway.


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Ok guys, I got the camera today! I think its great! I got a few nice shots, and I'm planing to head to IAD next weekend. Maybe BWI tomorrow. It has pretty good zoom, enough for me, and its great for beginners. I get really close to the action at DCA, IAD, and BWI so it should be fine. I will post pics of all the models I took today.
Well It Sounds Like A Step Up From What You Have & It's A GREAT Price!

Not Sure If This Is In Your Budget, But I Just Bought A Sony A-200 DSLR With TWO Lenses For 629.99. 18-70 (General Use, Family, Aircraft Landing Overhead Or At The Gates) & 75-300 Perfect For Spotting Planes/Airshows Some Wildlife etc. 3 FRAMES PER SECOND Rather Than The 1.3. You Will Miss Some Stuff.
Zoom & Exposure Will Be Much Quicker With The DSLR Too. Absolutley No Delay. Focussing The Fastest In The World Any Camera.
Interchangeable Lenses, Greater Aperture & Shutter Speed Latitudes.
Greater Flexibility With Interchangeable Lenses, Auto, Semi Manual & Full Manual Function.
The Canon Is GREAT For The Price & Has Good Features, But If It's In Your Budget, Exchange It For The Sony.
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:03 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a Canon EOS 5D DSLR, however, I'm lead to believe in my limited knowledge that the DSLRs below this, such as the D400, D30 etc, are good cameras and value for money. Plastic, but decent (the 5D is metal).

I don't know about the most recent models, but it's just if anyone else is thinking about getting a camera.
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same thing here, was nothing against you john!!! was that stuv493!!!

http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...-stand-uk.html

again, sorry for the confusion!!!!
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Looking on Craigslist, it seems that sometimes there are nice deals on low shutter count D70s. With 250$ for a point and shoot, it may not be too bad to go a little further for a DSLR. The options as far as zoom and quality are much wider with a DSLR.
I use a D70s and I think that most Nikon cameras are built on a metal body (although I'd check that for the D40/D60).
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Arrrggghhh! *Hides quickly*

I have to explain:
I did NC and HND photography at college over a few years when I left school. Thing I always hated about it was that I was always asked what I thought about certain cameras and what was the best one, etc etc, as if I was supposed to be some sort of world expert.

I was always more interested in the picture than the equipment so I usually was rather hopeless at it. People soon got the message and left me alone again (yay!)

I just had my VERY second hand, old and battered Blad with no Prism, so I saw the world in a little back-to-front, 6X6 square, or, more importantly, no light meter (I never used the external electronic one provided for very long either), and I was as happy as a pig in S*it, it was a true education!

Using that, taught me a damn sight more technical skills than anything else I've ever had before or since.
With no light meter, I had to know EXACTLY what I was doing with it.
Such a great discipline and grounding to have, let me tell you!
Photography at it's most basic and purest level. Seat of your pants image making. The ability just to look at something and instinctively know exactly what settings were needed without having to rely on technology. If I made a mistake, I only had myself to blame as it was on film. This being 6X6 square, medium format, only 12 frames per 120 film too, so waste was never an option.
Oh yes and there were other just as important skills too, such as over-riding my brain's reactions and turning in the opposite direction from what my eyes were seeing if I was following something whilst looking through the camera!

However, just don't ask me what the best XYZ is though, I'm clueless!

Always remember there was a guy at college who knew EVERYTHING about the subtleties of the films, the papers and the darkroom equipment and this and that and the next thing and .... oh I've lost the will to live, but you get the idea. Think I eventually hid in the darkroom half the time.
Now I've got to know another guy who's exactly the same, but only with cameras.
The most revealing thing was that I was with him and was going to take a sunset and sillouette picture of something recently - I looked at it and instantly had a pretty good idea of what to do. He, however, declared it to be 'Too hard for him to do'
Ay ay ay!

Anyway.


*Comes out from behind the sofa*

Is it gone yet??
Agreed The Picture Is Always More Important Than The Camera, However There Are Differences.
I'm Happy To Finally Talk To Someone On These Forums Who Actually Understands Photography From The Most Important Perspective. Image.
However I'm Also A Techno Buff (Old School Mostly) So Gadgets & Brands Make A Difference. For Instance Your Blad Will Blow Any 35 mm Nikon Or Canon Out Of The Water & You Know That.
Fast Forward To The Digital Age. There's A Lot Of Information Overload Regarding Features, CCD Types Capture Methods, Color Space & What Have You. Basically There's So Much Technical Stuff Equipped With These New Cameras Much Of It Will Not Apply To The User.
For Instance I Never Use The DPOF Feature Or The Raw Image Software, But There Are Others That Live By It.
One Has To Identify What They Are Doing & Purchase A Camera That Has Features & Capability That Will Suit That Need.
In Other Words, The Technical Part Of Today's Digital Imagery Is Every Bit As Important As The Picture. Make A Mistake Or Lack Of Knowledge Will Make Or Break Your Photo.
For Newbs In The Hobby There Are Automatic Features To Help Get You Started.

BTW I'm One Of Those Guys Who Specialized In The Subtlety Of Those Films.
I Used To Have An Inventory Of 250 Dollars Worth Of Film In My Bag At All Times.
And Because I'm Also A Lab Technician, I Know The Subtleties In The Printer As Well. Paper Type, Emulsion Number, Densitometer Set Up, Drift Compensation, Lamp Type,Lamp Drift, Monitor Calibration, Slope (For EACH Different Brand Of Film),Chemistry Type, DSA Settings & Many Other Processes Make All The Difference In The World To The Final Product.

Your Canon Is Prolly The Ideal Camera For Taking Photos Of Airplanes & Other General Use. Good Choice If You Got The Money. I Don't Which Is Why I Bought The Sony. Excellent Results, Not A Lot Different From The Canon Quality Wise. A Good Buy.
However If You Shoot Weddings & Portraits, There's No Other Camera Than The Fuji S-3 Or S-5 To Consider. It Surpasses The Blad. Particularly If You Go To A Professional Lab That Specializes In Working With The Fuji.
40 X 60s Will Make Your Jaw Drop.
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Yes, I was always an outdoor landscape/Seascape/Skyscape kind of guy, along with having a passion for reportage and documentary photography. The idea of doing a wedding is my idea of hell, unless someone else was to do the big portraits and I would do the candids, and reportage/docu stuff. Not much chance of that happening though probably.

I'm at my happiest when I'm out in the middle of nowhere by myself, probably with a bit of mud and crap on my boots, or at an event where despite being surrounded by people, you can just disconnect so that the only things that exists in the world are yourself, your camera, and your subject. I LOVE the amazing buzz I get from doing that!
Or, documenting things, following people doing things, working at events, etc etc etc.

My railway photography tends these days to be more from the human aspect side of things.
I just love the whole concept of man interacting with machines.

This is hard for me now, because, I am not really wanting to do as much photography now, but I'm going through the difficult, or nigh on impossible task of dragging myself away from it.

I doubt I ever will properly now. I'm stuck with it for life.

I have a photographers brain and way of seeing things, and I see pictures all the time. It's both a blessing and a curse, and it's more of the latter. I just cannot switch off fully from it.

By the way, it's ok if you work in a lab, etc, but I was meaning the guys who just obsess about it all when it's simply just a hobby for them.

Anyway.
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