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View Poll Results: Which brand of Camera?
Canon 8 40.00%
Nikon 9 45.00%
Other.. (Please state which one in a reply to the post) 2 10.00%
What is a digital Camera? 1 5.00%
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:10 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Based on the opinion of a certain former member who left here in shame and ridicule for being an asshat.... I'm not qualified to make recomendations on digi-cams......

That being said... Noah if you are reading this.. well off.

My wife got a canon elf for christmas.. not sure which model but it was no more than 265-280 new. It's a great little point and shoot with a ton of commands, menus, buttons, etc... and even takes pretty good quailty videos(for a small point and shoot the size of a pack of smokes).

The Nikon SLR are neat.... but to me they are way to expensive.

I own a Konika-Minolat D5... it's a couple of years old and is about 100% compatable with all my Minolta 35mm SLR lense that I own.. it's about 90% backwards compatable with all Minolta Maxxum AF lenses that were produced. The Sony Alpha is the newest version of the KM D5 and seems to be a very nice camera also.

Another one I was eyeballing for myself as a secondary camera was this one by Canon (powershot S5):

Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera - 2077B001 - CameraWorld.com

Anyways.. I'll end my babbling because I don't know what I'm talking about.. and b/c a client is here.

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thats exactly what I've got, and you can find it pretty reasonable if you look around. I couldn't be happier with it. and if you've not picked up a new one by spring castle, I'll definately have mine there and you'll be more then welcome to play around with it, if you make it this time :P

for a quick and dirty trial run, they've got the S5 in almost every office max and target that I've been in, just give it a few quick shots to see how it feels for you. then buy it online for $100-150 less then they're selling it for at the store
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:20 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Bah... if I bought another camera right now my wife would have me on diaper duty forever.

It was easy to get permision for the lathe...

Suz: What are you looking at?
Me: Lathes
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Me: Make chair and table legs and turn bowls. I was thinking of getting one, but I need to sell some stuff first.
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Me: no response as I have no idea why that went so easily.

I definately want to get a portrait lens for my D5... and Sigma makes a really nice one, but's it's $300+... so a second camera will have to wait, especially seeing as I have my old Minolta Maxxum for back up in my camera bag.

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Old 02-15-2008, 01:34 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:43 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Nah... they have enough to buy there own damn house... they move in and no one else can come visit... that and I would probably "terminate without prejiduce" her father.

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First off, I wouldn't trust Ken Rockwell for a second. He's is notorious in the internet photography community for his blatant fanboyism. Nikon apparently owns his soul. a site like dpreview is going to get you a better, unbiased view.

Nikon built the D40 knowing that most people buy a prosumer dslr and never move beyond the kit lens and a cheap telephoto zoom. These people want a little manual control but really don't exploit the functions of a DSLR. Thats why they can cut the corners that they did. The lack of depth of field preview on it is a huge deal breaker in my mind. SHAG, given that you already have some lenses and a wife who knows how to use then, go with a Nikon but shell out for the D80
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First off, I wouldn't trust Ken Rockwell for a second. He's is notorious in the internet photography community for his blatant fanboyism. Nikon apparently owns his soul. a site like dpreview is going to get you a better, unbiased view.
I agree but once I decided to get a Nikon his 'biased' information between the different variations of the Nikons helped me considerably.

Kind've how a d50 and d70 aren't all that much different from each other but have the same exposure meter as a D200 for less money. And the D80 is similar to a D40 with an autofocus motor.
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Old 02-15-2008, 04:39 PM   #27 (permalink)
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What I don't understand about the nikon's is why they don't incorporate the anti-shake into the camera body where you are only dealing with the ccd.... but instead put the antishake in the lense body itself... where you are now dealing with multiple lense alignments.... just doesn't make sense.... but certainly allows them to charge more freaking money for lenses.

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Old 02-15-2008, 05:52 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Hi,

Lone Ranger.... I will keep the D80 in mind as well. My thing is I know the lens fit I just want to make sure they work. I am starting to like the Nikon option. If the lens do not work out that might be better for my wife in case she is shooting film with a lens I want to use. There are only 2 available. A 28-70MM and a 75-300MM. At one point she wanted something like a 150-450 range lens. She liked her 300MM when we were on Hawaii but some shots she said it would have helped to have a bit more range.

As for the Canon option, it seems some people are 50-50 on the idea. I would look into the Rebel XTi myself. It looks like a descent camera. It should be easy to use for me and the wife. Also depending were we go, we might be able to get the financing plan. Don't know.

My wife and I were talking and we would like to do something shortly. I don't know who said it but the XTi might be a female minded design. That might be good for my wife when she needed to use the camera.

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Old 02-15-2008, 07:54 PM   #29 (permalink)
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It doesn't sound like you are too locked into Nikon lens wise, so don't feel like you have to write off the Canon option. The digital Rebels are all great fully functional SLRs, even the old 300D.
Honestly, if I were working from scratch, I'd buy the cheapest body I could and a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 to go with it. Like I said before, the real advantage to going with a DSLR is the selection of good glass options that comes with it. A good lens is seldom outdated and is a much better improvement compared to getting the latest, greatest body.

Schmitti, I think they have found that anti-shake lenses are more effective than any in body system. I know that the latest Canon IS lenses are advertised as being good for up to 3 stops. Sony's in body system could never hope to match that, especially not on long lenses.
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:38 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Nikon

I've had a D50 for several years. Love it.
Lenses are pretty cheap on Ebay for them too.
Got my daughter a D40 for Christmas and she loves it.

My D50 lenses work fine on her D40 but they just wont autofocus.
She's into still shot nature photography so it doesnt really matter because manual focus is better in many cases anyways.

If you want a new camera get it from Best Buy if theres one in your area.
Got a 4 year Best Buy replacement warranty for my daughters camera for just over a hundred dollars. If they cant get it fixed they replace it no matter what happened to it. Loss doesnt count.

You can get a good deal on used stuff on Ebay if you know what good and bad things to watch out for.

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