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Old 01-19-2009, 09:17 PM   #1
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Default Camera suggestions?

I am looking to buy a camera that I can use to take pics now, and stay as a hobby in the future. I am selling my house, so I need to take pics, selling all the crap I have accumulated in the past 10 yrs. In the future I would like to get into the hobby. I have taken high school and college level courses, and actually got an uncle into it to the point that he is doing weddings and stuff in retirement.

What do you guys have? What should I stay away from?
Low cost decent camera?
Investment now that I can add to later?

Thanks for letting me pick your brains.

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Old 01-19-2009, 09:21 PM   #2
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What's your budget? Any particular area (macro, landscape, wildlife,etc) that interests you? Do you like to play with settings (f-stop, ISO, etc) or prefer PnS?

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Old 01-19-2009, 09:32 PM   #3
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point and shoot digital is what i'm looking for. I have not done any technical photography since college in 1992. I'd imagine it's a whole new world.

Some landscape, mostly outdoor action photos while hunting and fishing.
maybe $300 - $500

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I've heard amazing things about the Canon S5. It's a point-and-shoot but with lots of manual adjustment possible. It's about as close to dSLR as you can get without actually buying one.

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Old 01-19-2009, 09:45 PM   #5
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You'd be surprised. The techniques are the same. In the nineties the SLRs could be set to point and shoot.

3 things to prioritise.

price range.
Who much time you want to spend on a single shot.
output format. - TV, computer, print (what size)

If you can decide those it'll help make a desicision.

I went on Safari with a compact digital 8MP, 12x optical and was really happy with the results.
You can pick up something worth having in that range for $£250 - $400 (Not checked those prices recently)

Go for the best and largest lens is my advice.
I guess most decent zoom cameras will have AS. (Important)

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In the nineties the SLRs could be set to point and shoot.
And they still can!

I suppose my point is that I want full adjustability and customization from my camera- that's why I love my dSLR.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:56 PM   #7
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I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT which is a great camera. It has lasted me over 3 years about 10,000+ photos. It can be set to point and shoot, or you can use it as a SLR as you wish. Its 8 mega-pixel which is more than you'll probably need (old SLRs that were on 35mm film shot pics that are equivalent to todays 5 mega-pixel cameras) and the photos are rather large, memory wise. I solved that delima with a 4 GB compact flash card (which can now be purchased for ~60-120$) and it will allow for over 1000 photos per card load at 6-8mega-pixel.

If you happen to have mid to late 90's automatic SLR camera, Id suggest shopping that specific brand of camera as the lenses may interchange. Best buy often has camera packages for sale with several lenses...I do not regret buying an SLR at all, and hate going back to my smaller, compact digital camera

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...mostly outdoor action photos while hunting and fishing.
maybe $300 - $500
Honestly, you need to be thinking DSLR for that sort of speed and range. Of course, that would push it out of the $300 to $500 range once you factor in lenses.
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take a look at the canon g9 or g10. great cameras. you can do just about everything a dslr can (minus all the lenses, but you can get add-on lenses for the g series, but I digress...)

Another camera I'm a big fan of is the Panasonic Lumix line. They have some 'pro-sumer' cameras that are pretty good. I bought my 70 year old Dad one for his birthday. He can use it as a point and shoot, and I can use it instead of my Dslr. (canon 20D)

Once you have a few models in mind, check out Digital Camera Reviews and News: Digital Photography Review: Forums, Glossary, FAQ

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my Nikon D40 can be set on Auto... it is very easy to use and very affordable, and takes some awesome shots, and is always upgradeable

as for point and shoots my wife has a Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1 that is very nice, also take very nice pix

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