Another "Which Camera" Post

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Charles, Jun 26, 2004.

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    Charles Guest

    I started long ago with the Vivitar 450, a basic, manual 35mm, which
    worked well for a long time. I kind of drifted into the Pentax line
    of SLRs, just because.

    For digital, I had a Nikon 950, traded up to a 990 which does a lot of
    what I want, but with some problems.

    The optical viewfinder rarely shows me what I want to see, what with
    the goodies I hang on the front of the lens. My vision has degraded
    (presbyopia) to where I can't see the LCD viewer without an optical
    aid, and when I add that, the resolution isn't good enough.

    Most of what I want to do is close-up, macro work, and all I can do
    with the Nikon is generally point it and hope it focuses on the right
    thing. Occasionally it does.

    I considered the Pentax *IST, thinking I could recycle my glass.
    However a look at :

    is somewhat discouraging, it looks like I could get better quality
    from the Nikon 990 than the Pentax.

    The Canon digital Rebel (EOS300D) does look promising. I don't need a
    lot of automation, low shutter lag is too much to hope for anymore.

    Are there any other cameras I should be considering?

    It would be nice if

    told us which lens was being used on the cameras which can use
    interchangeable lenses, or maybe they do and I just haven't found it

    thanks for any info/opinions.
    Charles, Jun 26, 2004
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    DJ Guest

    I love my dRebel. Shutter lag is trivial ... you can rattle off 4 shots in quick
    order in RAW format, more in jpg. Definition is superb, especially with the low
    cost 50mm/1.8 lens. See

    With the dRebel you will feel, after the CP990, like you are using a Real
    Camera. Trust me, my previous camera was the CP990. Good (brilliant?) for still
    macros, lousy for candids or anything requiring responsiveness. The dRebel has
    manual controls that are usable if slightly different to an old fashioned SLR or
    range-finder. As a bonsus the instant feedback on the LCD and the histogram let
    you make on the fly adjustments. Unlike the CP990 you can also get useable
    results at ISO1600.
    DJ, Jun 26, 2004
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    You might want to look for a camera with an Electronic View Finder (EVF).
    This is like the optical finders in (D)SLR cameras, but without the wieght
    and other penalities of the (D)SLR designs. Although I can't recommend
    the camera for other reasons, the EVF on the Minolta A2 is vrey good, and
    it can swivel to the vertical position which may be helpful if you want to
    take macro photos of flowers etc.

    A different set of possibilities opens up if you wish to go the DSLR
    route, of course.

    David J Taylor, Jun 26, 2004
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    Douglas Guest

    The *!st,is a very nice camera.Check out the Pentax forum at DP review.It is
    much more capable than the Nikon 990,or the Canon Rebel! I own a Canon 10D
    and two Nikon D70s.I would put the D70 well over the Rebel.I used the Pentax
    for a weekend and loved it.It is smaller,so it did not fit my big hands
    though.It is very well built,and used Pentax lenses are much easier th find
    at a good price.Try it,you may like it!
    Douglas, Jun 26, 2004
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    Peter File Guest

    There are alot of other nice pluses. Like for example, if you want to
    Fuckin hell not this guy again. Are Sigma really that desparate they have to
    resort to spamming newsgroups?
    Peter File, Jun 26, 2004
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    tekfull Guest

    He does get dummer the longer he is awake

    Sorta proves it
    tekfull, Jun 26, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    More lies from the troll who calls himself George Preddy and various
    other things. THe Sigma cameras are teh worst abominations of dead end crap
    on the market and to be avoided. Even Preddy (not his real name) does not
    own one, and he spent yearsa similarly "promoting" the Atari computer -- you
    all remember the Atari computer don't you? No. Goodness.
    Tony Spadaro, Jun 26, 2004
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    Charles Guest

    Thanks for the advice, but I think you missed my point. I already can
    take bad pictures, I want to be able to take better ones.
    Charles, Jun 26, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    The Sigma SD10 is probably
    Yes the camera is good. Now find a lens for it. You sure wont find any cheap
    deals on used lenses in the same calibre as other cameras.
    Miro, Jun 26, 2004
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    JPS Guest

    In message <>,
    Preddy promoted the *Amiga* computer. You know, the one they used in
    the video industry back in the late '80s and early '90s. It was a
    computer where everything was synchronized to the video (NTSC or PAL),
    and could do a lot, video-wise, with little CPU power. When it first
    came out, it ran circles around Macs and PCs for multimedia, but you
    know the story of the hare and the tortoise.
    JPS, Jun 27, 2004
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    James Guest

    plonk you!

    James, Jun 27, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    George -- it's really time to stop lying.
    Tony Spadaro, Jun 27, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    It has image stability for second rate lenses.
    Miro, Jun 27, 2004
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    JP Guest

    No doubt about it, the guy's a pain, but did you have to slam the Atari ?
    In it's day it was quite the machine.
    JP, Jun 27, 2004
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    Steve Almond Guest

    Yes, but do you know anyone else who can reel 'em in quite so easily?
    One message and they queue up like sick fish.......

    Steve Almond, Jun 27, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    He was promoting it long AFTER it's day.
    I have to admit - I was not impressed with it.
    Tony Spadaro, Jun 27, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    There is a need to counter every one of this trolls lies. Beginners read
    this forum and we don't want anyone to waste money on bad equipment on the
    recomendation of a lying troll.
    Tony Spadaro, Jun 27, 2004
  18. IMHO, better to recommend a killfile.

    David J Taylor, Jun 27, 2004
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    Charles Guest

    What I think you are saying is that I should learn to use what I
    already have and not spend money on something I don't really need.

    where's the fun in that?

    Most of what I do is in the field, swamp or desert with wind and such,
    also trying to shoot small fish in an aquarium.

    the 990 has a built in delay so that whatever I have lined up on has a
    chance to move before the camera takes the exposure. Again, the
    autofocus tends to select something I don't particularly want to focus
    on. I find myself focusing on my hand, holding the focus lock and
    trying to frame the picture without being too much out of focus.
    Charles, Jun 28, 2004
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    imbsysop Guest

    nothing but flame bait issued by a braindead troll .. cute .. :)
    imbsysop, Jun 28, 2004
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