Digital camera purchase advice please

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Michael 182, Oct 15, 2003.

  1. Michael 182

    Michael 182 Guest

    Looking for advice on purchasing a digital camera. Some parameters:

    < $1,000, including enough memory to make the camera useful

    10x zoom for youth sports - soccer and basketball

    ability to increase zoom for wildlife, nature photos - maybe attach to my
    Kowa TSN 822 scope

    What else should I be asking? Is this enough infor to make a decision? I am
    leaning toward the Fuji S-5000. Any opinions?

    Thanks in advance,

    Michael 182, Oct 15, 2003
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  2. Michael 182

    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    Consider a DSLR, which is flexible enough for any use.
    The new Canon EOS-300D (a.k.a. "Digital Rebel")
    is a 6-megapixel camera (same sensor of the pricier
    EOS-10D) and you can find it for about $800 from
    EBay vendors or other online outlets. It can be attached
    to your scope via T-mount adapter (a mere $10-15 expense)
    and it can use any Canon mount. For wildlife, you can spend
    the remaining $200 on a Tamron 200-400 zoom (used or
    refurbished from EBay), which is an incredibly sharp lens
    for the price. As for memory cards, they've become really
    cheap. You can find a 128-meg compact flash for as little
    as $30. Granted at 6mp and "best picture" option it will
    only fit about 35 shots, but 2x 128mb cards are a lot
    cheaper than a single 256-mb and 4x 128mb cards are
    a real bargain compared to a single 512-mb card. That's
    because we've become a society of lazy asses and changing
    the compact flash is now considered a hassle... :)

    No fixed-lens digicamera can offer you such flexibility.

    Hope it helps.
    Paolo Pizzi, Oct 16, 2003
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  3. Michael 182

    Kay Guest

    I work in a camera store in Canada and we are all disappointed in the
    results of the Canon Digital rebel in comparison to wither a regular SLR or
    even a high end digital camera such as the G5. It's lacking the sharpness
    that film has, despite the fact that this is a high end camera.

    As far as Canada goes 2 128Mb cards come in more expensive than one 256 Mb
    card, likewise one 512MB card is cheaper than 2 256Mb cards!

    The mounts for the Canon SLR's are interchangeable with the DSLR's but there
    could be a problem with vignetting due to the different ways the lens work.

    Digital Rebel is $1599 CAD new by the way.
    Kay, Oct 16, 2003
  4. Michael 182

    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    I was not talking about retail prices. At least here in California, 128mb
    cards are heavily discounted, because everyone wants a 256 or a 512.
    Even Best Buy has the Lexar 128mb card on sale for $39.99, with a
    $10 rebate.
    Like I said, I'm a Nikon user and own a D100. Never encountered
    a single problem with any lens (and I do have quite a collection...)
    I was assuming that the Canon system would be just as good.
    Paolo Pizzi, Oct 16, 2003
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