Digital Camera with good manual controls?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by John, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I just wondered what options are out there for a compact digital
    camera that can take long exposures and has good manual controls?

    At the moment I just have an old Pentax Espio 35mm film camera that I
    am still using, I have not yet made the switch to digital.

    Some of the main things I would like from a digital camera are the

    Good manual controls
    Ability to take long exposures
    Wireless Remote
    Optical Viewfinder
    Ability to switch off LCD
    Auto-Orientation of Photos

    I am not a professional photographer, just an amateur who likes to
    take good photographs with different effects.

    Is there anything you can suggest or recommend to me that meet those
    specs or would I have to stick with my film camera for a bit longer?


    John, Sep 24, 2006
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  2. John

    Scott W Guest

    You might want to think about the need for it to be compact.
    The 350D or 400D sound like they would have everything else that you
    are looking for.

    Scott W, Sep 24, 2006
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  3. John after much deep thought made the following comment/s within
    depends on how much you have to spend.. personally I like my nikon d50 but will help you find what youre after..
    Cøllap§ed Lûng, Sep 24, 2006
  4. John

    jeremy Guest

    Don't write off buying a film scanner. You can not only digitize your
    existing collection of slides and negs, you can also continue to use legacy
    film cameras and lenses--some of which are really excellent and can now be
    bought dirt cheap--and get digital photos out of them.

    If you are not a high volume shooter, and if you can do without having the
    image available instantly after shooting it, you can get wonderful digital
    images via a scanner, and you will still have the negs/slides as both
    backups and also to be available for re-scanning with better film scanners
    in the future.

    I continue to use my old Ricoh RDC-5300, which has the ability to shoot
    through the real image viewfinder while the LCD screen is off and protected
    by a sliding cover. It has a 3x, 9-element, all-glass lens, with 3
    aspherical surfaces. Also a remote control. Styled to look very much like
    the Contax G2. Interval timer. Text mode. Auto bracketing. I paid
    $700.00 in 2000, but you can pick them up now on eBay for under $75.00! Its
    2.3 MP CCD and its 3:2 aspect ratio (same as 35mm film frame) produce 4 x 6
    pictures at 300 ppi, which is generally acknowledged as same resolution
    quality as a print from film. It is a great snapshot camera, and it
    suffices as a digital camera to take along everywhere. When I want to do
    more serious work I use one of my Pentax bodies and my 17 prime Pentax
    lenses. This arrangement is not for everyone, but it works fine for me.

    My point is that there ARE options, and that you should not feel boxed-in by
    anybody's "one-size-fits-all" approach. There are numerous ways of getting
    digital photos, and they do not all involve spending big bucks on cameras
    that will be technically eclipsed in 2 years, or having to abandon your
    legacy film cameras and lenses that you have come to love working with.

    I have over a dozen film bodies, including a rangefinder, several Spotmatics
    and ES bodies, 4 Pentax K-mount bodies from the "P" series, with electronic
    shutters and nearly 20 manual focus Pentax prime lenses, which are a joy to
    use and which produce top-shelf results. The addition of a film scanner has
    turned them all, in a sense, into "digital cameras."

    If you are already have good film gear, consider adding a scanner rather
    than dumping all that great stuff. Scanning is slow, and there is the cost
    of buying and processing film to consider. This approach works best for
    lower-volume shooters--say one or two rolls per week. If you want to take
    tons of shots you can always add a digital camera like the one that I use to
    your mix. Pentax has a nice little 6 MP model that fits in your shirt
    pocket, for about $140.00, and it is surprisingly good.

    We don't always have to carry our best digital bodies and lenses with us.
    jeremy, Sep 24, 2006
  5. All of the above are met by my Nikon D70, and my "educated
    guess" is that are also met by any Digital SLR camera. A
    "less educated guess" is that you won't find any compact
    (I guess you mean a "Point & Shoot"??) that meets the above

    However, with a small DSLR (such as the Nikon D50 or one of
    the Canon models, or Pentax, etc.) and a single zoom lens in
    the range of, say, 24 or 28 to 70mm, you would have the
    equivalent of a very good compact-but-not-so-compact

    My advice: go to your local camera dealers and ask them
    what they have; look at them and handle them yourself for
    a few minutes, and you should be able to decide if that's
    what you want.


    Carlos Moreno, Sep 24, 2006
  6. John

    Peter Guest

    I purchased the Canon S3 IS. Seems to be flexible enough for my needs.
    Does up to 15 second exposure, manual controls, optical view finder and
    allows the LCD to be shut on and off with the press of a button. No
    wireless remote or auto orientation. You can order a lense adapter and a
    variety of 3rd party lenses for it. The only issue I have with it so far is
    that there is a lot of buttons on the camera that are easy to accidently hit
    without noticing. I quickly got used to checked the settings often to make
    sure I haven't inadvertantly ruined my shots because I had something set
    wrong. It's ok once you are in the habbit.
    Peter, Sep 25, 2006
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