Help choosing cam w/interchangeable lens.

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Brett, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Brett

    Brett Guest

    I currently have an Olympus c2100z (2.1 M pixel) D-SLR camera. I want
    something with these features:
    - interchangeable lens that I can adjust by turning the lens housing
    - wide aperature range (the c2100z currently goes from 2.8 - 8.0)
    - great processing of photos
    - remote controlled
    - can take excellent night photos
    - fast (starting, processing photos)

    The Olympus has the last two features. On the first feature, I'm referring
    to the ability of turning the lens by hand and seeing the focus adjust. On
    the Olympus, I have to use buttons or dials, which is awkward and slow.

    From what I've seen, lens must be made by the camera manufacturer. I guess
    it shouldn't be a factor that a camera provide many name brand lenses, since
    most don't. But a wide range of lenses would be nice. I don't know if all
    interchangeable lenses have threads on the end for filters but that is
    necessary also.

    Thanks on comments,
    Brett, Nov 24, 2005
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  2. Brett

    Brett Guest

    I plan to buy used hopefully for under $1000. I'll go somewhat over that if
    the deal is good.

    Brett, Nov 25, 2005
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  3. Brett

    Brett Guest

    I've been looking much at the Canon EOS 20D. It ranges from about $1130 -
    $1350. I was hoping maybe to buy used but you don't see any used 20Ds.
    Comments on this camera or its comparison?

    Brett, Nov 25, 2005
  4. Brett

    Bill Funk Guest

    That's a very nice camera, especially gven the price. There's a reason
    you don't see many used ones for sale!
    As for the lens using a manual focus, almost all (D)SLR lenses will
    manual-focus, so that isn't a problem.
    The 20D also meets your other listed needs.
    Good luck!
    Bill Funk, Nov 25, 2005
  5. Brett

    Brett Guest

    The 20D is the one I'm referring to. Which other 20D are you talking about?

    Do you know how long the exposure is on the 20D?
    Brett, Nov 25, 2005
  6. Brett

    Bill Funk Guest

    None other; that 20D. It also meets your other criteria.
    If you mean shutter speeds: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, plus bulb.
    Bill Funk, Nov 25, 2005
  7. Brett

    Brett Guest

    Chris Brown posted, "The 20D is excellent at long exposures - tens of
    minutes with low noise and
    no reciprocity failure." What exactly are you referring to?

    Brett, Nov 25, 2005
  8. Brett

    Bill Funk Guest

    The "bulb" setting will keep the shutter open as long as you press the
    shutter release button, or otherwise (through software, for example)
    keep it open.
    otherwise, you can set the shutter for from 1/8000 to 30 seconds
    through the normal settings on the camera.
    Does this help?
    Bill Funk, Nov 25, 2005
  9. Brett

    Brett Guest

    I understand the normal shutter settings but not sure what you mean by
    holding the release button to keep the shutter open. If you want the
    shutter to stay open for 20 minutes, I'd imagine there is a setting for that
    in the camera menu. Unless that is what you mean by software.

    Brett, Nov 26, 2005
  10. Brett

    Brett Guest

    Ok, neat. I've never read about that in the 20D's specifications. I'm not
    even sure my Olympus c2100z supports it but will find out.

    Brett, Nov 26, 2005
  11. Brett

    Bill Funk Guest

    No, the "normal" (set manually) speeds are from 1/8000 seconds to 30
    seconds. That's it.
    To go for minutes, you use the 'bulb' sertting, and hold the shutter
    release down. Or connect the camera to a computer and use software to
    do it. Or use a remote to do it.
    The "Bulb" setting is the one to use for shutter times of longer than
    30 seconds. There's no way on the camera, through the menus, to tell
    the camera how long to open the shutter when using "bulb"; you need
    another method, as mentioned above.
    Bill Funk, Nov 26, 2005
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