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Discussion in 'Photography' started by R J, Oct 30, 2004.

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    R J Guest


    I'm wanting to buy a new digital camera (CANON EOS 300D) sounds simple but I
    want to be able to take action shots of my son running and playing as well
    as landscapes etc.. Therefore does anyone know how I find out what lag-time
    the EOS 300D has so I capture these action shots? How does the lag-time
    campare to a film SLR camera?

    I'm quite new to photography so I would welcome any opinion on the EOS 300D
    camera for a nearly new user. My present camera is a digital point and shoot
    which is very slow.

    I think the camera comes with software, could anyone tell mee what's that's
    like please? Will I be able to blur backgrounds etc?

    Lastly, why does the EOS 300D come with a video cable?

    Hope you can help, thank you so much for your time.

    R J, Oct 30, 2004
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    al-Farrob Guest

    No lag time:)
    In reality there is some miliseconds, but nothing noticable.
    That is one of the major problems with digicams, mainly the so called lag
    time consits of time to get the autofocus.
    The Digital SLR's are very flexible, mainly in that they permit lens
    interchange. There are lenses for all tastes, and prices:)
    Bluring backgrounds is a question of using a narrow dof which is possible
    with any DSLR with almost any kind of lens :)

    If you do a google search on "Canon eos 300 d" you'll get information your
    life will not be enough to read it all:)
    al-Farrob, Oct 30, 2004
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    John Germany Guest

    Not trying to confuse you, but read these.


    According to this review,
    there is a short maximum number of frames that can be captured. The Nikon
    D70 on the other hand will capture 144 continuous images at a full 3 frames
    per second.
    Before you go buy the camera, make sure and hold the Canon and the Nikon. I
    think you will notice a big difference.

    The video cable is to view pictures on your TV.
    You can always use a technique called panning to blur your backgrounds.
    John Germany, Oct 30, 2004
  4. There are two things to consider: the time it takes from the
    moment you press the shutter, which is negligible with any
    decent Digital SLR camera; and the time it takes for the
    camera to be ready for the next shot -- which may be
    important for certain action shots (you may want to take
    a burst of 10 images in a couple of seconds).

    I'm not sure how the Canon 300D stands, but you may want to
    check out the Nikon D70 (they advertised that feature very
    loudly as being much better than the Canon 10D; so it may
    be even better than the 300D)

    Also, whichever camera you choose, you want to make sure
    that you buy *fast* memory cards.

    Good luck!

    Carlos Moreno, Oct 30, 2004
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    Alex Guest

    Most any DSLR will perform favourably in this area.
    There is a learning curve for any DSLR. That said, if you mastered Av
    or Tv modes of your current camera, you shouldn't have any problems.
    The best thing to do is to blur the backgrounds with the lens aperture
    (the lower the number, the more blur you get). With that
    understanding, make sure you don't buy a consumer-grade lens with your
    camera. I.e. don't buy a mid-range zoom with an maximum aperture of
    over 4. At worst, it should have, either a variable aperture of 2.8-4
    or a fixed aperture of 4 (a fixed aperture of 2.8 would be best, of

    Just keep your options open. AFAIK the D70 from Nikon is a superior
    camera to Canon's 300D. (Note: I love my Canon - I use a 1D.)
    Alex, Oct 30, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Unlike with digital point-and-shoots, there is no lag with digital
    SLRs. You'll find the performance in this respect to be identical to
    a film SLR.
    It's a great camera for beginners or advanced users. It can be set
    anywhere from full auto to full manual, and it's a camera you can grow
    into as you learn more.
    The camera itself will blur backgrounds very nicely (depending on the
    lenses you use; the stock lens does a good job of "portrait blur", and
    I assume that's what you're looking for).

    I actually don't know the software that comes with the camera very
    well, since I never use it. :)
    You can plug it into a TV and view your pictures there.

    Mike Kohary, Oct 30, 2004
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    Carl Guest

    Actually the D70's buffer capacity is 12 frames Jpeg or 4 frames NEF at
    3 frames per second.
    Carl, Oct 31, 2004
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    ericm1600 Guest

    Google is your friend. I've been looking into this, myself. Don't believe
    anybody that says any particular SLR has no lag time. If you have to wait
    for the mirror to swing out of the way, you will have a lag time.

    The 1v (film) has a lag of 55 ms. Seems short, but a lot can happen even in
    that time. The 20d is 65 ms; 10d, 90 ms; 300d, 130 ms.

    I'm comparing the times to the 1v because that's what I use, and that's what
    is important to me.

    The only camera I've used that could be said to have no lag time is my
    rangefinder, and even that has a lag of 12 ms. For all intents and
    purposes, that's instantaneous. Even the 55 ms seems like forever after
    I've been shooting with the rangefinder for a while.
    ericm1600, Oct 31, 2004
  9. I'm quite sure that with a high-speed card that doesn't
    hold the camera back, it can go at peak speed for a while.

    Carlos Moreno, Oct 31, 2004
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    Carl Guest

    Maybe, you could be right. I use a 512mb and 2 1gb 80x Lexar cards and
    have found from personal experience that I have occasionally overtaken
    the buffer - and I'm one of those odd people who has never shot in
    continuous mode. I must try it one day.
    Carl, Oct 31, 2004
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    Dick Sidbury Guest

    well fwiw, at the highest jpg setting (9 frames in the buffer) I get 11
    frames with a SLOW card (Kingston 1 gig) before stopping (and then about
    10 seconds to dump all of them to the card.

    Dick Sidbury, Oct 31, 2004
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    Steve Barker Guest

    While i don't have one, i've heard the EOS cameras are virtually lag free.
    And and besides, once you learn to anticipate it, lag is a non issue. I
    have a nikon cool pix that has some lag, and it doesn't seem to present a
    problem. I just push the button halfway down, then fire when ready.

    Steve Barker, Oct 31, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Literally speaking, there is a lag. It's not physically possible to
    not have a lag. But realistically speaking, to our human senses, on
    an SLR it's so fast that it's virtually instantaneous, and for all
    intents and purposes insignificant. I've yet to miss a shot with my
    D-Reb because of lag.

    Mike Kohary, Oct 31, 2004
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    Alan Brennan Guest

    On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 11:05:47 +0100
    R J ( )
    Others seem to have answered your other questions. The software is a
    package called Zoombrowser which allows you to download the photos from
    your camera to the computer, and then to look at them. It is a basic
    program of its type, but more than adequate for most beginners. There
    are a couple of other good programs. One allows control of the camera
    from the computer. One allows you to stitch several shots together to
    make one continuous panorama - this program works very well indeed. Also
    included is Photoshop elements, which lets you make changes to your
    photos. It is a cut down version of Photoshop. It is very easy to use,
    and allows you to perform all the operations that a beginner would be
    interested in: resizing, cropping, changing colours and sharpness,
    automatically removing red eye, etc etc. As you develop your interest
    you may want to buy more "professional" level programs but the ones
    supplied will do most of the things most people want.
    Alan Brennan, Oct 31, 2004
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