To buy or not to buy, that is the question

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jasen, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. Jasen

    Jasen Guest

    Konica Minolta Dynax (Maxxum) 7D - $AU300 cash back until December 31st.
    Must be another model coming out and they want to clear the current model.
    I'd love more megapixels, but the price is essentially as low as it will
    ever be for the 7D. I want to gradually go semi-pro, you know, weddings,
    exhibits, stock photography. Do I hold out and hope for more or do I go the
    7D now????? I hate waiting but can't afford to get the wrong camera for me
    (the missus wouldn't like it either). I have the lens system so changing
    right now is far too expensive for me.
    Any guesses how long before the next models, ie 9D or 8D etc come out? I
    noted that the 7D came out in January, so maybe that's the time for it next
    year?

    Itchin' for a digital but do I or don't I blow my hard earned cash!!!!?
     
    Jasen, Sep 9, 2005
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    John Ortt Guest

    Go for the 7D for now and stick with it for about 3 years...after which the
    models which come out next year/year after will have dropped in price enough
    to be a reasonable upgrade buy.

    And don't forget that for any pro work it's always best to have two : )
     
    John Ortt, Sep 9, 2005
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  3. Jasen

    [BnH] Guest

    A few friends of mine in KM Asia claimed they already hold a prototype of
    the 9D early this year.
    It supposed to show up in one of our forum photo hunt session but the KM rep
    did not manage to come.

    AFAIK KM has a strategy to do price cut even though they don't have a new
    model coming up.
    We are a reseller for their printer range, and trust me ... they rebate /
    give bonus handsomely :)

    2 months ago they give free duplexer on their SOHO range, this month they
    are giving a few hundred $$ return ...
    why ? I also have no clue. They are selling an excellent product, all my
    clients been really happy [as they print small volume of flyers in house]

    IMHO .. get what you can afford. The moments count ....
    KM 5D is a good camera too , you can try having a look at that.

    Also .. 7D was released Sept 04, while 5D July 05.

    PS : 6 mpx is good enough for your semi pro needs [just print at pro labs ..
    or @ Harvey Norman the minimum ].
    I am still using a 2.74mpx with an array of pro glass :)

    =bob=
     
    [BnH], Sep 9, 2005
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  4. Jasen

    Jasen Guest


    Good point, but is 6.1 mp enough? Do many pros work with only 6mp? The
    biggest image size at 300dpi I could take it too is about the size of a
    magazine front page unless I interpolate the image up larger and doesn't
    that degrade the image quality? A lot of publishers need 300dpi minimum as
    I understand it? I also suppose once I do start selling material and doing
    paid work it'll be funded eventually anyway.
    I must sound like I am talking myself out of buying this camera, but I need
    to be sure I am not wasting my money and am going to kick myself in only a
    few months.
     
    Jasen, Sep 9, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    Until recently, any pro using Nikon was using 6mp or less. So, yes, I'd say
    that 6mp was sufficient for most photographer's use. Why the concern about
    what pros use?
     
    Skip M, Sep 9, 2005
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  6. Jasen

    Jasen Guest

    I suppose my thinking is that if pros use no less than a certain resolution
    then there must be a reason for it from a commercial point of view from what
    the image market accepts for publishing etc.
    Thanks, this all helps with my decision.
     
    Jasen, Sep 9, 2005
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    Jasen Guest

    thanks bob.
    I guess I just bust my guts to make what money I get after the taxman steals
    it and I want to be sure.
    cheers
    Jasen

     
    Jasen, Sep 9, 2005
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    Jasen Guest

    Hi Skip,
    Just had a look at your website, nice stuff.
    Just wondering, what digital camera do you use and what's the biggest print
    size you would make using the images from it?
    cheers
    Jasen
     
    Jasen, Sep 9, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    I'm glad I read this post before I answered the other one. First, about
    that one, most pros who are concerned if the res is lower than 6-8mp are
    making prints far larger than the norm, in the range of 36"x48" and above.
    A 6mp camera, with decent glass, will get you more than acceptable 11x14
    prints.
    The wedding stuff you see was taken with Canon 20D cameras, and we're
    getting excellent 16x20s out of them. We can go bigger with no more than a
    little post production, but only to about 24x36. After that, quality seems
    to really take a dive.
    There are a lot of wedding photogs using Nikon stuff, and the max res for
    them, with the D2h, D100 and D70 was 6mp. Now with the D2x (I hope I didn't
    get that mixed up, someone is sure to correct me...) that limit is raised to
    12mp, but there's not a lot of them out there, yet...
     
    Skip M, Sep 9, 2005
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  10. Jasen

    Jasen Guest

    Thanks for that Skip. That really helps me.
    I've been film based for years, obviously, and done weddings for
    family/friends before and have been encouraged to do it for the money for a
    while but always been a little shy of it. Now digital is really picking up
    I've thought more about it. There's that extra edge to make sure you get it
    right on the day and not have to wait to find out afterwards when you can't
    go back and take that shot. The other reason is that I do some work where
    images are needed within a day or two and digital caters for that very well
    as slides take almost a week to get back from some developers.
    Anyway, thanks again, you have helped me immensely.
    cheers
    Jasen
     
    Jasen, Sep 9, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    Glad I could help, Jasen. I, too, worked with film and was encouraged to
    shoot weddings for the money, but dragged my feet. Digital really gives us
    a leg up, able to check exposures, composition, just about everything about
    the image, in case there's any doubt, and then we can go back and redo, of
    necessary. And our turnaround is very quick.
     
    Skip M, Sep 9, 2005
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