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  • Just bought a digital camera

    I just bought a Fuji S5000 camera for $338. I feel pretty good about it because I was researching the best auction price for a long time. Even today the best price was above $350 so when I saw a "buy it now" that was below the best going price I snapped on it. It looks to be a wonderful camera.

    Any comments on what you like or dislike about your digital cameras would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you all,

    Spence

  • #2
    I have a Nikon Coolpix 4300. It almost totally replaces film in my life. It is frekin amazing. The new cameras now are really good!
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    • #3
      Dunno, but I have a question....

      I want one that can zoom in and get a good pic of something the size of a quarter, i,e, make a quarter mostly fill the picture.

      NOT "digital zoom", though, that looks crummy in most cases.

      Does yours fit the bill? You see any that did?

      I find the sales people give me the "oh no, I got stuck with one of THEM" looks when I start asking.

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      • #4
        I do a lot of ebay so close focusing is important. It is really hard to find out about a cameras ability to do closeups as few people do that.

        The best camera I have seen for doing closeups is the Sony Mavica series. I often take pictures of small proofmarks that I can't read so that I can look at the pictures and figure out what they are. It also isn't as sensative to movement as my Olmypus The ones that use 3.5 floppies can be had used on ebay for decent prices but the storage on a 3.5 is pretty small.

        I also have an Olympuc little digital I just got for $60 on sale at office max and it is really pretty good although not as good as the Mavica. If I don't use a tripod while doing closeups, the image really suffers. However, being able to take 270 some pictures on a 135meg card is GREAT!

        Digital cameras are awesome!

        Michael

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        • #5
          Oso,

          Is this what you had in mind? It's a nickel (Canadian). As I said, the Nikon Coolpix is awesome, although a bit expensive. You get what you pay for and Nikon knows how to build cameras.

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          • #6
            I've also found the Sony Mavica to be really good for close-up work. We have one at work that I use, I don't own a digital yet.

            I just bought a Consumer Reports that has an article on digitals. Their readers report repair history rates Sony number one for reliability. They rate the Fugifilm FinePix A303 ( 3 megapixel ) as their best buy, however the Nikon Coolpix and Olympus Camedia series are also rated as excellent.

            They state,"Ignore any information about a camera's digital zoom - it's a gimmick."

            Bernard

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            • #7
              I use a casio CV-10 that cost me $35 for my ebay pictures, it has a macro switch on it for close ups.. Resolution is poor so I don't take family pictures.

              One thing to note..

              I had a program that would import pcx's to autocad. I took a picture of a 4 wheeler frame, took a picture of the 900 kawasaki frame. (1990) them imported it into AUtocad and set the proper scale.

              With overlay I was able to cut and splice the tubing and add gussets to make it strong. I made all the tubing cuts, and measured the tubing splices. It worked to the 1/16th inch.

              BUT... Around the edges of the camera lens, there is distortion as I found out later with another project. Measurements can not be trusted via camera lens. Possible the non-perfect aspect ratio of the lens cut?

              I was experimenting with robotic positioning back then. I had a VIA camera input board in my computer. It was so slow processing the information It was useless. (AT computer)

              I am sure someone will explain this to me about the non-perfect lens fish-eyeing the edges.

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              • #8
                Ibe,

                All lenses have some distortion at the edge of field compared to the center of field. It is an unavoidable optical effect and the wider the angle of view the worse it is. Essentially, you are mapping a sphere (the field of view) to a flat surface (the film). The narrower the field of view the less distortion.

                [This message has been edited by Evan (edited 10-14-2003).]
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                • #9
                  Even if your camera doesn't do good macro shots, you can make it do so with a cheap trick: zoom it out as far as it will go, and hold one of those eye loupes (magnifiers) against the lens. You have to get close to the subject for proper focusing.

                  Even the cheap ($2) eye loupes from harbor fright work well. You can also use an old 50mm lens from a film camera.

                  I use this trick to take pictures of watch parts and movements; works great.

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                  • #10
                    Evan, that is just exactly what I mean.

                    Thank you

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                    • #11
                      Yea,
                      I think "digital zoom" is another marketing ploy and another is a claim of 5 or 6 mega pixel when the CCD only is 3.2 MP. Interpolation of pixels can't be the same as having a high resolution CCD. One thing I was looking for is a camera with different lens attachments. Another was external memory. The Fuji S5000 has some other fast frame rate features that I think will be nice for action shots. It can take 6 quick shots when the trigger is pressed or 6 quick shots when the trigger is released. My primary purpose is for macro photography for Ebay. It is at the low end of the professional product, line but at the high end of the consumer product line. Now to collect all the neat accessories.
                      Spence

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                      • #12
                        if you own a camera with a detachable lens, just flip the lens around on the camera body.
                        this will get you incredible magnification.
                        the longer the lens, the more magnification, but the shallower the depthoffield. and the closer the focal point. (you have to physically move in and out to adjust focus. the focus ring is useless when the lens is reversed)

                        most name brands sell "reversing rings" but
                        i've always either held the lens to the body by hand.. or used duct tape if on a tripod.

                        focusing is tricky.. and only the center, say 70%, will be in focus, at best. but i tell ya, i could get some incredible pictures
                        of scratches on a bug's a**.

                        -knucklehead

                        ps.. for most digital point-shoots, they sell "lens kits" that are basically a little set of snap-on platic modifiers. one of these is usually a "macro" or "closeup" .. not the best quality, but gets the job done.

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                        • #13
                          Hey guys,

                          Taking pictures is alot like machining right? Take a course or spend alot of time blamming your machine. You want to do close-ups? Be close to your subject. Use the maximum setting. Don't try to get 100 pictures on a card and then expect the close-ups to be great.

                          Make sure the subject is well lit. A co-worker of mine used to take catologue pictures for sears. After an hour or two with him, just talking, i learned so much.

                          I think the cheap digital cameras do a great job. Sure a 10x zoom would be great, but you can just walk up a little closer. Wide angles, that is a whole other subject!!




                          Spkrman15




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                          • #14
                            I have a digital as well as 35s and I can tell you now the 35s are collecting dust. Disadvatages for the digitals are the delay between pressing the shutter and when the actual photo is taken. Sort of like a muzzel loader. Ya gotta follow through or lead the birdie. I have a Sony mcd1000. Biggest mistake I made was using the first cd untill it was full. 1140 photos later and just try and find the one you are looking for. Now I remove the disc once a month religiously and put in a new one. There cheape, on ebay by the dozens for 10.00 per doz. Digital zoom . No problem, beautiful and clear and great to play with in photo programs. Close ups (macro) just fantastic. And I no longer wait at the drug store for developing. Photograpy is like machining. Take a course or two or three. The better educated you are on the subject the better your photos will be. Some people are naturals and others like me need the spoken and written word so to school I go again this fall as well.

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                            • #15
                              I swear by sony cameras - started with a Mavica shooting 640x480 on floppies.

                              I Love my CD-1000 too - takes GREAT closeups. I just got a Sony DSC-F717 5 Mpixels. Fantastic camera -

                              You can get a good close up kit (3 stackable lenses) for under $50 at Ritz - check the web. I use that all the time for closeups of pc boards for documentation.

                              check out Steves-Digicams for COMPLETE reviews and comparisons of darn near any camera you can think of - its a great resource.


                              http://www.steves-digicams.com/hardware_reviews.html

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