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09/06/2002 02:03:11 AM · #1
I really love looking at and voting on the pictures on this site. I photograph using a regular camera, and although I've taken some great photos, I don't qualify to post here because I don't have a good digital camera. The one I have is cheap and lousy (Vivicam 3550)that I got as a gift. I tried to take some veggie pictures, but I couldn't get them to look good enough to post. Then, the new batteries I got died. So, what I'm asking is, what would be a good and an affordable digital camera. My regular camera I use is a Cannon EOS Rebel. Would appreciate anyone's suggestions. Thanks
09/06/2002 02:13:57 AM · #2
I think my camera is alright but not the best, bought a year ago for 500 dollars now you can get them some places 100-200dollars.
09/06/2002 06:29:25 AM · #3
What is your range price ?
You can get the canon A40 for around 250$ or even below.
Look at dell.com and check for any coupons at techbargains.com before.
09/06/2002 08:10:16 AM · #4
I have the Dimage 7; it is a higher end camera. I only mention it because while it retailed for $1299, it is now widely available in the $700 range. Not to be confused with the 7i, which is a later model with slight modifications.

Of more assistance I think, is that I pass on this website:
//www.bizrate.com

You can search for which ever camera you decide on and it comparison shops for you. Shows all the online venues you can buy the camera at, their prices, and how they are rated for service, shipping speed, meeting expectations, and overall shopping experience. I was able to save $500 off what I would have spent at Best Buy by utilizing this link. Hope it helps.

dpreview is also a helpful link where you can read abjective reviews on different cameras. Helpful after you get a rough idea of which cameras you're interested in.

Good luck whatever you decide.
Dawn
09/06/2002 08:13:49 AM · #5
I don't know how good it is, but HERE is a link to the only $69 digital camera I have ever seen.... :)

They have it on sale for $19.99....[/

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09/06/2002 08:24:24 AM · #6
;-)

We are ALL waiting to see

Jmsetzler
Moderator
Barbie Cam
[Painted dolls]

on the left of the forum discussions.

That day would be great ;-)

09/06/2002 08:31:28 AM · #7
If someone will buy me one, i promise I will do a challenge photo with it :)
09/06/2002 08:37:49 AM · #8
Originally posted by jmsetzler:
If someone will buy me one, i promise I will do a challenge photo with it :)


Holy Mary Setz..it's bad enough you beat us every week now you want us to buy you the camera to do it with?

I think not! Get your own freakin Barbie Cam!! >:-P
09/06/2002 08:43:37 AM · #9
heh... Maybe I should take a break :) I wanna spend some time capturing the essence of the Fall season before long anyway... I hope to make a trip up to Mabry's Mill to do some photos while the leaves are changing during the first week or two of October... :)
09/06/2002 08:48:49 AM · #10
Originally posted by jmsetzler:
heh... Maybe I should take a break :) I wanna spend some time capturing the essence of the Fall season before long anyway... I hope to make a trip up to Mabry's Mill to do some photos while the leaves are changing during the first week or two of October... :)


I know what you mean....the season coming up around the Blue Ridge is world famous. Football season in the Blue Ridge...is there anything better? :-)

As I have mentioned, I am 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge parkway. I'd like to get some camping/photography trips in this fall myself.
09/06/2002 08:50:21 AM · #11
The problem in the Blue Ridge area is that the folaige change happens quickly. You usually get about 7 days of prime color and then it's gone... :(
09/06/2002 08:53:55 AM · #12
My wife says it will be even faster this year due to the water shortage. I don't know anything about that but I do know that if you start noticing the leaves at the lower elevations you may have missed the best ones up on the Parkway.

My Poplar trees are already turning..I think the change might come a bit early this year.
09/06/2002 08:58:16 AM · #13
Originally posted by hokie:
My wife says it will be even faster this year due to the water shortage. I don't know anything about that but I do know that if you start noticing the leaves at the lower elevations you may have missed the best ones up on the Parkway.

My Poplar trees are already turning..I think the change might come a bit early this year.


I will probably head up onto VA on the parkway on my Motorcycle sometime during the first weekend of October. That's usually a good time to start... if not, the 2nd weekend is usually good... It's about 2-3 weeks later down in the area where i live...


09/06/2002 09:08:49 AM · #14
Originally posted by jmsetzler:
I will probably head up onto VA on the parkway on my Motorcycle sometime during the first weekend of October. That's usually a good time to start... if not, the 2nd weekend is usually good... It's about 2-3 weeks later down in the area where i live...



I can't remember the mile marker we are off of but its the Big Island/Lexington exit. You'll have to let me know when you are traveling.

Do you know how far north on the parkway you are going to go?
09/06/2002 09:24:04 AM · #15
Originally posted by CLarson557:
I really love looking at and voting on the pictures on this site. I photograph using a regular camera, and although I've taken some great photos, I don't qualify to post here because I don't have a good digital camera. The one I have is cheap and lousy (Vivicam 3550)that I got as a gift. I tried to take some veggie pictures, but I couldn't get them to look good enough to post. Then, the new batteries I got died. So, what I'm asking is, what would be a good and an affordable digital camera. My regular camera I use is a Cannon EOS Rebel. Would appreciate anyone's suggestions. Thanks

Hey Connie,

I used to use a Canon Rebel as well (although it's called an EOS-300 here in the UK - same camera though I believe).

Personally I bought a Canon Powershot S30. It has all the same PIC modes and creative zone options as my 35mm camera and it takes some excellent pictures. The only things you'll lose are your flash hotshoe and interchangable lenses/filters. For me that was a compromise I could live with.

If you dont feel you need the creative zone modes then you should consider the Canon Powershot A40 as Lionel suggests. If you have a little more cash then the S40 buys you a few more pixels than the S30. The G2 is a very similar camera to the S30/S40 but with a flash hotshoe and a tilt/twist LCD.

As you can probably tell I only really know the Canon range.

I'm sure you'll find something that suits you.

John

09/06/2002 09:27:30 AM · #16
Originally posted by hokie:
Originally posted by jmsetzler:
[i]I will probably head up onto VA on the parkway on my Motorcycle sometime during the first weekend of October. That's usually a good time to start... if not, the 2nd weekend is usually good... It's about 2-3 weeks later down in the area where i live...



I can't remember the mile marker we are off of but its the Big Island/Lexington exit. You'll have to let me know when you are traveling.

Do you know how far north on the parkway you are going to go?
[/i]

Mabry's Mill is somewhere around mile marker 175 i think... not exactly sure... I probably won't go much north of that on this trip unless Kim comes with me and we take her car...
09/06/2002 09:45:27 AM · #17
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

Mabry's Mill is somewhere around mile marker 175 i think... not exactly sure... I probably won't go much north of that on this trip unless Kim comes with me and we take her car...


I think Mabry's Mill is closer to Roanoke or maybe a bit south of it. There is another great place to visit around there Meadows of Dan..there is a Winery there and some other great scenary.

Yep..a great time of year for photography :-)

09/06/2002 09:53:31 AM · #18
I will let you know... I haven't discussed this trip with my fair maiden yet... :)


09/06/2002 10:04:24 AM · #19
Originally posted by CLarson557:
I really love looking at and voting on the pictures on this site. I photograph using a regular camera, and although I've taken some great photos, I don't qualify to post here because I don't have a good digital camera. The one I have is cheap and lousy (Vivicam 3550)that I got as a gift. I tried to take some veggie pictures, but I couldn't get them to look good enough to post. Then, the new batteries I got died. So, what I'm asking is, what would be a good and an affordable digital camera. My regular camera I use is a Cannon EOS Rebel. Would appreciate anyone's suggestions. Thanks

If you don't have a lot of money to spend and don't have to be "top of the line," I suggest you look at some of the lower-megapixel Olympus digicams. I used a D-460Z (1.3 megapixels) for 3 years and was consistently impressed with the photos that came from it. It had a good feature set and I got lots of 4x6s printed with good results. You can get their 2 and even 3.x megapixel cameras for just a few hundred bucks -- great for point-and-shoot as well as for challenge-quality photos.

Or you can just do what I did: get drunk and get in a bidding war on eBay. ;) That's how I ended up with my new way-too-expensive baby. 8)

Rob
09/06/2002 10:28:32 AM · #20
I used to be Mr. Nikon for film.

But Ihave made the switch to Canon it seems. The S30 and S40 are very cool for moderate priced cameras.

I have a G2 and other than slow response for action which all digicams suffer from it gives me some of the best looking files and flexibility for cropping I can imagine having for the money (under $700). Plus as I move to the Canon DSLR lines I can use the flash and Canon software for all the cameras. I was looking for a system actually.

But...there are MANY tasty examples on the market depending on personal preference. Minolta DiMage 7i produces huge files very suitable for large prints.

The Sony higher end stuff has incredible sharpness and color saturations.

The Olympus line has very nice performance at various price points.

You just need to try several and see which feels best for you. I must have spent days upon days at Best Buy...shooting with all the cameras of the time. The Canon felt the most like what I wanted a camera to feel like in my hands..with the zoom right at my right hand index finger...the add on lens capability, the 4 meg picture resolution.

Check out DP Review for the most in depth information and picture samples. It has to be the geekiest photo site on the net..perfect!!!


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09/06/2002 11:29:50 AM · #21
Originally posted by jmsetzler:
I don't know how good it is, but HERE is a link to the only $69 digital camera I have ever seen.... :)

They have it on sale for $19.99....[


Hmmm, Ummm, thanks for the info? However, I betcha that this camera is no better than the one I already have. They are good for kid shots to send to grandma in email, but I couldn't get a clear enough picture for competition before the batteries ran out. Hey, I would love to see if you could get anything from it. I'll GIVE it to you...batteries not included. LOL
09/06/2002 11:41:51 AM · #22
You know what I think I'll do? I should just go on ahead and post one of pictures from my cheap camera just because I would enjoy the comments. In the meantime, I'll be shopping, shopping, shopping. Thanks for all the suggestions on cameras. Since I have a lot of equipment with my 35mm Canon, I'll probably go that route. There is a lot out there to choose from. Wish me luck and hopefully, soon, I'll have competitive results.
09/06/2002 12:11:01 PM · #23


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09/06/2002 12:15:04 PM · #24
Originally posted by CLarson557:
I really love looking at and voting on the pictures on this site. I photograph using a regular camera, and although I've taken some great photos, I don't qualify to post here because I don't have a good digital camera. The one I have is cheap and lousy (Vivicam 3550)that I got as a gift. I tried to take some veggie pictures, but I couldn't get them to look good enough to post. Then, the new batteries I got died. So, what I'm asking is, what would be a good and an affordable digital camera. My regular camera I use is a Cannon EOS Rebel. Would appreciate anyone's suggestions. Thanks


There's a huge range of cameras available. The main difference in prices I've found are the following (note: these are Canadian prices and are only approximate):

- up to $200:
- Lower resolution (i.e. 1.3 Megapixel)
- Usually almost no control. i.e. No white balancing, etc. Akin to a disposable film camera.

- $200 - $1000:
- Good quality photos.
- Tend to be the 3.2 Megapixel variety. If you're printing the photos then this is usually good for up to 8 x 10s.
- usually have many features such as white balance control, macro mode, zooms, short videos, etc. (note make sure you get an optical zoom, digital zooms are pretty much useless)

- > $1000
- Good quality pics
- 3.2 Megapixels and higher
- all the manual features that the $200-1000 variety have
- main difference is that most of these tend to have the ability to add external products. e.g. I use the G2 and I can add an external flash, external filters, external lenses, etc.


09/06/2002 12:43:06 PM · #25
If in the market for a camera today, I probably would wait until the next crop of cameras are announced, which should happen by the end of this month. Sony just introduced the 717, which is a significant improvement over the already excellent 707. Minolta is rumored to have a D7Hi, which if nothing else, looks cooler than the D7i because it is black. Rumor has it that it is even faster and many hope less noisy.

If buying today I would consider the Minolta D7i, Fuji 602, and so long as I didn't want to fire external strobes, the Sony 707 (the 717 adds the ability to fire external strobes). I might consider the Olympus E20, but one look at the price tag would send me away. If I were to spend some big bucks then it would be the Canon D60 or Nikon D100 depending on what lenses I had in my 35mm arsenal.
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