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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-30-2007, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Camera, Any Suggestions?

Right, I have just sold my Samsung Digimax and now I am after a new Camera as I am starting a new Photography course next week. I have a budget of around 200-250. Any input would be much appreciated, thanks.
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Re: New Camera, Any Suggestions?

I'm no expert when it comes to photography, but I don't think you'd go to wrong with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8. It's 7.2mp and has a 12x optical zoom and got a Best Buy rating from Which magazine. They also do a 10mp version, but I'm not sure how much that costs.
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ask eddie...
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speaking as a photographer and as someone whose gone through numerous photography courses. rule 1: try and get your hands on a camera and get a demo, just like guitar, some just dont feel right for certain people. also lens quality is way more important than the number of megapixels, for example sony use carl-zeiss, panasonic use leica and canon and nikon are just generally amazing. i highly recomend visiting dpreview.com (a great resource for amateurs and professionals alike).

if its for a course i imagine that you will need programmable manual modes such as TV(time value/shutter speed priority), AV (aperture value/priority) and Manual mode. This is important in understanding the physical ways in which images are recorded. its also good if you can get a camera with raw mode as this will open up more opportunities in the future. i worked for a photographic retailer for 5 years and can recommend that just getting your hands on a camera and talking to a professional is allways good. i used to work for Park cameras (www.parkcameras.com) i can assure you that if you ring them up they can do you a good price and alot of them really know they're stuff. enjoy your photography matey.

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Right, I have just sold my Samsung Digimax and now I am after a new Camera as I am starting a new Photography course next week. I have a budget of around £200-£250. Any input would be much appreciated, thanks.
Canon S5 IS. Check that camera out, it's right within your budget. http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_...anon_s5is.html

My girlfriend is currently going crazy for this camera.
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I've just bought a Panasonic DMC FZ18 on the bay from a seller in Bristol for 265 - with free 4Mb card
Brilliant!
18x zoom - 8 Mpixels
dead easy to use and has loads of great features - the stabiliser is VERY good!
PM me if you want the name of the seller..........

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speaking as a photographer and as someone whose gone through numerous photography courses. rule 1: try and get your hands on a camera and get a demo, just like guitar, some just dont feel right for certain people. also lens quality is way more important than the number of megapixels, for example sony use carl-zeiss, panasonic use leica and canon and nikon are just generally amazing. i highly recomend visiting dpreview.com (a great resource for amateurs and professionals alike).

if its for a course i imagine that you will need programmable manual modes such as TV(time value/shutter speed priority), AV (aperture value/priority) and Manual mode. This is important in understanding the physical ways in which images are recorded. its also good if you can get a camera with raw mode as this will open up more opportunities in the future. i worked for a photographic retailer for 5 years and can recommend that just getting your hands on a camera and talking to a professional is allways good. i used to work for Park cameras (www.parkcameras.com) i can assure you that if you ring them up they can do you a good price and alot of them really know they're stuff. enjoy your photography matey.

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Re: New Camera, Any Suggestions?

Theres a Fuji E900 I've had my eye on. It looks like a decent camera able to shoot in RAW and has optical zoom. You might wanna check that out.
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Look for a good used digital SLR. For $500US you can get a used Canon Rebel or Rebel XT, 20D, xti, something like that. Any of those with the "kit lens" would do a nice job for you. If your serious at all don't bother with a point and shoot.
The prices have really dropped lately. I would check out the buy and sell section of www.fredmiranda.com.
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Right, I have just sold my Samsung Digimax and now I am after a new Camera as I am starting a new Photography course next week. I have a budget of around 200-250. Any input would be much appreciated, thanks.
you need a SLR or dSLR to take "photography courses". you'd be surprised, many require film but factor dSLR capable of full manual mode (exposure, aperature, focus). i'm not sure about Euro pricing but used dSLRs are plentiful that would offer a tremendous learning experience... from the canon 10D to it's little brother 300D (first digital rebel).

forget specs, megapixels and point/shoot if you are interested in learning & classes. now if you want a cheap, small walkaround digital camera, that's another story... glen
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Re: New Camera, Any Suggestions?

I gotta go with getting a SLR/D-SLR cause if you taking photography coruses, you will need a lot of different lenses, I've looked into classes over here and down in texas they require a 35 mm SLR cam, they do not require different lenses, however it's always great to have.


it also depends on what kind of photo's you take
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ask eddie...
haha ya know something, I'm suprised with all the pic's you've seen of me, you've never run into me at guitar center, with you being from corpus and whatnot. I always have my cam with me I'd be easy to spot
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Sue took this on Saturday night at our gig



pictures on the panasonic are great and on the 4mb card that came free you can get about an hours worth of movie........ i'd be done in 5 mins though

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"Who wants to be a sheep and play a Strat or Les Paul.......yawn!!!"

I believe you know that quote very well, Max

I am just having a look at a review of the Panasonic DMC FZ18 now.
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I am just having a look at a review of the Panasonic DMC FZ18 now.
It's still a point and shoot right? Tiny ccd, very high noise levels at any iso above 200, hard to get narrow DOF, stuck with one lens. Very cool camera but a Big mistake for someone taking a photography course.
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