Camera Fever

May 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm 6 comments

I have camera fever.  I really want a new camera.  I’m tired of my old camera because nearly all of the pictures taken require editing just to look okay.  I am currently using a Kodak Easy Share camera that is several years old; however I am completely unimpressed with the results from it so I’m pretty sure I don’t want another Easy Share.  I have tried everything to get rid of red eye in my pictures to no avail.  The shutter speed is extremely slow thus losing some really great shots. 

What do I want in a camera?  Good question.  I know that I want to take great pictures in basically any situation- action, landscape/nature, indoors, people, group shots, etc., etc.  I would like to have a camera that allows me explore with the settings but not overly complicated in that I have to set it up for every situation.  I would like this camera to be able to grow with me and my abilities (if that is possible).  My ideal camera would have the extra lens to go with it, I think. 

So… if you have a camera you love would you please tell me about it.  I am completely lost in my search.  Also, if you wouldn’t mind sharing where you got it and any other relevant details I may need to know.  Or if you know of a good site that recommends cameras based on answering questions I would be interested in checking those out too.

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  • 1. Debbie  |  May 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Check out DPREVIEW.COM. I won’t buy a camera with out THOROUGHLY checking out that site first. My last camera was two years ago, a Pentax Option MX. I read all about it on dpreview, found and ordered it online, and have never seen one like it anywhere. Check out some of the pics I’ve taken with it at shutterbugschink.wordpress.com!

  • 2. paikiiimagery  |  May 15, 2008 at 1:56 am

    I just got a Sony A700. I have a Konica mInolta 7d but it was getting long in the tooth. The a700 is actually the next generation 7D. Sony had bought the DSLR line from KM. It’s like going from a 486 PC to a new dual core PC. I got it at less than retail thru Amazon.
    If you know how much you can spend. That will narrow your search. Do you have a camera store nearby? You will be able to pick up a camera and hold it in your hand. If you can’t grip it comfortably, it will be like a badly fitting pair of shoes.
    How easy can you make basic adjustments? Can you change the ISO, EV,Single to Continuous shooting,Metering Mode by just a button press or dial turn? How much do you have to go into the menu to change a setting and do you find it easy to navigate?
    Take a look at http://www.imaging-resource.com/ and http://www.steves-digicams.com/
    Shutterbug.com and popphoto.com are good sources also.
    Happy Shopping!

  • 3. Mama Podkayne  |  May 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    1) red eye is a fault of the flash. The farther away the flash is from the lens, the less red eye you get.

    2) Easy to use but that you can grow with…..but you also want lese flexibilty? You’ll want an SLR camera like the Nikon D40 or the Cannon Rebel. You can start by leaving it on the auto setting (which is awesome BTW) , step up to the other auto presets, and then grow into the manual presets.

    Also, several specialty stores nearby service these. You can find them cheap online, but if they break, good luck with service (as in you have to mail camera back and wait……yuck). Much better to pay a little bit more and get good local service. Ivy and Christian Photo are the two I can think of in DM.

    That said, if 800+ for a beginner camera is too much, I would start with a CoolPix Nikon or the Cannon equal. You get the auto settings, really good/high pixels, awesome pics BUT no extra lenses and little in the way of fancy settings. Some of my favourite blogs use these models and the run between 250$=700$.

    That said, even with my fancy SLR, I still use my photo editor, but its not for red eye. ;)

  • 4. Mama Podkayne  |  May 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    oooh, and dmacc offers classes…..

  • 5. banor  |  July 12, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    For everyday hobbyist shooting, a Canon Powershot A520 works fine. But if you plan to have this camera for a long time and want it to be worth the bucks, get a good XLR camera. Somwhere around $1,200 to $1,500, depending on your budget and how far you want to go with it. Get Canon. Canon XLR have interchangeable lenses, so you get a great $500 macro lens for your current XLR model, and later upgrade to another XLR, you will still be able to use the lens. Interchangeable, compatible. GREAT.

    Also, get Photoshop if you don’t already have it. Adobe CS3, and the appropriate package depending on your focuses. Check for discounts, such as the educational discount (if you are in school, college, or an educator, etc.) If you can’t afford Photoshop, get the GIMP, a free, good solution if you can’t get PS (Photoshop) yet. (www.gimp.org.) Oh, and when you do get PS, learn it. Delve into it’s power.

    Besides that, check out http://www.DPReview.com/

    Learn, shoot, love it.

    Thanks for listening! God bless,

    Benjamin Bailey

    http://minosafilms.wordpress.com/

  • 6. banor  |  July 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Another note I neglected (but meant) to mention previously: one of the variants you will meet in different XLR cameras is the mega pixel count. A PowerShot A520 has 4.0 megapixels, whereas an XLR may range around 8, 10, and 12 megapixels. There are probably other factors that play in the pricing of different XLR models, but the megapixel plays a factor as well. Ultimately it is what you need. A giant 300dpi print that you stretch across the side of your house, or a snazzy full-size wall poster, or a magazine cover, or a 3×5″ printout? ;D It all depends. God bless!

    Benjamin Bailey

    http://minosafilms.wordpress.com/

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