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CyberGoddess
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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2003 08:51      Profile for CyberGoddess   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
One word: yummy.

I just picked up this digital camera yesterday. Now, consider the fact I went from an ancient 1 megapixel Kodak DC-215 Zoom to this 5 megapixel beast. That's a huge improvement [Smile]

This camera is perfect. It allows me to either let the camera handle everything or I can adjust everything manually. It allows me to play with white balance, saturation, noise reduction... all on the camera itself. Add to this that I have the option to manually focus, set ISO, capture QuickTime movies with sound.

I'm in love.

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(the new camera's box.. taken with the new camera, but a picture of a box just doesn't show off this camera [Smile] )

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Icon 14 posted May 11, 2003 09:05      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
sweet!

We had the one of the first CoolPix models, which is still a great camera, although it is a battery HOG and has a really annoying shut-off-after-30-seconds-no-matter-what-you-do "feature".
but I digress....

your new baby looks great... congrats on the new hardware!

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GMx

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Icon 14 posted May 11, 2003 09:07      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've got the 3500, which is more of a consumer model, but it does the same things except you can't make movies with sound.
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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2003 09:24            Edit/Delete Post 
I think the one and only ever digital camera I've used was a CoolPix - 960 or something. It was the one the office borrowed for some work on a website, and was what I took home and did a bunch of photos for myself with.

Mixed feelings - it some ways it was a total pain (long story), but it was also a very convenient device, and that convenience actually made taking pictures fun for once - if I owned one I'd probably go mad and photograph everything :-P (and then spend the next few days in Photoshop correcting all the colours ;)

Have fun with the new toy :) (not that anyone needs to tell you ;)

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csk

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2003 19:05      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Congratulations on the new camera! Digital cameras are fun (just got the Canon A70 a few days ago, so I'm still in "new toy" mode too). I've always been reluctant to take photos that may not turn out with our non digital SLR (since film + development costs add up), but with digital, I can go wild.

Next step is mastering the dark art of photo editing...

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csk

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2003 19:09      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by CyberGoddess:
One word: yummy.
(the new camera's box.. taken with the new camera, but a picture of a box just doesn't show off this camera [Smile] )

You could stand in front of a mirror, and take a photo of the camera that way!

You can tell I thought about posting a similar thread to this about my new camera [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2003 19:46            Edit/Delete Post 
I've been very pleased with my Canon PowerShot G1, I love having the full manual option as the Nikon has.

Take a look at this project that starts tomorrow

http://www.america24-7.com/index.shtml

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csk

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2003 22:34      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
When I said "go wild", I meant trying more things and taking photos of subjects I mightn't have tried before. I chose the A70 partially because it can do a surprising amount of manual adjustments (white balance, iso, manual mode, etc). Once I can see what the effects of fiddling with these things is on the resultant image, then I'll be more inclined to use them. Whereas, when I shot with my non digital Canon SLR, I tended to use the preset modes most of the time, because I wasn't sure how it would turn out if I fiddled around. I'll probably be more adventurous with the SLR too, once I get used to what can be done using manual settings.

Thanks for the photo editing hints. Unfortunately, I'm not a Photoshop user, so I'll see if the more advanced of those features are available in the GIMP.

In any case, I realise that there's a lot more to photos than just pressing a button. I fully expect learning to take good photos to take a long time, but I figure the instant feedback of digital will help to speed the process up a bit!

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csk

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2003 22:39      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Say, that reminds me.

I took a nice portrait of my wife, which I subsequently ruined by accidentally moving the camera as I was taking it (camera shake). Is it irretrievable, or can this be digitally resurrected?

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Icon 1 posted May 11, 2003 22:42            Edit/Delete Post 
Post it somewhere so I can see how blurry it is, there might be something that can be done depending how much detail is there.

quote:
Originally posted by csk:
Say, that reminds me.

I took a nice portrait of my wife, which I subsequently ruined by accidentally moving the camera as I was taking it (camera shake). Is it irretrievable, or can this be digitally resurrected?


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Icon 5 posted May 12, 2003 03:38      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
On my recent holiday for the first time we had both a (borrowed) digital camera and a laptop. As a result I had my first real play with this stuff, and now really want to get my own. As I am a complete novice, the Canon A70 is my current choice, as it seems to have enough twiddly bits for me to learn a trick or two about this game.

Anyone have any other suggestions in this price range?

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csk

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Icon 1 posted May 12, 2003 07:58      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
OK, now to subject myself to potential embarassment. The photo in question is here

I realise that the over bright background thing needs fixing badly too, but the facial expression is good, and hence wanting to try and salvage the photo. As for direction, I'm guessing pretty much vertical, but that's just a guess...

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You can take a look at my attempt at sharpening it up a tad here . I was able to help it a little but not completly.
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Shuravi
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Icon 1 posted May 12, 2003 09:59      Profile for Shuravi     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
CoolPix 5700 is one nice digicam; I always wanted to get one, but unfortunately it was way out of my price range back when I was shopping for a camera, so I ended up getting an Olympus C720 instead. The image quality isn't spectacular, but I guess I can't expect too much from a $300 digicam.

PS: Does anybody know if there's a way to somehow hack the C720 firmware to enable the manual focus feature? They had it on the C700, but for some reason disabled it on the C720.

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CyberGoddess
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Icon 1 posted May 12, 2003 11:48      Profile for CyberGoddess   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I also have a Ricoh KR-5 Super II manual SLR that I use, but I'm lazy (and often broke) and I have a crapload of film that needs to be developed. Plus, I love instant gratification, which a digital camera provides me and a conventional camera just doesn't have that.

Still, I love my SLR for when I want to take photos that I want hard copies of and for certain artistic things that just aren't as easy to pull off digitally.

I do have a gallery at http://gallery.kageneko.net that has some conventional and some digital photos (taken with the old 1 megapixel Kodak DC-215 Zoom).

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Tut-an-Geek

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Icon 1 posted May 12, 2003 12:51      Profile for Tut-an-Geek   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Shuravi:
CoolPix 5700 is one nice digicam; I always wanted to get one, but unfortunately it was way out of my price range back when I was shopping for a camera, so I ended up getting an Olympus C720 instead. The image quality isn't spectacular, but I guess I can't expect too much from a $300 digicam.

PS: Does anybody know if there's a way to somehow hack the C720 firmware to enable the manual focus feature? They had it on the C700, but for some reason disabled it on the C720.

I have the C700 UZ [Smile]
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Icon 6 posted May 12, 2003 16:33      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Congrats!

I got my wife the CP 2500 (which rocks). I covet the D1X myself. I have several thousand tied up in Nikkormat lenses (really nice all glass specialty stuff) that I want to continue to use.

Have Fun!!

-WS

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