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I see all these great pictures posted on this board. Eddie has come a long way!! Looking at either Cannon or Nikon in DSLR. Any suggestions without breaking the bank as I would like to go on a fishing trip next year!! Would like to have it for our family reunion in July and to take pictures of my 4 legged kids!! Please help as I'm clueless.
 

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How big's the bank? Olympus has a new digital withan 18x optical zoom for around $400 - I bought last years model [Sp-550Uz] for $220 at Fry's. It's really just a matter of finding one you like in the price you want to pay. Go to a store with a large selection and see how they fit your hand, then look on the internet for reviews! As with most things electronic: you get what you pay for.
 

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I have a Nikon D300. Awesome camera. It's a nice way to go (diggy SLR) as your lens investments can stay with you even when you upgrade your camera. I also have a D100 that hopefully will be sold on Craigs list soon. $350.

But I bought my wife the Nikon P4, a small point and shoot. Wow that thing takes nice pics. Plus you can get a underwater housing for it and take it scuba or snorkeling.

So depending on your budget and if you want a larger or smaller camera there are some nice ones out there. Pick a good brand like Nikon or Cannon and you should do be happy. You can even take a compact flash card to many camera stores and take a few photos, bring them home and compare. Same with Lenses.
 

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Figure out what you will use it for....simplicity, just point and shoot?
If that is it, then you can have some outstanding choices in the $300 market, with a 4 or 5 optical zoom, and 10 pixels.
If you want to shoot wide-life, etc, you'll need a full-blown dSLR to accommodate your glass. Nixon (mount) offer more choices in single lens do more, instead of having to buy a bunch of glass.
Remember with any zoom, be it point and shoot (fixed lens) or a 50mm/500mm lens, it has it sweet spot, all other ranges degrade in quality. Remember too....a lot of enhancing and improving can be done post shooting ( photo shop, etc....)

I'd say the most important thing would to be to figure out what you'll mostly use it for. Have fun....I love it :)

 

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I have been tracking high quality point and shoot cameras for awhile. This is the one that is on top of my list now. http://www.dpreview.com/news/0708/07082005canong9.asp A few months back I got a Nikon Coolpix P5100 camera at work. It is physically smaller and lacks a couple of features of the Canon G9 like RAW. For a compact pocket camera it is hard to beat though. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikonp5100/ There is a countless number of digital cameras out there. These 2 would be a good place to start looking. Depending on what you want and how much you want to spend.

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eddie haskell said:
Figure out what you will use it for....simplicity, just point and shoot?
If that is it, then you can have some outstanding choices in the $300 market, with a 4 or 5 optical zoom, and 10 pixels.
If you want to shoot wide-life, etc, you'll need a full-blown dSLR to accommodate your glass. Nixon (mount) offer more choices in single lens do more, instead of having to buy a bunch of glass.
Remember with any zoom, be it point and shoot (fixed lens) or a 50mm/500mm lens, it has it sweet spot, all other ranges degrade in quality. Remember too....a lot of enhancing and improving can be done post shooting ( photo shop, etc....)

I'd say the most important thing would to be to figure out what you'll mostly use it for. Have fun....I love it :)


Eddie, if you keep posting pics like that, I'm gonna swear I'm having flashbacks!
 

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I believe he's looking for an digital SLR. Slide lens reflex ?

I got off track myself when I introduced my wifes P4.

It comes down to which brand you like. Some people go Cannon other Nikon. I'm not sure there is any other competition in the SLR market even though Pentax has one also .
 

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SLR, single lens reflex. Decent slr, close to 4 figures. Really good ones cost about what a car costs. Good lens (these stay with you on body upgrades), more than the body (each). Then there's flash, extra batteries, memory plus extras, cleaning stuff, bags, pouches, filters, tri/mono pods, blah, blah, blah. The newer model point and shoots are really getting good. Unless you need a camera that auto focuses while tracking a moving object, or needs 5/6 fps, ect,....think p&s. Look up what pixel count means. Unless you need huge photos, you don't need to get into huge pixel counts. You would be suprised what an inexpensive p&s can do these days. Processing software can do wonders to a photo. Eddie Haskell, lay off the saturation button. Another nice photo, by the way. I like my Canons too! Photo Ho, is that photo taken with an ultra wide lens, close up? Guy with the shades has a swollen right hand. If you're going to make a fish look larger than life, please have the people not stick a thumbs up sign way out. Blows it! REK.

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Processing software can do wonders to a photo.
Eddie Haskell, lay off the saturation button.
Another nice photo, by the way.


Well golly gee.....that wuz pose to be an "example" of post titillations....of a photo 8*

Now you made me go take this frame....all manual, even focusing :)
which I enjoy having the capacity to shoot in full manual mode with my training wheeled camera Fuji S700 :p

 

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I'm not sure why anyone - other than a professional - needs a SLR with interchangeable lens? I own a 35mm Nikon with two Nikon zoom lens and it has not left the house since I bought my first digital! The most important thing for any picture is having the camera with you . . . carrying a bag around with film and lens just doesn't cut it while fishing . . . and while some of the digital SLR's with interchangeable lens are nice. . you're carring a camera bag around again! Most of the new digitals with over 6 megapixels and 10x and above optical zooms, image stabalization, and either shutter speed or appature exposure control can be had for less than $300. The attached photos may not be great - the memories are - but they would not have been possible if I had to lug around equipment instead of having a SMALL camera in my pocket!
 

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"I like my Canons too!
Photo Ho, is that photo taken with an ultra wide lens, close up?
Guy with the shades has a swollen right hand.
If you're going to make a fish look larger than life, please have the people not stick a thumbs up sign way out. Blows it!"


That is Alveno and his hands are huge !! He's known in his village as " Paws " :)

All kidding aside, that is my real head and those are my real arms over my real head.
I am 5'10.5" Notice that there is no distortion in the horizon. This was shot on my old
Canon 20D. I'm pretty sure I was using my 28-75 at about 28mm which on the aps-c sensor is equal to about
40mm.
That fish went a little over 300 about 4 hours later on a non certified scale at a meat market
after a ride in the back of a pick up for 20 miles.
 

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I am a Nikon fan...but Canon and Sony make very good D-SLRs. I say buy a couple of copies of Popular Photography and read about the equipment....

for pocket size look at the Canon G-9 or Nikon p-5100

for small pocket look at smaller editions.

A very reasonable Nikon starter is the D40x kit or the new D60 kits.

I have a D-80 with the 18-200 vibration reduction lens...and the set works great!!!!

I understand the D-300 is awesome!!!, but over a 1,000 for the body.

Think about your targets and select the lens for what you want to photograph.

And get -- at least -- Photoshop Elements...for your home computer.

Enjoy....
 
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