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Old April 21st, 2007, 03:46 PM
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Camera Poll

I'm wondering if some of you great photographers out there would share some of your camera experience....

What Camera do you have?

What do you like/love about it?

What don't you like about it?

Maybe this can help those of us out there who are still looking for that "perfect" camera.
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Old April 21st, 2007, 04:11 PM
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I'm far from a great photographer, but I'm really excited about my new camera so I'll answer anyways .

What Camera do you have?
Canon Powershot SD 800 IS

What do you like/love about it?
I love the image stabilization, it's a definite must for me . The colour always turns out amazing, the images are clear, and I haven't had any trouble with the battery life at all and that was a major thing for me. The screen is pretty big so I could imagine it taking a toll on battery life, but since I haven't had a trouble with it with the screen on, I think it would practically be endless if I turned the screen off. As well, the start up/shut down times are very, very quick. It's handy when one of the dogs does something and I need to take the picture quickly, it seriously starts up in no time at all. It's also very easy to use, but it still has a bunch of cool features if you take the time to learn how to use them, which is a plus for people like me who have a lot of trouble figuring these things out...

What don't you like about it?
My two peeves about this camera is that there's no battery life indicator, so you don't know how much battery life is left until it's almost gone. Another thing is that it doesn't use regular AA batteries so it might be a bit of a pain if the battery happens to die and you're out and about, but at least I'm not throwing batteries out constantly.

I've only had it for about a month, but I love it .

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Old April 21st, 2007, 04:17 PM
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1.i have nikkon cool pics S4

2.i like that i can turn the lens all the way around and see whats behind me to take sneaky pics of people who don't like pics of the taken

3.it has no stablizer

It has 6.o megapixels 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom.and i paid $ 300.00
including tax.still fiquring the settings out.

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Old April 21st, 2007, 05:17 PM
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I have a Canon Powershot A510 (aka the crappycam), a Canon Rebel XT (and a Canon Elan7 35mm... but nobody cares about those anymore )

What do you like/love about it?
I like the crappycam (A510) because it wasn't too expensive, it takes movies, the rechargeable AA batteries I bought last 2-3 days (unless I take movies). It's also very compact, so it's easy to throw into a pocket just in case. I also love that it makes short movies with sound, even if the quality isn't 100%. You can also edit the movies on the camera (cut the beginning or the end), which is really good.

I love the rebel XT. It's bigger and I'm afraid to damage it in extreme conditions (so I take the crappycam). I have a Sigma lens for it (the original lens is pretty garbagey) and I love my lens too. It's FAST, it's got amazing options (including a ton of manual and not-so-manual settings), the picture quality is awesome, the flash recharges quickly, the battery lasts a long time and the charger came with it... It's just great.

What don't you like about it?
The A510 is kind of slow. You press and it takes a while to shoot. When we first got it, it was one of the fastest point and shoots on the market (that's why we got this particular model). But as I use the rebel more and more, the A510 seems to get slower and slower. Without the flash, it's quicker, but the flash takes forever to recycle. The megapixels are low (3.2), but I'm not taking crazy art pics with it either.

The rebel.. The size is a bit cumbersome... But you get used to it pretty quickly. Other than that, there are extra expenses, like buying a good lens, getting an external harddrive to store all the massive pics (so far my biggest pic was 8 megs, and I've taken over 8000 pics just with this camera (4000 others with the crappycam) in the past 10 months), getting a faster memory card to be able to use the camera at it's fullest potential... Oh and the flash sucks. It kind of points down, so you get the lens in the way all the time and get a big shadow. If you want to do anything serious, you need an external flash and the cheapest is about $400...

The A510 was about $350 (including a bigger memory card and the rechargeable batteries) and the rebel with the lens, about $1300 (when you add in all the extras (spare battery, external harddrive, faster card), it's around $1700...). So there's a big difference... But the A510 was really worth the money, IMO. It's better than quite a few of the point and shoots in its price range.

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Old April 21st, 2007, 06:36 PM
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I have an HP photosmart M527
it has a 2 inch LCD, 6.0 megapixels, 3x zoom

I like this camera because it has lots of modes to change the shots, for bright, night, snow/beach, macro, fast shot, and some other ones, I haven't really explored too much.
It's small enough to take anywhere, it takes double AA's, it has video with sound, but you can't hear it on the playback on the camera, only when you get it loaded onto the comp.
You can change the quality of the picture before you take it, so if you're taking a pic for say, pets.ca, you can lower the pixels beforehand and no mucking about trying to resize, afterwards when it's uploaded.

I really have no complaints, it's not the most amazing camera, but it's perfect for a start.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 04:35 PM
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I have a Sony Cyber-Shot H5 which I love, it's 7.2 MP, 12X Opt Zoom has anti-blur with a 3 inch LCD screen
I find it very user friendly and for a beginner like I am and that's important to me!
It also is a reasonable price for all the features you get.
IMO you can't go wrong with one of the H series cameras from Sony, they now also have the H7 and H9 which are a bit bigger and better so to speak but any of them are good sturdy cameras!

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Old April 21st, 2007, 04:15 PM
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Well,I have a Sony Cyber Shot 6,0 mega pixels,with a larger screen,I yet have to learn all the features,it has a 3x optical zoom(I need more).
Takes great pics outdoors,but I have trouble with night-time pics using the flash.I think I paid too much for it,it was $349+tax,much cheaper now..
My next camera will probably be a Canon.
You reminded me what I love about my camera,I love the rechargeable battery and the low battery-indicator.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 12:11 PM
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camera already?

i imagine by now you've already picked your camera.

I've got a pentax K10d. Great SLR! which I think it best time, I never liked point and shoots. It's got a lot of great features and easy to control. I'm also a fan of the cannon Rebels. Good bodies and also easy to control. Both pentax and cannon have ability to interchange lenses. You can even look for cheaper lense such as a Tamaron.

The only thing I don't like about the pentax is the file size. I want something more than 10mb, but you get into really expenseive equipment for 11MB and above.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:59 AM
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I have a Pentax K10D as well- and I love it!
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 01:39 PM
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Nikon D-80 with an 18-70 zoom and a 70-300 zoom. I'm going to add some expensive lenses to this, including something on the shorter end but also something for a longer look. I don't mind lugging all this stuff around the bush and up mountains. I don't like lugging it around on vacations and looking like Mr. Obvious Tourist. Lots of interesting functions on it. My wallet is big enough that I could have gone to the D200 or even above that but I tend to abuse these things with hot, cold weather, dunkings, banging off tree trunks, etc and the likliehood I'll have to replace things fairly often has to come into a decision.

I had a Panasonic DMC FZ20 but a few years of abuse finally pooched it. I'm seriously considering getting a new DMC FZ50 to complement the equipment I have. Good camera to have on a vacation. Great camera and images if you want an uncomplicated but fairly sophisticated range of lense, effectively 35 mm to 420 mm). . . . although it has some limitations, including the longer focal length.

We have a cheap Sony Cybershot, which is theoretically pretty low on the totem pole. However, I like using it and had great success with it in Italy last year. Good camera to have on a vacation to stuff in a pocket instead of carrying around piles of equipment and lenses. A couple of Italy shots won first place ribbons at the local county fair.

The challenge of using a lower tier camera to weave gold is always an intriguing one.

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Old July 3rd, 2008, 08:34 PM
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did you ever get the FZ50?
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 08:41 PM
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i have a polaroid i533, 12x zoom, i love it haven't had any problems with it, can change colours, lighting, etc, etc.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 04:56 PM
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I have a Cannon 40D, with an attachable light and two lenses (telephoto and regular). I'd love to get a macro lens too. They're alot of bucks, but if you like to take pics of every lil` hair on your pet's head, it's a great camera.

I also have a little Sony cyber-shot with a zeiss lens, and it's pretty awesome for a pocket-sized camera.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 05:05 AM
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I have a Canon 7D and many lenses, one for every occasion!

I love that it's built like a tank, shoots at 8 frames per sec (perfect for pet action), and the image quality is outstanding.

I don't love that you will soon be selling your firstborn for "that next lens." Lens lust is constant and real.

But if you are serious about photography, you cannot go wrong with this camera (it also shoots HD video!). I posted some sample shots tonight.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:22 AM
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What Camera do you have?
Canon Rebel XTi w/ 430 exII Speedlight and Sigma 20mm Wide angle lens
Samsung SL620
Sony DSC -T7

What do you like/love about it?
Canon Rebel: Its the most versatile out of all my cameras, I can get neat results with the lens and love being able to take awesome photos

Samsung SL620 I got it off airmiles.ca using my airmiles. It was cheap and records HD video. It has a setting that the camera will recognize a smile and take the picture automatically, making it easy-ish to use for casual settings like family outings or parties.

Sony DSC-T7 was my first point and shoot. It's about 5 years old now, and was built like a rock. It takes amazing macro shots, can record video for long periods of time and is teeny tiny - can fit in a wallet!

What don't you like about it?
Canon Rebel is not very reasonable for casual photo taking, has a lot of accessories and to get new accessories it is expensive.

Samsung SL620 is probably one of the worst point and shoot cameras I've used. It's slow, the menu is not organized very well and the video option, while it does take HD video, only records for 30 seconds. I absolutley do not recommend this camera.

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Old July 11th, 2010, 07:30 AM
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What Camera do you have?
Canon EOS 7D

What do you like/love about it?
I love it's speed and clarity, it's customizable buttons, the 1080 HD video capability (which when I bought the camera I did not think I would ever use.) I love the electronic level for when you have your camera set up on a tripod. I love that you can set two focus points, one for landscape and another for when you turn the camera to portrait. That allows for really quick shooting.

What don't you like about it?
It's a little heavy. That's it. I love this camera.
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