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floggingmolly
« on: March 22, 2007 11:25:50 AM »

Hey guys!

I have a question about which type/brand of digital camera I should get. I already have a Nixon cool pix which I love for taking pictures in daytime or well lit areas, my problem is I take a lot of pictures at night and pictures at shows which most of the time are in an ill lit bars so every time I take a picture, whether I am near or far I either get bad noise, glares or sports and the pictures are just real bad. I want to get a good digital camera and I am hoping to keep it under $1500.00 I dont know much about cameras so any input would help =)

Here are a few examples:
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007 12:31:35 PM »

I'm currently using a Nikon Coolpix for my digitals too, it's a cute little camera that's great for on-the-go, but sometimes the quality can come out a little shoddy! Since this is what you have for now, I reccomend using a tripod whenever possible in lowlight situations. If this isn't possible, try holding the camera flat against another surface. STILL out of luck? Try holding your right elbow with your left hand to steady your picture-taking arm while you snap the picture! Sounds silly, but it helps get the quality a little better. The stupid little coolpix demands that you keep it positively still in all lowlight situations. I also recommend using the "night" setting if you get in areas where the regular (obnoxiously bright) flash just isnt doing the trick. Keep in mind though that low light photography will get tricky no matter WHAT kind of camera you're using, so you may have to make your environment more suitable (use a tripod, etc)


For Digital SLR's, I've heard Canon can be preferred. I'm a Nikon girl myself, but a family friend is selling us his old Canon as soon as he gets his new camera (way out of the $1500 price range!), and after playing around with his I absolutely love it and can't wait to have it for my own. That's about all the advice I can provide...you may want to swing towards Canon!

Keep in mind that those cute pocket-sized cameras are great for on-the-go, but not always so great for professional-type photography. As nice as it is to snap a pic anywhere, I'd rather have a bulky camera and better quality! =]


Hope some of that helped, at the very least, how to deal with your coolpix til you can get something better! I've been holding on to mine for awhile and find that it takes pretty good digital pics, they just need some photoshop help from time to time =]
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007 02:04:16 PM »

I would second the Canon.  Both me (casual photographer) and my dad (semi-professional photographer) absolutely love them.  I don't remember which one my dad has, but I've heard soooo many good things about this one:  Digital Rebel XTi

A Digital SLR is probably going to be the way to go, and there are plenty under $1000.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2007 02:45:44 PM »

I have a wicked Canon SLR & for non-flash, I have to agree with Amalas, you will probably need to go with an SLR. You need to be able to control all the various parameters.
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2007 07:18:48 PM »

I have a wicked Canon SLR & for non-flash, I have to agree with Amalas, you will probably need to go with an SLR. You need to be able to control all the various parameters.
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2007 07:49:45 AM »

mini - What model of canon SLR do you have?

I have been reading a few reviews on the Canon Digital Rebel XTi and a lot of review say under cons: Second status LCD has been eliminated; slow kit lens ... I am not even sure what that means Embarrassed
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2007 08:12:10 AM »

mini - What model of canon SLR do you have?

I have been reading a few reviews on the Canon Digital Rebel XTi and a lot of review say under cons: Second status LCD has been eliminated; slow kit lens ... I am not even sure what that means Embarrassed


Hi, I splurged & bought the 20D. I love it and don't think I'll have to change it for many years... (well, I hope not anyway! Wink )
One reason that is important to go for an SLR is also the quickness of the shutter. I always hear the Rebel was a good option, so I don't know what all that stuff means either!

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2007 08:13:08 AM »

I have a wicked Canon SLR & for non-flash, I have to agree with Amalas, you will probably need to go with an SLR. You need to be able to control all the various parameters.
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Ireland?

Nope. But is also called "the green island". It's about 200 kilometers from   where floggingmolly's picture were taken.
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2007 11:54:02 AM »

I have been reading a few reviews on the Canon Digital Rebel XTi and a lot of review say under cons: Second status LCD has been eliminated; slow kit lens ... I am not even sure what that means Embarrassed


I'm thinking the slow kit lens might mean that the lens it comes with is...er...slow? rofl. That wouldn't make much sense, but at least if you dont like the lens you can always replace it? :O I have no idea what those things are either otherwise.
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2007 02:41:21 PM »

i have a nikon coolpix 885 as my very first digital that i got a few years ago.

you really can't go wrong with nikon/canons.

this past christmas i got a canon digital rebel xt.  the bodies are very affordable. what i would suggest (since you have a 1500.00 budget - nice!) you can get the -just- the body and then try getting 2-3 really good lenses.  the lens in the kit is just sorta crappy.  you'd be pretty good to go.
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