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Old 28-01-2005, 08:42   #1 (permalink)
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DSLR or Compact

which do you mainly use ?

(as most DSLR owners have a compact as well )

i have a Nikon D70, just upgraded from a Fuji S7000 ( which is now sold ) and a Fuji 4800Z , also got a 3meg Olly somewhere ( the lad has it :roll: )

my guess would be most of you have a DSLR , but please........do tell

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Old 28-01-2005, 08:53   #2 (permalink)
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Erm... Film! [smilie=l: [smilie=l: [smilie=l:

Thinking of flogging my Nikon F65 and teaming my F80 up with a D70 though...
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Old 28-01-2005, 09:03   #3 (permalink)
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cool, forgot to include them , lol

i also own a Nikon F601 , Nikon F50 and a Nikon F60 , all married up with a Nikon Speedlight SB25 ( and 6 lenses shared between the lot )

i take it you either scan the images or get a ' cd ' when the film is processed ?

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I scan the negs or slides in with a Minolta Scan Dual III. And it's always SO much fun removing all the little dust marks from an image that is 4000 x 2700 pixels!
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I scan the negs or slides in with a Minolta Scan Dual III. And it's always SO much fun removing all the little dust marks from an image that is 4000 x 2700 pixels!
i bet, lol
get urself an Ostrich feather ( female one ), they will remove and hold the smallest amount of fine dust and leave ur negs and slides as clean as clean can be

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Old 28-01-2005, 10:49   #6 (permalink)
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It's a good question - the DSLR or Compact?, I mean. I use a Canon 10D plus a variety of lenses when I can - which means when it is practicable to lug it all around. I also have an ageing but trusty Canon G2 which, although not as compact as some, will fit into a largish pocket.

I've been thinking about all this recently, and have decided to upgrade the G2 to either a G6 or an Olympus C7070 when it comes out next month. "The best camera is the one you have with you," is the old adage, and I suspect that I'll be using the G6/C7070 for snapshots, holiday pics and general photography, and the 10D for 'photographic outings' and the few commercial assignments that I get from time to time.

A DSLR will be much better for action shots etc (although the G6 and C7070 have decent optical viewfinders, and the C7070 is supposed to have predictive AF and a moderate burst rate), but now that there are 7MP compacts with relatively low noise (up to ISO 100, anyway), I will be interested to see what 'real world' difference there is in the quality of the pics between these and a DSLR.

The 10D will certainly not be foresaken because it is capable of doing things that no compact can, but IMO there is defnitely a parallel role for something good and small.
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I'm actually in the market for a new compact as my 1.3mp Fuji has a sticky lens slide might be something to do with the sand thats stuck inside :roll: I also have a £40 jessops funcam thingymabob that I keep in the car for emergencies and any amusing pictures.


The wife wants to get into photogrpahy tho so might end up with getting her a Fuji S7000 to play about with whilst I'm out with the 300D
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if ur gona get an S7000 then now is the time, they are selling for £349 on the highstreet, down from £549 a year ago, but this is because it will soon be replaced by another model, prolly by April,
the other thing about the S7000 is that it eats batteries alive, and one good session ( around 60 shots/50% flash ) will kill em outright
you can find a good review on em here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilms7000/

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I used to have an S5000 and really regret getting rid of it when I upgraded to the 300D Theres so many situations where it would have been handy.
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My weapon of choice for discrete and handy snapping is the Canon Ixus 430, it's the size of a deck of cards.

It's fantastic for keeping in your pocket and taking to the places where the 20D just wouldn't be right.
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I started off with a small compact camera and progressed slowly up to a DSLR. It took me quite a while to justify it and while I appreciate that there quality of compact cameras has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years I still get a great buzz from shooting with a chunky, sexy and substantial camera. This is half the enjoyment for me and more than makes up for the inconvenience of having to carry all my equipment around with me.
Sure there are times when I have missed shots through not having my camera with me but chances are that even if I had had a small compact, I would look at the results and compare them to what I may have achieved with the DSLR. For me it’s the striving to achieve the absolute best I can that keeps me driven and interested, getting a second class picture from a compact (compared to what my other equipment can produce) would not give me the enjoyment I get from my photography.
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Now I have a DSLR i realise that it cant go everywhere. You can't really take it on a night out or anything like that.

I think there is definately scope for getting a digital compact, something like a Canon IXUS. A go anywhere camera. That way you have a camera for every occasion. For me photography is not always about going all out to get the best shot all the time. It is also about catching a moment, recording events yet being able to enjoy whats going on and not having to worry about the right exposure ect. Or more importantly worrying about looking after £1k worth of camera gear.
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Old 29-01-2005, 00:39   #13 (permalink)
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@ Fungus: I agree that a decent 'put it in your pocket' camera has a lot going for it. Until recently I had a Fuji MX1700 which was out of date and only 1.5MP, but nevertheless incredibly useful. Be wary though about the 5MP Ixus - they are noisy. It depends on how compact you want it to be, but as an alternative to the Ixus, look at the Fuji F610, the Pentax Optio, or maybe the replacement for the Canon A75 (sorry, can't remember the number) which is due out shortly. The Canon A-series are a bit fatter than some of the ultra compacts, but the new one is smaller, and if it is as good as the A75 my wife uses (mainly!) I can recommend it.
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I think that if you're going down the compact route it needs to be something really small if you've got something like a 20D.

If i whip the grip off my 10D and put the 50mm lens or a short zoom on it it's not really much bigger and no more awkward than one of the larger compacts.

An Ixus would be ideal in terms of size, or that new olympus model.
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300d and a casio qvr40 and a fuji s5000 till i sell it

much prefer the 300d though
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I bought the Rebel because after years of using compacts I was starving for a 'proper' camera. I traded in most of my old film gear for a 1.2mpx Nikon 902 (which cost more than the Rebel!) Loved the idea of digital straight away but was disappointed with the lack of quality, so after a few months the 902 would sit more and more at home unused. Then it went faulty (grrr) and I upgraded to a Minolta S304, obviously better quality pictures meant I used it more but it still wasn't enough, didn't feed the hunger.

When I found the OcUK photography forum and saw the results that some were getting from the 300D and found that it was possible to buy one without bankrupting myself I jumped at the chance. I don't regret it for one moment, it rekindled my love of photography. I've taken more photos in the last 6 months than in the 6 years previously and I never get tired of looking for something new to try. The Minolta went to a good home in a friends house and I don't miss it (though I liked it) because I know I would never be satisfied with it again.
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well, as i started this i think i should comment again , lol

i also found the initial jump to digital ' disapointing '( or limiting might be a better word) to a certain degree, ie: quality, or lack of it , i started with a 1.5 meg Fuji, in its self a fantastic little camera, but like all the early ones it was limited with its power, and very few if any had optical zoom either,
then when getting around the 3meg mark i started to get satisfied with the quality and naturaly progressed to my Nikon D70, which is almost a step down fom the virtual 12meg of the s7000 i had, but 100x the camera.
this is now the camera of choice, but i still have the Fuji 4800Z for ' portability' and ease of concealment

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