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Big Kev
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Posted -  12/06/2010  :  11:37
Anyone fancy helping to set up a new photography club in the Rainhal Centre? There are opportunities for FREE (for a limited period) use of part of the building.

This will be an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new skills and generally socialise with people who share your passion for photography.

Let me know...

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Callunna
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Posted - 15/06/2010 : 17:35
I reckon an international photography club would be fantastic! With today's technology it's easy to link up an actual Barlick meeting with someone in Oz and all learn/share via tinterweb

Talking of mobile phone shots and how they can be just as useful in their own way, here's an experimental image based on a quick snap from the boat last night, using my phone and Photoshop. I've had to reduce the size and quality for insertion on here of course, but the original is pretty sharp.

I don't claim it to be anything special, but I thought I'd have a bit of fun. It could be used as an image on a personalised birthday card, for example.

It would be great to share ideas and techniques with other people.

  

BTW, here's the original snap:

  

Edited by - Callunna on 15/06/2010 9:08:18 PM


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Posted - 15/06/2010 : 18:23
Nice one. I knew I should have brought my camera with me...


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Posted - 15/06/2010 : 20:24
Maz, get Febby a compact with image stabilisation (aka anti-vibration) then he can shake and still take sharp piccies. I've never used an SLR, digital or otherwise, and have been learning more about them in case I wanted to have a try. But I doubt I ever will get one because I just don't want the bother of changing lenses and carrying all that weight. I have a Canon Powershot 720 compact with 6x optical zoom and Manual, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and all the usual Auto and scene modes and it weighs only about 280g with batteries.


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Bradders
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Posted - 15/06/2010 : 22:23
Mr T....For me the great thing about using an SLR has always been the fact that you can press the "iris button" and actually SEE the depth of field you are going to get on the picture.....

They can be heavy, but these days there is not quite so much need for changing lenses (as  zoom lenses now give adequate quality)..... 

But each to their own....

As has been said elsewhere , good photography is NOT about equipment . The image can be perfect, blurred , shakey, even spoilt......it doesn't matter, it is the content that is important ..

In music there is a good comparison.......My heroes are the people who were playing blues music in th 1920's and onwards....I WONDER at their skill and feeling and never notice that I'm listening to reproductions of scratchy 78 RPM records , or rudimentary tape archives........Even Percy Grainger's wax cylinder recordings of British Folk music hold me spell bound.....

Just Take Pictures Folks....!

 

 


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Posted - 16/06/2010 : 10:46
What I do see as an advantage of the SLRs is that being bigger you can have more buttons on the camera rather than using the menus - but then if I want a small camera I can't have it both ways. Oh well...

I wonder when they will manage to squeeze a full-size SLR sensor into a compact body, or make a small size sensor which is as good as the SLR size sensor? Are Canon still the only ones to use a 24 x 36 mm sensor?


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Bradders
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Posted - 16/06/2010 : 11:57
I think Olympus are pushing a digital re-make of the old Pen F type compact SLR at the moment.....might be worth a look  ...

I've only seen the advertisments so far, but will check one out if I can get to a "proper" camera shop soon !


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Big Kev
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Posted - 16/06/2010 : 13:32
I use an Olympus E520. A very compact and lightweight DSLR


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Posted - 16/06/2010 : 21:48


quote:
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What I do see as an advantage of the SLRs is that being bigger you can have more buttons on the camera rather than using the menus - but then if I want a small camera I can't have it both ways. Oh well...

I wonder when they will manage to squeeze a full-size SLR sensor into a compact body, or make a small size sensor which is as good as the SLR size sensor? Are Canon still the only ones to use a 24 x 36 mm sensor?

Can I point you to the Fuji FinePics S5600 with10x zoom

I started  taking pictures with my parent's folding Kodak 127 in the later 40's. I progressed through a folding Kodak 120 to a 120  Ensign Fulvu and thence to a 35mm Finetta. I wanted to produce a perfect B&W 16" X 20" print. I went from the Finetta to a 60mm x 60mm Reflex Korelle and then to a  60 x 60 Agifold  along side a 35 mm.Practica. This latter was replaced by an Olympus OM10 and after aboout 40 years of trying I succeeded in my aim and then lost a lot of interest. Along the way I had aquired and used a variety of plate cameras up to Half Plate and although I tried them the lenses were not all that good.

Management and I had an OM10 each and these were used just for holidays and "record" photography. A neighbour got a digital camera and was quite pleased with it. I was convinced that it would be impossible to create an image digitally with as fine a "grain" structure as could  be achieved using silver halides. Neverthless we bought a secondhand SLR type Olympus with a 3x zoom. What a revelation. We upgraded to a SLR type Fuji FinePics 4900 with a 6X Zoom and again it was eye opening, and finally we got the SLR type Fuji FinePics S5600 with 10x zoom. This was quite an eye opener.The 10x zoom is staggering in that the definition at maximum gives a better image quality than I used to get with a big tele lens on my 60mm Agiflex SLR and the autofocusing works.

I can not see the need for interchangeable lenses with these cameras for normal usage. They have wide angle and long  range potential far in excess of what the average user would want.

500g  in weight.


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Posted - 17/06/2010 : 18:50
I'm going into the Rainhall Centre, for a chat, in the morning. I'll let you know what the deal is over the weekend...


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Posted - 18/06/2010 : 10:07
Kev's Olympus E520 and Catgate's Fuji FinePixs S5600 both seem to get good reviews. And the Fuji FinePix S9500 was unusual in getting 10 out of 10 on all categories on that reviews site - but it was in 2005. Now there is a FinePix HS10 with 30x zoom!


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Posted - 18/06/2010 : 15:13
I had the Fuji S7000 prior to the E520. Cracking camera. My brother-in-law is still using it.

The Rainhall Centre are very keen for a Photographic Club. Posters, flyers and local ads will be looking for interest with a view to starting up late summer. Watch this space.


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catgate
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Posted - 18/06/2010 : 16:20


quote:
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. Now there is a FinePix HS10 with 30x zoom!

I suppose that is "just the ticket " if you are into studying gnat's genitalia!  Smile


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Posted - 19/06/2010 : 10:36
"I suppose that is "just the ticket " if you are into studying gnat's genitalia!"

I think they must also provide a free prescription for large quantities of propanolol to give the user rock steady aim!


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