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Callunna
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Posted -  08/09/2011  :  18:15
... more like dreaming if I'm being truthful but say I had £800 - £1000 to spend on a new camera, what would I buy?

I've narrowed it down to the Canon EOS 600D or Sony A55 but there may be other models out there which are better.

I would want just one zoom lens to cover a wide range, because I can't be doing with faffing about changing lenses and probably dropping them, although I'm aware such a lens will adversely affect the picture quality to a small degree. But I'm not going to be turning professional photographer so it doesn't matter too much.

I would also need to include a good bag/case, plenty of memory and battery power in that price, perhaps even with a tripod thrown in. 

And would I dare buy it on tinterweb or should I play safe by going to a local shop? 


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Callunna
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Posted - 23/10/2011 : 18:25
On a whim I entered a couple of photos into the Pendle Open Art Exhibition and both came 2nd: "The Walker" in the Photography category, Judges' choice and "Bancroft Mill Ghost" in the Photography, Edited category, Popular choice (just missed out by one vote, I believe).

What I'm trying to say by reporting this is just that it shows you don't necessarily have to have an all-singing all-dancing camera to achieve success.

This, however, hasn't stopped me whingeing that I would surely have won 1st Prize if only I'd had a better camera Wink 

Sadly, this cut no ice with the Home Accounts Executive Officer, and I must be content with what I have.

The Walker art entry 

The Walker (ie H's mum, heading from Stock towards Barlick) 

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Bradders
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Posted - 23/10/2011 : 22:00
Lee Friedlander called it "the Craft".......

The more you do it the better you get .......

(It's definitely not the kit...John Blakemore made a series of images with  "Brownie " type cameras he bought from my "Bargain Box"......the prints still sell for £hundreds....)


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marilyn
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Posted - 24/10/2011 : 04:37
It is a lovely photo. Looks like she has worn a bit of a path across there!

Now, if that was MY Mother, I would have to rename it "Dear Lord, Here she comes again!"

Edited by - marilyn on 30/10/2011 01:04:36 AM


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Stanley
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Posted - 24/10/2011 : 06:36
I decided to follow Gus and set the D200 to RAW and I'm delighted with the results. About 30mb per exposure so it's a good job we have Terrabyte hard disks! Time I did some serious Barlick Street pics, it's a while since I did my record shots.....


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Posted - 27/10/2011 : 22:25


quote:
Stanley wrote:
I decided to follow Gus and set the D200 to RAW and I'm delighted with the results. About 30mb per exposure so it's a good job we have Terrabyte hard disks! Time I did some serious Barlick Street pics, it's a while since I did my record shots.....

Make sure you have the relevant RAW converter or the images will be "pants"...


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Stanley
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Posted - 28/10/2011 : 06:17
I think I have Kev. I found the Gimp recommended converter and dowloaded it. The .xcf image comes up in a separate editing window and reverts to the normal Gimp window when you have made your adjustments. I don't understand histograms, is there a simple explanation?


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Posted - 28/10/2011 : 09:09
"Gimp recommended converter"

What's the name of the package Stanley? I searched for one and installed UFRaw but when I tried it on some RAW pics they didn't seem any better than the correpsonding JPGs. I know little about handling RAW images so it's probably just that I'm doing the wrong things. As you know, I'm a bit distracted by other issues at the moment but once they are sorted I'll probably get back to some photography with the new camera.


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Posted - 28/10/2011 : 09:35


quote:
Stanley wrote:
I think I have Kev. I found the Gimp recommended converter and dowloaded it. The .xcf image comes up in a separate editing window and reverts to the normal Gimp window when you have made your adjustments. I don't understand histograms, is there a simple explanation?

Have a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm_IPhOSMLM it should give you an idea of how to read a histogram. 


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marilyn
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Posted - 28/10/2011 : 10:10
I have been enjoying taking some 3D photos with my Sony (NEX-5) and susequently playing them back on our TV (with 3D glasses). It is 'another world'.
(am always grateful to enjoy today's technology. thank heavens I wasn't born 100 years ago. Love my gadgets!)


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Stanley
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Posted - 29/10/2011 : 06:20
I'm impressed Maz!


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marilyn
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Posted - 31/10/2011 : 06:09
It is really good fun, Stanley. It is the technology that is impressive, not me. (the 3D glasses leave me feeling slightly queasy actually...don't notice it while wearing them but feel a bit sick when I take them off...but I shall persist for the pleasure they bring!)

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Posted - 01/11/2011 : 08:31


quote:
Big Kev wrote:


quote:
Stanley wrote:
I think I have Kev. I found the Gimp recommended converter and dowloaded it. The .xcf image comes up in a separate editing window and reverts to the normal Gimp window when you have made your adjustments. I don't understand histograms, is there a simple explanation?

Have a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm_IPhOSMLM it should give you an idea of how to read a histogram. 
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Stanley
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Posted - 02/11/2011 : 07:12
Missed it Kev. I'll have a look at the4 link when I have a minute.....


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Stanley
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Posted - 02/11/2011 : 07:20
Couldn't resist it! Had a look, clear and informative. Thanks Kev, I shall have a play.......


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Callunna
Revolving Grey Blob


3044 Posts
Posted - 05/11/2011 : 16:58
I sold my soul on eBay and have raised some funds.

I might be able to afford a Canon 600D if I manage to get a good deal from somewhere.

Should I go for it - or should I still consider other models? There's a secondhand Nikon D90 on eBay, for example - about £350 last time I looked.

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