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Today, just arrived, a gps for my Nikon D5100. I have about 500 pictures from Scotland last year and no idea where I took half of them.

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My son has found on old 35 mm film camera and is now having trouble finding film. It's been so long, I told him to shop on line for film.


Next he going to ask me about processing. But then all he'll get is snapshots. Then he will come running back to digital.


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Pattiswimmer, we were talking about the Nikon D50, which was introduced in 2005-6. Your Canon 50D was introduced in 2008 and is still on the market, so I'm not surprised that it works for you. Those model numbers can be confusing! Would be so much easier if all Nikon cameras began with "N" and all Canons began with "C", but that would be too logical.... :-)

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I have a canon 50d a few years old now but still clicking... does good in low light late day situations... fast speed for shooting birds... frames per second or sports... shoots raw... that is why I like it and comes with nice raw software including noise suppressors before you turn it to a jpg...self cleaning sensor but I need to clean now after a few years...I like it

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Thanks for your timely response! Sorry mine is so late.....
I really like the pictures my cousin's camera takes and she said it was a D50..... but maybe she didn't press enough 0's. She also has a 70-330 lens. I really like Cannon's and was wonderng what the equivalency was.

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The Nikon D50 is a very old camera (6.1 megapixels, released in 2005). I doubt any Canon currently sold would be equivalent to the Nikon D50.

Is it possible that you meant the D5000, a recent entry-level DSLR? According to Gordon Laing of CameraLabs, the Nikon D5000 is comparable to the Canon EOS 500D (T1i).

www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D50
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Does any one know what Cannon is comparable to the Nikon D50 SLR?

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If you like photographing people through glass, a circular polarizer will help. B&W filters will be fine. Generally, with filters you get what you pay for.

One possible side effect is a colour cast, so read the reviews before you buy. Also, keep in mind that a polarizer darkens everything slightly (especially if you overdo it, which a lot of beginners do), so you'll need a longer exposure, which could be a problem if you're shooting hand-held. OTOH, 50mm/1.4 is a fast lens, so maybe that won't be a problem for you.

A hood will cut down on some reflections and flare, but it won't do the same thing as a polarizer. I don't think there is any substitute for a good polarizer. A polarizer is also nice for landscapes, but you have to be shooting at an angle of 90 degrees in relation to the sun. If you're shooting through glass, remember to turn the polarizer just enough to cut down on the reflections from the glass's surface.

Trouble with polarizers is that eventually you start wanting one for every lens, which gets expensive. :-)

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Hello all! I have a question about circular polarizers. I was on a walk-about with my photography group and using a 50mm/1.4 and another photog turned to me and mentioned that I could benefit from a circular polarizer because I like shooting store windows or people through glass/reflective surfaces.
Would the B&W 58mm circular polarizer work?
Someone else jumped in and suggested adding a felt lined hood -
Should I consider getting both?

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Don't feel bad, Joy. If you expect the lens to work, you might not figure out how to search for incompatibilities. I like googling things for the challenge. ;-)

I haven't participated much in the weekly Shutterbugs photo challenge for a while because the holiday/winter/etc themes don't fit in so well with our climate and calendar in Israel but I'm still taking photos.

Our family went to Italy for 10 days in June and I'm *still* working through the vacation photos! LOL! It's easy to go berserk with a camera in such a beautiful country. Here's the photoset:

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Thanks Spindexr. I didn't get a book or anything with the camera, so I was blown away when it didn't work....Am buying a proper lens today... But still glad to have that information. I was too dumb to think to look online!! LOL

I miss seeing your beautiful and interesting pictures. Aren't you posting any more, or am I just not looking in the right places....


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Apparently not all K1000 lenses are compatible with the K DSLR:

www.mosphotos.com/PentaxLensCompatib
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Scroll all the way down so that you can see what the symbols mean. There are some body/lens combos that result in the shutter not firing, although the lens seems to fit the body.

Good luck!

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I had a Pentax K1000 camera, and have a bunch of lenses. Just bought a Pentax K DSLR body, and when I put one of my lenses on it, the shutter won't click. Any ideas?? Have to get the book out, and do some more reading and experimenting... Any offers of ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.


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**Update: I ran out to the stores last night and only the Canon and the Nikon were ever available to handle in the stores. Ultimately, I settled on the Nikon. It just felt better and I liked the tilting LCD screen which was much crisper--the Canon's only swiveled out to the side. Plus, that amazing zoom was incredible. Just messing with it in the store I was able to get some truly up close shots with no blurring from wobble. This is a camera that should last me as long as my trusty old Kodak, and help me expand my photographic horizons. Woohoo!

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Perfect thread! I've been using an old Kodak point and shoot (4MP--I know, huh). Anyhow, I decided it was time to upgrade. A part of me would love a DSLR, but quite frankly, that would be like giving a Porshe 911 to a 15 year old getting his learner's permit. I have so much to learn and I don't even know what qualities I'd want in a DSLR--plus all of the additional lenses are PRICEY--yowza.

I'm looking for a jack-of-all-trades P&S. Sort of a hybrid. One that has basic auto features, but also manual for when I want to start expanding my skills. lol I love the different modes that many of them have for shooting outdoors in bright light (my most common situation), low light, etc. Anyhow, I did my research and bought the Canon Powershot SX150 IS. I was so excited when it finally arrived. Alas, I'm terribly disappointed.

The long and short is that I'm returning it. I'm desperate to get a new camera shortly because I'm taking my parents out of town for their 50th anniversary at the beginning of next month and I'd like to be able to take memorable and good photos. At this point, the old Kodak would be better than the Canon. Even though I want it for their anniversary, I primarily shoot outdoors on hikes, etc.

Since I wrote this about 30 minutes ago, I've been going crazy (and deleted half this message as I've totally changed my mind--again--lol) cruising Amazon and CNET for reviews of other cameras. (insert pic of me pulling my hair out) So, as often happens with me, I get overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of information out there. Then, since I figured I just upped my budget into the $380 range, I came across the Nikon Coolpix P510 (about $429 on Amazon). I'm kind of drooling over it to be honest. I know Nikon and Canon are two of the most respected names in photography, but I've never owned a Nikon. Granted, this won't fit in my purse, but those types of shots aren't my norm--I'm usually outside (as I mentioned). Stop the insanity! Gaaaa! LOL I'm also looking at the Canon SX40 HS. Nikon has 42X optical zoom as opposed to the 35X on the Canon. And let's not forget the Fuji FinePix HS30 with 30X zoom.

Opinions on any of these would be welcome (though I'm slightly more inclined towards the Canon or Nikon).

Thank you!

P.S. Video quality really means nothing to me as I rarely shoot video.


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I agree with F8CONE8 that having a good idea of what you want to shoot is a very good starting point. Most people start out thinking that they want to shoot "everything" but they usually mean vacation shots, family snapshots, flowers, things that fall into the range of the cheapest kit lens. They usually aren't thinking of dragon fly eyes, wild rhinoceros herds, or rivets on the underside of overhead airplanes, which require more specialized and expensive lenses.

I had a P&S that I was very happy with (Canon Powershot S5) and still use as a back-up camera and a video camera. I ended up moving to a DSLR because I wanted to do low-light shots (that's one area where P&S don't perform as well). If most of your photos are taken in good light, P&S cameras take great shots.

Slowly I started building a collection of lenses -- there's no end to the lens wish list! ;-) It does get expensive. Also, you have to factor in other accessories, like tripod, lens cases, more camera bags, extra battery, possibly a flash. A DLSR is a real money sink....

Two pieces of advice I have are (1) read your camera manual from cover to cover, every year. You won't understand it all now but in a year you will understand a lot more. (2) Work on your technique. Read the tutorials on digital-photography-school.com/ and try the techniques. (You might want to avoid the camera and lens reviews -- too tempting, like trying to lose weight while reviewing cake shops.) If you develop the skills to be a competent photographer, you can take great pictures with anything.

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When I first started taking classes I loved that the instructor seemed to know that I didn't even know what I didn't know. He built on the basics, composition, apertures, ASA/ISO, depth of field were all unraveled slowly but surely. It was awesome with lots of homework assignments. I have to laugh because one of the first assignments was to find and read our camera instruction books.

I took art classes before so it was an easy transition in composition. The depth of field had me so confused I took the class a second time. LOL

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If you had to boil it down to...say three things.
What vexes you most? What would you most like to have de-mystified?


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I have been telling myself & promising myself that I'm going to take a photography class for the past year (or more). After reading all this info & it all seems GREEK to me.... this solidifies that fact that I need a class. Some of these words thrown around make absolutely no sense at all. LOL
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I feel that it is more important to master your vision before spending your life savings on a camera and multiple lenses. What do you like to shoot? How do you want to frame your image? What am I seeing that makes me smile and how do I capture it?

I use a DSLR and in order to get good macro it requires a macro lens. If I were starting out I certainly wouldn't spend that kind of money on one lens but would suggest a more versatile point and shoot with a great zoom. The starter DSLR is not expensive but the multiple lenses can break you! LOL

As you understand your "art" and "vision" you can always upgrade or switch but there are lots of wonderful mid priced point and shoots on the market now.



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Sorry to hear that your new camera was a dud! Most of the low-end point-and-shoot cameras will give you clear sharp photos in good light, so landscape is quite doable. But night shots? That's where the cheap ones don't do so well. Too small a sensor. The flash makes people look like zombies. If you don't want to use a flash, you may be able to manage with a tripod but you're likely to get a lot of noise during long exposures. The more expensive point-and-shoot models will handle RAW and higher ISOs, but those are above your price threshold. Maybe there's something out there that other people have experience with.

I just googled night photography point and shoot and found a favourable review of the Nikon Coolpix S8100. I'm a Canon girl myself, so have no experience with it but it might be worth looking at. It's a little above your price limit (299) but maybe it's come down in price since last year, when the review was posted.

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I recently bought the Fujifilm S4000a and within 4 hours of having it it no longer worked. I could get a replacement, but I am leaning towards "no". When it was working it was great, although I didn't take many shots, but what I did take turned out pretty decent and the zoom was great.
I am looking for something that takes great night and landscape shots. A crisp and clear picture. I cannot afford anything too pricey ($250 at the max). If there are suggestions I would love them.

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I think some or a lot of point and shoots might do better for macro then a dslr... I have a dslr a canon 50d and a few macro lenses... like. the tamron 90 very good lens... lots or ratings.. that are good and was a little less expensive than the canon 100 but then I found out that my tamron 28 to 75 works good and is also a macro lens... the main difference is I need to be 17 inches away with the 28 to 75 tamron and the 90mm tamron I think maybe 12 inches... but then I found my bird lens was just as good for the macro in some situation... it is a good and expensive lens the 100 to 400m canon L lens.. but I need to be 4 feet back from my object..

Later I decided even though the best lens is maybe the tamron 90 I have to move back and forth for the distance from the shot because it is a fixed lens and not a telephoto... then I got my lanscape kit lens that came with the canon 50 d another IS... image stabilization lens good at low light... It is a landscape lens but also a maco lens like the tamron 28 to 75 the canon 17 to 85 is also a good macro lens... then I started thinking what is all this hipe almost any one would do but the canon lens 100 to 400 doesn't work too well at the greenhouse with narrow aisles because I can't step back 4 feet..

Bottom line I think my hp photsmart point and shoot did just as good.. for macro most of the time but you can't beat the bokeh of a dslr...

If you have access to a computer you can search just about anything.

Panosonic is making some nice point and shoot cameras... Canon has a lot of choice I know someone that did great flower shots with a nikon model and some of the sony cameras are worth considering too... consider how much zoom you want or need.. some cameras are lousy at macros... my first minolta was good at landscape lousy at macro...

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Thanks. I'd be using it for a lot of things. Landscape, Kids, A wide range of things.and to do some photography classes in a year or so.

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There are a lot of factors you need to consider when deciding on a camera. Since you haven't mentioned what your goals are, your level of expertise, or what features are important to you, it's hard to give you concrete advice, even if I were a Nikon user (which I'm not). I did find this comparison review and it brings up a lot of good points:

www.digitalphotographywriter.com/201
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If you don't already have a collection of lenses, remember that you need to allot a good part of your budget for lenses. You also might want to take a look at the D90, which is mentioned in this review.

For what it's worth, I have an old camera body but a good collection of lenses. Personally, I think it's better to invest in good lenses (with an adequate body), but that's my own view.

Good luck!

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What do you all think about the Nikon D3100? I'm thinking about getting one as i need a new camera. I know i want a Nikon but i'm not sure what one i want yet its between this one. www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+-+D7000+1
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the 1st one is a little spendy for me and will take me longer to save for but i want a really good camera and it will be well worth the wait.

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I haven't checked back in a couple days - thanks to everyone who is giving me such good information and suggestions for a good point and shoot - I really appreciate all the great suggestions and assistance!
Thanks much!

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My Canon is a point and shoot and takes excellent macros...the down side it is was at the higher end of the budget...$300.00-ish when I bought it. Though it has been over a year so I have no idea what it is running now. PowerShot SX20IS (20x zoom as well)

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RE: P&S for Macro
Hi Melissa,
Lots of great advice given on P&S for macros. I'd like to throw out that I have a Nikon Coolpix s8000 that not only takes awesome photos in general, it has been outstanding for macro. I use it far more often for macro than my "big" (dslr) Nikons. Unfortunately, the s8000 is no longer made and has been replaced by the s8100. While that is also a very good camera, I like the s8000 better for night shots and concerts. If you can find one, I highly recommend it.


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designdecorate,

I have a Canon Rebel XSi, so my camera is similar to yours. That doesn't sound like a problem with the modes. That sounds like you were facing a bright light source like a lamp. If you're in a dark setting and your camera is reading the exposure from a bright source, it's going to think that the whole room is bright, so everything else will be dark.

It's like trying to photograph kids around a campfire. The people will look like dark outlines because the camera is trying to adjust for the intense light of the fire. That could be the reason for this happening in P/AV/TV. As for M, you probably didn't have the exposure set correctly.

I'm only guessing because I haven't seen your photos. Do you have one on Flickr that we could look at?

Just out of curiosity, why were you using all these modes for one setting? I could see using M in a tricky light situation or TV if the kids are moving around really fast or P if the conditions are generally OK, but AV? Unless you're doing portrait shots of the kids or trying to get shallow depth of field (like a sharp portrait of a child blowing out candles while the background is blurred), I can't see how AV would help you.

Best wishes,

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Lissafaith2,

Yes,take zillions of pictures! The great thing about digital photography is that once you've bought the basic equipment, pictures are free. It's not like you have to lug rolls of film to a lab or drugstore and take out a second mortgage to pay for the prints. Of course, you might run out of hard drive space but prices have really dropped and half-terabyte and terabyte drives are pretty affordable.

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I have a question: I was taking pics (indoor child's b-day party). I noticed at one point that any of the "manual/semi-manual" modes were coming out black/dark. If there was a light in the shot, I could see a spot of brightness. (Modes P/M/Av/Tv).
I have a Canon Rebel Xti. I don't know if I did something - if I did it wasn't intentional. I had been using the modes for most of the party without any problem and now they appear to not be working. All other modes (auto) functionning normally. Something is wrong - but I'm not sure what? (thanks)

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Avital and NEELJO -

Thanks so much, you guys - you gave me some really good advice, which I very much appreciate!

I have a decent enough P&S now but, it just won't give me the clarity on the close-up shots that I prefer to do. Plus, as I'd said, it's got a slow shutter speed, and I keep missing great shots of my granddaughter, and she isn't going to sit still for me! LOL

Our camera before this one was another P&S my husband picked up for me, and it took amazingly good photos - great macros, clear, and a pretty fast shutter speed but...the darn thing just broke on me after a year, and I'm not sure why - just stopped working. I can't for the life of me remember the brand - I wish I could, it was really a good little camera. Avital - I'll definitely check out those brands you suggested. : )

Anyhow, thanks again, both you guys - and NEELJO - I started doing what you said, taking zillions of pictures of something, if I am able to. My husband suggested that to me awhile ago, and I found that, as you said, I can usually come up with at least one decent one - unless, as I said, it's a moving object or my grandkid! : )

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Hi, and I agree with Avital! LOL
I just want to mention that I LOVE doing Macros and I only have a point and shoot camera. The best thing to do is to try them out at a store.

The main thing I have found out, especially with macro photography, is to take lots and lots of shots. I will usually take 20 to 30 pictures of the one thing I am wanting a picture of. That way you will usually get one that you love.
You don't always have this chance when it comes to insects or moving items but snap as many as you can.
The macro shots look different on the computer then what you are able to see while taking the photo so I like to have a lot of them to work with.
Good Luck and have fun!! JO

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Melissa,

If you're interested in macros and don't want to spend a lot of money, a point-and-shoot is just the thing. People often make the mistake of thinking that a DSLR camera will do a better job in all areas than a point-and-shoot. That's generally true except for one thing: they'll only do these things if you have the right lenses!

A good macro lens costs $$$. Just as an example, a Canon 100mm macro lens costs around $800, way more than my DSLR camera body. I simply can't afford it. I use my point-and-shoot if I want to get really close to something or I use extension tubes.

For budget cameras, you might want to check out these reviews:

ww.digitalcamera-hq.com/round_ups/best-aff
ordable-camera-deals


eviews.cnet.com/best-budget-cameras/

Almost any of the well-known brands of P&S cameras will do good macros. If your budget is around a couple hundred dollars, get a P&S and you can take macros right away. If you get a DSLR, even a cheap one, you'll be saving up for a long time to buy a macro lens (and that will probably be on the list after your kit lens, your telephoto lens, your wide angle lens -- you get the idea!)

I love Canons and used several of their P&S models. I've never had a problem with shutter lag (the delay you mention) in the recent models and the macro capabilities are excellent. I've heard good things about Nikon, Fuji, and Sony cameras. I haven't heard such good things about Kodaks and I don't care for my husband's Samsung.

If you can, I suggest you go to a good camera store and ask to try the display models. You'll find out fairly quickly whether the macro setting is good enough for your standards.

Remember that it's the photographer that counts, not the camera. Better to get something that you can afford now and will use, than to wait until you can afford a "better" camera (when you could have been spending the time learning how to take good pictures). :-)

Avital

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This is a great idea for people like me who are just starting to look at doing more in photography, yet aren't sure where to start.
And, interestingly, I was doing research the last day or two on this very subject. : ) Timing is everything.
Anyway, I wondered if anyone might be able to give me some tips on a good, inexpensive "point and shoot" digital that takes good macro shots. I realize that spending more money would give me a better camera, able to do more, but...I'm not in a position to be able to spend more than a hundred and a half or a couple hundred dollars, at the moment, which is why I thought point and shoot would be the only thing that could fit into that financial limitation. Unless they make a DSLR that fits into that cost range, though I highly doubt it.
I just needed something simple, since I'm new at this, and I'm finding everything I know about is too slow of a delay, or the close-up range is not good at all.
Phew - I know I asked a lot, and if anyone can share some of their expertise for a "newbie", I'd really appreciate it! : )

Melissa

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Questions about type of cameras, favorite cameras, settings on your camera, or "how this "stupid" camera works! LOL
Any question about cameras!!

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