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Just wondering what camera everyone has and how do you rate it?


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Kodak DX 7590 digital camera. It is easy to use but not the greatest in the world. For the price you can't beat it when we bought it.

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Olympus Camedia C 5000, I also have a Canon S500.
They are both 5 mp and a couple years old.
The Olympus takes slightly better pics, but i take the canon everywhere because its half the size.
I also have a older Canon A400 which is 3.2 mp. This camera has been dropped hard. Never a problem. I think Canon makes very good quality cameras.

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Currently I am using a Kodak Z740 but I am looking into getting a nice Nikkon. I rate it as a medium quality inexpensive camera. Gets the job done but now its time to get something better.

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I have a Nikon Coolpix 5700. 5mp and 8x optical zoom. Bought it in 2002. Works great. Easy to function and if if you have an object that is in a hard spot to shoot... The view screen flips many directions to get to the angle you need.

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i have NIKON D300 12.5 MEGAPCS

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nikon d40x 18-70 and 55-200vr lens ... I need a macro lens very badly to get better shots I'd be happy with.

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Canon EOS 5D. Next to fish and fishing, photography is my other main interest.

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My buddy just took a couple pics of my fish using his new dslr camera. WOW! no flash neccassary, and leaves every picture I have ever took in the dust.... honestly, its all about the camera, a great lense and manuall focus thats what you need. could get lucky with a decent camera though... good lighting, nice lookin fish, and you could be on the front page of frontosa.com.... thats my hope anyway. lol


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Sandnuka";p="13950 wrote:
My buddy just took a couple pics of my fish using his new dslr camera. WOW! no flash neccassary, and leaves every picture I have ever took in the dust.... honestly, its all about the camera, a great lense and manuall focus thats what you need. could get lucky with a decent camera though... good lighting, nice lookin fish, and you could be on the front page of frontosa.com.... thats my hope anyway. lol


I'm with you on that Sandnuka! I used a friends DSLR the other night. Wow I am ready to throw my camera away! No comparison! With the one I currently have, I struggle to get a good pic. But with his DSLR I got a quick easy great shot every time!!

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I don't believe the camera make the photographer, but a good camera will allow you to capture pics you could not get with a cheaper camera.

When looking at lenses get f2.8 or lower numbers. The lower the number the more light the lens lets and as a result the less need for a flash. You can also put the ISO up on some of the SLR camera to ISO 3600 or so but pics get grainy so I don't advise it, However a grainy pic is better then blury. The lower the F normally the better the optics and more $$$ the lens costs.

Not only does the F play a role but so does the quality of the optics in the lens, how do things look around the edge of the photo? but we can't all spend 1000's of $$$ on lenses. Pros spend 1,2,-5k on a single lens for one specific purpose to get the most outa that shot and make it as perfect as possible. They are trying to get the perfect shot of the perfect picture and that is VERY VERY hard and takes mad skills and equipment also.

Alot of the SLR camera also have a much more sensitive CCD this helps get better pics at higher ISO then cheaper cameras also.

Pretty much all Digital cameras will have errors/noise a good example of this are hot pixs you pickup when trying to tank pics of dark items like astronomy pics (can sometimes occur with dark aquarium backgrounds in some lighting conditions). This gives the pic a grainy/pixelated look in certain areas in dark conditions when the sensor can't determine really what the color should Other then it knows its a dark gray/black area... So you get an non uniform look to the area and it does not look right.

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Thanks for the photo tips. I am going to study up on going into manual mode on my camera and try to get better pics.

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I have a canon rebel, wich a 18-55mm lens and a 18-200

works great for the fish pictures.

I am sure most of you know but on an old forum I was on (and I bet someone has posted this and I missed it) they gave a really good tip about taking any kind of photos, was turn off all your lights then turn on your tank light, thats hwo I get most of my good ones...

ok now I have to post some of them... I will get on it


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tr6";p="11428 wrote:
Olympus Camedia C 5000, I also have a Canon S500.
They are both 5 mp and a couple years old.
The Olympus takes slightly better pics, but i take the canon everywhere because its half the size.
I also have a older Canon A400 which is 3.2 mp. This camera has been dropped hard. Never a problem. I think Canon makes very good quality cameras.


the main reason i have these is because i have underwater housings for them.
I'm currently looking for a DSLR.
I'm torn between a used Nikon D50 which run between 250 and 400, or a new Canon that also shoots HD video, but thats about 850. The Nikon D90 shoots HDVID, but is not as powerful as the Canon.

Most likely ill get both the used and a new one later.
New Underwater housings are over 1000 for a DSLR.
So im going to rig a regular SLR underwater housing to accept a DSLR.
I should buy out all the used SLR housings and make some money retrofitting them for DSLR.

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Most likely ill get both the used and a new one later.


Just remember that when you buy a DSLR, you are buying into a whole system, so if you invest in Nikon at first, then all your lenses and accessories will be redundant when you eventually switch to Canon. I used to be a Nikon man, and deep down I still am, but I switched to Canon as they seemed to be leading the way as far as the digital technology went. It was an expensive move, made a little easier by ebay. Unless you want to blow images up to more than A3, or sell images to libraries and magazines, then 10-12mp is plenty. Its a bit of a misconception that the more mp the better, especially on compact cameras. To cram more mega pixels onto a small sensor, the pixels have to be smaller, so the signal they generate requires greater amplification, which generates noise, a bit like the grain of film.
Here's my photo website if you are interested (not many fish on there though!) www.jefftucker.co.uk

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