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Unread postby francoisd » Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:11 am

DuQues wrote:And what does the TS (Topic Starter) think of all this?
MM, have your questions been answered?

One thing that is handy when using a digital camera is that you can make use of the LCD screen to set up your shot if you do not feel like using the view finder. In this way you can get a "preview" of what the photo will look like and eliminate the problem of "cutting off" the heads of people or animals.

In my opinion a 4X opitcal zoom camera is great for people who just wish to take some "holiday snapshots" and who are not interested in getting the perfect photo or close-ups. We've captured some real nice Kruger moments using my Father-in-law's 4X before we bought our camera.
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Unread postby gwendolen » Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:02 am

DuQues wrote:And what does the TS (Topic Starter) think of all this?
Or the OP (Original Poster) :P :twisted:

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Re: Real beginner stuff

Unread postby clever dog » Sat Nov 26, 2005 7:35 am

macho mouse wrote:I do feel intimidated by a lot of thechno data.
I appreciate what I see on the forums. Some of the photography is truly awesome. I could look at it all day :wink:
For me, step one... where to start, what camera to buy. On my recent trip I was the only one without a camera. I have had so many chopped off heads or feet that over the years that I have lost any confidence I might have had.
I am not a very visual person, so I struggle with some of the basics. I do however appreciate a good picture and can see exactly why it is good.
As a result of my thechno phobia, I lost some amazing moments.


Hi macho mouse. As most people mentions here you should not worry too much about all the techno info that is being used. However, I suggest you to go through my lesson 1-8 in this Forum if you have not done it yet. It explains a lot of the fancy words that are being used and will give you an idea of how to improve your photo taking as well.

Practise, practise and practise... that's the way to go. Post you photos here and we can help you improve as well. As also mentioned go for a digital camera were the cost of making mistakes isn't there! Many digital cameras are fairly simple and comes with software to download and edit your photos if needed.

Don't be afraid to take photos. Even the best photographers do not get it right every time! :wink:
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Unread postby bucky » Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:43 am

Remember when using a 2x teleconverter , that you loose a lot
of light into the camera , and may even make the lense combo
unusable in the early morning or when cloudy for example .

12x is not bad at all for wildlife general photography , but
with lenses , you can never get enough zoom :D

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 10, 2005 7:32 pm

Thank you everyone.
It seems that the digital camera is to photography, what Microsoft Word is to writing.
I am a dyslexic who managed a masters degree with the help of "word".
Who knows what the digital camera holds :lol: :D :wink:
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Unread postby arks » Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:42 pm

macho mouse wrote:Thank you everyone.
It seems that the digital camera is to photography, what Microsoft Word is to writing.
I am a dyslexic who managed a masters degree with the help of "word".
Who knows what the digital camera holds :lol: :D :wink:


I think it's time that you give it a go, MM :lol: You may yet uncover a heretofor hidden talent 8) I for one look forward to seeing your efforts in furture trip reports! Go for it! :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:59 pm

:wink: :wink:
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Unread postby Meg » Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:58 am

macho mouse wrote:Thank you everyone.
It seems that the digital camera is to photography, what Microsoft Word is to writing.
I am a dyslexic who managed a masters degree with the help of "word".
Who knows what the digital camera holds :lol: :D :wink:


Definitely sounds like time to find out for yourself!
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Unread postby Muhammad » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:21 pm

please advise which camera to buy.this will be used mainly for when no time to change lenses and settings and also for my children to use.

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Unread postby Jay » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:40 pm

after hours of surfing the web this was my shortlist:

Kodak Easyshare P850
Panasonic DMC FZ5K
Fujifilm S9500
Olympus SP500 UZ

all have extensive zoom capabilities, either 10x or 12x, many shooting options but can also be used as point and shoot.
There is also a variation in price.
I bought the Olympus, and so far very happy.

Hope this helps :)

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Unread postby Skopsie » Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:33 am

M,

I think you must include the Canon S2 IS in your list to look at as well. I bought one some time ago. Satisfied. Easy to use. My OS with no previous experience with cams, uses it as well.

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Unread postby Muhammad » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:24 pm

ive being reading about the Canon Pro1 and newly launched Canon S3 IS.

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Unread postby Obelix » Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:21 pm

Hi Muhammad. I also bought the S2 a while back and considers it to be an excellent camera. Should definitely be on your list IMHO.

As far as the S3 is concerned, you can never get ahead with these digital cameras. The one you just bought is guaranteed to be replaced with a newer, better one, which will also result in a steep drop in the value of your current camera. However, this (unfortante?) state of affairs has its advantages as well. The S2's price has, for the first time as far as I know, now dropped below R4000 in SA. So depending on your budget, the expected release of the S3 is sure to make the S2 even more affordable.

The S3 sounds great - 6 megapixels, still 12X optical zoom, higher ISO range (up to 800), even faster shutter speeds, etc. and for the novice (like me) apparantely a built in "action" / "sport" setting which is not a feature of the S2 :evil: . For a novice (and the slower ones like me), this setting is very useful, especially if you're in a hurry to capture those chasing wild dogs crisply (them AWD's never seem to stand still), before they dissapear into the bushes. So, if you want to wait a while, and you can afford it, maybe waiting for the S3 is the way to go (I certainly would love to have one as well, but the S2 will have to do for the next number of years)

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Unread postby Fizzpop » Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:08 am

Hi there

As i was also trying to make up my mind....
I looked towards the Samsung Pro815.
What a great Camera.... with some good features.

Price: R7500
weight is a bit on heavier size, and slightlt bulky... but demos i have tried... very unbelievably good results. A zoom range to die for, also.

The Canon S2 very good also, HIFi corp selling R3799-00! The images are really good, and crisp.
For its price... the better one to get...and will get my vote, but waiting for S3 version!

The Fuji 9500 was not nice to use.. and the results were so disappointing! Will steer well clear...compared to the 560, this is a dog! IMHO! :cry:

Go for it, bite the bullet, and just upgrade every six months!!! :D
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Unread postby blasian » Fri May 25, 2007 6:57 am

Hi guys!

Now some of y'all know that I'm planning a trip to Kruger for next year (hopefully, possibly pushed to 2009).

I'm looking at getting a good D-SLR to take with me. My Sony Cybershot just didn't cut the mustard last time!

Does anyone have any reccommendation for a camera for a complete beginner? The closest I've been to one is holding it in a shop. I've been looking at a Canon EOS 400D pack which I can get with a 18-55mm lens and a 90-300mm lens. I've heard the Nikon equivalent is quite good - N80 I think - but it is a bit more pricey. The N40 is closer to what I want to spend. I've also had a look at the Sony A100.

If someone could just offer some advice on what they use in the park camera and lens wise that would be awesome. I'm completely new to D-SLR's!

Edit to add:
These are my choices...
Canon EOS400D with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses for $1,999
Nikon D40X with with 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR Lens for $1,899
Sony A100 with 18-70mm & 75-300mm Lenses for $1,799
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