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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby blurryhaze312 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:07 pm

count2infinity wrote:I ebayed a canon EOS rebel xt. picked it up for $200 with the stock lens and 2 gig memory card and pretty much all original packaging. have taken some good photos with it.


I've had the same model for quite a few years now. Ebay has some great prices on the model, like c2i said. I would think these older generation models would be a great place to start...if your wife finds out she isn't that into it, you are only out $100-200.

Also, anyone have any experience with these new Olympus Pen E-PM1 models? A commercial caught my eye a few months back and then I got to tinker around with my cousins at a family picnic, though I didn't get a great look at it. I'm curious to see what other think. It's a tad expensive, but I think it would appear to be a great in-betweener if you want better quality than a point-and-shoot but don't want to lug around a standard dslr everywhere. It's more a curiosity for me than anything unless I get the chance to really demo it.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:21 pm

count2infinity wrote:There are benefits to being a graduate student.

Omg what a dummy. Brilliant idea
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Defence21 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:21 am

Thanks to all who responded. I really think we're going to look further into the Canon EOS Rebel XT. The price is right for her at just over $200, and while the features and quality likely won't be anywhere near the higher models, my guess is, based on c2i's experience, she'll have a good camera to experiment with and to see if this newfound hobby is a passing phase or a longterm thing. I appreciate all the help!
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby pittsoccer33 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:23 am

Keep your eye on the XS as well. Will probably be a little more money but its a newer model and it uses an SD card, whereas the XT uses Compact Flash and those are not common any longer.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby count2infinity on Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:32 am

pittsoccer33 wrote:Keep your eye on the XS as well. Will probably be a little more money but its a newer model and it uses an SD card, whereas the XT uses Compact Flash and those are not common any longer.


that's a good call. i didn't recognize the memory card for the XT. luckily my old desktop computer has a slot for that type of memory. an SD card would be way better.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby pittsoccer33 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:41 am

these cameras also cannot be plugged right into the pc for charging and file transfer purposes. you will need a dedicated card reader and will have to remove the battery pack to charge it like you would an old school camcorder.

battery life on my XS is great though. i will not use the camera for two or three months and will still have a charged battery.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Defence21 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:49 am

Good tips..an upgrade to an sd card makes a lot of sense.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:52 am

if your wife intends to make this a serious hobby, this is a great book for her to get started with some key concepts

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exp ... 0817439390
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mac5155 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:08 am

I like the Eye-Fi SD cards. I bought one and its pretty awesome. Sends pics straight to your PC.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:28 am

shmenguin wrote:if your wife intends to make this a serious hobby, this is a great book for her to get started with some key concepts

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exp ... 0817439390


in for one. nice
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby HockeyDaddy on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:10 pm

count2infinity wrote:I ebayed a canon EOS rebel xt. picked it up for $200 with the stock lens and 2 gig memory card and pretty much all original packaging. have taken some good photos with it.

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and i'm a newb with it. i'm sure i can get better.


As soon as I saw the first photo I knew they were Smoky Mountain pictures. I have been there four times now. We actually went for two weeks in June. I love taking pictures in Cades Cove.

No doubt, my next purchase is going to be a higher quality zoom than what I have.

Some of my favorite pics from this last trip:
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby HockeyDaddy on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:13 pm

shmenguin wrote:if your wife intends to make this a serious hobby, this is a great book for her to get started with some key concepts

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exp ... 0817439390


I own this book and agree. It is a great book to get you thinking like a photographer.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby count2infinity on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:16 pm

Yeah, I loved the smoky mountains. Cades Cove was nice, but I enjoyed all of our hikes to waterfalls. I also need a much higher zoom. I could barely zoom in on anything.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby HockeyDaddy on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:20 pm

count2infinity wrote:Yeah, I loved the smoky mountains. Cades Cove was nice, but I enjoyed all of our hikes to waterfalls. I also need a much higher zoom. I could barely zoom in on anything.

Oddly, we were able to get to more waterfalls with my daughter (5) last year, than we were this year. I don't know what the problem was. The highlight of the trip had to be watching three black bears climbing up and down trees.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:21 pm

with the types of cameras we're talking about here, 200mm is probably the most zoom you'll want. if you go up to 300, you'll have a hell of a time controlling how much the frame is shaking.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby count2infinity on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:25 pm

I only have the one that came with the camera (18-55 mm)
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby shmenguin on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:28 pm

count2infinity wrote:I only have the one that came with the camera (18-55 mm)


check out that 55-200 i mentioned earlier (if you have a nikon). it's really great for the price.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:53 am

does anyone have a good tripod recommendation that would be light and easy to stow in luggage or on a backpack for long hikes?
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby canaan on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:11 am

Letang Is The Truth wrote:does anyone have a good tripod recommendation that would be light and easy to stow in luggage or on a backpack for long hikes?

id be interested in this as well.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:14 am

also if i could keep it less than 150 bones that would be optimum.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby canaan on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:15 am

whats the best way to condense file size without damaging photo quality? im having a hard time shooting in RAW and editing for the web without pictures being astronomical in size.

example (this is a test for post-processing one picture with two different effects):

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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby mac5155 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:38 am

x-post from BF Deals thread

any thoughts on: T3i with 18/55 lens. You have to pay $999 up front, but after the rebate it's $600. Plus you get the 55-250mm lens which is very well reviewed. You also get a 16GB card and a camera bag. Not to mention the photo printer.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby pittsoccer33 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:44 am

I have a like new condition Rebel XS, 18-55 lense, the box and all original manuals, and a nice carrying bag that I am willing to part with. I just don't use it enough.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby bh on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:03 am

Caanan, both photoshop and GIMP have a 'save for web' tool.
Here's the link to the plug-in for GIMP.
http://registry.gimp.org/node/33

The photoshop one is better... but photoshop is freaking expensive.

I use both at my work for condensing pictures for reports and they both do an excellent job.
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Re: DSLR Camera help

Postby canaan on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:39 am

bh wrote:Caanan, both photoshop and GIMP have a 'save for web' tool.
Here's the link to the plug-in for GIMP.
http://registry.gimp.org/node/33

The photoshop one is better... but photoshop is freaking expensive.

I use both at my work for condensing pictures for reports and they both do an excellent job.

i have cs5...ill check it out. danke.
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