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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:28 pm    Post subject: The photography thread Reply with quote

Can't believe no one has started this thread up again, especially with all the shutterbugs we have in the club.

We have been using a Sony DSC-S75 which we bought new in November of 2002. It has done a good job, but it does have its limitations. It can be heavy to lug around (16.4 ounces weight), and it has significant shutter lag and next shot delay.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydscs75/

DW suggested we get something that weighs less, so I took out a Consumer Reports (let's not get into that, again!) from a couple of years ago to see what was recommended back then. Then I'll find it on eBay used. It will still be a significant upgrade for us even though it is a couple of years old. The savings are substantial over a new model.

Today I won an eBay Best Offer for a Sony DSC-W50. It looks to be a decent camera, and it will be much easier to haul around. And for us low level camera users it should be plenty adequate.

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/sony/dsc_w50-review/

Since I am not tired (so to speak) of carrying a one pound camera around, I also am planning pick up a Sony DSC-H2. (DW doesn't know this yet Wink ) It has a 12x optical zoom. The other two cameras only have a 3x zoom, and I like the idea of being able to keep my distance and still get a good photo when I'm at Yellowstone or someplace and a grizzly wanders by! It has short shutter lag and next shot delay, so in those regards it will be a significant improvement over the old camera. The W50 also is a big improvement in those areas. Even if we don't take the H2 on long hikes or anything, it will still be good for times when weight doesn't matter.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyh2/

I know some of you guys are miles ahead of me in camera equipment (and camera knowledge) but I think these two new ones will serve us well.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:56 am    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

As they say, Rome wasn't built in a day. Well, there is this Pictures thread: http://forum.mpvclub.com/viewtopic.php?t=22174

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

Got one these when Circut City closing down, got it %80 off retail. Laughing



It replaces my Nikon Coolplix 4500 that I had since 2003.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

ront wrote:
Got one these when Circut City closing down, got it %80 off retail. Laughing



It replaces my Nikon Coolplix 4500 that I had since 2003.


Sounds like a GREAT deal!

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2001 Rainforest Green LX (164,795 miles)--Minnie (The vacationator)
2006 Honda Civic EX with NAVI and 5sp MT (102,338 miles, new block at 89K) (Dan's daily driver)--Blue Car
Sold (scrapped) on 10/30/04 at 165,599.4 miles....1987 Honda Accord DX (165K miles)--Tan Car
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:50 pm    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

My Dad had an H1 and liked it quite a bit. It focuses quickly and has great zoom. Dan, you'll have to go on to DPReview and become a member of the "Duck Club" in STF!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:00 am    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

I ended up buying an H5. I haven't received it yet, but I know I should use either a tripod or a monopod. Does anyone have a recommendation of mono over tri? One other trick I have heard is to set the camera on something solid and use the timer so the camera isn't jiggled by your hands.

OK, monopod or tripod?

Dan
2001 Rainforest Green LX (164,795 miles)--Minnie (The vacationator)
2006 Honda Civic EX with NAVI and 5sp MT (102,338 miles, new block at 89K) (Dan's daily driver)--Blue Car
Sold (scrapped) on 10/30/04 at 165,599.4 miles....1987 Honda Accord DX (165K miles)--Tan Car
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

Depends on what you are shooting. A monopod is more manoeverable; a tripod is good for the family portrait that you want to be in, for landscape shots, for long exposures such as a pic of the moon or stars, etc.

Typically, I think, monopods are used more by those with a heavy DLSR/lens combo at sport venues. Your H5 is much ligher by comparison.

I don't recall if your H5 has image stabilisation. If not, then you will need either a high shutter speed or a stable surface to put the camera on when shooting at the long end of the zoom.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:20 pm    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

It does have image stabization. I just got the camera Friday, and have only had a short time to "play" with it. I put a pair of fresh AA alkaline batteries in it, and it exhausted them in under half an hour. The NiMH batteries (rechargeable) that come with it are supposed to last around three hours. Impressive, compared to the alkalines.

The zoom, with the telephoto lense is pretty impressive. The zoom with the digital enhancer is even more impressive. I don't normally care for digital zooming, but this camera looks like it may be OK to use that feature.

I'm thinking I will get a tripod that collapses down pretty small (I have seen at WalMart) to go with this camera. Is the Wal-Mart tripod (i.e. cheap) good enough, or will I want to spend more money to get a better one?

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2001 Rainforest Green LX (164,795 miles)--Minnie (The vacationator)
2006 Honda Civic EX with NAVI and 5sp MT (102,338 miles, new block at 89K) (Dan's daily driver)--Blue Car
Sold (scrapped) on 10/30/04 at 165,599.4 miles....1987 Honda Accord DX (165K miles)--Tan Car
Sold (scrapped) on 9/26/09 at 148406.4 miles and 24 years old....1985 Toyota Camry LE --Brown Car (Dan's former daily driver)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

A pretty good rule of thumb for tripod use is that you should use one if you are shooting at exposure times that are longer than the focal length you are using. For instance if you are shooting at slower than 1/60th sec. using 50mm, or slower than 1/200 (1/250 for you purists) at 200mm. An inexpensive, lightweight tripod will probably be fine if you are shooting within a couple of e.v.'s below the rule of thumb. So it should be okay if you are shooting down to 1/30 sec. at a focal length of 100mm. This may not work if you are outdoors in gusting winds.

If you are going for long time exposures, nothing will replace a big, heavy (read that expensive) tripod.

Of course, most of the above changes if you have good image stabilization in your camera. A lightweight tripod may be okay at 3-4 e.v.'s below in that case... just a guess.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:28 pm    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

I think we will probably go with a lightweight, and inexpensive, tripod that collapses compactly. And I guess if you don't spread the tripod legs apart, you may sort of create a monopod. Best of both worlds?
Dan
2001 Rainforest Green LX (164,795 miles)--Minnie (The vacationator)
2006 Honda Civic EX with NAVI and 5sp MT (102,338 miles, new block at 89K) (Dan's daily driver)--Blue Car
Sold (scrapped) on 10/30/04 at 165,599.4 miles....1987 Honda Accord DX (165K miles)--Tan Car
Sold (scrapped) on 9/26/09 at 148406.4 miles and 24 years old....1985 Toyota Camry LE --Brown Car (Dan's former daily driver)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

Its been a while since I played with some pictures..

Just want to share a couple with the group here..




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote



From my point and shot camera,


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

I really like the first photo.. Its awesome..
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

I think the bottom photo would make a great jigsaw puzzle.
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2001 Rainforest Green LX (164,795 miles)--Minnie (The vacationator)
2006 Honda Civic EX with NAVI and 5sp MT (102,338 miles, new block at 89K) (Dan's daily driver)--Blue Car
Sold (scrapped) on 10/30/04 at 165,599.4 miles....1987 Honda Accord DX (165K miles)--Tan Car
Sold (scrapped) on 9/26/09 at 148406.4 miles and 24 years old....1985 Toyota Camry LE --Brown Car (Dan's former daily driver)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:20 am    Post subject: Re: The photography thread Reply with quote

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