A&P Help....what to do :confused:

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  1. DSAzeppelin

    DSAzeppelin New Member

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    Origonally I was saving up for a Digital Rebel...or a D70....

    I currently have $800 to spend(about $1000-12000 with next paycheck)

    should I save for one of the two Digital SLR's....or get:

    Minolta DiMAGE A2 Anti Shake 8MP Digital Camera
    Normally $1,100 get it for $680
    http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?PAGE=PROFRAME&PROD_ID=860132

    Nikon Coolpix 8700 8.0MP Digital Camera
    Normally $1000 get it for $720
    http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?PAGE=PROFRAME&PROD_ID=891400

    Minolta DiMAGE A1 5MP 14x Zoom Digital Camera
    Normally $1500 get it for $550
    http://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?PAGE=PROFRAME&PROD_ID=886739

    I know if I am gonna get one of those 3....or anything else you guy's would reccommend in my price range, I'd run over to a local store and try one out. So I can see if I like the feel of it and all.

    But some of the saving on those are pretty damn good....just don't really know if they are all that great....or if I should just save for the slr. :dunno:

    Thanks :big grin:
     
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    the A1 hands down. The A2 just added more mega pixels and is slightly slower autofocusing, though it does have a slgihtly better display.

    Not really worth the extra 100 for the A2. Both have the image stabilization built right in. That gives you extra money for memory and batteries, a bag and tripod.

    Otherwise the Canon Rebel with two lenses as part of the triple rebate is a huge deal right now, but it'll cost you more.

    Just depends on what you want to do, where you want to go with it. The A1 is a great consumer cam, good lens, manual features, manual zoom, etc, but doesn't have an optical viewfinder, interchangeable lenses, or offer as large of an imaging chip, and as many advanced controls.
     
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    DSAzeppelin New Member

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    http://www.digitalliquidators.com/detail.asp?id=nkcp8700

    just found that for the coolpix....only $580 :dunno:

    I really want a SLR...for the manual settings and all....so I start back up into photography(mine got stolen....manual Nikon)

    can you still do great stuff with the A1....like for real photography...just not snap-shoot stuff???? I know it has the manual settings...but what exactly do you mean by consumer cam?

    I'm new to the digital stuff....I used to develop my own film and all that good stuff...so sorry if it's dumb questions :o

    thanks though man :bowdown:
     
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    I vote for waiting for your next paycheck and picking up a dSLR. :)
     
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    Kriddaw More than meets the eye.

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    Me too, If you are in any way into photography you would get an SLR.
     
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    DO NOT BUY FROM DIGITALLIQUIDATORS
    DO NOT BUY FROM DIGITALLIQUIDATORS
    DO NOT BUY FROM DIGITALLIQUIDATORS
    DO NOT BUY FROM DIGITALLIQUIDATORS
    DO NOT BUY FROM DIGITALLIQUIDATORS

    Look at their consumers reports ratings, 1/2 of 1% positive feedback. You have to buy an extended waranty and accessories, if you don't, your camera is on back order till never, and yet you'll be charged. I've had several customers have to contact their state attorney general to get their refund, only to come buy form me at full MSRP.
     
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    These cameras have full manual, aperature and shutter speed priority modes, so you can adjust your settings in that way. The A1 and A2 even have PC plugs for connecting to a meter or aux lighting. They all have a fix lens, most are 28-200 equivalent, except the Nikon (38-280) is more and the Olympus is less (28-135).

    You can add on lens attacments, like wide angles and more zoom, but image quality will go down and you'll need more light.
    These are great cams that many pros use as their walk around cam when they don't want to take their main cams.

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/minolta-a2-location.shtml
    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/konica-minolta-a2.shtml



    the 8 MP cams go as follows, all share a Sony ccd, so the sensor is the same in all of them

    Olympus c-8080 - Great lens, excellent build quality, very nice image, least amount fo zoom and poor feature set

    Canon Pro1 - Good lens, poor construction and layout, very slow autofocus, decent battery life

    Sony F828 - Good lens, fast auto focus, IR capabilities, Best movie mode, well built, though very large to carry. Has the most problems with noise and CA

    Nikon 8700 - Most zoom, slowest lens, copies Canon's body. Really no standout features other than zoom

    Minolta A2 (a1 is same but only 5 mp) - Good lens, great viewfinder, manual zoom instead of electronic zoom, anti shake/image stabilization, built well and fits in your hand nicely, great feature set

    Nikon 8800, not sure if its out yet, even more zoom and image stabilization, still a slow lens.
     
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    DSAzeppelin New Member

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    Thanks for you help man. I didnt even look at the customer feedback stuff....ya saved me there :o

    So basically....

    The question is.....should I gofor the $680 A2 on overstock...since I'm saving 40%....

    Or really just save up the extra few hundred and get the Rebel....

    I think I want to save up the Rebel...but the A2 just sounds so kick ass...and paying $680 instead of $1100.....good deal :dunno:

    *thanks again viper :bowdown:*
     
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    DSAzeppelin New Member

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    I'm passing up the good deals and saving for the Rebel :hs:

    I cant wait :x:
     
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    Good job my boy! You shall enjoy it. It is a great camera. I had one for a bit over a year. I liked it a lot. :)
     
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    :bowdown:

    I just got approved for all my school loans as of yesterday...

    so I may be able to get it sooner than I thought :coold:

    :big grin:
     
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    Kriddaw More than meets the eye.

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    Bunch of scammers.

    Digital rebel man, way better than all those choices up there.
     

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