A&P Looking to buy a new camera - need your advice!

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by chevo, May 9, 2005.

  1. chevo

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    I currently own a Canon A70, and have had it for 2+ years now. It's nice and all, but I am looking for an upgrade. I have been eyeing the Canon S70 for quite some time now, but I am not sure if it is the best camera for me. I cannot afford anything over $450 or so, and would like to stay under $400 if possible (unless a camera completely wins me over). So would you recommend this camera? Something else? A few minutes ago I saw that some people here recommended the Panasonic FZ5K (black body). Is that a better camera than the S70? Please let me know what you think.

    EDIT: I guess I should say a word about what I like to do with the camera.. I like to take macro shots, long exposures, night shots, and still life shots. I like to experiment a lot with different shots and whatnot, but those are my favorite types of shots, so I guess I would need a camera that would perform well in those situations and more.
     
  2. chevo

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    Here's a comparison of the Canon S70 and the Panasonic FZ5: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/com...e&cameras=canon_s70,panasonic_dmcfz5&show=all

    I don't know which one is "better" from the specs.. the min shutter on the FZ5 is 8 secs, while on the Canon it's 15 - is this a big problem for the FZ5 if I wanted to take those cool night shots with the streaks of light from cars and such? Or is 8 sec enough for that effect? Also, the aperture goes until 3.3mm on the FZ5, but on the Canon it goes up to 5.3 - again, what is the significance in the difference here?

    Thank you in advance!
     
  3. chevo

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    No one? :hsd:
     
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    You can't wrong with Canon :dunno:

    You can capture those nice night shots with either 8 or 15 second exposures. If it's not enough you can also just overlay the images in PS or whatever to add an effect of a longer exposure as well.

    And I think w/ the 5.3 aperture you just get more DOF. But I'm still a photography noob so don't take my word for it. You can easily search Google for more info on the different setings and what they effect :hs:
     
  5. chevo

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    Thanks man.. we're both from the same city. :wavey:
     
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    limiteD* 今あいたい すぐあいたい

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    :cool: San Francisco is a great place to take tons of photos :bigthumb:
     
  7. chevo

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    I agree..

    Anyone else care to chime in?
     
  8. chevo

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    Awesome, thanks for the help guys.

    Anyone know of other Photography forums?
     
  9. insomnia

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    http://photography-on-the.net/forum/ :o


    I really like my S50, you can do quite a bit with it....and seems like the s70 is a big improvement over that. I also like night photography and long exposures, it seems to do well with that. My only complaint is the battery is dead after about 30 min of long exposure shooting :hsd:
     
  10. chevo

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    I am getting the FZ5, pending me handling it tomorrow at a store.
     
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    If you're going to be spending about 400 or so anyways, why not just save a little more and get a DSLR? :dunno:
     
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    I don't want an SLR right now, for several reasons..
     
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    Ok :hsd:
     
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    slrs are :greddy: not everyone should have one :o
     
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    For macros and long exposures? :dunno:
     
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    If you're going to do MACRO w/ a SLR, it gets very expensive. :o
     
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    I got a GII and a cheapy sigma 70-300 APO and got some decent shots out of it :dunno:

    Mind you they aren't near as good as what other lenses will do, but it's a lot better than my S50 was capable of :hs:
     
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    You might want to look at the Tamron 90mm, or Sigma 50mm macro lenses. Both are pretty affordable (I once found a 90mm for 215...). :wiggle: Or you can get a long lens and use a milk carton or something as a light diffuser for your regular shoe mount lens. Pop on a close-up filter like the 500D and bam! :noes: :noes:
     
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    I'll try that when my 350d gets here but truth be told I'm not into macro really, I was just expireminting. I was thinking about a 50mm 1.8 next (like everyone else :o ) for low light landscape shots.

    ib :sleep:


    Any suggestions for a mid-price range wideangle? I want a nice deep one, but not fish-eye distorted :x:
     
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    low light landscape, what the fuck :hsugh:

    Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4
    Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX
    Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5

    You'll probably want a wide angle lens for landscape, but what do I know. :hsugh:
     
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    What's wrong with it for landscapes besides not being wide enough? I will have something in the forground usually, like a vehicle or tree or some shit... and try to get a decent sky & background shot. ......maybe a wideangle would be better :hsugh:


    Thanks for the recommendations :hsd:
     
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    50mm is pretty long on a 1.6x body homeboy. Usually when you do landscapes you'll want to play with DOF, you want a lot of it. Wider lenses have more, naturally. :)
     
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    I'm sure I could still find alot of uses for it, I have a shitton of time on my hands :hsd:
     
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    Maybe because you don't sleep. :hsugh:
     

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