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Old 28 November 2005, 08:36   #11
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The PHOTOGRAPHER takes the photograph, NOT the camera
Nice one, Keith!

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Digital photography is NOT an excuse to be lazy and take loads of shots so that one might just be okay.
That excuse is reserved for professionals!

Top tip from the late Linda McCartney - if you don't have your camera with you, you won't get the shot.
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Old 28 November 2005, 08:57   #12
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Thanks Keith for you time and knowledge.

What DSLR + Lense would you recommend for me as my first.

I want something reletively cheap to start with but with all the necesary knobs to "experiment" with.
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Old 28 November 2005, 11:09   #13
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Top tip from the late Linda McCartney - if you don't have your camera with you, you won't get the shot.
Yes, that is my other first rule of photography, always have your camera with you...

Roycruse,

It depends on how much you want to spend. You can not go far wrong with the Canon 350D at about £530.00 (body only) or £630.00 with a 18-55 lens. This is an excellent camera that will give professional results. You can use it on fully automatic (point & shoot) to fully manual and everything in between.
  1. Effective resolution - 8 million pixels (but dont get too hung up on this)
  2. Lens Mount - EF/EF-s
  3. Focal Length Conversion - 1.6x
  4. Media Type (storage) - Compact Flash
  5. Shutter Speed Range - 30 seconds to 1/4000 sec + bulb (you can do very long exposures)
  6. ISO Range - 100-1600 (good for taking photos in low light)

A standard lens is a good place to start and you can always get a telephoto of some sort later, but you will definitely need the standard lens.

You can email me if you want any more advice.

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www.warehouseexpress.com
www.jessops.com

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Old 28 November 2005, 11:35   #14
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The Canon 350D is on my "wish list", although many people reckon that the Nikon D70 is a slightly better all round. I would favour the Canon as we have an EOS 350 analogue, but if starting from scratch I would probably lean towards the Nikon from recommendations. Worth doing a search on Canon 300D, Canon 350D, Nikon D50 and Nikon D70 on here and Boatmad.com as there are many pictures taken with these cameras. There's quite a number of professionals using these as well.
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Hi Roy,

I think that Codders hit the nail on the head with his explanation of depth of field. Your digi compact is not naff Ė it does what itís designed to do.

To my mind the greatest advantage of a digi SLR is the fast start up time. My Nikon D70 is ready to shoot as soon as I switch it on and for me thatís very important. I have attached a few pics that I would have struggled to get with a compact camera.

A camera is just a tool. Find one that fits your needs and you should be a happy snapper.

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This was the situation on Saturday (27/11/05) at Balintore Harbour (in the next village to my house). As the title says, not a good day to try and get out of the harbour.

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Brilliant photo's Keith.

Looks like a typical calm day in Balintore to me!!
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Brilliant photo's Keith.

Looks like a typical calm day in Balintore to me!!


Top photos Keith!

A day for the drysuit!

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Hello folks

Ian, that's a great pic of the motorcycle racing. A moment well caught.

Richard, I used a Nikon FM2 and then a Nikon D100 at work (up untill the beginning of this year) but when it came to handing out my own dosh I went for the Canon. This is pureley a personal preference. I just prefer the handling of the Canon.

Nikon are also great cameras. It is really down to which you like the feel of best. Of course if you alread have a set of Canon lenses then it makes sense to stay with Canon.

Al79, Invergordon eh! I'll swap you a day out with me on expedition for a day out in your rib.

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... Of course if you alread have a set of Canon lenses then it makes sense to stay with Canon.
Keith, have Canon made their digital cameras able to accept the lenses from the film camaras? If yes, do you know of any other manufacturers who have also done this?

Ta.

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http://www.dpreview.com/ is a good site to explore en compare digital cameras. But you probable know that already. You can even compare the photographic results!
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