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kewl u wouldn't mind buying me a d80 then would you hehe
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ahaha, i cant afford one for myself
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hey am at 306 on this d70 currently leading if i can get it for $350 i would luv it 2 days left
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting
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hey am at 306 on this d70 currently leading if i can get it for $350 i would luv it 2 days left
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting
Good luck, two days is an eternity when you're bidding!
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thats true its driving me crazy
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good luck, i cant see it happening tho, i had a lens for 3 days at 10 bucks, last 16 seconds it went to 50
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well if it doesn't i will give up on buying an slr and i will use my slow s700 for now
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Is it too late to join the the club?

I have a Panasonic FZ50 (mine is silver with some black). I also use a Hoya +10 Macro lens filter for macro shots.



Some samples of pics I've taken with the FZ50:



















It's a 10MP "super zoom" camera. Not quite a DSLR, but pretty much as close as you can get to it without actually getting to it, hehe .

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Is it too late to join the the club?

I have a Panasonic FZ50 (mine is silver with some black). I also use a Hoya +10 Macro lens filter for macro shots.



Some samples:

It's a 10MP "super zoom" camera. Not quite a DSLR, but pretty much as close as you can get to it without actually getting to it, hehe .

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Welcome, I had that same camera for a couple of months. Great camera when there's plenty of light, but it's a noise machine in the dark. Worst noise reduction system ever, hands down. Great optics though and optical stabilization. Sorry, not to slam your gear, but I was kind of disappointed with the camera in lowlight. Some really nice shots you have there though.

Here's one I took with that camera and a 4x ND filter:

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Welcome, I had that same camera for a couple of months. Great camera when there's plenty of light, but it's a noise machine in the dark. Worst noise reduction system ever, hands down. Great optics though and optical stabilization. Sorry, not to slam your gear, but I was kind of disappointed with the camera in lowlight. Some really nice shots you have there though.

Here's one I took with that camera and a 4x ND filter:

Nice shot! ND filters really transform the look of the water! I haven't used them yet. I've only made use of a circular polarising filter. It's a shame about those green, orange and white patches of colour on the top and right portions of your image. What are those? Some kind of light refraction or chromatic aberration?

Yeah, noise is a bit of an issue with the FZ50, it's a fair comment.

ISO 100 is fine, 200 is also fine, 400 starts to be a bit less usable and to be honest, unless you want to work your arse off, you might as well forget ISOs 800 and 1600, let alone 3200.

The in-camera noise reduction is a waste of time. I just bought 2GB and 4GB memory cards (will need another 4GB soon) and I shoot everything in RAW. Forget JPEG if you want good quality shots, RAW is the way to go with the FZ50.

Once I have the RAW files, I just use the software that came with the camera (Silkypix) to "develop" the pictures to TIFF files, then, if required, run them through some noise reduction software. The only other thing I might do is use GIMP to touch up the images, or remove elements I don't want in them. After all this, it's just a matter of converting the processed TIFFs to high quality, 300DPI JPEGs and it's all done.

Yeah, it would be a lot easier if I could just shoot in JPEG .

The pro's of RAW are that I can fix any exposure issues etc, clean up any noise and tweak my images to get any look I like. It gives me massive creative control over the final outcome and allows me to save so many images that otherwise I would have to delete due to getting the exposure wrong etc.

The main con is that it takes quite a bit of time working with RAW files and I probably spend 25 times longer at a PC doing "developing" and post-processing than I do actually taking photos! I don't mind too much though as I quite enjoy it and love the creative element. Having said that, sometimes it can be a lot of work...

I can't afford to upgrade right now, but I do plan on getting better equipment in a year or so.

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