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well crap. now things are still not getting any easier

so far we both decided on dumping the kodak but also have added a few other cams to the list and we are lost as can be.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
this one she says seems a little dreary and the lighting seems to be off from what she was saying with some of the sample pictures.

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
this one I'm kind of leaning away from though as it seems to be fairly grainy in some of the pictures.

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
this one I'm not sure of yet. was looking at info but I'm at work and they just told me togo home so that's where I'm going. how I love slow days
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well crap. now things are still not getting any easier

so far we both decided on dumping the kodak but also have added a few other cams to the list and we are lost as can be.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
this one she says seems a little dreary and the lighting seems to be off from what she was saying with some of the sample pictures.

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
this one I'm kind of leaning away from though as it seems to be fairly grainy in some of the pictures.

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
this one I'm not sure of yet. was looking at info but I'm at work and they just told me togo home so that's where I'm going. how I love slow days

One reply to this: The photographer matters, the camera doesn't. Lighting off? Photographer. Grainy? Camera, but the photographer needs to dial back the ISO speed and it'll be clear....
post #13 of 38
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the tz5 it seems to have that issue with most the pictures compared to the others even through a few different review sites and even among the same subject with natural lighting using the same iso setting on the cam. I don't see it so much myself but I do notice a smidge at least that it seems like it's either a little darker or the contrast is just different or something.

the S5 seems to have some grain to it that I noticed even on the lower iso settings. think around iso 200 it started becoming noticable while the others seem to go up a little higher. though then again this cam also had better picture with the non-dreary look to sara.


guess one thing though I need to think about also though is we are being cheap compared to the prices some of these run so we can't expect the world out of it and even more so being cheap with getting a high zoom cam as well so no digicam is going to be perfect right? it's all a matter of whats more important
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the tz5 it seems to have that issue with most the pictures compared to the others even through a few different review sites and even among the same subject with natural lighting using the same iso setting on the cam. I don't see it so much myself but I do notice a smidge at least that it seems like it's either a little darker or the contrast is just different or something.

the S5 seems to have some grain to it that I noticed even on the lower iso settings. think around iso 200 it started becoming noticable while the others seem to go up a little higher. though then again this cam also had better picture with the non-dreary look to sara.


guess one thing though I need to think about also though is we are being cheap compared to the prices some of these run so we can't expect the world out of it and even more so being cheap with getting a high zoom cam as well so no digicam is going to be perfect right? it's all a matter of whats more important
Pretty much. I would still advise a Canon... And the photogrpher is 50x more important than the camera. Always remember that.
post #15 of 38
How about :




I kid. That alone setup is over $1500, and it has IS, built into the lens obviously.

Just double checked, and you wanted to be around $200, I guess that throws out the Canon G9.

Well, I'd look at craigslist for like, the S3IS, or S5IS if you can find one!
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just about pulled the trigger on the S5 but then I saw this and it made me wonder a bit about it



that is scary bad around the edges there. is there anything that can be done to correct something like this?
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just about pulled the trigger on the S5 but then I saw this and it made me wonder a bit about it

that is scary bad around the edges there. is there anything that can be done to correct something like this?
It's called chromatic aberration. Download GIMP, get this plugin (or an alternative) and have a go at fixing it.

I shoot in RAW and fix any chromatic aberration in a RAW processor, so I don't have any experience fixing it in a JPEG.

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well we went with the S5. thank you guys who have helped. and I am going through to divy up a lot of rep here

I do have a few other questions though
what is the point of a UV, polarizing or haze filter? are there any other filters out there?
what is a hood?

also with this could I use any 55mm attachment or does it have to be select attachments?


also I have seen some that are for 58mm. which is more common and is there really any difference between a 55 or 58mm other then size?

oh yeah and thanks guys I started with a budget of around 200 bucks and ended up dropping 314 for the cam alone then another 20 for a bag plus my wife paid 30 or so for an 8gb card that we hope works.
Edited by rx7speed - 5/15/08 at 8:57pm
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Damn man. You shoulda went with the G9 with the money you spent.

The S5 is a great camera as well, I had an S3 for a couple days, but returned it because I kept my $80 Fufi S700 (it's $200 at stores, yay for price errors!).

Congrats on the new camera!

Filters are almost a given. At least for SLR's.

Filters - keep the actual lens free of dust/scratches/fingerprints. The most common (I leave mine on my cameras 24/7), is a UV filter. Circular polarizer's are great, but make sure you learn how to use it!

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=368177

That is a Canon forum (not sponsored), and there is a plethora of information there. Don't get addicted to awesome photos like I did!

Hoods help with the contrasting of the photo. I always use one when I can as well.
Edited by BrinNutz - 5/18/08 at 7:58am
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didn't even think of the G9. only downside I'm seeing with that though on the brief look is lack of optical zoom. sorry I've been playing with the cam and the 12x zoom I'm finding comes in handy

bad part about the cam is we already have a good smudge on it that doesn't seem to want to come off very easily with a cotton ball so I'm hoping these filters come here soon. ordered a cheapy hoya polerized filter an a canon UV filter with the 58mm adaptor. but have some cleaning solution and microfiber stuff comming soon. sucks that we don't have any camera stuff here in idaho.
Also bought a cheapy $5 buck tripod off of ebay for use also though I don't plan on keeping it instead it is just more of a hold us off for now.

few things though I'm very shocked at with this camera compared to the old POS sony. low light photography is much much better with this. made a shot using iso 80 with a 15 second shutter at night and was able to make out detail of what was around my house and all the details and stuff. the old sony would give me a black screen and taht would be it. the ability to get close to something is also very nice. I've found myself almost bumping the object with the front of the cam (haven't yet thankfully) and yet still being able to focus on it. the sony lol if it was less then a 1 1/2 feet away you couldn't focus AT ALL. the digital zoom also when using the 640x480 resolution is much better also then the sony. suer maybe a little drop in quality compared to pure optical but if your just taking a quick hey I want a super close shot itworks very well even at full digital. the sony yeah you have a smear of dots the moment digital zoom takes place. also the speed this thing works and how much longer the batteries last and the fact that it takes a standard format card, and the speed. my god the speed of this thing is amazing compared to the sony. you turn it on and within a second it's shootable it seems. VERY nice with having a child on the way. and the recycle speed with kindof dead ni-mh batteries using the flash is very nice also. much better then the sony.

not saying sony is junk, just rather THAT camera is junk. and sorry don't mean to go off on some huge rant but this is making life much easier. wife is occupied and smiling, I have a new toy to play with as well. only downside so far is I'm broke and getting mroe so by the moment

so what other filters would you guys recomend? also is there much of a differene between the 58mm or 52mm adaptors as far as what you could use, price, or quality?

last question is any place to help you with learning the camera and taking better pictures that my wife could read up on?
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