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Old 08-27-2004, 01:18 PM   #71
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I was really depressed when I reported about our new Sony digital camera above. Having just gotten it in mid-July and getting ready to use it on a trip the 1st part of Aug. I could not believe it might actually be broken and having the Sony rep tell me it might not be covered under warranty and having to send it down to Texas to have someone there look at it was a bitter pill to swallow, but.....

I packaged it up, wrote a loooong letter explaining all details, sent it off 1st class postage w/extra .55 to make sure it arrived.

That was this past Saturday, the 21st. It arrived back here today, the 27th, fixed, at NO CHARGE. So, they have restored my faith in the Sony Corp.

Wanted to report so that any/all who might have a similiar experience (I certainly hope not), will take comfort in the fact that there is still hope, no matter how bad it seems at the time. (We hadn't even made the 1st payment on it!!!)

Now I'm ready to get out there and take a few shots of our favorite trailer, yea Thanks for listening to my wailing.
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Old 08-27-2004, 01:32 PM   #72
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Greetings Leigh!

Good to hear that your warranty issue with Sony was successfully resolved. Based on my prior experience with Sony, I was hoping that you would be pleasantly surprised. I purchased my Sony FD91 Mavica in 1998, and have been thrilled with its durability. One of the reasons that I purchased the Sony product was the warranty support that they had provided on the digital cameras that our school district used where I was Technology Coordinator from 1993-2000 - - during that time, Sony quickly and efficiently resolved the minimal number of warranty issues that we encountered (not a few of which were unusual in nature as a result of student use).

Good luck with your camera!

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Old 08-27-2004, 01:43 PM   #73
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Thanks for the update! Glad to hear you'll be sharing some great new pics!
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Old 08-27-2004, 01:57 PM   #74
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Sony F828

I'm really pleased with my new Sony F828. It sure isn't a stealth camera; it is quite big and heavy.

The controls are quite easy to master, unlike my previous first-generation Sony. I take most snapshots at 5 megapels and, if it looks like a real good shot, I switch up to 8 megapels. I have read some complaints of purple fringing and vignetting at some settings, but I haven't experienced either anomoly in the six months I have been using it.

One thing I like is the great battery life. Another is the ability to load not only large memory sticks, but compact flash and microdisks as well. Both can be in the camera simultaniously and I can switch fom one to another when the first gets full. I also like the LCD viewfinder along with a good bright LCD.
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Old 08-27-2004, 03:50 PM   #75
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We use a Nikon D! and a Panasonic DMC-FZ10. The Panasonic works in the 4 megapixel range, has a Lica lens with 10x zoom, and has image stabilization. This is great for my wife who has "Essential Tremor" which causes her hands to shake. She has been able to take great pix with the Panasonic. The camera runs about $500. However, for posting on the web or sharing on email even sub-1 megapixel cameras work just fine. For normal photography and printed snapshots anything from 2 to 3 megapixels works just fine. Optics may be more important if you want to capture anything at a distance -- like wildlife. For that kind of photography you need to have at least 6x optical zoom and preferably 10x. The digital zoom is meaningless as all it is doing is the equivalent of magnifying the picture -- you can do that with your computer.

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Old 08-27-2004, 05:42 PM   #76
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It seems everytime this thread gets rejunvinated I have a different camera!

Well, I finally found one I absolutely LOVE...the Canon PowerShot S500 ELPH. It's a moderately priced, 5 mega-pixel with all the features I need yet it's pocket size so it allows me to take it everywhere. And...it takes terrific pictures ~

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Old 08-27-2004, 06:26 PM   #77
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I myself have several digitals now. I started with the original, the Apple digital camera and my last one is a pocket Pentax camera that I can carry in my pocket during my travels. I used to shoot pro and had my own photo lab.

But....

The newest one was purchased for "She who must be obeyed" for her 50th birthday in May '04. She shoots pro film jobs and does photo restoration and I wanted to step her up to a digital SLR. I got her the new Nikon D70 SLR. I was on a waiting list for 3 months for this model. It accepts the investment we have in Nikon 35mm lenses and flashes. It has exceeded our expectations. Her first job using it was an outdoor wedding at dusk. The D70 performed flawlessly in both Auto and Manual modes. She took about 600 pictures and they all looked great. The bride was very happy with the end results.

She uses it exclusively now, which means we will have several complete 35mm systems that will be going on eBay very soon.
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Canon PowerShot Pro1 - 8 Megapixels, a Canon L-series 7x zoom lens. 28-200mm (35mm equiv) f/2.4-3.5 L-series USM zoom lens, 12 EOS-based shooting modes, Wide-Area FlexiZone AF/AE. Macro Mode, 2-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor, VGA quality movies with sound. Having a lot of fun with this one.
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I myself have several digitals now. I started with the original, the Apple digital camera and my last one is a pocket Pentax camera that I can carry in my pocket during my travels. I used to shoot pro and had my own photo lab.

But....

The newest one was purchased for "She who must be obeyed" for her 50th birthday in May '04. She shoots pro film jobs and does photo restoration and I wanted to step her up to a digital SLR. I got her the new Nikon D70 SLR. I was on a waiting list for 3 months for this model. It accepts the investment we have in Nikon 35mm lenses and flashes. It has exceeded our expectations. Her first job using it was an outdoor wedding at dusk. The D70 performed flawlessly in both Auto and Manual modes. She took about 600 pictures and they all looked great. The bride was very happy with the end results.

She uses it exclusively now, which means we will have several complete 35mm systems that will be going on eBay very soon.
I'm still hooked on 35mm photography even though I have a great digital camera. If you happen to think of it please shoot me a PM with what you are selling and your asking price when you are ready to sell them.
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Old 08-29-2004, 08:25 PM   #80
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Bobby, I just got the D70 this week also. WOW is all I can say.

Glad I didn't have to wait 3 months. It was in stock at Ritz Camera and their price was the same as the online guys: bhphoto.com etc.

For people buying a digital SLR, beware of online dealers selling a stripped down kit at "amazing discount" prices.
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Old 08-29-2004, 08:32 PM   #81
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I was on the waiting list as it was a Pre-order. I wanted it the day is was released. They were really hard to get the first month if you were not on a waiting list. I got mine at Wolf, which is a Ritz Camera company.
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I have a KodakEasyShareDX 7630. I purchased it at Sam's for about $470. It is great for portraits of the kids and so easy to carry. It is not so good for wildlife and nature applications.
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I just want to say one more thing about this Sony DSC-W1 Cybershot Digital camera. It may have been a fluke that the LCD screen became unusable so quickly, but I still feel leery of it and feel others who might consider this camera know that it might break rather quickly. We were offered an extended warranty at Best Buy since the Sony warranty for parts and labor is only 90 days, but we don't regularly feel we need one of those. In this case, I'm feeling that might have been a good idea. Anyway, we have now added some additional padding to our already well padded case by cutting and inserting small bubble wrap inside (especially on the LCD screen side).We will keep our fingers crossed
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Old 08-31-2004, 05:36 PM   #84
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We have the above .. great camera.. have the printer that goes with it.. prints 4x6's and each picture has a postcard on the back... works great.. easy to use.. not expensive to print either..Annie
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