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Old 05-02-2005, 08:44 AM   #1
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Which digital camera do you use?

Just got my first digital camera. I might have been the last forum member to get one...
We plan to use it to document our travels in Spirit. I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out the features..
It is a Nikon D-70.
What cameras do you all use? How do you decide which "photo" program to keep your photos?

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Old 05-02-2005, 08:58 AM   #2
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Oooooooo Nikon, Good choice!
I have a Macica CD, I use a program called Vueprint to view and resize my pictures. It is a simple point and click program with a ton of features. Good luck in what you choose! Looking forward to you pics!
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Old 05-02-2005, 08:58 AM   #3
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Nothing like going digital with one of the best cameras on the market! I shoot with a D70 as does Rich Luhr. There may be other folks out there who do the same.

I don't know what you have for memory, but it's worthwhile to get a big memory card. I have a Gig and it's pretty nice--unless I shoot Raw format. I also have a 70-300 mm lens (second hand old one) and polarizing filters. Eventually, I hope to get one of those cool flashes, but finances are going to the trailer right now.

The manual is pretty cryptic, you may want to get an after-market manual. I've had my camera since Xmas and I am still figuring out some of the features. It's a good thing to figure out how to control white balance--that can make a huge difference on how the pix end up looking.

The Nikon downloading software gives a pretty minimal photoediting features. It has a file management feature that while it works, it's quirky (if you save the picture in another program, it stops displaying.

Personally, I use an older version of Photoshop for editing. Right now I have all my pictures on my harddrive and use Picasa (free from Google) for file management. Eventually, we are thinking of putting a dedicated photodrive into our desktop and networking to it.

The cool thing is that the camera allows you to push the envelope and try new things. If you go to my blog, you can see some long exposure pics I took at the Cherry Blossom Rally (trailer shot in the dark and the campfire).

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Old 05-02-2005, 09:09 AM   #4
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Mary,
Glad to hear that you also thought then manual was Criptic.... No amount of coffee made me understand the features as of yet...
I have to thank my wife, she knew I/we were looking at digital cameras. She called a good friend of ours and he recommended the D 70. I have always used Nikon cameras( F-3 w/ winder) But the digitals just kept getting better. She also got me the 512 memory card and a second battery.
I loved your photos from the Cherry Blossom rallie! We hope to be there in person next year, In fact some of your members were at the "Break out " rallie at "Trailer Buff" Was that you??
Hope to meet you in person down the road!!

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Old 05-02-2005, 09:19 AM   #5
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No, I don't know about that rally--who sponsored it? Well, anyways, our trailer is officially out of commission, at least for a while. Oh, yes, you are in Richmond--whereabouts? Rick's mother is in Midlothian.

Have you tried your old lenses on the Nikon? It's pretty cool, even the old manual ones. I have an old manual telephoto that I've used on my camera with good results, even if I had to "SWAG" the settings.

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Abe ...

Congrats on the new Nikon. That camera has been near the top of my "Lust List."

Nikon has announced the new D70s ... but there will be a firmware upgrade for your D70.

Here's a link with more info: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0504/05...70firmware.asp
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Old 05-02-2005, 10:37 AM   #7
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Porky,

I had no idea my wife has such good taste.. She was worried that the D-70s would come out as soon as she got me the D-70. With the download information that you told me about it looks like I can just down load the update form Nikon and have almost all the features of the D-70s. Like I really need more features...

Ps my wife and I love your web site. Your site was part of our desire to go digital....
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:16 AM   #8
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I use a Leica Digilux 2 that comes with a 28-90 zoom and Photoshop for most everyday stuff but I still prefer the feel of film. I can get everybit as good an image using my old Leica M6 and scanning it with my Konica 5400 film scanner, then tweaking with Photoshop.
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My favorite browsers and organizers are ACDSee and Photoshop Elements 3. ACDSee is less expensive and lets you open all image files and enlarge and is my favorite. Elements 3 cost a bit more but gives you many advanced editing features and control. Either will open raw files but in the Elements organizer you will have to import them into the program rather than viewing your hard drive's contents. I use both regularly and send to PhotoshopCS for advanced editing, though Elements has A LOT of power and function and would be up to any task. If you want a free program good for slideshows, viewing, converting and resizing check out IrfanView. http://www.irfanview.com/
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I think it is safe to say that I don't understand at least 3/4 or anything said so far on the thread. I got the part about not understanding the owner's manual, from then on you may as well have been speaking a foreign language. I really am an educated woman; however, these photo programs are well beyond me. I got the Cannon camera, I really like it and I take great pictures. Most are too big to put on the forum, although balrgn was able to talk me through resizing a few of them. I can't imagine me with a Nikon. I'm sure a better camera is just more complicated. AND Consumer Reports recommended the Cannon. Good luck to you camera literate airstreamers.
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You may want to take a look at the Pentax ist DS with the 16-45mm ( about 24-70-mm in 35mm format) It's an excellent camera from someone who prefered Nikon and Leica for years.I majored in photograpy at The Maryland Institue of Art here in Baltimore many years ago and have shot with a lot of different cameras. That said you can't go wrong with Nikon, Canon, Leica or Pentax, the are all making great digital cameras.The Pentax is the smallest of the lot with a great feel in your hands and picture quality equal to the the Nikon or Cannon. IMHO
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Just got my first digital camera. I might have been the last forum member to get one...
We plan to use it to document our travels in Spirit. I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out the features..
It is a Nikon D-70.
What cameras do you all use? How do you decide which "photo" program to keep your photos?

Abe
Nikon is a good choice.
L have been using digital cameras since 1996. I love them! The first ones kinda sucked but someone had to buy them.
I use a USB-connected card reader that takes the CF and the SD memory cards.
I just transfer the pictures from the memory cards to the PC using Windows Explorer. If need to touch them up or whatever, I use Adobe Photoshop 7.0. If they require only resizing and cropping I will open them with MS-Paint.
I have had quite an array of digital cameras but the Kodaks are what I have had the best luck with. I do like them all and everyone on the forum will have their favorite brand. I just happen to like my Kodaks.
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This will be an unpopular opinion, but I would suggest that photographers making the transition from film to digital seriously evaluate their entire software workflow, in addition to just considering the camera. If you ever spent the time to learn how to handle film developing, you'll want the ability to fully control your digital processing as well. For people like that, real color management is essential, and the later version of Photoshop are far ahead of everyone else there. The latest RAW conversion built into Photoshop CS drastically simplifies processing critical files as well. And the tools that they are including in the new version for noise reduction, high dynamic range processing, and lens correction are really spectacular. The cost is breathtaking of course, but the education discount is huge.

I also recommend a tool called Downloader Pro for those who have to keep track of moving a lot of files from a camera or memory card to a computer.

On the other hand, if you just want to use a small digital camera for taking ordinary snapshots, you can get away with a lot of much less expensive packages, from Elements to Paint Shop Pro, etc. It just depends how much you care about getting prints to look exactly the way you want them to. Control freaks: You know who you are...

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Juel,

The digital cameras folks are discussing here are digital single lens reflex cameras (except, perhaps the Macica CD, which I am not familiar with). These are cameras that are closer to professional quality (indeed, I know two pros who shoots with a Nikon D70) than the kinds of cameras profiled in Consumer Reports.

There are a couple of ways these cameras are different...

-When you look into the camera, you look through the shooting lens, not a second view finder lens. This means you position images more accurately in the frame

-These cameras allow the user full control over the camera settings. That allows folks to alter the mood and feel of the image

-You can change out lenses, allowing the use of anything from wide angle to super telephoto lenses

These cameras offer a variety of other features that make them even more flexible for high quality photography. However, all of these features make it more complicated to master.

Maybe one of the Canon cameras (and I presume it wasn't the Digital Rebel, which is another high quality DSLR) was chosen by Consumer Reports as best for serving its audience. Just like mass market cars, Consumer Reports is probably a good guide to the common point and shoots cameras. However, Popular Photography (which serves an audience with more demanding requirements) chose the Nikon D70 as its camera of the year in 2004. Certainly, the D70 and the Digital Rebel are popular quality DSL cameras. They are kind of like Mercedes Benzes of cameras--the Leica is like getting a Jaguar, and I suppose the professional grade cameras are like custom cars. Say, Paul--how do you like that camera?

It's all a matter of what kind of camera you want, the size of your wallet and the time you are willing to spend to master it.

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