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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:02 pm

I'm impressed! I like the fact it is a good camera in low light situations, or indoors, that is the trouble with the cams I currently have, not all the best indoors in low light for a quick capture, without having to fiddle with settings, and then lose the moment. I do read a lot of reviews, and then think, there are so many good cameras, I wish I could just try them all to compare for myself! :lol:
One thing though, my new fz 100 does take some good captures, but I admit, this photo I am putting up, was accidental, I took a myriad of full moon pics, and then, that one that just came out so amazingly, and hand held too :shock: I figure, if I take a zillion pics, there are bound to be some good ones, that has always been my secret dream when I had a film camera, to be able to take as many photos and then pick the better ones, but of course, only the pros with dark rooms were able to do that...but now.....my dream has come true, and everyone wonders why I take sooooo many photos :lol:
Okay here is my amazing moon photo :D


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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by westoelad » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:50 pm

You are not alone in taking hundreds of shots and like you say this would have been a definate no no in the olden days of film.
I tend to bracket a lot of my shots especialy in bright and contrasting conditions then at least I have a three to one chance of getting the right shot.
I like your moon and was fascinated to see that when you view it in Oz, it is upside down from the moon we see here in Blighty.

If you look at your shot carefully you will just see a small amount if chromatic aberration round the edge of the moon from about eight o'clock to eleven, this is very common in high contrast shots and the fact that you got an image hand held well, you must be steady as a rock.

I have attached a shot I took a while back showing the moon from our side of the earth - this was shot on a tripod using a timer release - there is no way I could have achieved anything hand held.

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by Pilot » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:52 pm

What setting did you both use ? Great shots by the way
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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by westoelad » Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:05 pm

Pilot, if you download the images and then right click on them all the info you require is there.

For my shot :
Shutter priority
Aperture f/5.6
Focal length 300
ISO 100
Tripod


Danets shot:
Exposure stepped down -1
Aperture f/5.2
Focal length 108
ISO 400
Hand Held.

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:01 pm

Wow, I see what you mean about seeing the moon differently from your side of the world. Quite fascinating.

There are days I am steady as a rock, and other days, when taking some piddly photo that should be straight forward, and it's a blurr :roll: but I do remember leaning up against the door frame to keep it steady. Trouble is, I am too lazy to bother with a tripod, even though I have a few different ones of all sizes....still in their boxes, collecting dust on the top shelf :roll:

Also found some info that the exposure time for my moon pic was
1/640th of a second. That sounds fast enough as far as hand held and leaning on the door frame for steadyness, maybe I should do that for all my pics :lol:

Meant to add...the moon on this particular night was really huge, which is why I remember going out to take the pics, so in a way, a huge closer moon helps with the steady hand shots somewhat :D Funny thing is, I noticed it seemed to influence and started them huge floods happening :? They say the moon effects water, tides, rivers, the sea etc.

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:24 am

Thought I would have some experimental fun taking half moon pics hand held, and changing the settings to see what results I would get...here are a couple of half moon pics, thought they were interesting with the wrinkly potted looking edge :) One evening, I might not be so lazy and get the ole tripod out and use that to see what results of the moon pics I get :D

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Post by westoelad » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:07 pm

Last night was a good night to capture the moon as it was 20% nearer than normal.

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Post by Mr Smith » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:17 pm

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:35 pm

Westolad, that is an amazingly beautiful photo! And I think you should put it in this month's photo comp in Curly's cornershop, (March), since it is the super moon month. :)

BTW, I have been looking at the Pentax, particularly the pricey K5, but there is one problem, it's just too heavy. Oh the salesperson said it's probably the lens that makes it heavy, and took it off to show me the weight of the body only :roll:
Like as if I am only going around with no lens :lol: But it is unfortunate about it being such a big heavy camera, but the photos it takes is something amazing, as I have been looking at photo samples in reviews etc.

The k-x, the one you have, just by the photos you post from the pics you take, are amazing, and the weight and handling of the camera is easier, and the price is easier on the pocket :D
What lens do you have with your K-x? I thought a good all rounder to get was the 18 - 200 mm sigma lens.

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by westoelad » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:59 pm

Hi Danet, the K-5 is a top end camera and way too expensive for my needs - still would love to own a one though :D
I traded in a 70-300 Olympus lense to off set the price of the K-x with the twin lense offer from Jacobs.

http://www.jacobsdigital.co.uk/p-37610- ... black.aspx

The only reason I went to Jacobs is they do part exchanges etc. but the guy was a complete camera nerd and we took three cameras into the street to take samples against the K-x which he compared on the shop pc.
The image samples convinced me that the K-x was the right camera at the right price - you get a lot of bang for your buck as the guy said to me!

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:56 am

Awesome! Thanks Westoelad for the info. I do like the Pentax and the name is good, they have always been good cameras, and I certainly have seen the proof in the pudding with your photos you post :D although I have always sort of bought either Canon's or Panasonix Lumix, I wanted to go with something different. Was thinking of the Sony Alpha A55, which is still in the almost reasonable price range, and a nice lighter smaller camera for my hands to handle. The Sony has this new 'mirrorless' technology. I would just love to have both the cameras and test them for a few days, download the pics, and then truly see which one is user friendly and better on the puter screen to view. I wonder if my friendly camera store would trust me with both :D Well, I just might ask in the next week or so, of course, they will have my credit card details 8) I know that Ted's camera store have a lemon policy, or some other policy if you don't like a camera you bought, they would exchange it within 14 days or something like that, I might go to their store, and find out more about that policy.
A friend said, you can take out an expensive car and test drive it for a while, but not a camera.

Now then, are you going to put that fabulous photo of the moon over the city lights and river in the photo comp at some point? It's a worthy contender, and it would be good to show it to all the other boardies too 8) I am certain they will all go ga-ga over it :D

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by sherri » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:18 pm

westoelad, spectacular photo. If i were you, I would definitely put it in the competition, so more people get a chance to see it.

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:25 am

In the meantime, I have been made aware from one of the lovely salesperson at a camera store, of a great camera with good low light photography, a compact Sony HX7V wtih 16 MP and 10 optical zoom, or HX9V with 16 optical zoom. It has a cmos sensor which is better for low light photography, and even indoors, with the zoom extended out, still captures plenty of detail in the photo.

I am rather impressed to say the least, it has 3D photo capture, sweeping panarama capture, full HD movie. It just amazes me, and I am looking to buy one as my "compact portable take everywhere in my handbag" camera 8)

Another good contender is the Canon SX230HS.

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by Mr Smith » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:55 am

It's the wide lens aperture that makes any camera a low light camera. If you buy
a camera with a lens aperture which has it's widest aperture at say ƒ1.2 and you can
set your ISO to between 400 and 1600 you have a very low light camera. The higher
the ISO you use the more noise you will get in your photos.
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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:16 am

Right-eeo Mr. Smith :D I am going to write all this down and then rehearse it, then I will ask a sales assistant in a camera store, and see what type of cameras they know of that have these specs 8)

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Post by Mr Smith » Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:13 pm

danet wrote:Right-eeo Mr. Smith :D I am going to write all this down and then rehearse it, then I will ask a sales assistant in a camera store, and see what type of cameras they know of that have these specs 8)
Most cameras these days will have all of the specs needed, with the exception of the lens aperture, so remember
the lens with the lowest ƒ number ƒ1.2 - ƒ2.8 - ƒ3.5 - ƒ4.6 - ƒ8 - ƒ11 - ƒ22 will work best in low light conditions.

Anything above ƒ2.8 can't really be classed as a low light lens. (to use the correct term ƒ1.2 - ƒ2.8 are called fast lenses)
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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:42 am

Thank you so kindly for all that info :D I have noticed when doing comparison with cameras on a webstie called 'snapsort' that it mentions whether it is an 'f stop' better or not, and it just goes over my head, but now I think I am understanding it better. 8)

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by Pilot » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:29 am

My camera has a new f setting for beginers...."f off" :wink: its the one i use the most.
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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by danet » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:07 am

ermm....do you mean if a beginner wants to use your camera, it's got that special "f" setting Pilot :lol:

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Re: I am getting a new digi cam....

Post by Pilot » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:13 am

My first camera was a Kodak Brownie Danet in the 1950s but sadly I'm still a beginner, luckily for me the technology is so much better even I can take a half decent picture, but I don't think I will ever be more than a happy snapper.
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