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Old Apr 12, 2004, 7:57 PM   #1
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Default Your "Top Five" must have's in a camera ?

Hello Everyone


This is my very first of may posts since we are about to dive in the Digital Camera world. With a ton of specs and a maze of features to look over I'm curious of what is considered "a must have" or "very important" that makes that camera a buy.

With cameras like film SLR's it's not so complicated like it is with the specs and tech data on Digital Cameras. Thanks for any input and hints.


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Old Apr 12, 2004, 8:45 PM   #2
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i guess i'll respond to this even though the camera i have doesn't have these features.

1. 6+ megapixels on a fullsize sensor or close to fullsize
2. interchangeable lenses (dslr)
3. 5+ fps
4. mirror lockup (for astronomy)
5. remote controls as in remote viewing and at least
remote adjustments on basic functions

i'm beginning to think i want a canon 1d mk 2 but that won't be for awhile.

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Old Apr 12, 2004, 10:13 PM   #3
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In rank order of my original 'wish' list:

1) 28 mm focal length or shorter at the wide angle end of the zoom range
2) equal or greater than 4 Mpixel rez
3) good battery life
4) manual control of everything
5) image stabilizartion

After I got my Minolta A1--which met all of the above criteria:

1) image stabilizartion
2) really convenient access to; manual control of everything
3) 28 mm focal length or shorter at the wide angle end of the zoom range
4) good battery life
5) equal or greater than 4 Mpixel rez
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Old Apr 12, 2004, 10:28 PM   #4
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1) 5 MegaPixels or better
2) Manual control
3) Remote shutter from behind the camera
4) Very long telephoto 500mm+ (DSLR) *
5) Optical viewfinder for use outdors in bright sun (DSLR again)

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(*) without selling my soul or the next 2 years of my life
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 12:10 AM   #5
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1. As much zoom as possible.
2. Speed (esp. in regards to shutter lag, and time between shots).
3. Manual control capability.
4. Lot of bang for the buck.
5. Ability to use an external flash.

Based on that, I chose the Minolta Z1 which has worked out well. The last one is becoming increasingly important as Saturday night racing has started again, and I see a definite need for external flash.
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 2:28 AM   #6
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Wow, I didn't realize it was the first of May already! Anyway, I think my list will look something like this (in no special order):

1. Optical viewfinder
2. No preceived shutter lag
3. Full range of aperture settings (at least from about f/2.8 up to f/22)
4. Mirror lockup
5. Wide choice of available accessories (lenses, flash, cables, etc.)


There are way more but since you only wanted 5...
As you can probably guess I'm definately not a P&S type person (not that there's anything wrong with them, they're fine for some people). I think most of all I like having control over how the picture is made. I like having the ability to control the exposure, DOF, and flash exposure just the way I want. I like having choices in lenses so I can compose the picture in the way I want. I also like having the ability to use my flash on an off-shoe cable for macros that I do. Only a DSLR can offer me what I want (or at least, most of it - a perfect one hasn't been made yet).
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 12:37 PM   #7
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Realize that I already own the 10D (not a cheap camera) so I'm used to what it offers. My list comes from the base of features that the 10D offers.

1. Faster writing of data. I find RAW files hard to use because they take so long to write.

2. Better AF system. Canon makes only one better AF (the 1D, 1Ds, & 1D Mark2 have it.) This would also be helped by better, faster lenses.

3. Faster frame rate. 3fps is good, but I'd like more.

4. Less noise at 800ISO. I don't expect it to be as good as 100ISO... that is asking too much. Just better.

5. Ah... brigher view finder? This would also be helped by faster lenses.

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Old Apr 13, 2004, 12:45 PM   #8
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I chose the Pentax *istD over the Digital Rebel (by a narrow margin). I wanted the following (but will be buying my dad a Digital Rebel for his retirement, and it will also have these features except #5):

1. Interchangeable lenses
2. 6+MP for art prints
3. extreme flexibility in creativity (somewhat ambiguous - utilizing interchangeable lenses but also accepting Cokin filter system, good in-camera controls)
4. good battery life
5. Pentax brand-loyalty
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 3:10 PM   #9
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1. Quality pictures.
2. 5mp or above
3. EVF
4. 8X zoom or greater
5. manual control
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 4:57 PM   #10
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monkey...i'm retiring too.....can i have a digital rebel too :-D
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