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Old Mar 19, 2005, 2:12 AM   #1
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eBay Kodak Retinar 2x tele photo lens and a Tiffen 37mm UV filter [cheap]on the way from http://stores.ebay.com/henrys-com, Toronto.

37mm adapter: on order from http://www.fredericksphoto.com/<yawn>



Question: is a polarizer filter for the 7440 useful? Salesman says, " twist until it shows dark in the LCD and shoot." It will work okay.

http://dpfwiw.com/polarizer.htm#brewster102


Or should I pass?


2x tele photo was purchased hopefully to enable shorter DOF for portraits andfor mid-range [75'-100'] nature photos.

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Old Mar 19, 2005, 7:34 AM   #2
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Question: is a polarizer filter for the 7440 useful?
Wouldn't this depend on your subjects?

Polarizing filters, like polarized sunglasses, remove glare from shiny painted or metal surfaces, and reflections from water, depending on where you are in relation to the light on the subject. Rotating the filter helps with the "where you are" part of the equation.

A polarizer also can provide the deepest blue sky you've ever seen -- again, depending on where you are in relation to the sun, and sun's angle.

They cut exposure by 1 stop or more. Two together can be dialed to the point where almost no light reaches the lens, a sort of universal, all-strength-any-strength neutral density filter.

A polarizer might remove glare from a shiny forehead on your portraits. Middle tele nature shots? don't know -- usually the polarizer goes on wide-angle nature shots of the lake, the woods, the grasses (it removes tiny points of glare from leaves and plants).

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p.s. - a really good page with examples at http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...polarizer.html
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Old Mar 19, 2005, 12:23 PM   #3
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I thank you.

Will post 7440 results.
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There's another exchange on this subject going on in Newbie Help which you may wish to look at.

That said, I have the DX7440, the Kodak tele extender and the Tiffen circualr polarizer. The tele is a nice lens but I'm not so sure that the polarizer is a 'gotta have.' If you get it, you might want to spend some time seeing how it does and making some marks on it and the extender for max and min settings.

The tele lens has done very nicely for me. It must be used at full (or nearly that) optical tele zoom to avoid vignetting.

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How do you folks like your DX7440? I am thinking of buying one and would appreciate your input. I'm trying to choose between that and the DX6490.
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Old Mar 22, 2005, 9:39 PM   #6
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jdm124:

Thanks for the"marking the max and min settings" tip.

Will root in "Newbie Help" to see what else I can learn. Thanks for the heads up.

sgeidel:

I've had this DX7440 since last August 2004 and have shot 3625 photos with no major complaints or problems.

Sure the in-camera software over-compresses JPEGs a little too much but it's within acceptable limits many people wouldn't even notice unless they have a high end monitor and zoom in tight [picky/picky].

Compared to similar offerings from Canonand Sonyat the time I got a better camera at a far better price. Softmagic.ca http://www.softmagic.ca/now sells it for Cdn$309.56 ...a bargain price drop since the Kodak Z730 will be out soon.

I bought an extra 1700mAh battery, a second 256Mb Kingston SD memory card,a perfect fit Lowepro Rezo 50 camera bag and now a few extras to round out my kit.

I'm quite surprised how many camera retailers missed the boat on this fine little camera and only stocked it's bigger brother, the 6.1MegaPixel DX7630.

I really only needed 4MPs. I have a more useful4xlens, a better movie mode and a very handy diopter adjuster on the viewfinder.

It wasa best bang for the buck after months of research for my first digital camera and Steve's DigiCams review of the DX7440was the clincher.

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I've had this DX7440 since last August 2004 and have shot 3625 photos with no major complaints or problems.

Compared to similar offerings from Canon and Sony at the time I got a better camera at a far better price. Softmagic.ca

http://www.softmagic.ca/ now sells it for Cdn$309.56 ... a bargain price drop since the Kodak Z730 will be out soon.
Thanks for the help, I appreciate it. I've waited so long, I guess now it might make sense for me to wait for the Z730 to come out. Sounds like that should be a nice camera too.
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