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Old Jun 9, 2002, 12:36 PM   #11
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As I said Jim I'd buy the 7i in a second and still may. Point well taken with regard to the body materal of the 602, metal versus plastic. Regreatably " I leaped before looking" and will live with it. The forerunner of the 602 was the 6900 I think and quickly gained cult status, and was seldom found on store shelves for a good part of it's early life due to the high demand. I have spoken with Fuji about their unique interpolation geometry and can't wait try it out
All of my comments about Nikon and Fuji do not mean that I think any less of the 7i. It too has it's special qualitys. Back to the 602 for a moment. I find it's ability to film at 640 X 480, 30 fps for as long as the memory holds out a big selling point. Oh, I know there are people that will argue that if you want to make movies buy a camcorder.but the differences between camera and camcorder are quickly disappearing. Well Jim , there's my 2 cents for the moment.
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Old Jun 9, 2002, 2:29 PM   #12
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I had missed your link to PhotoSig before but went through the first page a while ago. Wonderful content, great pictures and very gifted photographers however I found most of the pictures tended to lean a slight, but none the less descernable degree towards softness.
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Old Jun 10, 2002, 12:48 AM   #13
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Ok then... Well I sure hope you know what you're doing (you went from an E10 -> S602 ???)

1hr of DV video is like 13 microdrives. I don't think the S602 will last 1G on a set of NiMh AA, let alone 12 more swaps. I also hope you realize that the video is AVI and nowhere near the quality of a 70's VHS camcorder... You might as well by a digital camcorder and get lousy still shots if that you goal! (since you already have a D7 and none of the cameras you've mentioned so far can come close to it... let alone a D7i)
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Old Jun 10, 2002, 1:18 AM   #14
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I have no intention of using the 602 as a camcorder. I only mentioned it as a matter of interest. I also have a Minolta 9x. In fact it was my last film camera before going digital. I always wanted a Hassie but the cost of lens always killed my craving I mean, spending more for a run of the mill lense than the camera cost. Ouch. As I said in one of my earlier posts I'm addicted to cameras. One of these I'm sure I'll be looking for a digital halfway house
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Old Jun 12, 2002, 7:43 AM   #15
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Well let just hope you don't get there... but in case you trust your 'expert' experience (to keep you out of trouble) in discerning softness in web pictures, they all are when compressed to 20-50% their original size!

Also it has been documented numerous time, especially on Steve's old board that unless one prints the picture out, you can not compare pictures between cameras from a PC screen, especially re-size jpegs... Beside the pictures are only as good as the person taking them regarless of how good a camera is.
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So what is it going to be: confusion or falling in love all over again ???
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Has anyone seen this from another manufacturer:

"Minolta remains committed to providing our customers with the most cutting edge digital imaging technology available today," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing for Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "Photography in the digital age permits consumers to buy products such as the DiMAGE 7 with the added confidence of knowing that they will benefit from improvements in technology as they develop."

This is not fixing bug, they are giving us a whole new camera!!! ie:
- Direct Manual Focus (DMF) added.
- AF speed increased by up to 50% depending on the subject and the focal length in use.
- Real-time histogram added.
- Two new recording mode EVF displays - grid and scale.
- UHS continuous-advance drive mode added.
- Continuous advance drive rate increases from 1.1 frames per second to 1.5 frames per second (with full-size images in manual focus and manual-exposure modes).
- Three new movie modes - Time-lapse movie, Night movie, and UHS continuous-advance movie.
- Manual flash control in three levels: full power, 1/4 power, and 1/16 power.
- Folders can have standard and date names.
- Enlarged playback available in Quick View and playback modes. Images can be magnified from 2x to a maximum of 4x in 0.4x increments.

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Old Jun 21, 2002, 8:27 PM   #18
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I want to switch to using digital camera. I would like to have an advice on getting a digital system of a low budget about $6,000 which consists of a digital camera with lens and high capacity type of media storage, and a printer.

I would like to sell either 5x7, 6x8 or 8x10 pictures.

With my film camera Nikon F100, I am taking pictures in showrooms in Las Vegas and I sell an average of 100 pictures of 6x8 per day. (I have to take about 25 rolls of 36 exposures.)

I will be taking a lot of pictures in the range of 400 to 500 pictures per day. I need to have a digital camera which has a fast recycling time when taking pictures at the highest resolution.

Please recommend me a digital photography system pertaining to the nature of my work.

Thank you very much!
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Your budget is more than adequate for what you wanted to do.

A complete computer system with plenty of storage is around $2k, a really good Canon/Epson(11x14) photoprinter is around another $600, and that'll leave you plenty money for photo-editing software and cameras.

I don't know if your question is specific to the D7i, but it'll do the job since this camera use both the "El Cheapo" rechargeable NiMh AA batteries available at any Walmart/Target and the CF flash format. Heck! theses department stores even carry the CF flashes now... But I highly recommend the IBM microdrive for the D7i (that what I use). It'll hold over 420+ shots @ full resolution before you'll need to reload which seem to meet your daily requirement. I believe if you don't go for the professional high-end camera, you can stay below $5000, and save that money for photopaper/ink or an assistant to help you process the prints (which you used to outsourced)

If you shoot 25 rolls of 36 exposures a day, I believe you'll recover your investment immediately in term of film/print costs... I believe with your budget you can even buy more than one cameras (any 3.3Mpixels or above will do 8x10), hire an assistant(s) and actually multiply your profit!

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if yor looking into the D7i and going to use it in a commercial way. power will be an issue. working with AA batteries is definately not a good thing. the D7i works beautifully with the Minolta HS5600D strobe. they are the pair of aces in your hand. power- (2) 30 Watt Digital Camera Batteries one on charge while the other is powering the camera and the strobe. there are 2 outputs on that battery pack- one for camera, one for strobe. the proper cables and your putting out approx 700+ pictures from a freshly charged pack. 50% strobe shots. of course your milage will vary depending on distance and LCD use. and the usual playing around. reference: www.digitalcamerabattery.com.
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