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Old Feb 9, 2003, 8:20 AM   #1
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Default Digicam required for Indoor Low Light (No Flash) Scenarios

Hello All, I hope your expertise will guide me to a suitable camera.

I would like to replace my APS camera with a digital camera. The prime use for this (although not exclusive) is to take pictures at the local music festival we help organise, so that we can put up snaps on the website (www.twinfest.org.uk - for examples of use!)

Photos I have previously taken with a normal camera, with flash, seem to fail to capture the mood of the performance - as the flash takes out all the lighting effects. I think being able to capture movie, might be handy, as long as those out-there without ADSL could still download!

I was thinking off a 3MP, 3xOptical Zoom and don't want to spend a fortune! (hopefully sub 300 for basic camera)

The following are on my shortlist, and I would appreciate comments if any of you have experience of using these cameras in the concert situation:-

(in no particular order)

Canon PowerShot S30
Canon PowerShot S40
Canon PowerShot S45 (extra justification to husband required for this one due to cost!)
Fuji Finepix F401
Fuji Finepix F601
Nikon CoolPix 885

I loved the thought of the Coolpix 3500 - but I don't think it has the Auto Focus Assist that I will probably need??

Thanks in advance for your advice/comments.

Inga
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Old Feb 9, 2003, 9:21 AM   #2
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The Olympus C4040 is a great low light camera. It has an F1.8 lens with great optics for low light shooting. I do not know how dark the rooms are but you can turn the flash off and then edit them to bring back brightness. This camera should be under $500 on the web. Read Steve's review. Check prices and vendor ratings at www.dealtime.com.
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Old Feb 9, 2003, 11:54 AM   #3
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....Photos I have previously taken with a normal camera, with flash, seem to fail to capture the mood of the performance - as the flash takes out all the lighting effects.
What lens (f/stop), shutter speed, and film speed (ISO) did you use with the chemical camera? Likely you will have the same limits with a digital camera and still have to use a flash.

What kind of flash do you have on your chemical camera? If it is a built-in flash, you can get a big improvement with an external flash.
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Old Feb 10, 2003, 3:10 AM   #4
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Thanks Bill,

The more I read about photgraphy, the more I appreciate the limitations of a point & shoot approach, no matter how feature laden the camera is.

My chemical camera is a Canon EOS 500 ( or Kiss/Rebel for US) I couldn't swear what the film was - but I think for this years festival I will apply brain power to the use of the camera. After all, the cost of 10 or so reels & development costs to learn how (not) to take photos, pales into insignifance compared to a 300 digital camera which might not do what I want!

Thanks again!

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Thinking about what you are doing is almost always a good idea. Now if I could just remember to do that, ...

If you are thinking about switching to digital, one way to start learning is to have a roll or three cut to CD - that is fairly cheap if done at the time the film is processed.

One of the dirty secrets of digital is that you have to do your own "darkroom" work with a photo editor. If you learn how to use an editor, you will have a much better idea of what you want in a digicam, you will be ready to use it, and the price will have come down while you are learning.
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Received private message from Blomblaar that read:
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"Is there a particular editing software you would recommend?

I've got PaintShop Pro v5 as it came free on the cover of a Magazine!

I think my EOS lense only goes to f4 to f24 - from what someone said on the group, a smaller f value is better??"
Since I cannot respond to that mail, I'll do it here>

Use the editing software you have until you run into something it won't do PSP5 should hold you for a while since it does have layers, though not curves or adjustment layers.

A fair number of digicams will open to f/2 or a quarter stop better (f/1.8). Most of them work only at ISO 100 (maybe 200) without a lot of noise. So try some ISO400 & 800 film with your chemical camera and you will have a fair idea of what digicam with an f/2 lens will do in the low light you are working with.
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