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Old Aug 16, 2003, 1:53 AM   #1
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Hi there! I posted on the General board as I don't know where this should really go, but I need help chosing a new digicam. Please go to: http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...ic.php?t=13252
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Old Aug 16, 2003, 5:54 AM   #2
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If you liked the D7 like you said then going with any other cameras you'll be losing features, and it flexible manual overide; However if you found it's control too complex then simple point & shoots, like the S414/4300 or others, will do but you'll be also giving up on the D7 reach (ie 28-200mm)!

If you used your D7 mostly at the wide angle then the D7Hi is only going to be faster and much improved, but if you found yourself at the tele most of the time, then go for the 5700... However theses cameras have all about reached their End-Of-Life, and replaced by the A1 and pretty much similarly equipped F818 with even 8Mpixels!...

May be you should talk to your Hubby again, but I've seen $1399 for the 10D digital SLR so if you can afford the additional lens then... go for it! Either way digital cameras are getting so good now that it's hard to imagine someone make a buying mistake... Making error using the cameras that's another story! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Thanks for the reply NHL! Do you know how much the A1 will be going for? I thought of getting that instead of the D7 as well. I *do* like to use tele a lot, but hubby likes wide angle shots.

Yes, we will most likely get the 10D eventually, but I dont want to haul around all the lenses and stuff myself -- it would mostly be used by hubby, and I want something I can tote around more easily.

I'll have to look at the F818. Who makes it? I haven't heard of it. Thanks again!
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They'll all probably slot in around ~$1200 between the D7Hi/5700 (which will probably be discounted down) and the ever lower priced dSLR 's !

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Thanks again NHL! After looking at a few cameras around town yesterday, I was a bit disappointed by the S414; just didn't seem very much smaller than the D7's, and I would be losing alot.

At this point, I'll probably get the D7hi and it will be *mine*! Then hubby says he'll share mine and hold off for a dSLR in the future. I know he'll get one eventually, but after looking at the Nikon one yesterday, there's no way I'm lugging that thing around with ME! That's why I need my own camera.

Maybe someday I'll get a smaller point and shoot style to throw in a fanny pack for quick little pics.

btw, have you heard any reviews/comments about Digitalliquidators.com ? http://www.digitalliquidators.com/de...i&l=Everyprice That's the best price I can find for the D7hi right now. Unless you know of somewhere else?

Also, do you think the price will drop drastically when the A1 comes out?

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IMO I think the price @ that link is too low... They'll either stuff with overpriced accessories when you try to order, or the camera might be out of stock (it should be @ that price)! :lol:
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thanks! I'll have to do a little more searching then, for a more reputable company with good reviews.
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How about the Canon Digital Rebel SLR ... ??? Or the new Sony 8 megapixel camera? should beat the 5700 and the A1/D7.
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Hubby is now thinking of getting the Canon Rebel, so I may get the Nikon Coolpix 5700 for day to day shots of our son, etc. It seems very comfortable in the hand, and smaller than the D7hi. It's still between the 5700 and the D7hi.
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It's down to:
1. Wide (28mm) D7Hi, or long (280mm) 5700
2. Manual zoom/focus rings -> D7Hi, or powered buttons -> 5700
... plus you may be paying more for the D7Hi high-speed raw frames capability, wireless flash, etc that you might not need since you're getting the Digital Rebel anyway!
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