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Old Nov 8, 2004, 11:10 AM   #1
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Seems like an interesting camera, but the reviews are rather scarce. Anyone have any experience with it yet?

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Old Nov 10, 2004, 12:05 PM   #2
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Yes, I have. There are some samples at:

http://www.gysenbergs.be/gallery/bokrijk/

All images were downsampled from 5 MB jpg's with some final sharpening applied, also the saturation was bumped a bit.

There are also test shots from a Q60 Kodak Color Input Target:

http://www.gysenbergs.be/gallery/CP8400ISOQ60

All in all I'm quite pleased with the camera. Comparing to a CP4500 I used for years, the CP8400 is much quicker to start (appr. 3 sec) and the focus works OK. The main reason I bought the camera was the 24 mm.

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Old Nov 12, 2004, 8:30 AM   #3
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Deane,

I have a 8400 and it is a great camera.

The images are VERY sharp, the camera feels good in my hands, it is not to big although it feels sturdy.

I bought the 8400 because of its wide lens, as I use it when we do business shows I don't need a long zoom.

When I did location scouting for tv commercials the lenses I used the most were my 20, 24 and my 28. I had 3 Canon F1-N's and all their lenses up to 500. - I wish I still had all those cameras and lenses :-) (I used Polaroid 185 and a 195, most of the time and my Canon for stock shots.

Getting back on subject, I would recommend this camera to anyone who can use the 24 mm lens, and a lens/camera combo that renders beautiful 81/2 x 11's and probably beyond.

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Old Nov 12, 2004, 9:15 AM   #4
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One of the issues I wondered about is the shutter lag. I'm beginning to get the idea there is none. Can you confirm.

Thanks for your response.

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Old Nov 12, 2004, 4:28 PM   #5
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Deane,

I don't know what you are shoting, but for my business stuff it's fine, it does seem quick though.

I have not shot any action shots so I can't tell you in real time how the lag may effect your shot.

I suggest you go to your local camera store and try one out if you can. I bought mine sight unseen because I needed the 24mm.

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Old Nov 14, 2004, 8:34 PM   #6
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Actually, mostly point and shoot family stuff at gatherings. It's hard to catch expressions, etc., with a slow shutter.

I have a Nikon D70 and a Sony T-1, so this would be to fill in the gaps for point and shoot applications. The 24mm would be a super bonus.
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Old Nov 14, 2004, 9:50 PM   #7
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If that's the case, I think you will like the 8400 a lot.

I shot photos of stuff for testing around the house with my mind on your comments, and yes it does shoot without to much shutter lag (really very little).

Deane, I think you will like this camera a lot, it's small yet the images are very high quality as far as I'm concerned. It is worlds away from just a point and shoot, you will be very pleased I think.

I'm very happy I bought the 8400 instead of the 8800.

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Old Nov 15, 2004, 10:45 AM   #8
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Thanks Wll. These type responses are very valuable.

For me, the 8800 is too much camera to use in conjunction with the D70. At that point, I might as well just use the D70. I wanted something that's small and light to handle, sort of a walking around camera. The 8400 looks like it might be perfect.

Having come out of a world of view cameras and a concentration on landscapes, I'm more oriented to the composition possibilities of the wider lenses. I don't find much use for long lenses since I don't do birds, etc. I guess years of drooling over Ansel Adams photographs left me appreciating the "near/far" compositional possibities.

This appears to be a great point and shoot type camera that's equally at home doing serious work.

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