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Old Jan 1, 2005, 1:47 PM   #1
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Much has been written about the 8800's shutter lag and the difficulty in taking action shots. I have found that, with experience, this is much less of a problem that you would expect. All digicams have some shutter lag, as compared with digital SLR's. But this doesn't mean you can't get good action shots with the 8800.

One good test would be birds in flight. This morning (Jan 1) I took a number of shots of birds as examples. I'll share some here.

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Here's a large duck taking off from a limb. The pix has been cropped quite a bit. The shot was taken from about 75 yards away!


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Here are some gulls in flight.


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Here's a gull snapping up a piece of bread I threw in the water.


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Here, I'm panning a gull in flight. Note the blurred background. Also cropped.


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Here's a gull landing in the water.


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Here are a couple of birds perched on a log. Also cropped. Note, nearly all the shots were taken in Auto mode.




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Here's a crane in flight from about 60 yards away. Cropped.


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Finally, a couple of big ducks. Not an action photo, but I like it.


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Very nice photos Walter. And if anybody reckons that the 8800 has shutter lag...then what about the nikon 950? I have a nikon 950, and surely the 8800 has LESS shutter lag than the 950 right? I used my 950 just yesterday at Keystone ice rink (Colorado), and I wanted a picture of the Australian flag, since I'm an aussie. I just used single shot mode...it was just a matter of keeping the shutter button depressed halfway to keep the focus locked, and then press the shutter once the flag started to move into position.

So, if we understand what we need to do to get the camera to take a pic of something you want...you can often do it. Which is what Walter and I try to demonstrate.
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Good shots, Walter ! I don't understand all the negative comments about this camera. You seem to be able to prove it works. I wonder if those who don't like it are looking for a camera with very particular strengths. I doubt this camera is the best at everything. I don't care much for indoor photos and so if it is weak there, I don't mind. I still believe this camera has a good blend of features in one package that is relatively easy to carry. No more heavy camera bags for me ! If I have one criticism, it's that it is still TOO big for me. I have neck problems and even this camera is unpleasant after and hour.

Thanks for posting the shots. You make your point well.

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