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Old Jul 24, 2007, 11:23 AM   #171
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The funny thing is that as technology evolves, one would expect the new models to havesignificant improvements over the old ones but that certainly does not seem to be the trend (not only with Sony cameras but other brands as well). I'm not sure if companies are cutting corners to be more price-competitivekeeping highprofit margins or else. The fact of the matter is that some of the older models (Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc.) have more features, functionality and better opticspacked into their unitsthan thenewer ones.I recently bought the R1. It's a model that was released two years ago but it has all the bells and whistlesand I don't think I'll be looking for a replacement until it stops working. And even then, I'll probably invest on having it repaired rather than buying another camera. The H9 is certainly a disappointment in many respects. I have the H1 and when combined with the 1.7x tele converter, it reaches up to734.4mm while the H9 with its 15x optical zoom lensonly gets up to 465mm. Now granted, the H1 has its limitations in terms of ISO and # of MP (even though it produces great images) and I will probablyconsider replacing it at some point but for now, I'm all set!
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 11:33 AM   #172
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I am making a step to a Canon 30D. But I will be keeping my Sony. :G
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 12:11 PM   #173
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Earlier in the year I decided to move to a DSLR and bought myselfa Pentax K100. The camera is good and everything but two months after I bought it, I got sensor dust and had to spend $30 to have it cleaned. How many times will I have to spend money to have the sensor cleaned? Who knows!I'm pretty darn careful when I change lenses but I guess it does not matter. Sooner or later dust will get there. The problem is, you don't realize you have sensor dust until you download the images to your PC. By then, it's too late and hundreds of images may be "infected" with dust. That's one of the main reasons I decided tobuy the R1.
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 12:20 PM   #174
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Well, folks, The great thing about point and shoot cameras isthe fact that they are small, light weight, no lenses to change\and they take great pictures if you are careful and know how to do it. I am sticking with myH2 for the immediate future. I see plenty pictures here that are betterthan many of the dslr ones I have seen.... Just my two cents worth... Jim


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Old Jul 24, 2007, 1:03 PM   #175
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Not all P&S cameras are small and light weight. The R1 for instance, it's considereda P&S but itis big, bulky and pretty darn heavy. However, its IQ surpasses most DSLRs out there. To me, camera size is not an issue as long as theIQ is good.
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 1:14 PM   #176
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St. Paul's Cathedral (partial view)- UK.
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 2:19 PM   #177
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Beautiful building, Tullio. I would love to see the inside of it.

Did you ever notice that tall buildings like that seem to lean in

at the top?. I see that on almost all pictures.... Jim
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 4:53 PM   #178
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Thanks, Jim. Unfortunately, photography is not permitted inside the Cathedral so I only have images of the outside. I tried tosneak some shots inside but they did not turn out too good because I could not position myself properly.I'll post a couple of pictures justto give people an idea of the art work and architecture.

The "leaning" effect is caused by the WA lens distortion. The wider the lens, the greater the distortion. Of course subjects with straight vertical lines at the edges of the image willshow a more significant distortion than saylandscape.
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Old Jul 25, 2007, 1:55 PM   #179
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Congratulations CyberF828 with the Canon 30D, it was only yesterday that I was looking in the glass case at this camera while waiting for the wife, was asked if I would like a closer look and I declined knowing that at my age (65 next Wed) that I could never justify the A$1800 cost plus the Canon 10-20 lens for another A$1200 to just take a couple of hundredlandscapes, photography for me is a fun hobby when I get the urge without spending thiskind of seriousmoney and am happy with with the results I get with my F707 and H5. Mind you if I was 35 again...........

The wife asked me what I want next weekso I told her that I would be happy with a TomTom GPS Navigator so that I can quickly find my way to places when interstate for my landscapes when renting a car from airportssuch asSydney, Melbourne and Perth. :-)
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Old Jul 25, 2007, 3:57 PM   #180
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The same here. I can not possibly justify spending the $$$ on any camera. For the kind of pictures I like to take, the R1 and K100 do just fine. I'm looking forward to seeing the images from your 30D, Cyberf828! BTW, are you changing your login name to Canon30D?
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