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Old Jan 20, 2007, 2:42 PM   #1
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Hi , I am just a basic camera user , I take indoor pics for Ebay and stuff but most of my pics are outdoor and of moving stuff like motorcycles as that is my other hobby.


My Canon A610 was stolen and I liked it well enough but some of the moving and indoor shots were not the best. The auto focus thingy was not always the best.

Id like sharper, clearer and more detailed pics.

What are a few cameras you might recommend?

Ive had 6-7 cameras , the Canon was a good one for sure, I had a Sony and Olympus
that were nice too forgot what they were now.

Thanks for any advice.
My pics are most for internet use and I aint afraid to go into Photoshop and repair
a pic that needs a bit of work.


Clearer , sharper, more detailed and focused is what id like!

Thanks again!
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It sounds like what you probably want is a DSLR. With their larger sensors, they can use higher ISOs and faster shutter speeds to prevent blurring without the loss of quality you'd see on a point and shoot.

In your position, I think the first thing I'd look at is a Canon XT body ($520) paired with a 24-200mm zoom lens ($250-$360). This would give you a lot of performance and versatility, without the inconvenience of lens switching. A zoom lens of that range typically won't give you the quality of having two separate zoom lenses of shorter range, like an 18-55 + a 75-300, but then you'd obviously need to switch lenses.

That should be a good starting point from which to determine what your needs and budget can allow, and what you'd like to add or are willing to sacrifice. For more money you could get the XTI with higher resolution, or faster lenses that would have even less blur. For less, you might be able to find cheaper lenses, or you could look at some cheaper cameras. I'm not sure if Nikon has a cheaper option. The Pentax K110d is probably the cheapest that could do what you need, but it's performance might not be suited to your shooting style.
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Old Jan 20, 2007, 4:55 PM   #3
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Thank you Corpsy , id follow your advice exactly my only problem is a lack of funds,
I need to keep it to $400 ish total.


I really hope I can explore a DSLR set-up some day though!!!!

So given my budget , what do I have to choose from?

Id really like something better than my old A610.

thanks!
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Old Jan 20, 2007, 6:10 PM   #4
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The Kodak Z-612 sells for less than $400 and Steve gave it an excellent review. It might be a good answer for your photo needs. here is a sample photo taken with the Z-612.

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Old Jan 20, 2007, 6:55 PM   #5
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Thank you mtclimber I will check that Kodac out , ya think its better than or has some advantages over the Canon S3-IS?
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The Kodak Z-612 is in the same league as the Canon S-2 and S-3. Check out the prices. I believe that you will find the Z-612 and the S-2 to cost less that the S-3. You might also want to look at the Sony H-1, H-2 and H-5. Here is a no flash/existing light only photo taken with the Sony H-5.

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Old Jan 21, 2007, 4:39 PM   #7
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Great information , I sure appreciate it!!! How about the Sony H2 vs the Z-612

both can be had for under $300 it seems.

Course going another hundred for and H5 or S3 is something id do if its worth it.

What do ya think? Thanks again , this means alot to me!!
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Here is a sample photo from the Sony H-5. This photo was taken without flash using just stage lighting at ISO 400.

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MT/Sarah, thank you ! Is the H2 a big drop down vs the H5 then?
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The Sony H-5 is 7.2mp, while the Sony H-2 is 6.0mp.

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