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Old May 5, 2007, 8:09 AM   #1
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Hello, new personnel here;

I will be having $1400 allocated for buying my new camera alone, without including the extra cost of accessories. Depending on the accessories type, I can afford to spend more on the camera.

The size of the camera will not be a concern to me, though I do want it to be practical and exactly portable.

Generally 6 mega-pixels will suffice for me though it is not crafted in stone.

I would like to have 3x optical zoom at least.

Image quality is important to me and I would rate it as an 8 on a scale of 1 – 10.

I want full manual controls with the complete P, S, A, and M modes available.

I would generally be using the camera for taking group pictures of people, action scenes, still live, portraits, landscapes and frequent spur-of-the moment snapshots.

I will be thinking of printing my photos later on for A4 size displays.

I will also be shooting quite a number of indoor photos or low light photos.

I won't be shooting serious sports yet, but I will be shooting some action photos such as stage performances indoors; can be some 10 meters off or more depending on my location.

For camera brands, I generally like Canon and Nikon the best though I don't have any particular dislikes for the other camera brands.

Camera models that I already particularly have in mind are the Canon EOS-400D, EOS-30D, Nikon D-40, D-70s, and the D-80.

I don't have a need for those features,

But having image stabilization, a weather proof chassis, and (or) a rotating LCD can be a nice have for me.

A hot shoe for external flash support will be important for me to bounce flash and also for greater flashing distance.

I am looking forward towards your recommendation.

Cheers.
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Old May 6, 2007, 8:26 AM   #3
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My new method of asking for a camera recommendation is eh....much better than the last time eh...? :O

What do you think? :-)

:shock:

I was experimenting with the list in the dcresource forum that teaches "one" how to ask for a camera recommendation. (So I followed everything step by step and "plup", here is what I have ended up with.)

I would recommend anybody else looking for a camera recommendation to check it out though...

Sign...I wish I had known of it much earlier...

[Like this a "perfect" recommendation could have made through...and it would have been a breakthrough.] >>>

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5111

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Now I am probably independent enough and with enough camera and lens knowledge to be making my own decisions already (I know that), considering that I have been researching since the year 2005; non stop ever since! :shock:

Believe me, I have never got anything since the last time I was here, probably except that I have recently got myself the Nikon F100 professional 35mm (135mm) film SLR camera with the Nikkor A.F. 50mm F/1.8D prime lens; I have also been using manual process B&W films for the jobs. (Recently I have made my own contact print from my negatives and the resulting quality was sooo nice I can tell you.) I was also taught to conduct a test print first, before the real thing.

I have also learned how to process my own exposed film rolls in the college's darkroom, and used the chemicals accordingly.

To be honest, I have screwed up one roll of film before; and that has made me more careful ever since.

Tomorrow is the Monday (After my one week break), I will be experimenting with different effects on film, and I will also be experimenting special effects with the photo papers as well.

Towards the end of this second semester, we will all be going to a waterfall recreation area for our final project; where we will all be having a free shootout there. The results and presentation for the final project will be graded by the lecturers, and frankly that is my greatest concern of all. (I am really striving hard to get a distintion again; I have got a distintion for the first semester, and that was satisfying.)

The last time, we all had the apportunity to gather at KLCC (Our city/comercial center) for a free shootout as well.

Just recently, we have all also paid a visit to the K.L. Tower, though I wish I could also access the majestic Patronas Twin Towers as well. (It is still the world tallest twin towers today, and probably will be for the next decade to come...Talking about twin towers, I still cannot help feeling sorry for the tragic great lost of the great Manhattan Skyline World Trade Centers that once dominated the skyline of the New York city...I really miss that twin towers which I have been so familiar with. ) I still remember that day when I was having my birthday party in the Pizza's hut...later on that night, the shocking news came...(No wonder I though I felt a bit funny on the way to celebrating my birthday...) My birthday fell on the eleventh of September, 2001, and it will always fall on 911...little did I know that was the day that had changed the world. (I can still remember the last time when I was still in high school, me and my nerdy friend "a very knowledgeable fellow" there; we started talking about the 911 incident non stop for weeks.)

O My, I can't believe that I have been so deep in thought!! :shock: (Sorry sorry.)

That is often what happens when ever I start talking anything related to the twin towers...

Ever since I have shifted to my new place (Or house in this case), I can now see the Patronas Twin Towers, and the K.L. Tower each and everyday; that is because I am now living 22 stories above the ground! (21 stories to be exact, but that doesn't include the ground floor; which also adds to the final height.) Sometimes when the days are clear, I can see the towers as if they are just a hand reach away, and with rolling mountains behind. (A great photographic opportunity if I have a long lens.)

Believe me, I can also see the "Genting Highlands" from where I am! That place (A very large place indeed, is situated above the clouds; but I can often see it clearly from where I am now! Genting Highlands is a place with five star luxury hotels, casinos, theme parks, and entertainment centers etc...people go there to get entertained. (At nights, I can see its many lights glowing like a celestial city in the sky.) I once saw that place very clearly from the airplane, when the sky was cloudless; that time I was on the way to my holiday destination.

So as you can see, I have many photography opportunities around me indeed; and it is all there for me, as the photographer, to exploit and use those opportunities.

Now it is just about finding the right "equipments" for the job while staying within my limited budget (Which is as stated in the original thread).

Meanwhile, I just want to show you all some shots of the Patronas Twin Towers capture from the K.L. Tower's "Golden View" (I had the privilege to access that special floor.) Believe me, all the theorist of the world comes to the K.L. Tower each and everyday to capture the view of the K.L. city, and the view of the Patronas Twin Towers from here are highly sought after by them! (The night view is even better, but I would have to have a tripod for that...The Patronas Twin Towers looks heavenly when its lights are turn on; especially from such close viewing distances!)

The date imprint really spoils the following photo in my opinion, and I have also turned the contrast, saturation, and sharpness setting on my Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-N1 to the minimum. (The day was also overcast with low contrast for the start.)

The photo has also not be post processed to produce better results. (Imagine how good capturing in RAW, and then editing later on can be.)

I would be sure to do better next time having known all this fact now. (And also getting a new camera soon, with RAW support and a sturdier grip to hold fast in such an overcast/dim lighting condition.)

If you feel like it, you can just drop in any camera recommendation for me to consider; since the thread has also been started.

I do have the Nikon D80 dSLR body with the Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX Nikkor or with the Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkorin mind though.

I am sorry I have ever said so many bad things about the Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX. The lens is actually very sharp wide open all the way through its focal length (One of the sharpest), and its build quality is also very good actually. The plastic mount isn't actually a factor at all as I have made it to be; unless you are changing lens often. (Even that, it should still be able to hold for a long time.) The lens also have the build in silent wave focusing motor with full time manual focus overwrite. The lack of the distance scale is also frankly, a non issue to me; I just made it seems like a very serious matter last time. (Please forget them.)

I am also very sorry for slighting the Nikon D80 a lot last time,

Actually it is a very good dSLR camera indeed, and I just couldn't afford it last time; so I just tried very hard to make it sound like a very bad camera indeed, so that I would be satisfied. (Now I feel ashamed of myself!) That altitude of mine was bad! There are other dSLR cameras or lenses out there today that I would wish for, but that does not mean that I should start slighting all of them just because I cannot afford them. (I've learned now anyway, and have corrected that horrible attitude of mine already.)

Other than the fact that I also had a very good experience with it, I also considered the Nikon D80 because I now already owned the Nikkor AF 50mm F/1.8D prime lens.

But I do also like the Pentax K10D and the Canon EOS 30D a lot though.

I have actually made a list;

With U.S.$1500, I could get any of those combos >>>

Canon EOS 30D (kit) with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II

Nikon D80 (kit) with the Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX

Nikon D80 body (Separate purchase) with the Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor

Pentax K10D body with the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro >>> http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/203/cat/31

Pentax K10D body with the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro >>> http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1008/cat/31

Prime lens solutions >>>

Nikon D80 body with the Nikon 35mm f/2D AF Nikkor >>> http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...35_2/index.htm

Pentax K10D body with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM >>> http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...uct/176/cat/30

(There is no HSM focusing motor for the Pentax mount version though...)

Inquiring minds would certainly want to know how come I haven't brought my dSLR camera and lens yet. (Because it has already been a full year since I first came in here and asked for advice.)

The short story is this; (Sorry, I cannot afford to make it long due to time constrains already.)

Well, I was supposed to have brought my Pentax K10D with the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro last month; I have already decided on that combo already that time, but, my photography lecturer last minute told us all photography students to go and get ourselves an SLR camera with lens! (And it was all also supposed to be done on the very day itself that I have allocated to get my Pentax K10D with the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro!) So as you can guess, I had to drop the idea of getting the Pentax K10D with the Sigma lens on that very day itself!

So since now I have not gotten any dSLR yet, I thought that asking around for more advice would be good; to get me better prepared.

After spending so much money on my new Nikon F100 film SLR camera, the Nikkor AF 50mm F/1.8D lens, and accessories, I had postponed the purchase of my new dSLR camera and lens until now.

So I think it should be understandable why I have been waiting so long to get my dSLR.

I hope this post has enlightened you on some of the things that I have been going through lately; while you'll are all still here leading your usual lives.

BTW, why create a different name you will ask;

Well, simply because I know no one will want to see the old BenjaminXYZ pixel peeper again, so I just created another name to ask for more camera advice.

Hope this helps.

God bless.

BTW, if creating a different name for this purpose is against the forum rules, I am very sorry, I will no longer use this name then; and resume using back my old name if the members here won't mind.

I really did like this forum a lot and liked how the members in here often give their advice and recommendation for a new camera perchase.

If you don't feel like responding to this thread, it will be okay with me.

Sorry and God bless.

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Old May 6, 2007, 11:03 AM   #4
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I just recalled;

It was on the final day of PMA 2007,

I was supposed to be getting the Pentax K10D digital SLR camera and the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro zoom lens.

BTW, here is one more shot of the Patronas Twin Towers in the bright sunlight this time; taken through the dusty Carl Zeiss zoom lens of my old Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-N1 compact digital camera. I also took the shot one handed since my right hand was occupied with my laptop suitcase. (There was indeed a bit of blur.)

I didn't have the time to put down my laptop suitcase because my lecturer and course mates were on the constant walk.

One day I hope to get back to the K.L. city center (KLCC) and really take the time to frame my shots properly. (I can just take the monorail from my place right up to the towers themselves!)


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Old May 6, 2007, 11:25 AM   #5
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Let me post one I.D. + A. (Interior Design + Architecture) shot he he! :-)

I plan to do more I.D. and A. or I.D. + A. type shots in the future.

Now I am just learning and experimenting only.


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Inquiring minds would certainly want to know how come I haven't brought my dSLR camera and lens yet. (Because it has already been a full year since I first came in here and asked for advice.)

The short story is this; (Sorry, I cannot afford to make it long due to time constrains already.)

Well, I was supposed to have brought my Pentax K10D with the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro last month; I have already decided on that combo already that time, but, my photography lecturer last minute told us all photography students to go and get ourselves an SLR camera with lens! (And it was all also supposed to be done on the very day itself that I have allocated to get my Pentax K10D with the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro!) So as you can guess, I had to drop the idea of getting the Pentax K10D with the Sigma lens on that very day itself!

So since now I have not gotten any dSLR yet, I thought that asking around for more advice would be good; to get me better prepared.

Funny.... according to the last post by your friend Lincoln in the thread below, you already have the Pentax

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btw I envy Ben la, he recently got himself the Pentax K10D digital with one Sigma lens, but the lens look damm big, even bigger than the camera. The whole thing is damm heavy man! You should carry it and see. My ND filter also can't cover the front of his lens!




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