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Old Nov 14, 2007, 9:24 PM   #1
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I am only amateur but would love to perfect my photography skills. I am looking for a new camera SLR-like. I don't feel ready to commit to an SLR yet. Iwill be using this camerafor family pics., still life and landscape mostly. If anyone has any help it would be greatly appreciated. I have done research but still feel quite unsure... there are so many options! I was leaning towards a Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd. Please let me know if anyone has any advice! Thanks!! -Handmaidn
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 9:59 PM   #2
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A large number of digicams have lenses that only provide an angle of viewequivalent toa 35mm lens on a film camera, and many people will tell you that isn't wide enough for landscapes. Some digicams can go as wide as a 28mm lens on a film camera, and I think that's what you should look for.

The FujiFilm FinePix S8000fd actually goes as wide as 27mm equivalent, and might be a good choice for you, though I'll defer to others on the fine points of the digicams you're interested in.
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What models do you think Ishouldcheck into? Which should I definitely stay away from?I have always heard canons and nikons are usually the best. I have done some research but am so overwhelmed by the many different choices. Thanks for all the help!! -Handmaidn
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The Fuji 8000fd is an ultrazoom, with an 18x lens. If you're only interested in 18x ultrazooms, that narrows the field considerably.
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Old Nov 15, 2007, 1:30 PM   #5
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A large number of digicams have lenses that only provide an angle of viewequivalent toa 35mm lens on a film camera, and many people will tell you that isn't wide enough for landscapes. Some digicams can go as wide as a 28mm lens on a film camera, and I think that's what you should look for.
As an alternative for landscapes, giving a much wider choice of cameras, consider modest panorama stitching . Look for a camera with a good 'panorama' feature built in, or try stitching overlapping shots with the free Autostich . I took this 3-shot pano of my home village this afternoon, automatically with my Kodak Z712is. The original stands up to examination quite well. A two-shot pano will give you a wider shot, what is often all that I'm after when shooting landscapes.

I'd have done better to do it right to left and not L-R, so the exposure would have locked on the first shot.
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