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Old Jun 1, 2008, 1:02 AM   #21
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Denncald that armour looks awesome but 130 bucks for a case is a bit too much. That forum thread was very helpful though. Those shots look great, especially for digital zoom.

Right now I am looking at these cases:

http://www.amazon.com/Kata-DP-415-Di.../dp/B000VVXQW2
http://cgi.ebay.com/Semi-hard-Case-C...QQcmdZViewItem
http://www.amazon.com/Lowepro-344501...053&sr=8-3


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Old Jun 1, 2008, 6:44 PM   #22
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As in all decisions it is important you know what you are trying to accomplish. If you want the greatest IQ then a dslr is the only way to go but there are a lot of point and shoot cameras that are pretty good today even with the downside of a small sensor. I would suggest to get the whole package in a carry around small camera to look at the bridge cameras. There are a few that run from 27mm to 520mm which is not doable without extensive lenses and quite a bit of money with the dslr. The upside is you have a camera that can do a lot of things quite well, it's a matter of where your priorities are. The Pany FZ 18 is decent and the Oly SP 560 is decent. I can't comment on the the other super zooms as I haven't seen or used them. But from what I see on the forums the new Olympus SP 570 is the camera to beat short of a dslr. A shot from my 560 and from what I see the 570 is better.
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Old Jun 2, 2008, 12:56 AM   #23
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Yeah, I am looking for something a bit smaller for travel. The safety zoom on the g9 will probably take care of most of my telephoto needs. With those huge zooms it becomes really hard to hold the camera steady enough to get a clear shot, which means to really use it you need a tripod, which is more bulk added. More trouble than its worth IMO.
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Old Jun 2, 2008, 7:19 PM   #24
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I would suggest you stick with brand names like the Kata and Lowepro for your bag. You should also make sure the bag can hold a spare battery and spare SDHC card. Another factor will be the neck strap. Will it fit inside the bag when closed, or will you replace the neck strap with a small wrist strap?

I just purchased a smaller camera bag from Radio Shack that I carry on my belt now, and my neck strap has to hang out one side. I can compensate by stuffing the neck strap into my pocket, but I would prefer it all be inside. So, I ordered a thin wrist strap, since I know a wrist strap will fit inside (I borrowed the one from the A620 to try it). Here's the strap I ordered;

http://www.coolanyard.com/1/thin-line-black/#1

You might also want a small tripod, perhaps a table-top design. I gave you a link to a discussion on them. I was using the Targus Grypton XL, but with my new heavy tele-converter lens the little tripod head drooped badly. Now, I'm considering this tripod discussed on that forum. I think I might like the fact that I can get it as a kit that includes a case that fits on my belt. Then the camera, and the tripod could be carried on my belt. I carry the tele lens in a fanny pack, so the camera and tripod would fit on the "belt" of the fanny pack too. That makes it easier when hiking for me.

tripod kit;

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ripod_Kit.html

just the tripod, with the optional extension and bag shown that are part of the above kit;

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...pod_with.html#

Another small tripod to conside might be the Ultrapod design shown on the Lensmateonline site. The Ultrapod II is strong enough to hold my G9 with the tele lens attached.

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Old Jun 2, 2008, 7:47 PM   #25
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G9 noise in low light and high ISO images may become an issue for you. That is the most common complaint. The G9 allows you to control ISO settings via the selector dial on the top left of the camera. You can also allow the camera to determine the setting. You also will have an option through the Scenes menu to select ISO 3200, but the resolution will drop to 2MP. This can be helpful in an emergency, or if you really want the picture, and can live with the noise.

Ultimately, this means you need to use some noise correcting software. There are several out there, and some are free. Here's a recent thread on this topic;

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=27976777

Most people recommend sticking to ISO 80 or 100 to avoid noise issues, but that won't always work. I've been able to get some pretty good images at around ISO 800, handheld, that cleaned up with a little noise software. Here's one I took at my niece's pinning ceremony (Nursing school) using ISO 800, handheld, 1/20 sec shutter;



This photo has not had any PP done to it yet.

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Old Jun 2, 2008, 10:33 PM   #26
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I think I have decided on the Lowepro D-pods 30 case because it is compact. It has a memory card slot and a pocket for a battery. I think i'm going to go with a cheap mini tripod for the camera, since I don't really want to drop 50+ bucks on a tripod.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Black-Mini-TRIPO...QQcmdZViewItem

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http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-Tripod-Stan...QQcmdZViewItem


metal one might hold up the g9 better. There are some full sized ones for like 5 bucks too. I think I have decided to hold off on the extra lenses for now becuase of price and bulk.

I like that stap though, most of the ones sold for cameras are those thick neoprene ones and that is nice and skinny.

As far as noise, I think that any point and shoot will have noises issues at high isos, but I am just going to live with it. Noise reductiton software is pretty good these days, I am using the trial version of Neat Image and I am pretty impressed. That thread seems to lean heavilty towards noiseware, so I guess I should check it out.
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Old Jun 3, 2008, 9:57 AM   #27
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Sounds like your plan is coming together. Here's another mini tripod to consider, but a little more expensive - $10.

http://www.amazon.com/Vanguard-VS55-...50&sr=8-30

[Edit] Here's another mini-tripod to consider. Looks quite compact, yet should hold more than the others.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...op_Tripod.html



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Old Jun 3, 2008, 1:41 PM   #28
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My CooLanyard wrist strap arrived today. It is exactly the same size as the A620 wrist strap, which is something I was concerned about. I thought the photos online made it look longer. I got the one with the little silver slider with the X on it. I actually wasn't paying attention to which one I ordered, so I thought I had ordered the plain black plastic slider, until I saw the results post-ordering. Now that I have it, I kind of prefer it's style.

It's simple to attach using the ring attaching to the G9. If you get one, be sure to read the little instruction sheet inside the package on how to easily open the J-hooks for making the connection.

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Old Jun 4, 2008, 8:46 PM   #29
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I think i am going to get that strap. I agree the pictures make it look super long, but I think the wrsit strap on the A620 is a pretty nice size so I am glad its not rediculous.
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I just ordered the Ultrapod II, the largest of the Ultrapods, since I have the large Canon teleconverter lens. If I did not have the large external lens, I would have ordered the Ultrapod I.

UPII
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...__2_Black.html There are two good reviews on this link also, click Read Reviews.

UPI
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...__1_Black.html
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