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Old Jan 5, 2009, 8:19 PM   #11
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I really love Nick Bland's work with the Fuji F-100. It is beautiful, with excellent composition. However, in all fairness, we have to idicate that Nick Bland takes most every one of his Fuji F-100 photo on a nice, sturdy tripod. That is why he gets such great results! I really admire his work a lot.

However, most of the regular folks posting here in the Forum are not about to drag a nice, sturdy tripod along with them in their camera kit.

The point I was attempting to make is simply this: if you are willing to move just slightly higher on the camera food chain to something like a Sony H-10 (same approximate price BTW) you can really increase your image quality a lot.

Take a look at this photo sample for instance. It is a Sony H-10 photo with better image quality, but you also get the benefit of 10X optical zoom and an industry beating flash range of 23 feet.

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"However, in all fairness, we have to idicate that Nick Bland takes most every one of his Fuji F-100 photo on a nice, sturdy tripod. That is why he gets such great results!"

Do you know that for a fact, Sarah?

My point was, horrible amateur pics on pbase are about as reliable as disgruntled user reviews on Amazon for determining the relative worth of a camera. Nick's F100 album shows what that camera is really capable of.

Perhaps I should have added a disclaimer...

WARNING: Photographs taken by a professional photographer on a closed test track. Do not try this at home. Results may vary by individual. Your's will probably be considerably worse.

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Old Jan 5, 2009, 9:53 PM   #13
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Yep, Rinnie-

That is why Nick Bland's F-100 photos look so very good. I would love to say hey, look at this, I took it hand held. But the bottomline is that the advantages of a good, sturdy tripod cannot be discounted.

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Old Jan 6, 2009, 6:00 AM   #14
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Sarah,

I'm not discounting the use of a good, sturdy tripod - they are extremely valuable tools, and no photographer should be without one.

My question to you is, how do you know that Nick Bland used a tripod to take the F100 pictures in the link that I posted in this thread? Do you know him personally? Did you ask him? Is it mentioned somewhere on his website? Is it in the EXIF data?

How do you know?

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Old Jan 6, 2009, 9:04 AM   #15
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I appreciate all of your help.

The Hun - I definitely see your point about amateur pictures and Amazon ratings. That's why I came to the professionals that might have used these cameras before to get good feedback!

I checked out that site with the comparometer - thanks...just have to make sure I look at the full res images because the small comparisons again have compression artifacts. I did noticed on the full res versions of images like the house poster - all of the cameras seem to be blurrier. The look fine scaled down. I'm just surprised at how they looked at their native size. I compared the fuji f100 to a higher end camera like the rebel. See attached.

In all reality it might be a matter of buying more than 1 camera and returning it but I just wanted a good option to start with.

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Old Jan 6, 2009, 6:59 PM   #16
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Hey matt,

Maybe this one will meet your standards...

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...K3FARCON01.HTM

Around $6600...give or take a couple of dollars...oh...that's just for the camera body...

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Now you're just toying with me. :-) That is great quality! So six grand will get you there, huh?

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Old Jan 6, 2009, 8:32 PM   #18
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Matt-

However, you have to understand that small and ultra small/compact camera have their limitations. We really have attempted to get that message across to you.

We have shown you multiple photo samples from the Sony H-10 which produces measurably better image quality, but you have made no comments at all.

A slight move-up in size yields some very improved image quality. Is that acceptable to you?? Oh, BTWthis was the Sony H-10 picture of the day.

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My apologies that I didn't provide much back on your comments. I sort of blanketed it all with the "I appreciate all of your help" comment.

Sarah, I did check out the images you posted with the Sony H-10. The images look much better for the most part, IMO. I will go out this week sometime and see if they have them in stock at the local Best Buy/CC to see just how big it feels when handling it.

You all have been so helpful. Thanks again.
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I couldn't find images on the comparometer for the Pentax S12 - any good?
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