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Old Aug 31, 2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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I have been looking, searching and reading everything about DSLR's and am at the end of my rope. Everything is so confusing. This is good this is bad, that was good but now it's bad. Know what I mean? Here is a short idea of what I really am looking for.

What I want:
1. Excellent photo quality
2. Large photos megapixels not a priority 16 x 20 great
3. Good zoom or great zoom if not DSLR
4. Easy operations and ease of use
5. Great ISO upto 400 or beyond (hands shake so I need speed)
6. Quick shot to shot (does not have to be lighting fast)
7. GREAT auto focus or GREAT manual focus
8. Moderate price, (money not a problem over time)
9. Clear viewfinder OR screen, (I prefer viewfinder over screen)
10. Something that fits in my hand comfortably (size weight not an issue)
11. Good battery life
12 DSLR or GREAT Point and Shoot

What I don't care about so much:
1. Video, (if I want video I will buy a video camera)
2. Digital zoom, (don't care for the noise that comes with it)
3. Size or weight

I think I covered most thoughts on this. I would really love the perfect camera, but I don't think it has been made yet. lol I want a great camera that takes great photos that can be printed to 16 x 20 or bigger wonderfully. I hate noise and soft focus for the most part. When I shoot I want clear and crisp. If my subject has age lines I want them to be in the photo. If they want them out I can photoshop it. lol But I want quality first and foremost. Thank you so much for reading this and I do hope to find a great camera.

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Old Aug 31, 2009, 10:28 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums Harry.

I'd give more information about the type of photos you like to take and the conditions you like to take them in. Photos in good light are one thing, photos indoors without a flash of moving subjects (for example, indoor sports, etc.) are something else entirely.

Have you got an existing camera (or cameras) you use now? What kind of limitations are you finding with them?

Can you be more specific about budget for camera and lenses? It's not hard to spend a lot of money on a camera system, depending on what you want to shoot and the use for the images. Without more info, it's difficult to know if you should look at a higher end dSLR (which can run into the thousands), or a budget system because you're just looking for a bit better quality than you're getting with an existing Point and Shoot model.

Subject type can also make a difference as to what looks acceptable at print sizes that large (for example, detail in distant foilage and more for landscapes may require more resolution compared to a portrait). Viewing distance for a larger print also comes into the equation, as does user expectations (as quality can be very subjective, with some viewers noticing things like lower Dynamic Range, and more).
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Old Aug 31, 2009, 12:22 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum, Harry-

We will look forward to your reply to JimC's posting.

Have a great day.

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Old Sep 1, 2009, 7:20 AM   #4
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Well my search is over. Right after they update the firmware, (which always happens), I will be buying the Canon EOS 7D. Nikon dropped the ball. I was really leaning towards Nikon. Thank you.

BTW.. no hard feeling, but It really annoys me when an answer to a quesion is another question.
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Harry-

I am happy to hear that the Canon 7D sounds perfect. Congratulations!

Have a great day!

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BTW.. no hard feeling, but It really annoys me when an answer to a quesion is another question.
I don't think you are being very fair with your comment. Since you've done a lot of research, you certainly know that your options are numerous (specially since you don't have specific preferences for DSLR or P&S, size, budget, etc.). Thus, the elimination process has to be done based on usability. Some cameras have outstanding specs but when it comes to real life usage, they either don't do well in low light conditions or the AF is not as fast or it does not handle indoor WB very well, and the list goes on and on. It's easy to pick one brand and suggest its top of the line model. But, just because it puts a $5K+ ding in your pocket it does not necessarily means you'd be 100% happy with it.
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BTW.. no hard feeling, but It really annoys me when an answer to a quesion is another question.
Does it really? Why?

Doh! Ignore that ^^.

You didn't provide nearly enough information to give you sensible advice.

Anyway the 7D looks like a nice camera. Who knows it might even be suitable for what you want to do with it.
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