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Old May 30, 2010, 4:51 PM   #41
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I was particularly impressed by Gordon Laing's review of the Nikon D-5000:

www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D5000/index.shtml

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Old Jun 2, 2010, 4:24 AM   #42
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I know you're on to a different class of camera now but I went hiking on Memorial Day and did some panoramas. I just used the auto-stitch built into Photoshop to merge the ZS7 pics together. The darkened sky is not camera or user error btw. There was a large storm hovering all day which is obvious at the left side of the pics.



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Old Jun 2, 2010, 6:40 AM   #43
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Very nice pics...

I played with the zs7 I have here for a little bit. Very nice camera.

I have returned my unopened hx5 to best buy yesterday. I really wish that the zs7 and the hx5 merged to be one camera.

I am probably going to return the zs7 also, and watch for the refresh. I may pull the trigger then, or maybe an hx7 or something.

Thanks for all of the info fiveo.

Looks like I'm going to buy a pentax kx. Any suggestions on a cheap but good backpack?
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Old Jun 2, 2010, 2:05 PM   #44
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Yeah I'll be looking for the ZS9 (or whatever they decide to call it) as well.

As for the backpack, our opinions of "cheap" would probably vary as I am a regular hiker/backpacker. I have a Gregory Z25 that I paid $60 for and a Gregory Z65 that I paid $160 for. At the time, those were both excellent prices. Of course these are hiking/backpacking packs that are designed to be lightweight and carry well (comfortably) as they are intended for long hauls. If you just want something to stick a camera in on your train ride, then you pretty much pick up any pack.
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Yeah, I don't need a hiking grade bag, just something to keep it in when I travel or so I can take it with me wherever. I like to keep all of my toys in their own bag.

I did end up returning the zs7 and the hx5. They were both great cameras, I just changed my mind mid-stream and opted for the KX.

Got it in black with the 300mm lens for $680 shipped + $20 in bing cash back.

I would have kept the zs7 too, but I just upgraded my laptop too and my tab was nearing $2000. I figure I will end up with a new point and shoot by The end of 2010.

Now I am off to find a handful of things, knockoff batteries for my wife's new Sony tx5, the best aa batteries for the buck for my kx, a backpack for my kx, and a laptop sleeve for my new hp dv6t se. I had to downgrade from my asus g73..... Way too big.

Any pointers on the above are appreciated.

Thanks to everyone for their help.

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Congratulations on your new Pentax Kx.

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I figure I will end up with a new point and shoot by The end of 2010.
The new DMC-FX75 looks promising.
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Yes it does...

Though, I would like something with a longer zoom...

That one says 5x 6.5x 5x

hmmmm?
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sanyo eneloop low discharge AA batteries. Work great with the K-x

Tamrac makes a nice small backpack the will fit your needs, travel pack 71. It is about 50 dollars. I like the build quality of the tamrac's. If you want a less pricey option, case logic also has a low cost backpack. But I do not know how good they are.

Panasonic ZR1 or ZR3 for a point and shoot down the road. Gives you more zoom.

Ebay is a good place to find batteries for the sony. Just search the model number or the battery. And it should turn up some results.
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Hijack! Does the Pentax you all have been speaking of take older lenses? I have a few lenses for a very old Pentax Spotmatic, is it silly to think they could be put to good use? I also have the old camera btw, but I don't even know how to load film into it. *cries*
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