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Old Jan 11, 2005, 2:31 PM   #1
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First, I would like to say this is a great forum. This is my first postand I would like to say hello to everone.

I searched the forum on this topic, but I still had the following question/situaton:

Ok, I had the a85 and felt that people's faces were too "soft" looking (look at pbase and you can see many soft smokeylooking photos with the 85). I played around with all the settings to see if I could makethe faces appear sharper, it didn't work. Now I don't have a camera and I am trying to decide which one to get. I want the manual controls offered in the A series but I am looking for sharper photos, especially when photographing people. Will the a95 be a step up in sharpness? Also would I be able to get good results with the a75? If I get the 95 then I would be tapped out. I am thinking that if I pick up a 75 I would have more money to get a mem card but then I am worried about the 3.2 megapixels not being enough.

Please help me, I have been researching this fora few weeks and it seems that the more I know, the moredifficult the decision....Very frustrating. Thanks


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Old Jan 12, 2005, 8:12 AM   #2
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40 looks and no responses.........?




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Old Jan 12, 2005, 8:31 AM   #3
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(Probably because many of us don't have firsthand experience with the a85, 75, 95.)

First, 3.2 megapixels is not the end of the world. If you're printing 8x10s or less, that will be fine. More MPs does not mean better.

Where are we supposed to look on pbase... I tried to do a search on your username... found nothing. Tried to search with the a85 found nothing. If we could see the photos that might give people a better idea of what's going on.


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Old Jan 12, 2005, 8:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the response. Sorry about pbase, I don't have pictures posted on there..If you go to pbase and click camera database, click canon and it will open a list of cameras. The 85 is not far down. Here is a few links (these are not my pics)that show the greyish tone that I am talking about:



http://www.pbase.com/image/38371517

http://www.pbase.com/image/38279108

http://www.pbase.com/image/37150244

http://www.pbase.com/image/36651090

Here is a direct comparison (from imaging resource):

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...S/A85INTP3.HTM

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...S/A75INTP3.HTM

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...S/A95INMP2.HTM

Look at the 85's general softness on the woman's face. Even the branches in the background seem to have that greyish look.


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Old Jan 12, 2005, 9:01 AM   #5
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As an owner of the A95, I can say I am most pleased with the results I get when taking pictures, here are a sample of my shots http://nicolas7894.fotopic.net/c341553.html

With that being said, I am unsure why the A85 does not perform to your needs, maybe the conditions weren't appropriate. I have never tried the A85 and always considered the A75 to be better, because it was faster in many cases and it has the same sensor but 1 mp less. Yes, 3megapixels is enough to give you photo quality pictures up to 5x7 and it will still give you some excellent prints at 8x10.

When looking at Pbase, I think you can make the galleries say anything you want, there are good photos, there are bad ones... I think those photos do look sharp and don't have a grey cast on them. Keep in mind that the pictures out of the camera are usually much larger and that those pictures have been resized.

http://www.pbase.com/image/36940655

http://www.pbase.com/image/37466610

http://www.pbase.com/image/36662628<--- only somewhat close-up I found outside.

If you want, you can go for the A75... that is if you liked the A85 for everything but the look on the pictures. If there are other things important things u disliked, then its a good occasion to change completly. Just make sure that whatever camera you choose, you give it a fair chance.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 9:16 AM   #6
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Hey Mike, I see what you mean, I have an older A40 and thats the only complaint I realize that Ihave,,, Oh, and also the fact that I can only get 13 secs video. But, didn't that camera have a sharpness adjustment somewhere?,,,Just picked up a Fugi S5100, and my wife complained pics were too sharp, showing all the blemishes, & my beard stubble, set normal in auto mode. I was pleased.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 9:26 AM   #7
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pcmag.com picked up on this:

"In testing, the A85 turned in merely adequate scores for a 4MP camera. Its average resolution of 1,050 lines and 3.2 percent average pixel-transition ratio were reflected in an overall image softness, especially compared with the images from the A95"

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Hmmm, I have the a85 and get extremely sharp, beautifully exposed photos, faces included. It'snot the fastest, but I pre-focus and have no problems at all, once I learned how to properly use it. I can't imagine getting sharper images than I am now.

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Hmmm, I have the a85 and get extremely sharp, beautifully exposed photos, faces included. It'snot the fastest, but I pre-focus and have no problems at all, once I learned how to properly use it. I can't imagine getting sharper images than I am now.

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I'm glad you had a good experience with the 85, I wish I did. Part of me is thinking to maybe pick up another 85 because it ispossible that the one I had may have been defective.Or maybe I can just pick up the 75 and grab a mem card for the same price as the 85 alone.

I really want to get a digicam and with so many options and trade offs, the decision is difficult.
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Old Jan 13, 2005, 3:27 PM   #10
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I think the person who took these photos needs to clean his/her lens. :G

The Canons have the best color, IMO, but they dotend to look a little smooth. Usually not a bad thing, but sometimes I like razor-sharp detail.
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