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Old Oct 21, 2005, 7:06 PM   #1
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I need to be able to take wide shots of offices, retail businesses, restaurants and such. I currently have a dimage x50 and it's just not cutting it. In addition I have need to take some low light events, such as ballrooms and staged events.

My instinct would be to go with a Canon Rebel XT or Nikon D50 but with a $200 + flash and other goodies it breaks my budget. Are there any cheaper alternatives?

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Old Oct 21, 2005, 7:54 PM   #2
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Christopher-

Take a look at the Olympus C-8080, the Nikon 8400,or the Kodak P-880.any one of these camerascould fill your need nicely when used with a powerfulexternal or slave flash.

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Thank you very much for your quick response. I am looking at those now.


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Old Oct 22, 2005, 12:44 PM   #4
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To get really wider than your x50 I'd be looking at either the Nikon 8400 or the Kodak p880.
They go to a 24mm equivalent which is a fair bit wider than your current camera but still not very wide angle.
I'd also check on the availability of a wide angle adapter for the cameras you are considering. Nikon has theNIKON WC-E75 WIDE LENS(CP8400) a 0.75x adapter which takes the 8400 down to an 18mm equivalent.
But be careful what you ask for, the more you include in a scene the harder it is to produce a good workable image.

If these are interiors you must also figure out how you are going to light them, the flash angle of most flash units is not this wide.

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Even a little wide angle improvement will impress most people. The real estate industry has used wide angle shots for several decades as a very effective selling tool.

Attached please find a photo example shotfrom the Olympus C-8080 which offers an imageat the equivalent of 28mm in the 35mm format. The expansiveness of the photo is rather appealing.

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Old Oct 22, 2005, 7:32 PM   #6
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Which goes to show why real-estate people are not photographers.
A 28mm lens equivalence in 35mm, is just beginning to boarder on the wide-angle range.
It is much better than the existing x50 camera, but does nothing spectacular.

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That is precisely true. So if you move down/out to 24mm it really gets impressive. Now it is your turn to post a photo example.

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I'll post something from my next "interior" job.
Which is comming up mid November.
Our studio is hired to shoot a catering setup for advertising, and then rest of the dinner and auction for the media.
It is nice being able to bill twice for the same event.:G

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Old Oct 22, 2005, 7:56 PM   #9
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Thanks very much for all your help, however the prices weren'y all that much lower than the Nikon D50, So I broke the piggy and went with it, and the speedlite flash. Now I can save for a fish eye but hopefully the Nikkor 18-55mm will be wide enough for what I have to do for the time being. I just cahrge the battery and started to go through the menus.
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We await your sample photos in mid November.

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