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Old Dec 5, 2005, 8:06 PM   #11
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Stevekin,

Thanks again...and, no problem - my friend. I am moving, uncharacteristically, rather fast through this matter and (in traveling so) am trying to make certain, as best I can, that not too many steps are missed. Normally, I grant a considerable amount of time towards researching something that I may be interested in obtaining. But the exhaustion of my No Fault benefits, last January, has also translated into my not having ANY income since then. I would not wish this situation on anyone, and I really do appreciate your kind words.

The organization (formerly OVR - which stood for Occupational Vocational Rehabilitation) that I mentioned is VESID (Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), and is available (I believe) only to New York State residents. There should, however, be such an office (or equivalent) in every state, because there are a great number of people in my shoes.

But getting back to my particular situation: I had already faxed the information on that Canon EOS 5D to my counselor, and am just waiting for an appointment date to meet, and further discuss - in greater detail - what my plans are. There is nothing cut in stone, yet, and it could be that they may only consider working out something much simpler (and less costly to them) for me. You see, I don't know how extensive their delving into me, and my photographic knowledge, might pan out to be. I mean, we're talking about some very expensive equipment, here, and I am reasonably sure that they will want to be able to move within some measurable amounts of assurance that I have what it takes to follow through - and gain the best possible use out the equipment. So, if I am to be queried by a photography expert (or someone with pretty extensive knowledge of same) I may be done for, as far as the EOS 5D (or any other camera of that caliber - or better) is concerned. I'll just have to play it by ear, and keep my hopes up. I, myself, know that I have what it takes to excel in this field - but we'll just have to see what happens. I hope that something happens SOON, though, because I feel so unnecessary :-)in this income-less state that I am in.

I am a faithful person, and believe that things are indeed going to work out for me - one way or another. When it does, I will be back here to ask many more questions, but I promise that I will read everything that I can until that time :-).



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Nate
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Old Dec 5, 2005, 11:31 PM   #12
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Nathan,

I hope it all works out for you.

Qualifications are no barrier for sure, if you have a natural gift then that, plus some hard work, will be all you need.

With Canon's naming convention the smaller the number the higher the quality so in descending order of quality you have 1D, 5D, 20D, 350D.

If you are able to get the 5D that would be a wonderful start and all the camera most people will ever need. Do be sure to request the 24-105 f4 L IS "kit" lens with the camera.

That combination will allow landscape, portrait and general photography of exceptionally high quality.

Naturally you might need a longer telephoto lens for specialist wildlife work and so on.

I wish you success with your application, sounds like you have the courage and determination covered.

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Old Dec 6, 2005, 12:55 PM   #13
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Thanks a heap - Perrpatetic,

You have clarified a great deal with that "D" classification concern , and cleared up a misconception that I held to. I had assumed that the higher that number - the better, but now see that the opposite is true. One thing is an absolute certainty, though: I can't WAIT to get outfitted, and busy with it :-).
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Hi there Nathan, I of course agree with what the others have said, but would like to add that the Canon range 1D 5D 20D 350D are all DSLR cameras ( you may Know this ) which means that the LCD can only be used for changing settings or looking at the picture AFTER you have taken it, I just thought I would flag this as you mentioned trouble with vision, so you have to frame and focus with the view finder not the LCD screen at the back

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Hi there Nathan, just thought I would add that the canon range 1D 5D 20D 350D are all DSLR cameras ( you may know this ) and as such the LCD at the back is for changing settings and viewing / reviewing pictures that you have taken, you have to use the viewfinder for framing and focusing shots, I just thought I would mention this as you said you had trouble with vision :sad:

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Hey Inness,

I wish to thank you for your input, also. I just have to say that there are some of the most 'willing to help' people on this forum - and that this place is of suchmammoth sized value for anyone interested in the field of photography.

I just learned, earlier today, what you mentioned about the LCD screens on these DSLR cameras - in that they cannot be used for framing/focusing. I presently have the Oly C-740UZ camera and, to be honest, have never liked focusing via the LCD screen. Not only would using it serve to prematurely deplete the battery power - but focusing through the viewfinder allowed me to feel more like a true photographer (I have it bad, don't I? :-)).My preference for the larger 2.5" LCD screen was solely for the sake of having greater visual information at those times when a viewing/reviewing of already-taken shots were to be desired. So, no.....the inability of being able to use the screen in the fashion that it can't be is no problem at all for me. But I thank you, again, for being thoughtful & concerned enough to shed that bit of information.

I guess that it is now about trying to read up on as much as I possibly can, so that I can kind'a jump into the swing of things if - and when - this all comes to fruition. I do know this: If it is meant for me - it will happen.

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Old Dec 7, 2005, 7:51 AM   #17
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Hi Nathan, one other thought struck me as I read your posts here. As a buisiness owner, I do take peoples circumstances to heart when I am offering them a service (unfortunately I do not sell cameras though) and I'm sure a lot of others would too. I would go down to the local camera shop and explain your reasons for needing the camera and you may get a significant discount. It's just a thought, but if it saves you enough to buy a better lens or a few extra accessories it would definately be worth the time.

I have also found that people here are very willing to share thier experience with me, I have learned a lot just lurking here.
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Hi Mercury,

Thanks. But, you know - even if there was the opportunity presented to me to get that camera for $100, I couldn't even do that. Yet, I do appreciate your suggestion. I just spoke with my VESID counselor, no more than fifteen minutes ago, and learned that he has to have medical documentation as to my physical limitations (I just had a 2-level spinal laminectomy performed on 11/28) before any proceedings can take place. It is still possible that a 2-level spinal disk fusion is in my future, and he is taking all of this into consideration also. But, deep down inside, I guess I know that things are going to work out for me. It's just hard for a man to see his wife trudging off to work, each day, and holding down the entire fort by herself.

One word of caution to everyone. It wasn't through any negligence of my own that I came to be in this condition (my situation was brought about by an auto accident) - but do all that you can to take care of your back. You definitely would not want what I am going through.

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Nathan, sorry I wasn't clear. I meant to say that when you do get approved and are able to buy..... I totally understand the back problem thing (sort of) as a brickmason, I can't afford to have any kind of back injury. I had one last year, and it was very minor in comparison to yours but it was totally debilitating fora couple weeks. It had me down at the chiropractor (who up to that point in my life I referred to as "witchdoctor" or "vodoo doctor")after only a couple days of crawling & crying to the bathroom. Up till then, I had not realized how every small movement is dependant on your lower back. Thankfully, a few shrunken heads and some incense later the witchdoctor had me back on my feet.

I hope that wasn't too far off topic, and I am sure that things will work out.
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