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Old Feb 2, 2006, 12:58 PM   #11
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I played with a Digital Rebel in Staples last night.... wow! This wasn't based on a comparison to its peers but wow... click-snap click-snap, focus, shutter, flash.. all seemed like lightening compare to my other digital cameras!



I plan to visit a local camera store to play... err compare and contrast... more this weekend!
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Old Feb 2, 2006, 1:53 PM   #12
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When I was at a photo store the other day, the salesguy was trying to sell me on the Pro1.. A bit cheaper than the EOS.. ok.. quite a bit cheaper.. The camera felt NICE.. Not too sure about much else.. He was trying to convince me that I should upgrade my just purchased S2 for it.. I plan on doing my SLR search later next year.. Right now because I have 2 toddlers.. I wanted the good video capabilies.. If I wasn't soo incredibly impressed with the zoom, I'd probably stick with the 610 or 620.. Bascially I want something that will be good as my 'second' camera later on.

Does anyone know the deal with the Pro1?.. Some places classify it as an entry SLR, but I don't seem to see it that way.
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Old Feb 4, 2006, 1:21 PM   #13
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Well, spent an hour at my local Ritz camera this morning, asking and playing. Still undecided but...



The Fuji S5200 is nice although not that different in many ways than my S5000. It is certainly faster but I'm not sure it felt close to being as fast as the dSLR cameras.

The Canon Digital Rebel XT is nice, very nice, but at a price. The focus is so fast it almost catches you off guard. But at $1,000 it is a whole lot of green.

Now Nikon... the D70S and D60 seem pretty comparable, the main differences being features I might not understand and if I did I'm sure I could live without and it's only $600. Main differeence with the Rebel is 6MP as against the 8 of the Rebel but once I'm over 4 or 5 it is probably pretty irrelevant (in my case).

Still undecided but the sheer speed of the dSLR is very appealing and out of the ones available the D50 seems to be at a very attractive price point.

Do my reflections make sense? Agreement, comments or otherwise would be most welcome!

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Old Feb 4, 2006, 3:13 PM   #14
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When I was at a photo store the other day, the salesguy was trying to sell me on the Pro1.. A bit cheaper than the EOS.. ok.. quite a bit cheaper..* The camera felt NICE.. Not too sure about much else.. He was trying to convince me that I should upgrade my just purchased S2 for it..* I plan on doing my SLR search later next year.. Right now because I have 2 toddlers.. I wanted the good video capabilies.. If I wasn't soo incredibly impressed with the zoom, I'd probably stick with the 610 or 620..* Bascially I want something that will be good as my 'second' camera later on.

*Does anyone know the deal with the Pro1?.. Some places classify it as an entry SLR, but I don't seem to see it that way.
It definitely isn't SLR, that should be clear to everyone... lens is fixed, neither it has TTL OVF.

It was 99.9% sure inspired by Minolta 7-serie/A1 and (Konica)Minolta A2, lens covers same range covering range needed most in general photography meaning it has also real wide angle (28-200mm) but on the other hand it has just button zoom, no matter if it's some hyped "Ultrasonic motor" it's always slower and less accurate than manual/mechanical zoom. Surprisingly Canon also left it without IS and video mode (640x480) is limited to 15fps which qualifies as "slide show" if you pan or target moves.
Definitely it isn't bad camera but considering its inspirer it lacks in few areas... (or maybe Canon just didn't want to compete with their cash cow side)
While KonicaMinolta A200 has dumbed down/stripped control layout compared to A2 it's fully equal to Canon Pro 1 and has manual zoom, 30fps 640x480 video (800x600 at 15fps) and Anti-Shake (name for KM's IS which is based to moving sensor instead of lens element) which is fully comparable to standard lens based IS and also does miracles to that "nausea causing" jerkyness of video taken at tele end.
Here's good example video, propably taken somewhere near wide angle end.

For general comparison, should look quite similar... and be very similar in size...
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/comp...ea200&show=all

Here's how A2 compares to DSLR in normal use and it can be applied to A200 so I think it would work quite well in that lighter and easier to carry general camera with video vacancy and as vacation camera when DSLR would be inconvenient to carry.
http://www.neocamera.com/feature_dslr.html
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Okay, well, I finally settled on a Nikon D50 and I'm very pleased with it. I'll be looking to add a not-too-expensive telephoto lens soon and would be very keen to hear recommendations or suggestions other D50 users may have!



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