Old 6th August 2006, 08:18   #241
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the 50x is in CD speeds. (ie, 50 times the read speed of a CD audio player.
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Old 6th August 2006, 22:35   #242
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I wish I had a 70-300mm f2.8 VR lens. Just been to a free concert in town and found the only way to shoot at 300mm from distance when it's dark was to turn on manual mode, ISO1600, set the shutter to 160 and the widest aperature and just hope some of the shots aren't blurred.

Thankfully some weren't and I got some quite good ones, esp of the Stereo MC's.

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Old 9th August 2006, 01:34   #243
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I got the memory card Sarge suggested from the link he posted:

SanDisk ultraII 1.0GB from Newegg

@ $46 and some change, it was more than I wanted to spend, but it turned out to be good. Unlike the Amazon/Simpletech MMC card I tried to buy, the purchased merchandise actually shipped and showed up in the mail!

The SD card works well for me, and I noticed that it has a tiny little write protection switch on it, something that I never knew existed on memory cards.

The high speed is very helpful - especially on transfers of data to the computer. Even at this high speed, it still takes a while to transfer an entire gig of pics, and I'd probably get quite impatient if it took any longer, so I'm glad it's at least this fast. It seems that the camera is able to recover from its last picture and take another faster than it would when compared to the card it was sold with. I guess the new card's increased speed allows faster repeat picture taking.

@ mark - I've known that 50X means 50 times audio CD speed, but how does that translate to data units per second? Is there a formula? I'd still like to know, because I may some time have another shopping experience where I have to to compare ____X to ___MB/Second.

Perhaps one of you knows what 1X means - how fast does a CD player read music? How many KB or MB per second is a standard CD player playing a standard CD?

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Old 9th August 2006, 08:37   #244
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CD = 1411200b/s = 172KB/s
Or about 10MB per minute.
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2 channels of audio, 16 bit depth, 44,100 Hz sample rate per second.

2*16*44100 = 1411200 bits/sec.

1411200 bps = 176400 Bps = 172.265625 KBps

172.265625 KBs * 60 sec/min = 10335.9375 KB/min

10335.9375 KB/min = 10.09368896484375 Megabytes per minute of audio on a standard audio CD.

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Old 9th August 2006, 20:22   #246
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So based on what you two posted, I can figure out what these advertised memory cards can do in terms of write and/or read speed:

50X = 8613.28125 KBps or 8.6 MBps

and

60X = 10335.9375 KBps or 10.3 MBps

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Old 9th August 2006, 22:51   #247
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8.411407 MB/sec and 10.09369 KB/sec for 50 and 60x.

8613.28125 divided by 1024 = 8.411407, and 10335.9375 divided by 1024 = 10.0936889

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Old 10th August 2006, 05:14   #248
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I keep forgetting about that 1024 thing instead of just moving the decimal point...

Thanks for setting that straight though.

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Old 19th August 2006, 02:21   #249
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I just bought a Panasonic DMC-LZ5. What do you guys think?

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Old 19th August 2006, 09:53   #250
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Enjoy your watercolours.

I would never buy a Lumix (and I have a Panasonic DV camcorder I'm quite happy with) unless they fix their noise issue instead of trying to hide it by smudging all detail.
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Old 20th August 2006, 02:33   #251
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yay cheap antishake and good zoom, boo watercolours.
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Old 20th August 2006, 15:22   #252
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On a scale one to ten, what would you guys give it? Explain your slef too tho.

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Old 20th August 2006, 19:02   #253
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i wouldnt rate it as such. if the price point, zoom and antishake are important to you, i'd rate no camera higher. If you use wide angle 99% of the time, and dont worry about low light, theres cameras that produce a higher quality image.
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Old 2nd September 2006, 01:47   #254
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Of course now, I wish I would have waited. *sigh*
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Old 2nd September 2006, 20:27   #255
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Of course now, I wish I would have waited. *sigh*
meh, the D80 walks all over this from Canon. Perhaps in a year when I've amasses enough decent glass I'll get the D80 with grip.

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Old 2nd September 2006, 21:38   #256
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Old 5th September 2006, 01:01   #257
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I still love my 350D, but the 400D looks like a really sweet update. At least my glass will be compatible if I decide to get a new dSLR in the future.
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Old 5th September 2006, 01:20   #258
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Unless you have problems with dust (and in that case I'd wait for reports whether their reduction system really works, Sony's doesn't seem to) I'd skip that one, 10 vs 8 MP isn't much in practice.
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Old 5th September 2006, 01:41   #259
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I've already got dust problems. :[ I've hardly changed the lenses out since I bought the camera.
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Old 5th September 2006, 07:02   #260
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10 vs 8 MP isn't much in practice.
I've seen awesome 24"x36" prints from a D1H, which is a 2.7MP camera. I'd rather keep the 6MP of my camera than have to fork out for more memory cards and waste more time in PP waiting for the computer.

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Old 5th September 2006, 11:31   #261
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not to mention the higher noise levels...
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I figured I might be a ble to contribute.
I bought it a couple weeks ago.

The first picture I took with it:

Resized, lower quality, so no exif. sorry.

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Old 5th September 2006, 21:54   #263
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I'm a bit upset, yet pleased that I wound up buying another Olympus. I got it because it's so slim, I can carry it in my cargo shorts when bike riding or in my ski jacket.

Now, I'm afraid I'll be using it more than the Evolt.
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Old 5th September 2006, 23:02   #264
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Any one here using the new Picasa beta and the free web album it comes with. If so post it up so that we can check out your photo finesse.

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Old 6th September 2006, 02:42   #265
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Ok, my turn to post a couple pictures...


IMG_0006.jpg
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I took the first two pictures at the Chickamauga Dam just outside of Chattanooga, TN. I took the third picture at the Chattanooga Zoo. I copied the exif data from the original images into these if anyone's interested.
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we need a [exif=http://link.to/image.jpg] tag that you can just stick in like a smilie that shows a thumbnail of the image and the exif data below it
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Very sharp Sgt. Mighty fine pictures taken with a mighty fine camera. So you do have a album online somewhere?

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Vrey impressive pictorials Phily, I particularly like that ND8 filter's effect on this shot. I also particularly like this one.
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agreed, though i feel that 99% of the time, youre safer doing sunset effects in photoshop, and just using ND grads to control exposure
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Thanks EfaustuS9,

I usually use the ND to control exposure- the one above obviously shooting right into the sun needed it to get anything like a half decent shot. I much prefer using the sunset filter that doing it in PP I find it gives a much better feel and usually just looks less processed and fake.

The break in the storm shot was taken without the ND on my old canon a70 P+S camera and the effect is done in PS. Now I actually have some PS skills I should probably go back and redo it so it looks less crap.

I've taken a lot of shots with the ND8 filter that I wouldn't have been able to take at all if I hadn't had it. I think I need to get an ND2 filter to compliment it as 3 stops is a lot and unless it's very sunny you don't need it.

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Very sharp Sgt. Mighty fine pictures taken with a mighty fine camera. So you do have a album online somewhere?
Thanks. And no, not really. I just upload images to my webspace whenever I want to post some that are too big to attach in the forums.

@ Phily:
Yes, very nice pictures indeed.
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@ Sarge - I liked your shots of the dam wall and cats. I need to get myself a pair of cats like that to keep the neighbor dogs from opening the garbage can on garbage night.

@ EfaustuS9 - Renee (fiancee) uses a Canon A540 like the one you linked to, but the specs in the book are slightly different than the ones reported in the review. It's a great camera for her, although I wish it had some kind of stablization/vibration reduction feature. We have to take 3 pictures of each low light object to ensure that at least one doesn't turn out blurry when seen on print or onscreen. A tripod and short timer takes away this problem, but it's a hassle to use all the time, especially at a museum/sight seeing-building while in a moving line of people.

There's a model just above that with the number 700 in it - has everything the A540 has, but adds the vibration reducation, is smaller, and has a more see-able screen when there's too much light outside to see other cameras' screens. But it lacks AA battery use and instead uses $38 rectangular batteries, and you must have a backup or you might get stuck without picture taking ability.

By the way, what ever happened to Minolta? I have a couple old 35mm XLR bodies and lenses that have been damn good for my grandparents, parents, and now me. Did Minolta just fall off the face of the planet?

Don't get me wrong, I love Nikon and Canon, but I miss Minolta.

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Minolta got bought by ******, and a year or two later ****** shut everything down and sold the SLR mount to Sony.
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I thought they were cute. Cute from a distance, though... I took that shot from about 40 feet away and behind a glass pane. <3 kitty cats.
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Were they snow leopards?

If so my summers here in OH might be too hot for them.

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@ EfaustuS9 - Renee (fiancee) uses a Canon A540 like the one you linked to, but the specs in the book are slightly different than the ones reported in the review. It's a great camera for her, although I wish it had some kind of stablization/vibration reduction feature. We have to take 3 pictures of each low light object to ensure that at least one doesn't turn out blurry when seen on print or onscreen. A tripod and short timer takes away this problem, but it's a hassle to use all the time, especially at a museum/sight seeing-building while in a moving line of people.

There's a model just above that with the number 700 in it - has everything the A540 has, but adds the vibration reducation, is smaller, and has a more see-able screen when there's too much light outside to see other cameras' screens. But it lacks AA battery use and instead uses $38 rectangular batteries, and you must have a backup or you might get stuck without picture taking ability.
As far as I can tell the spec's listed match my camera point for point the camera is also listed here with the same specs. In any event when I was shopping for a digital camera I was looking for something that was relatively inexpensive, somewhat compact with a decent ccd chip and optics. I was also looking for a camera with a good complement of manual functions so that I could better familiarize my self with technical aspects of photography before taking the plunge into a 1000 dollar camera. So it’s a bit more then a point and shoot and it has its shortcomings but for the $240.00 I paid for it I wasn’t expecting the creme de la crème. I also bought it before cannon released the A700 which is very similar to my camera except it comes with 6x optical, is a smidge larger and roughly about 80 dollars more then my current camera. The 6x optical would be nice but I dont think is worth the extra 80 bucks.

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I was refering to the SD700IS in my last post.

I didn't have the model # handy at the time, but I finally found it.

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