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camera help

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by chief tommy, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. chief tommy

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    anyone know of a half decent digital camera for around £150-200

    ive got to fet one because on one of my permissions i regulaly see deer, red kites and other such creatures and would like to capture them on film (well, on microchip)

    cheers.
     
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    Look at Kodak :up:
     
  3. Buzz

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    The problem using a relatively cheap digital camera for wild life photography is the lack of a suitably long focal length lens. Then there's the other consideration and that's resolution. With a lense shorter than optimum you're going to have a lot of waste around your subject and you need to be able to crop down to get an acceptable balance. To do this you need a nice high megapixel rating, the higher the better, but that's where the price gets higher too. There are a lot of good quality, budget digitals around, but for general photography, I think you may well be disappointed with the performance of most for your application.
     
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    cheers for the heads up...ill save my pennies until i can spend a bit more then.
     
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    I took Andy (admins) advice and bought a Kodak Easy Share, I've got an 8mp for £70, great zoom on it, love it to bits, idiot proof to use and great pictures, Can recommend Kodak highly enough :moo:
     
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    you need to consider the distance you will be taking the pictures from and the lighting conditions you will be working in you will probably find your better off saving for an entry level digital slr so that you can fit an apropriate lens to capture enough light without the need for a flash and have the ability to fit skylight filters
     
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    I've been looking for a decent cost effective digital SLR for some time and I finally decided on the Nikon D40X. I got the outfit with the two zoom lenses as standard..the 28/55 and the 55/200, the 55/200 having image stabilisation. I've been absolutely delighted with it. It would be the dogs round ones for wildlife photos.
     
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    buzz how much did you pay for the package i've been looking at the nikon to replace my original canon eos d
     
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    Have a look on Jessops website jamjon, they have several combo deals. Be very careful though, the 55/200 lens has several cheaper versions that aren't a patch on the one I have. Mine is the NIKON DX AF-S 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 ED VR. The VR is the most important bit....vibration reduction, because the 200mm lens on a digital is equivalent to approx a 300mm on a 35 mm camera.


    It think I paid in the region of £620 for the body, 2 lenses, bag, 2 SD memory cards, table top tripod and then got a £40 cash back direct from Nikon.
     
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    Thanks buzz :up:
     
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    Clicky here to see a range of fuji cameras. Do you want compact or not ?
    I have a fuji s5000 and had it for about 4 years now. Ok it's not huge megapixels by todays standards but I'd highly recommend fuji cameras.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/search?page=1&store=77&cat=33&mfr=294

    The 10x optical zoom is excellent and the different camera modes of the Finepix S5000 series are excellent. The Fuji Finepix S1000fd 10mp 12x Optical Zoom Digital Camera looks an excellent buy. I kow other people who've bought this type of camera and no one has been disappointed. My S5000 has video mode and I expect the other models do and the quality of the video is prtty good.
    Hope that helps m8t
     
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    You did well there Buzz, good deal:up:. I use a Fuji S9500 but the image is too soft at max zoom. In my experience I don't think there's anything out there suitable for serious wildlife photos much below what you've shelled out.
     
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    I came to the same conclusion Nicksi during my exhaustive research. I don't buy anything without first really getting the facts about it and what I learned is definitely right on this one, it's a cracking bit of kit.
     

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