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Help choose a camera Please.

by shafiqkhan31 / January 30, 2007 2:58 AM PST

I have seen a number of forum members seeking help in choosing an appropriate camera. I thought I better try and see if I succeed in deciding the camera to buy.
I have been using cameras since 1946 or there about.I have some photos from that period perhaps some of the most favourite ones.
During the years I have owned around a couple of dozen including Canons,Nikons and Minoltas mostly SLR although I used quite a few others before slr became popular.
I still have a Minolta (SLR film),hardly ever use it, Nikon Digital compact,shutter lag bothers me, an old 2 1/4 inch square double lens reflex.
I have been looking at Nikon D200, and Canon 30D with favour, then yesterday I read a review of Fuji finefix F30 digital which tempted me greatly.

It must have given you some idea of the pickle I am in.

My main requirement is high quality pictures,(all types,landscape,townscape and portraits i love natural light,my grand children are the most favoured subjects, )some sort of on board editing software,though I often use the Photoshop. If Fuji 30 had a stabaliser I probably would have decided but its other specifications are quite attractive.

Please help. I am planning to visit USA in a month or so I might buy one there. Over here(UK) they are a bit (1/3) more expensive.

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canon 40d
by shahrokhan / January 30, 2007 3:49 AM PST

Well they are saying that th Canon 40d which is the successor to the 30d is around the corner so maybe you could have a look at that if you can wait.

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In reference to what camera to buy
by flrhcarr / February 1, 2007 5:01 PM PST

A daunting task that is. Things aren't the same in each camera, or each model, or each year. Going from film to digital is a hard step, I'm sure. I'm finding out that digital isn't film. I want my digital (A Konica/Minolta A-200) to do everything. It does many.

I would suggest going to Dave's digital camera review or now named There, you'll find a neat feature/link called find the best camera for you. You can compare models, even the ones that were previously suggested. It asks what you're looking for, what's important & things like that. It uses a sliding scale for the most part of least to most important.
It's not great, but it's a great start & may help.

Good luck in your search & more so on actually getting the camera you want. Don't forget to come back to cnet & check out the reviews. I type in the camera or product I'm interested in & read what other people have to say about it. Cnet has also written things on digital cameras in general.

Also, if you can, pick up the camera & twiddle things. On-line is great, but you can't see how it fits in your hand.

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Camera to buy
by shafiqkhan31 / February 1, 2007 8:00 PM PST

Thank you for your suggestion. I shall try that.

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by electrosmack1 / February 8, 2007 10:22 AM PST
In reply to: Camera to buy

Some good choices might be the Pentax k10d. I know the Nikon D200 is an excellent choice as is the Canon 30d. Really Both cameras are great, but I would go for the Nikon, due to its rugged frame and legacy.

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My Canon and Nikon experience
by wfairley / February 9, 2007 10:43 AM PST

I don't recommend any camera that uses the xD memory cards - I've had several catastrophic failures in the cards.

I have the Canon 30D and I really enjoy it, but I am considering purchasing the Nikon D80, to see if I like it. I like the reviews, and I've used several film and digital Nikon cameras with pleasant results.

I suggest visiting a camera shop and getting your hands around each camera, then make your decision. Thanks for posting!

-Woody Fairley

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