Indecent Exposure 28: Inquiry and explanation

All Q&A all the time: Tethered Live View shooting, how old is too old for a dSLR and software for shooters. Plus news, of course

Lori Grunin Senior Editor / Advice
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
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Lori Grunin
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All Q&A all the time: Tethered Live View shooting, how old is too old for a dSLR, and software for shooters. Plus news, of course.

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Indecent Exposure,
Let me first say, I love your podcast, I have been listening since the first episode.
I have a question I was hoping you might be able to help me with. I have a Nikon N80 35mm camera that I love, except for the developing of the film part. My wife and I have an inexpensive point a shoot digital camera which works, but I miss my N80.

So I have been looking at getting a DSLR, I plan on staying Nikon so I don't have to replace my Lenses. I have been looking mostly at the D80 which has come down a lot in price since the D90 came out. But with the economy the way it has been lately, I have not dared to pull the trigger on the purchase.

Recently I saw a used listing for a D100 that caught my eye. I have seen a lot of D100 (body only) selling for between $100 - $200. From the reviews I have read, it looks like the D100 is just a digital version of my old N80. Also, from what I can tell there is not a lot of major differences between the old D100 and the current D80 in the basic spec besides, 6.1 - 10.2 megapixels, CF vs. SD memory, 1.8" vs. 2.5" display.

Do you know of anything else that is different that I am missing?

What do you think of purchasing a D100 vs. a D80?

Do you think this would be a good inexpensive way for me to get a DSLR.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Serious about software

I am writing to request your recommendation for software for digital photography. I am an advanced amateur and just purchased a Nikon D300 camera and various lenses (previously used the Pentax LX system). Since I am starting from scratch with digital imaging, I want to know which software and which computer to use. Is Adobe Photoshop CS4 "better" than Nikon Capture NX2? (I want to spend most of my time photographing and not manipulating images on a computer). Does the software run better on an Apple MacIntosh or a PC computer? I have extensive knowledge of PC's (Microsoft XP Professional), but do not mind learning a new system if it is better.

Thank you for you time and advice.


Tether me

Hi Lori,
Question: Do any of the dslr cameras that have the live view feature (Nikon d90, Olympus E3, etc.) permit one to connect the camera to a laptop computer, display the live view screen on the laptop screen, then capture the image on the laptop?

If so, which cameras and how to do this?

Thanks, in advance.