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03-25-2004 04:09 PM
GDominy The A80 has an awesome array of features including several different White balance options. I've finally been able to filter out a lot of the artificial yellow/green/pink haze of the aquarium lights using this...

I've even been able to use a flash finally for in-tank macro shots and not have the colour look totally yellow and washed out.

Easiest way to set your White balnace is to keep a small white piece of plastic at the back of the tank, something around 3" x 3". Focus on it then do an automatic White balance adjustment.

In my two largest tanks I don't do this as I have white sand in the bottom I use for this purpose, but the same priciple applies...
03-25-2004 05:13 AM
Originally Posted by nornicle
my *only* complaint is some yellowing of colour when using artificial lighting and no flash, it requires a bit of touch up work to correct the colour... but lots of cameras do this.. dunno why..
While your eyes adapt to all sorts of colors, your cameras LCD just records objectively what is there. Artificial -- incandescent -- light has a color temp of around 2700K, while regular sunlight hits at about 5500K, much more blue. Therefore the yellowish appearance of incandescents. That is how it really looked!
Automatic whitepoint adjustment can sometimes balance that out, but often it is overwhelmed by incandescent or fluorescent light colors. Your cam might have some kind of manual whitepoint adjustment, where you can set it to incandescent lighting, or even set the whitepoint with a white piece of paper or furniture or whatnot.
The only problem... I always forget to set it back, and the next day images look really cold :roll:
03-25-2004 01:21 AM
nornicle I also use the Canon A80, its a good mix of 'run and click' and manual function, great for the arm chair photographer in all of us :P

my *only* complaint is some yellowing of colour when using artificial lighting and no flash, it requires a bit of touch up work to correct the colour... but lots of cameras do this.. dunno why..
03-25-2004 12:57 AM
GDominy I just bought a Canon Powershot A80 and I freakin love it...
03-24-2004 11:42 PM
pedietz Even more Canon announcements...

Also see this thread near the end:

Having a camera with a manual F-stop looks awesome !
03-20-2004 12:00 AM
Aftica Any of you photo guru's got an opinion on the following...

I am looking at getting a good digital camera (good in my mind) and I am looking a a couple...

Minolta DIMAGE A1


Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel

I am liking the price on the Minolta more but the Canon does have some nice features etc... I am looking for comments - good and bad on the Minolta in comparison to the Canon... and the future expandability of the Minolta if I want to expand it later on etc...

03-19-2004 03:23 PM
Wasserpest You will love the picture quality of the G5! Canon has packed an amazing variety of features into that little box. There is also quite a bit of accessories available for it, above all the speedlight flashes. Don't forget to get the adapter that allows for lens attachments (like the UV filter to protect the lens from dust, scratches and fat fingers).
03-19-2004 01:25 PM
WfxXx Hi!
No I didnt get the 220 firmware, but did upgrade the firmware with the 200/210 which in turn gave me " Improved battery life" and speed up pics from camera to pc time. helped a bit.
If I take 15 or 20 snaps it takes about 10 minutes to download to pc which is a bit better than before.

The DC200 to this day, still takes fantastic quality shots, even of the planted tank, but closeups of fish and plants just dont cut it

I bought a fugi finepix S3000 about a month ago 3.2mp and 6x zoom, I farted with it for a few days, but the quality of the shots just didnt even compair to my old DC200, so I returned it.

I'm excited about getting the G5.... looking forward to it very much indeed 8)
03-19-2004 10:26 AM
1994 Kodak digital DC200 no zoom that cost $700.
Hey! Thats my camera! Did you get the firmware upgrades for this to give it the same features as the DC220?
03-19-2004 01:50 AM
amanda huggenkiss
Originally Posted by WfxXx
... out of stock which previously wasn't... :cry:

So now the wait is on.
Crap. I feel your pain. Whenever I finally decide on a new toy, I always want it now!
03-19-2004 01:43 AM
WfxXx I've been doing alot of research, reading reviews checking prices etc to upgrade my old 1994 Kodak digital DC200 no zoom that cost $700.
Decided on the Canon G5, its well equiped for my needs.

So.. last saturday I added it to my shopping cart @
which rocks by the way, free shipping is cool too had to run out and do some errands, came back to make the purchase a bit later and wah lah.. out of stock which previously wasn't... :cry:

So now the wait is on.
03-18-2004 05:27 PM
corigan I have a fuji finepix s5000 and love it. Of course I'm still trying to tweak around with all the settings to get the best pictures possible of my fishtank.

03-18-2004 04:35 PM
amanda huggenkiss Another thing that's really important is that once you narrow your choices down, go to the store and play with the cameras you're interested in. Take a few shots. Fiddle with the controls. Is it comfortable? Is it a good size for your hands?

One of the things I love most about Canon is that they're designed so well. The controls make sense to me, and they're positioned in such a way that I can easily make adjustments by touch alone.
03-18-2004 04:10 PM
Originally Posted by mr hyde
Putty, thats a great pic there. You were able to take that with the Canon S50 as it came and no modifications, different lenses etc? I looked at some of those cameras today and may have to get one soon.
Thanks! You take 500, and what do you turns out. Yes, this is the stock camera with no mods or lenses.

The only thing I did is sharpen and crop in Photoshop.

DPreview is a great site.
03-18-2004 05:37 AM
amanda huggenkiss I'm all for the Canon love too. Personally I have both a film SLR and a brand spanking new 10D (yippeee!), but on my wish list is the Canon S400, which I believe sells for around $300. Also, now that they've announced the S500, the price may be dropping

For more info, see this handy-dandy site. They have great in-depth reviews and you can do side-by-side comparisons.

Be sure to let us know what you decide on!
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