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Old 05-16-2013, 05:44 AM   #16
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Oh and not to pick on you, but your comment is a good example. If I rephrase this to "I would rather spend my time enjoying a baseball game, going to the park, the zoo whatever than playing with a fish tank." How would you look at this? I would say...Ok that's your hobby and your thing. Right? I don't think that putting a point in shoot meant for quick pics is in the same league or purpose as a pro camera. Different mediums and different tools meant for different jobs. A hammer vs a screwdriver.

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Yep, you are right. I can't fathom all the money and time my wife spends on purses and sarees(dresses) and she can't understand my tank hobby.

That's why my next post was that I am biased.

If I can explain a bit better. If your hobby is photography then click away, you are having fun and good for you.

But it is not my hobby and I would rather spend time having a vacation, for example, than trying to document it. I think many other people would benefit from this approach, especially those the OP referred to--point and shoot types like me.

Anyhow, no offense intended, a hobby is a hobby and that is really all the explanation anyone needs.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:20 AM   #17
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A DSLR camera is one heck of a camera. Good for expert photographers to amateurs!
It really captures every bit of details!
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:11 PM   #18
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The way I describe a more professional camera is the same way I would describe my art toolbox. I used to carry around a toolbox with charcoals, erasers, rolled parchment, sketchbooks and hairspray so a camera with different lenses and a tripod would be like new erasers, willow or pressed charcoal and a fancy canvas. It may be more work for a shot but the medium (camera/cell/paint/etc) expresses the same thing far differently. It's just a different way of capturing the moment. I'm not a photographer at all but a person with Gimp or Photoshop or paint or autocad or sketchup isn't a graphical designer or architect either. It's a tool and some people use it and some people don't.
Bingo. I have a DSLR (bought it so my wife and I could take pics while we were on our honeymoon), but I've learned (to an extent) how to use it. I can get good photos of stuff that a point and shoot (and especially a camera phone) can't even touch. It's a tool, and a specialized one, but it's one that I consider invaluable.


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I do still feel a little miffed though when someone spends a few thousand for a gaming laptop with a special logo and uses it just for email and facebook.
To go off the tool analogy above, it doesn't matter if you have a cheapo $2 hammer, or a $500 top of the line pneumatic nailer, the nail is gonna go in. If somebody wants to "stimulate the economy" with their $1.5k gaming laptop and use it for facebook, it's hard to fault them much beyond the fact that they're wasting money.

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I mean truth be told, unless your making your living taking pictures buy a regular camera and quit trying to show off. Just cause you take some photos of a tree branch and post it on some photo site doesn't make you and artist, it makes you a douchebag who wasted a crap loud of money. I mean in this economy people see these thing differently then they used to. They don't see the fancy sophisticated person taking pictures. They see the person . God I really hate people sometimes!
And what about us folks who "wasted a crap loud of money." not because we wanted to show off, but because we want to take nice photos of things in a way that our regular camera just can't do? I take photos of my aquarium that i couldn't even dream of replicating with a point and shoot, let alone a phone camera. There was no elitism, class warfare, or other malice aforethought attributed to my purchase, I simply saved for a few months in order to get something that I figured would give me enough utility to warrant the cost. Let me say, it was completely worth it!

To analyze someone's choice in camera as "mak[ing] you a douchebag who wasted a crap loud of money" or "rubbing it in their faces that they are rich and we are broke and unemployed" and going on to attribute hate to them shows some sort of underlying issue here. Are you really judging me and other DSLR owners simply because we purchased a nicer camera than you think we should be allowed? I would think that the irony of posting that on a planted aquarium forum would be a little more apparent.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:17 PM   #19
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I bought a nikon d3200 with an extra zoom lens. I also got a tripod with a remote shutter. I have taken my time to learn f-stops, shutter speeds and depth of field. There is always room to be better, but i like macro photography and need a lens that costs more than the camera. Makes me "shutter" to think that if i put more money into the hobby - how can a piece of glass improve my skills? They cant. So for the last few weeks i have practiced and practiced to make sure that i still want to invest the money.

I used to be a real PnS guy, but after i had a kid, it changed.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #20
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Hi WheeledGoat,

I agree 100% with your comments; I am seldom on 'automatic' mode unless it is a family function and I want to take pictures 'on the fly'.

I too have a several year old Canon SX 110 IS and find it to very versatile and yet not complicated.

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Old 07-24-2013, 10:22 PM   #21
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Seriously? You hate someone because of the amount of money they spend on a camera?

I didnt buy my DSLR to "show off" and I also didnt spend 800$ to rub it in anyones face. I bought it for me and me alone, and God knows I saved YEARS to afford it. It is a hobby I enjoy so what is it to you how much I spend on something that brings ME joy?

Also when arguing a topic it is best to not lump people in the same group as you. (ie "we" and "us") You dont know me. You dont know my lifestyle or how I live and you sure as hell dont know my finances.

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:11 PM   #22
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Pro cameras do not have an auto or program mode. Or are you talking about a and s mode? That's only semi automatic.

Prosumer and entry level cameras have p mode.



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Old 07-24-2013, 11:16 PM   #23
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Just had a baby girl so gonna have to start taking more pics, what would be a good entry level camera for under like 2500?
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:22 PM   #24
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2500 is not entry level. Buy a decent camera with the controls you need and the spend your money on good quality fast lenses.



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Well I know it isn't truly "entry level" but I firmly believe you get what you pay for. Plus I want good lenses. How is Nikon for cameras? Cameras aren't really my field of knowledge unless it's more the P and S form.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:58 PM   #26
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You should play with both Nikon and canon in the store. I find the Nikon cameras have a better quality feel to them than canon. Canon is more cheaper plastic. Controls are a bit weird also on the canon, ask the sale person how to change. Settings quickly via dials and then make your choice. Nikon is better for portrait and landscape and fishes? Canon is better for fast moving shooting such as sports. You should also read up on lenses as both companies offer unique lenses in some categories the other does not. If you are not planning to shoot sports and do not need the frame rate the d800 is a fantastic camera. Some lower end cameras will not have controls for quick adjustments, and as you get better you will look for that. You should also look for a 100 percent viewfinder so what you see in the viewfinder is what you will get. Since i believe you may be shooting plants and fishes, this may be important. Full frame cameras also let on more light but the lenses are generally more expensive.

But the worse thing you can do is set a budget. Spent almost all of it on a body and then have nothing left over for good glass. There is only so much you can do with kit lenses, the lens that comes in a kit. Nice pictures are possible, but you will be hampered in low light situations, when you want to blow out a background to isolate your subject and other things you can do only with good glass. Go to the store and play, once you commit to a brand, its very expensive to switch to another.



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Well I love Canon for P and S cameras but I will look into the Nikons. I haven't had or used a Nikon in the P and S format only because I believe they are just charging to much for that format. I mean some of their cameras can be as much a DSLR from other companies. CRAZY I TELL YA CRAZY!!!
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I hate lugging the DSLR around myself, but still use it for some things, but 90-%, I use a G12 Canon. Small but decent enough to do most things out and about. Traveling is a PITA with 3-6K$ worth of equipment. So unless I'm sure I need a good pic and the DSLR is able to do it well, I do not bother.
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Forget nikon and canon for p and shoot. I shoot nikon on dslr but my carry around is now a Sony rx100 with a 1.8 lens. I has spot focus and two adjustment dials for manual mode which makes it perfect for prosumers like me. This camera is simply amazing for a point and shoot.



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Real never looked at Sony. The wife has a nice Sony P and S but never really used it. I bet it takes really good pics. I always use my Canon to take pics right now but the battery is finally going and I really don't want to spend the money on the battery for a 5 year old camera.
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