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User currently offlineHigh_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3043 times:

Hello to all,
I am looking into buying my own Digital Camera and with Limited Resources and money i Have my selection narrowed down to the following 3 Cameras
* Fuji FinePix S7000
* Fuji Finepix S5000
* Sony DSCF717
I am currently using my grandpas Sony DSCF717 and have found it to be quite a good camera. The results are crisp and sharp and the colours come through well. However i have only used it on short range photos documenting the renovations of their house. So i ask how does this camera rate for Long Range Aviation photography?

Any other suggestions for Digital Cameras under $1500 AUD would be greatly appreciated
cheers
high_flyr69


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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

What is $1500 AUD worth in Euro ? if that gets you an EOS300D, look no further  Laugh out loud
Will



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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

£1500 AUD according to XE.com is worth £635.62 or 911.37 in funnymoney!  Wink/being sarcastic ... so no, unless he increases his budget an EOS 300D, as cheap as it is, won't be on his shopping list.

Dazza,

Have you checked out dpreview.com?

From memory, the S5000 is similar to the S602Z but with a 10x zoom (37-370mm in 35mm terms), the S7000 is very similar to the S602Z but with a 6Mp sensor but with only a 6x zoom (35-210mm in 35 mm terms). The Sony F717 has a 5Mp sensor but only a 5x zoom (38-190mm in 35mm terms).

All are fine cameras and very good at what they do but the real question you need ask yourself is what sort of aviation photography do you want to do the most of? You mention the long range aviation shots. If that's your target then I would advise you to save up a bit more, keep borrowing your grandpa's F717 for now (be nice to him!) and go for a proper SLR, and by proper I mean one with interchangeable lenses.

As Will mentioned, you're budget is quite close to EOS300D territory, but that will get you the body and if you're lucky the EF-S 18-55mm lens. You will then need to budget for getting a bigger zoom lens to achieve the long range shots you appear to aspire to.

If however the long range shots are a nice to have but not the be all and end all, then the three cameras you've listed, plus the Olympus C-750UZ will probably all make you a very happy bunny.

I hope this has helped.

Cheers!

Rez  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

I think $1500 AUD would only end up being about 900 Euro. But speaking as an owner of the Fuji S602, I would say go with the S7000. I love the lens and SPEED of the S602 and I can imagine that it would only be better with twice the megapixels. Which of course you get with the S7000.


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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

Fuji S5000 resolution...you decide.
There are obviously better cameras out there, but for a sub-600 Euro price, it does a pretty good job  Laugh out loud
Will

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User currently offlineHigh_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

Thanks to everyone for their help, from the advice you all have given me i think i will wait another six months and save another 500 to 1000 dollars so i can get something bit more up the range with a bigger zoom and higher picture quality like you all suggested. YMML is a very hard Airport to get shots at without a powerful zoom lense unless you have tarmac Access like Will Lanting and some other YMML photographers.
Thanks againg for all your help
high_flyr69



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