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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12468 posts, RR: 37
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

I'm finally taking the plunge and buying myself an EOS 300D. Now, I've never done digital photography and I wanted to get up and running as soon as I can. Most of the features on the camera I'll get used to, over a period of time, but just a few quick questions to get me started. Please pardon the questions which might seem incredibly stupid at this stage!

- The cards I need to use: what's the best one and how much are they? How many high resolution shots can they handle?

- Do I need to set the camera to a particular Pixel setting to make it suitable for Airliners.net standard photos, or does it automatically take 6.3m pixel shots?

- What's the best way to store them? On a website, a CD or elsewhere?

- General comments, based on your experience (easy on the jargon!)

Many thanks,

Kaitak


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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Congratulations on your purchase. I'm sure you won't regret it. Even though some might consider the 300D as being a 'light' version of other Canon D-SLR, it can give you quite good results, depending on the lenses and the photographer.

* Use a Compact Flash. Depending on how many shots you're looking to take 'per session', go for a 256 or 512mB. Don't go for a MicroDrive. I have one and it's slower and more fragile than a CF.

* Set the resolution to 'high', 3... x 2... pixels.

* Personally I store my pics both on my hard disk and CD's. I'm a bit scared of DVD's, because when you lose one DVD you lose 4.7gB instead of 700mB on a CD.

* General comments: whenever the weather is good, go out and experiment a lot. After a while you'll learn what suits your needs best. What works fine for photographer A doesn't necessarily work out for photographer B. Taking photos also depends on a lot of parameters (weather, traffic, time of day,...). Also, don't think the 'out-of-camera' image will be the same as what you see over here. The pics need some post-processing (sharpening, cropping,...) Basically, just go out and have a lot of fun!!!

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2734 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1966 times:

Congrats on your future purchase!
I received my 300D a few weeks back, and am very pleased with it. My first shots are in the upload q, so hopefully will get into the database.

I have to disagree with Apuneger, get a microdrive - they hold 1gb of data, and are very cheap now days. I can pick one up for just over £100.They are capable of taking 320 shots at 6.2 million megapixels.

You want the highest setting for optimum performance. I believe that the 300D's default settings are Set to the highest number of pixels when you first receive it.

I store my pictures on CD and on my computer. Therefore if my PC buggers up I can rely on the CD, to restore all of my pictures.

Also, renember to save your pictures as a unique filename before you upload to a.net.

With the 300D you will receive a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements, I use this program to edit my photos, and feel that it does the job.

The last thing I can say, is enjoy it! Don't start getting frustrated if you cant get the photo you want, you will get there in the end.

Just remember - Practice Practice Practice!

Cheers,

Airplanepics - Canon 300D User  Big thumbs up



[Edited 2004-03-08 20:09:11]


Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineKarlok From Netherlands, joined Mar 2002, 839 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1854 times:

About the storage, I heard that CD-R remains for 2/3 years, after that period the data will be unreadable, I don't know how true this is.

User currently offlineMdwalkman From China, joined Oct 2001, 208 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

I agree with Ivan.

Do a search in some photography web sites(e.g. forums in dpreview.com), you will notice complains on MiroDrive is a lot more than CF cards. Microdrive is cheap but it is unrelieable, more battery consuming, slower performance than CF cards.



Please excuse my poor English.
User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Unreliable? So far I have heard of people, including myself who have had more than 10.000 images saved on it, without a single problem.

Wietse



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

For me personally I haven't any problems getting data on or off the MicroDrive. It's just a fact that (my own) MicroDrive is noticeable slower than a Compact Flash.

But, I bought it, paid big € so I keep on using it  Wink/being sarcastic

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

While we are talking CF and microdrives, is there a lot of difference in speed between a normal sandisk CF and a sandisk ultra CF? Is the difference noticable on all cameras?

Thanks,

Staffan


User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Staffan,
on Canon DSLR's I notice a big difference. The Ultra 2 is very quick.
According to tests it differs between cameras tho..
/JM



AeroPresentation - Airline DVD's filmed in High Definition
User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

About the storage, I heard that CD-R remains for 2/3 years, after that period the data will be unreadable, I don't know how true this is.

With proper storage and quality media, it should be more like 30+ years if not longer.

Michael


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

The only reason a CD should go bad is if it is scratched or somehow physically damaged.

I have used a Mircrodrive for over 2 years now with no problems. Given the choice today I would buy to solid state 1 gig card, but they are hardly unreliable.


User currently offlineTimdegroot From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 3674 posts, RR: 64
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1806 times:
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"The only reason a CD should go bad is if it is scratched or somehow physically damaged."

Not sure if that's true. I had a long discussion with a friend of mine who's an IT student, and he was convinced many cd's wouldn't last 10 years. I think this should be more of a concern to us than it is now.

Tim





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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

Ok thanks! Are all normal CF cards type I and only microdrives type II? Or are there type II cards that aren't microdrives?

Staffan


User currently offlineGlennstewart From Australia, joined Jun 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

Only a couple of suggestions with regards to uploading 300D shots:

1. Generally shoot Large Fine (or if you want extra work - RAW)
2. Purchase a digital wallet - e.g. www.xs-drive.com then shoot away
3. For white aircraft, set EV to -1/3 (under expose a tad)
4. Experiment between centre AF and all AF
5. With consumer lenses keep aperture small - f5.6 is generally far too soft, f8.0 is start of sweet spot, f11 is better again - balance this with shutter and ISO, and sometimes use Av or P to suit
6. Stay away from pre-programmed modes
7. Get Photoshop 7.0 or CS from somewhere....
8. Read my post on:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/122028/

Glenn



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