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Decent Camera For Under $400?  
User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1284 posts, RR: 7
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3232 times:

Currently, I use a 2MP Canon A60 and manage to get the odd shot past the screeners Big grin.

I am wondering if there is such a thing as a reasonable quality camera for aviation photography use that costs less than about $500CAD or $400USD.

Or, would it be more wise to save up for something like a 300D?

Thanks


You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
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User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

If you really want to get into Aviation Photography as a serious hobby like I did for many many years... there is not point in getting a Digital Point and Shoot. Sure they're great for going out on saturday afternoon and taking pictures to show your friends at school on monday. But, if you really want to get into it.. get a DSLR.

I recommend the Canon 10D. Its gone way down in price and is an amazing camera. For 1500 dollars, you could get a nice 10D and 75-300 USM and make quality pictures for a.net and magazines for years. Bite the bullet and get the real deal.

-Adam


User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

It would be wise to save up for a Nikon D70. That's what I'm doing right now. I'll be buying mine in a couple weeks. Oh...and the D70 is Popular Photography's "2004 Camera Of The Year."

I'll be buying mine from Cameta Camera (of Amityville NY) for just over $1400 which includes the body, 18-70mm DX, extra battery, 2GB Lexar CompactFlash card and a couple other things.

-Benjamin


User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3178 times:

I am wondering if there is such a thing as a reasonable quality camera for aviation photography use that costs less than about $500CAD or $400USD

Yes, the Olympus C765UZ - 4mp 10x optical lens. Plenty of contributors here use it. Currently at Amazon for $349.

If you really want to get into Aviation Photography as a serious hobby like I did for many many years... there is not point in getting a Digital Point and Shoot.

Not necessarily, this topic asked for a sub $400 camera and there was no mention of "serious" photography. A346Dude already has a point and shoot and probably just needs a slightly better one. Not everybody wants or is in a position to go for a DSLR.


User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

You're asking for a sub $400 meaning that a DSLR is out of your reach, considering that you'll be spending a lot of money on lenses as well.

The Olympus seems to be a good choice for that money. You may want to look at the Canon Poweshot S1 as well. It is sub-400, 10x optical zoom with 3.2 Mpixels.

Good luck.


User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3170 times:

You may also want to check out the last remaining PowerShot G5's.
IMHO it is one of the best compact cameras out there.
I literally have hundreds of pics on a/net with it (and counting).
Don't be put off by the short lens as the 5MP, excellent optics and Digic processor (it's a Canon) mean you can crop without losing picture quality.

Will



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineLumix From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 114 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3149 times:
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Try a Panasonic FZ10 or FZ20 (or the FZ15 in the US only). The FZ15 is probably your best bet.

A bargain for the cash asked for.

Search the Database under comments/remarks for some FZ10 examples.

Where else can you get a 12x optical zoom (Leica glass) with full manual control and built in stabiliser?

and all for less than $500 US.

Hope this helps.

Lumix UK.


User currently offlineAdamWright From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

Willo:

He said.. and I quote.. "Or, would it be more wise to save up for something like a 300D?"

Everyone is in a position to get a DSLR. They just have to save their money a little longer. Some people would say I'm insane for spending the amount I do on camera/gear for my aviation picture ventures... but I do it cause I know there is A LOT more potential with a DSLR vs. a P&S.

-Adam


User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1284 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

Thanks to everyone who has responded for their suggestions and points of view.

If anyone else has any comments or ideas, please do share.



You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
User currently offlineUswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

I bought a Minolta Dimage S414 for $200 on sale at Ritz over the summer. It looks like a point and shoot digital, but its 4 megapixels with a 4X optical zoom, and the digital zoom takes it a bit longer. The pics I get with it are just about as good as a friend of mine who has a Canon Digital Rebel.

User currently offlineVaman From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3074 times:

IMO, you could probably scrounge together a D30 and a 75-300 non IS with a 512 flash card for around 600. I've have a D30, and while it doesn't compare to a 10/20D it is great if you use it within its range of capabilities. You would so much better off than with a point and shoot and potentially could make prints up to 8 by 10 at very good quality.

L


User currently offlineAnair80 From Suriname, joined Oct 2000, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

UTA_flyingHIGH,
With the PowerShot G5, can you really crop closer and not loose quality(that is nice)?
and is the camera use pretty easy and fast (in your opinion?)

Thanks..
Anair80


User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

I recommend the G5 to anyone who can't afford a DSLR.

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In the above pics you can see that even action shots are possible with the G5; in the original file the 737/A320 was only covering 3/5ths of the original file.
It has a f/2.0 aperture which means it's pretty fast considering it's a compact.
You can also attach an external flash and the battery life is great !
if you can get one of the last remaining new examples for sale, go for it.

Will

PS : thanks for the plugging opportunity  Big grin



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User currently offlineGulfstream From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3002 times:
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Interesting topic. I am considering making the change from my EOS Rebel 2000 with a 100-300mm to perhaps the Power Shot S1. What kind of comparison,if any, can be made between the two as far as a/c photography?
I welcome any advise or comment you might wish to make.

I should add that I don't get to do a much a/c photography as I used to so I can't justify DSLR. Is there something out there that I should consider and is the 10x optical zoom comparable to the 300mm.

Thanks for the help.


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