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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

Last year my dad got me a Nikon 8700 Coolpix for my birthday and a year later I still find it confusing and hard to work. I really only use the camrea for spotting and the camrea is just no good for it. Most of the photos when looked closer usually have a lot grain on them and it really ruins some of the photos. The camrea is confusing to operate. I have aproached my dad about selling the 8700 for a new camrea and he says he is open to it.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a good camrea for spotting in the price range of the 8700 which is around $700.

Also if anyone uses the 8700 and could help me figure out my problems that would be great also.

Thanks a lot.


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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4260 times:
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Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Thread starter):
in the price range of the 8700 which is around $700.

WHAT?!?!?

http://www.bestpricecameras.com/prodetails.asp?prodid=193183&start=1

$700? It's 350 here. I don't know where your dad got it, but if he did in fact pay that he got ripped off royally.

If you don't want to spend too much, I just got the Konica Minolta Z6 Dimage. It has 12x optical zoom (420mm equivalent), and all the different options regarding shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. Great camera, though I haven't used it for spotting yet.

TIS

P.S. This reply also serves to bring your thread to the top so people who actually know what they're talking about can help you.



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User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4235 times:

Real question is does the Z6 (or any other alternative) perform better than the Nikon 8700 when it comes to noise?


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User currently offlineMartin21 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4231 times:

Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 2):
Real question is does the Z6 (or any other alternative) perform better than the Nikon 8700 when it comes to noise?

Nope the won't. How smaller the CCD how more noise you get. And secondly these cameras have a to slow AF. Best low budget solution is to get a cheap dSLR. Can be a new one or buy a second hand (EOS 300d for example)

Martin21



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User currently offlineBrianW999 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 312 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4218 times:

Might be worth looking for a second hand digital SLR such as Canon d300, Nikon d50. Have a look at eBay, you'll find some good prices from the Hong Kong based retailers on new equipment and some astounding prices on second hand, even up to Nikon D70.

Brian.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4124 times:

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Thread starter):
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a good camrea for spotting in the price range of the 8700 which is around $700.

Go for the D70!


User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4107 times:
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One thing that no one has said is that for $700 you get a camera only, what is he going to about a lens that he can use for aviation stuff???


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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4086 times:

Quoting Paulinbna (Reply 6):
One thing that no one has said is that for $700 you get a camera only,

Not necessarily. As you may see, you can get a good camera for such price [lens included] >>>>>>>>>>>>> http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/SLR1133.htm?bct=t1134 plus no sales tax and free shipping.

[Edited 2006-01-23 15:52:56]

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