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Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 12:04 am

Hi all

After weeks and weeks of drooling over Colin Abbott's digi pics (also Paul Dopson's but can't afford the S1) I decided to go for a Sony DSC-S70.

Still be using my trusty Canon EOS 95% of the time but the Sony will become useful for close-up quick upload shots.

Took a trial 3 at lunchtime and the very first one I took I was very impressed with the quality. The second and third are not good at all.

It will take me a while to get used to all the different features.

The results will be shown soon.

I would like to thank Colin Abbott for his help in attracting me to this camera. If I get shots like his with the digital, I will be happy.

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

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RE: Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 2:47 am


Congrats, you should have a blast with your new digi-cam. I got an S1 a few weeks back, I have officially been hooked by the digital craze as well.  Smile

One misconception about digital's is that some people don't like the idea of it replacing film. I disagree, I find that digital actually compliments my F5, plus saves me tons of $$$ in the process. I have started keeping track of how much money I have been saving since I bought the S1, it will be interesting to see how long it takes until it pays for itself (probably not too long). Going through a brick or two per month adds up quickly!

Have fun!

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RE: Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 3:41 am

When using digitals, you replace memory cards instead of film  Smile
Might not be that much of an issue for a daytrip, but when going away for a week or so those cards get expensive...
The single 16MB card is just not enough for me to last even a single day (might be able to take a laptop, but that requires a powersource to operate for more than a few hours).
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RE: Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 4:18 am

You can avoid the laptop when using the digital wallet. It has 6 GB storage space and is in fact a battery powered hard disk with processor. You download the card content to the wallet when the card is full and use the card again. At home you connect the wallet via USB to your PC and download the pictures. It really works fine for me. Only bad thing is the price.
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RE: Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 4:28 am

How much does the 'S1' cost?

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RE: Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 4:48 am


In the UK, Jessops an S1 c/w Battery Kit and 1GB IBM Microdrive will set you back 2299.00GBP.

I would still like one of these and some good news at work today  Smile will make my dreams come true sooner then later.

Possibly around 2002/2003 I will take the plunge with an SLR digital.

Thanks for the comments to everyone.

Trying to upload my first pic but the site is slow  Sad

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

RE: Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 5:08 am

Nice Jetstream shot Gary.
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Quote ..."very impressed with the quality"
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RE: Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 5:50 am


That has to be the best comment I have seen on Airliners!! One day they will accept us  Wink/being sarcastic

The only thing with my S1 is that its now cost me a CD writer on my PC, I have a 1gb and a 340mb Microdrive but they soon fill up!

All the best to the digital shooters Big grin


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RE: Going Digital!

Sat May 19, 2001 6:01 am

Welcome to the club Gary, and looking forward to seeing the results!

Full frame always beats post processing
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RE: Going Digital!

Sun May 20, 2001 4:10 am

Attn All Digital Shooters:

Well, OK, first: Granite: congrats on joining the digital camera group here at A.Net!

I would like to issue a warning about IBM Microdrives.

They are, a small hard drive, and even though they are in a shock resistant case, they are FRAGILE.

Many, many postings have been made to the Nikon D1 discussion list, about MD failures. I, personally, will NOT use one, favoring the Lexar CF cards instead.

This is just an advisory, we return you to your regularly scheduled A.Net discussions at this time.

Joe Brown
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RE: Going Digital!

Sun May 20, 2001 5:49 am

Gary really sweet shot  Smile
One thing I really do like about digital photographs is the supreme sharpness (at least in my opinion anyway)

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Photo © Gary Watt

I believe this is the shot Big grin

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RE: Going Digital!

Sun May 20, 2001 6:26 am

Hi all

Martin, thanks for the comment on my first shot. A few more in the queue  Smile

The only problem I have at the moment is the time lag from capture shot to taking shot. I got a nice Braathens 737 this morning...only to cut the nose off.

Hopefully help from Colin and Gerry will sort me out.

So let's hope for a sunny day tomorrow in Scotland.

Gary Watt
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RE: Going Digital!

Mon May 21, 2001 7:16 am


Thanks for the comment ref my shots. I don't think anyone drools over them! But

Had a look at the Coast Air J31 picture and I'm well pleased with the quality and sharpness.

Digital is the way to go! It wont take long before you look back and say I remember my 1st Digital Camera.

Sorry but you got to get use to this on most of the Digital range. Just needs practise and a little prior planning. Try and focus a little earlier and that way you will have the shot set up awaiting your final shutter press.

May I suggest a product for the Digital Camera?

The screen is often prone to scratching or marking. I bought a product called the DJProtector on the web. It's a little clear glass protector which slips over your LCD display. It will stop it getting marked and scratched. Cost wise was around $15. I wish I could remember the website. They sold all sort for all different cameras and LCD sizes.

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RE: Going Digital!

Mon May 21, 2001 12:51 pm

Colin, where did you find that LCD protector? I could use a couple of them, well actually only one. The LCD on the first camera is already a mess...
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RE: Going Digital!

Mon May 21, 2001 1:37 pm

I bought an LCD protector for my Nikon D1 off of Ebay, but you can, I think, purchase them direct from the manufacturer.

The website I got the details from is:

I paid about $20 USD including shipping.

Joe Brown

Not an agent, just a very happy user.
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RE: Going Digital!

Mon May 21, 2001 5:31 pm

Guys I had a dig round the web and found the site this morning.
The above will display the compatibility with other cameras.

Main Page.

Well worth the product and the guy is real freindly and helpfull.

In just 5 days I had protector from the states.


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