EWRvirgin
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Opinions On Dimage 5/7

Sat Jan 26, 2002 3:43 am

Anyone out there have first hand experiences with either of these two models? How do they rank among similar priced cameras? What can I expect from printed shots overall and 3mp vs 5mp in particular? Will a $200
epson do it justice?

Thanks in advance.
 
TimMSP
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RE: Opinions On Dimage 5/7

Sat Jan 26, 2002 8:13 am

I have a Dimage 7 and like it a lot. Being new to photography and using the 7 has made the learning process a lot more enjoyable.

Printing out pics on a $200 printer can produce some outstanding results...I have a 4x6 photo of a Sun Country 737 that everyone mistakes for a processed print.

The big question is whether you can get by or not with a 28-200 mm equivalent lens. I like the 28 mm for closeups and the max 200mm is ok for my local airport.

Below is a sample that I took using a 1024 x 768 setting with the camera which is one of the lower size settings.


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Photo © Tim Ligas





 
EWRvirgin
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RE: Opinions On Dimage 5/7

Sat Jan 26, 2002 9:16 am

Timmsp,

Thanks for your input. Have you tried an 8x10 print? If it can fool some into thinking its a lab print then I'm sold on it!

I'm looking at the Epson 785.
 
klm744
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RE: Opinions On Dimage 5/7

Tue Jan 29, 2002 6:42 am

I just bought a dimage 5 and I think its a great camera. I was considering a sony f707 or a dimage 7, but I think that the largest print I will realistically make is an 8X10 so I don't need 5 megapixels. Anyway, its a good camera, it takes very sharp shots and is fairly quick. Sometimes the autofocus has a tendency to hunt or pick the wrong focus point but you have to remember that it has a 35-250mm lens on it so some hunting is acceptable. Plus once you get used to how the AF behaves it is not really a problem. The 100% view electronic viewfinder is great, I use it instead of the lcd on the back. My one gripe though is that it eats through batteries. Even though it takes standard AA batteries they are not recommended in the instruction manual. It'll go through a fresh pair in about 15 minutes. You have to buy a couple of good nimh rechargables and make sure to condition them. The camera comes with a decent set of rechargables that after 4 cycles will get me about 70 shots with no flash and no lcd use. But I have heard that with a good set you can shoot all day with no problems.
 
TimMSP
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KLM744

Wed Jan 30, 2002 11:33 am

The Dimage 7 has a bit of hunting on the autofocus as well, but you're right, once you learn to anticipate it it doesn't really pose any problems and maybe 1 or 2 shots out of 100 would be a bit blurred because of it.

I have found a rechargeable battery titled Powerex that I got from my local camera store and it is very good as far as the charge life. I have 2 sets, each set of 4 costs about $28, but they are well worth it. I have been using the same set batteries for about 5 months now and haven't noticed any change in their performance.I can get up to about 3-4 hours of photography per set.
 
EWRvirgin
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RE: Opinions On Dimage 5/7

Wed Jan 30, 2002 1:41 pm

Well, I bit the bullet and bought the Dimage 7. I do notice the AF hunting. My main gripe is how hard it is to get EVF in focus w/ the diopter. This just makes MF and even AF that much harder to correct.

Anyway, I bought the Olympus p400 over the Epson 785. Big price difference. Anyone think it was an unjustifiable buy vis-a-vis photographic print quality?
 
patroni
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RE: Opinions On Dimage 5/7

Thu Jan 31, 2002 10:00 am

Hello!

I bought the Dimage 5 earlier this month and am so far happy with it! First I had opted for the Dimage 7, but as I usually never print out photos larger than A4 format, I decided that the 3 Mpix of the Dimage 5 are sufficient, thus saving 350 Euro (ca. 320 USD?).

For Aviation Photography I usually set the focus manually to oo, which stops the "hunting" autofocus.

I have uploaded some photos to airliners.net which have not yet been reviewed by the screeners. Nevertheless you can see some smaller sized sample photos here (text in German only, but the photos speak for themselves I hope...):

http://www.flugsimulation.ch/cgi-bin/ubb/postdisplay.cgi?forum=Forum23&topic=000169

Best regards,

Tom

 
TimMSP
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RE: Opinions On Dimage 5/7

Thu Jan 31, 2002 11:06 am

I usually use the autofocus in sports mode and it focuses on more than just the center of the image and have gotten fairly decent results.

I find I can use photoshop to give the images a little sharpening to finish them off.

I use a Lexmark z53 with glossy paper and the pictures turn out pretty good. I don't think I paid over $200 for it.

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