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Bruce
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Whole Bunch O' Digital Questions

Wed May 01, 2002 9:47 am

Now that I'm seeing that most of what I wanted in a camera could have been found in digital as well as the SLR I'm considering possibly trading up...go digital.

Storage space seems to be the major drawback. How do you all handle it? You can get a Smart Media Card up to 128mb, but if you are shooting 1024x768 .tif pics that's going to eat what, maybe 1.5 - 2mb per pic? or more? And you will probably want to shoot higher res than that just so you have room to crop in the touch-up process once you get back to your computer. If you're going for an extended shoot you WILL have to have some way of getting those pics off the Smart card. What if you don't have a laptop?

Example: Last summer me & my SLR went on vacation, away from home & computer, and I shot around 200 (maybe more) pics both aviation & non-aviation. If I had digital, what would I have done? I might have needed 3 128mb cards and that would not be economically feasible. I think what would be best is to have some way to transfer them & burn a CD-RW or two and then worry about touch-up & deleting bad ones when I get home.

Also, battery power. How long do the batteries last?

How many megapixels should I look for? some cameras are 1.2 and i have seen some 5.0 megapixels. Do you really need the high end ones to get a sharp picture that would be acceptable here?

Is the olympus C-2100 a good choice for aviation shooting? It is a 2.1megapixel and 10x OPTICAL zoom.

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RE: Whole Bunch O' Digital Questions

Wed May 01, 2002 10:01 am

Hello,
I've been using the C-2100 for about 2 months now.I don't have any complaints at all about it.However,I am just a beginner and really can't offer you much technical knowledge about it.Here is one of the first photos I took with the C-2100.


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RE: Whole Bunch O' Digital Questions

Wed May 01, 2002 10:11 am

By the way...I have a 128MB card which I just used at an airshow this weekend.It held 154 photos in SHQ(1600x1200) but I save them as Jpeg.And the rechargeable Nimh batteries it comes with are great.I took all 154 photos on the same batteries,it had just started flashing the battery warning light after the last few photos.I also bought 4 more Nimh batteries for US$20.I think the money you save on film and processing will easily pay for extra memory cards in a matter of a couple months.


Good Luck!
Scott
 
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RE: Whole Bunch O' Digital Questions

Wed May 01, 2002 10:29 am

Scott,

That's a nice clear pic of the DC10. I can even see the numbers on the nose gear bay doors which I usually can't with my camera. for example, I photographed British Airways' G-VIIM last year and could not read the title "waves and cranes" near the nose. It's that fine detail that gets lost.

BTW, while at BWI did you shoot those pics from that viewing area across the street from the airport? I forget the name now - i was there last in 1998 and there was a park w/parking lot and benches there. I think the park was named after somebody but I forgot who. i watched planes approach from about the same angle you shot that one.

Is the quality lower to save them as jpegs? i always hear people say to scan photos and save as uncompressed tiff's until you touch them up. is that as important with digital?

bruce
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RE: Whole Bunch O' Digital Questions

Wed May 01, 2002 11:45 am

Hello
Yes,that photo was taken at the Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area on Dorsey Rd.Just across the street from rwy 33L.I live only 5 miles or so from there so I go often.I'm not sure if the quality is better in TIFF format.The camera does have a setting which allows you to save them as TIFF.Maybe someone else can tell us both  Smile


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RE: Whole Bunch O' Digital Questions

Wed May 01, 2002 11:51 am

Bruce-Best quality is in TIFF or RAW modes, but those really eat up memory. Usually HQ JPEG is okay. Some cameras can take things like the IBM micro disk, holding up to 1 MB. Available for about 250 bucks. ANother good investment if you the digital route is something like the Digital Wallet from Mind Works. Mine holds 10 Gigabytes....I have yet to fill it up, but I will give it a shot on an upcoming vacation  Smile !!!

SOmeone mentioned a website on digital photography (DPreview I think...) It is a great site, very educational and will help you to make an informed decision on what to buy should you take the digital plunge.

T.
 
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RE: Whole Bunch O' Digital Questions

Wed May 01, 2002 12:47 pm

http://www.dpreview.com this will answer all your questions. I'd go for a bigger card (250-500 mb)

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