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Camera For Part-timer

Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:15 am

Just looking for some suggstions for a cheap, but efficient camera that will enable photos to be uploaded to

All suggestions welcome
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RE: Camera For Part-timer

Fri Jul 16, 2004 5:38 am

I don't know of any models but get a 35mm SLR (single lense reflex).
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RE: Camera For Part-timer

Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:43 pm

Both the Fuji Finepix S5000 (discontinued, so currently available at about £220 online) or the excellent Olympus C765UZ at about £250 from Amazon will get you a camera that produces pictures of an acceptable quality for There have several threads in this section about these cameras over the last few months:

Not being a film person, I would have thought you would still have to invest in
a decent scanner to get photos of high enough standard for, so I personally don't see that the advise in the post above would be a cheap option, especially, as like me, you only plan to photograph "part time". I use the C765's predecessor, the C750, and have now had 8 pictures accepted here.

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RE: Camera For Part-timer

Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:15 pm

Whatever you get you'll probably need a 10x zoom and >3MP for digital. Any of the Olympus 7xx series will probably do. I've got the 720 which is 8x and 3.2MP and suffers from no manual focus, but I like it so far. My pics generally go to Being at MAN there's usually a runway full of people taking the same pictures that turn up on

To see what's out there...

Then you'll need rechargable batteries, a card reader (maybe) unless you can USB download and a memory card (128 or 256MB). The 16MB that cameras come with will let you take about 8 photos before they're full (SHQ setting).

Going the film route will undoubtedly end up a lot more expensive in the long run, simply because of the costs of film and D+P. Then you'll need a slide or print scanner. And there's the downside of not getting the instant feedback of whether it's going to be a decent photo or not.

And then.... you'll need the software to sort out the images. Photoshop seems to be very popular (£400 or so) Photoshop elements may do what you need (comments, anyone) for a fraction of the price. I've got Corel photo paint (v7 - I've had it a few years) that does what I need it to.

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RE: Camera For Part-timer

Fri Jul 16, 2004 9:22 pm

I have Photoshop Elements. I bought an OEM version (no box but with unused registration key and .pdf manual on the installation cd) from eBay and got it for less than £25! It works fine and can be updated online from the Adobe website. I'm still learning how all the functions work, but here's a self plug  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Camera For Part-timer

Sat Jul 17, 2004 12:00 am

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What I was trying to say was that I got an OEM version of Elements on eBay for less than £25! The link (which does work) shows that you don't have to spend a fortune to get accepted. My whole setup (camera, 128mb card, batteries and software) came to less than £280. I didn't spend more because I couldn't justify the expense. Like you, I only photograph planes "part time". Most of my digital photography is for my own (non aviation) website which doesn't need the high quality requires.

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