GLAGAZ
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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 A.net

All suggestions welcome
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kc7mmi
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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).
Don't fall for cheap digital cameras...they won't get you the quality you want. If you want a quality digital camera, expect to spend at least a Grand.
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willo
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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 A.net. There have several threads in this section about these cameras over the last few months:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/135199/6/


http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/135859/6/

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 A.net, 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.

[Edited 2004-07-16 11:58:14]
 
oly720man
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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 Myaviation.net. Being at MAN there's usually a runway full of people taking the same pictures that turn up on A.net.

To see what's out there...

http://www.dpreview.com
http://www.steves-digicams.com

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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willo
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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

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?id=620529&WxsIERv=UEE0NC0xODA%3D&WdsYXMg=U2F4b24gQXZpYXRpb24gSW5jLg%3D%3D&QtODMg=U2hvcmVoYW0gKEVTSCAvIEVHS0Ep&ERDLTkt=VUsgLSBFbmdsYW5k&ktODMp=SnVseSAzLCAyMDA0&BP=0&WNEb25u=QW5kcmV3IFNjb3R0&xsIERvdWdsY=TjQ5MkFG&MgTUQtODMgKE=SnVzdCBiZWZvcmUgdGhlIHJhaW4gYXJyaXZlZCAoT2x5bXB1cyBDNzUwVVop&YXMgTUQtODMgKERD=MzM%3D&NEb25uZWxs=MjAwNC0wNy0xNA%3D%3D&ODJ9dvCE=&O89Dcjdg=NDQ5NjE3MA%3D%3D&static=yes&size=M

[Edited 2004-07-16 14:27:59]
 
willo
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RE: Camera For Part-timer

Sat Jul 17, 2004 12:00 am

Finger trouble when typing the html link above - the "suggest deletion" button is way off to the right so I can't get rid of it Embarrassment

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 A.net requires.

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