A346Dude
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Decent Camera For Under $400?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:41 am

Currently, I use a 2MP Canon A60 and manage to get the odd shot past the screeners Big grin.

I am wondering if there is such a thing as a reasonable quality camera for aviation photography use that costs less than about $500CAD or $400USD.

Or, would it be more wise to save up for something like a 300D?

Thanks
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AdamWright
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:01 pm

If you really want to get into Aviation Photography as a serious hobby like I did for many many years... there is not point in getting a Digital Point and Shoot. Sure they're great for going out on saturday afternoon and taking pictures to show your friends at school on monday. But, if you really want to get into it.. get a DSLR.

I recommend the Canon 10D. Its gone way down in price and is an amazing camera. For 1500 dollars, you could get a nice 10D and 75-300 USM and make quality pictures for a.net and magazines for years. Bite the bullet and get the real deal.

-Adam
 
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 2:33 pm

It would be wise to save up for a Nikon D70. That's what I'm doing right now. I'll be buying mine in a couple weeks. Oh...and the D70 is Popular Photography's "2004 Camera Of The Year."

I'll be buying mine from Cameta Camera (of Amityville NY) for just over $1400 which includes the body, 18-70mm DX, extra battery, 2GB Lexar CompactFlash card and a couple other things.

-Benjamin
 
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:11 pm

I am wondering if there is such a thing as a reasonable quality camera for aviation photography use that costs less than about $500CAD or $400USD

Yes, the Olympus C765UZ - 4mp 10x optical lens. Plenty of contributors here use it. Currently at Amazon for $349.

If you really want to get into Aviation Photography as a serious hobby like I did for many many years... there is not point in getting a Digital Point and Shoot.

Not necessarily, this topic asked for a sub $400 camera and there was no mention of "serious" photography. A346Dude already has a point and shoot and probably just needs a slightly better one. Not everybody wants or is in a position to go for a DSLR.
 
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:29 pm

You're asking for a sub $400 meaning that a DSLR is out of your reach, considering that you'll be spending a lot of money on lenses as well.

The Olympus seems to be a good choice for that money. You may want to look at the Canon Poweshot S1 as well. It is sub-400, 10x optical zoom with 3.2 Mpixels.

Good luck.
 
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:46 pm

You may also want to check out the last remaining PowerShot G5's.
IMHO it is one of the best compact cameras out there.
I literally have hundreds of pics on a/net with it (and counting).
Don't be put off by the short lens as the 5MP, excellent optics and Digic processor (it's a Canon) mean you can crop without losing picture quality.

Will
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:08 pm

Try a Panasonic FZ10 or FZ20 (or the FZ15 in the US only). The FZ15 is probably your best bet.

A bargain for the cash asked for.

Search the Database under comments/remarks for some FZ10 examples.

Where else can you get a 12x optical zoom (Leica glass) with full manual control and built in stabiliser?

and all for less than $500 US.

Hope this helps.

Lumix UK.
 
AdamWright
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:32 am

Willo:

He said.. and I quote.. "Or, would it be more wise to save up for something like a 300D?"

Everyone is in a position to get a DSLR. They just have to save their money a little longer. Some people would say I'm insane for spending the amount I do on camera/gear for my aviation picture ventures... but I do it cause I know there is A LOT more potential with a DSLR vs. a P&S.

-Adam
 
A346Dude
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 4:46 am

Thanks to everyone who has responded for their suggestions and points of view.

If anyone else has any comments or ideas, please do share.
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:21 am

I bought a Minolta Dimage S414 for $200 on sale at Ritz over the summer. It looks like a point and shoot digital, but its 4 megapixels with a 4X optical zoom, and the digital zoom takes it a bit longer. The pics I get with it are just about as good as a friend of mine who has a Canon Digital Rebel.
 
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 9:16 am

IMO, you could probably scrounge together a D30 and a 75-300 non IS with a 512 flash card for around 600. I've have a D30, and while it doesn't compare to a 10/20D it is great if you use it within its range of capabilities. You would so much better off than with a point and shoot and potentially could make prints up to 8 by 10 at very good quality.

L
 
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:34 pm

UTA_flyingHIGH,
With the PowerShot G5, can you really crop closer and not loose quality(that is nice)?
and is the camera use pretty easy and fast (in your opinion?)

Thanks..
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:42 pm

I recommend the G5 to anyone who can't afford a DSLR.

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In the above pics you can see that even action shots are possible with the G5; in the original file the 737/A320 was only covering 3/5ths of the original file.
It has a f/2.0 aperture which means it's pretty fast considering it's a compact.
You can also attach an external flash and the battery life is great !
if you can get one of the last remaining new examples for sale, go for it.

Will

PS : thanks for the plugging opportunity  Big grin
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RE: Decent Camera For Under $400?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 10:56 am

Interesting topic. I am considering making the change from my EOS Rebel 2000 with a 100-300mm to perhaps the Power Shot S1. What kind of comparison,if any, can be made between the two as far as a/c photography?
I welcome any advise or comment you might wish to make.

I should add that I don't get to do a much a/c photography as I used to so I can't justify DSLR. Is there something out there that I should consider and is the 10x optical zoom comparable to the 300mm.

Thanks for the help.

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