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Msh744
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Nikon Coolpix 5700

Sun Aug 18, 2002 11:10 pm

If anybody who is reading this has a Nikon Coolpix 5700, could you please post your thoughts about the camera, and if possible, post a sample aviation photo taken with one. I'm debating between getting a Sony DSC-F707 and a Nikon Coolpix 5700, but I'm leaning toward the Nikon. Thanks in advance.

 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Sun Aug 18, 2002 11:23 pm

Just compare them yourself at http://www.dpreview.com
 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 12:59 am

I have had a chance to use both, however not for aviation photography.

Although they are both excellent cameras.. my bias leans toward the F707. It is a lot more of a user friendly camera, and the optics are FAR superior. The Nikon 5700 is one of those cameras, that even after using it for a week, it just doesn't seem natural and flowing to use; not to mention the menu system is very complex and difficult to understand. The F707, on the otherhand, is very thoughtfully laid-out and is almost instincive in its use.

But check it out for yourself at http://www.dpreview.com

Hope I could help!

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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 1:30 am

Ask yourself this...do you want a brown corner on your shots? if the answer is yes get the F707 if its no, go with the nikon

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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 3:08 am

Hello

I can not say much about the Sony but a few weeks ago I had the same problem I had to chooses between the 5700 and the Minolta Dimage D7i.

I had the luck to test both cameras for a Weekend and I finally chose the D7I. The main Reason I choose the D7i was the Manual Zoom if you come from a SLR camera like me you will like that a lot it great comparing to the Motor Zoom of the 5700 or the most Digital Cameras in this Price Sector.



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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 5:23 am

LGW wrote: Ask yourself this...do you want a brown corner on your shots? if the answer is yes get the F707 if its no, go with the nikon

As far as I know, Sony has fixed this problem, so I wouldn't base my decision off that. My F707, built 4/02, is free of this defect, otherwise knows as DLS (dark left side)

Here's my thoughts on the two: The Nikon is a more confusing camera, it's sluggish (lots of lag time), and quite big/heavy. Now, in the comparison photos the Nikon 5700 seems to put out better pictures than the F707 because it does lots of postprocessing in-camera - but with postprocessing in Photoshop, the F707's images can look better than the Nikon's, and you have complete control over how the images are treated.

IMO, the F707 is a better all-around camera... there aren't a lot of things it can't do.

*However* - The Nikon has a longer zoom - critical in aviation photography.

*But* - The Nikon is a slower/sluggish camera - not ideal for aviation photography.

It's really a toss-up, so I recommend going to the camera store and see if you can get hooked up with both of these cameras to see which one you like better.

-Shawn
 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 7:53 am

I will be buying a Sony DSCF 707, because its optics seem to be superior to those of Nikon. As far as the zoom, I will be getting a B-300 Teleconverter, which will increase the maximum optical zoom to 323 mm - good enough for most shooting.

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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 10:37 am

Thank you all very much for your insight. Since I've only seen the Nikon on the internet, and haven't been able to hold it, I did not previously know about its size/weight. I also hadn't noticed that it was slower than the F707.

An-225:

Is it worth it to get the Teleconverter? My only thought about that is that the teleconverter may reduce the quality of your photos.

If a teleconverter isn't the best piece of equipment to increase optical zoom without losing quality (on the F707/Nikon 5700), could somebody give me some tips as for what is?

Thank you all for your response.
 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 11:21 am

As far as I know, B-300 teleconverter is one of the best. It does not really reduce the quality of the image. Of course, if you go with some bargain teleconverters, the image quality will be a lot worse.

As for Coolpix 5700, I read it performs bad at low light, while F 707 is like a night vision scope. Just check Aaron Mandolesi's photos to see what I am talking about.

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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 1:03 pm

Get the F707. Many more a.net photographers are using the F707 than the 5700. Myself, Aaron Mandolesi, Justin Cederholm, Ivan Rodriguez (I think)... there are tons of 'em!
 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 3:41 pm

I just got the 5700, and while it's not a D1X, it's a camera you can throw in a small bag, and take to dinner, on the plane, etc...It's nice and small, and the quality is just as good. The teleconverter isn't really needed (IMO) because the lens goes up to something like 280mm.

Here are a couple shots (NonAV) I took with it.


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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 10:05 pm

Couple of my F707 shots here:


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And my portfolio is here, hasn't been updated in a while though (excuse the image quality, I had to compress majorly to get the pics on the site):

http://www.photosig.com/myportfolios.php?id=8521

You can access my other portfolios from there as well.

 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Mon Aug 19, 2002 11:53 pm

what I like about my Coolpix 5000 is that the lens is small enough to poke through a chain link fence. You can also pass the camera through a gap in the fence to shoot from "the other side"

Also, with a four foot step ladder you can outstretch your arms, using the lcd as the viewfinder, and shot over a 12-foot fence.

If you work hard to get that "special" shot, the Coolpix will reward you.

I love Sony stuff, I was really leaning towards to F707, esp since my laptop has a built-in memory reader, but the flexability of the Coolpix sealed the deal for me.
 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Tue Aug 20, 2002 6:44 am

Thank you, everybody. All of your responses have helped me a lot. Thanks again.
 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Tue Aug 20, 2002 7:40 am

Msh744, let us know what your final answer is!
 
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RE: Nikon Coolpix 5700

Tue Aug 20, 2002 8:28 am

Shawn-

I will let you know what my decision is, but it may be a while. I'm still in the research phase.

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