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[APD] More digital camera stuff
I suggested the Canon Digital Rebel, because it is half the price and
most of the features of the 10D. The latter is about $1500, but
worthless without lenses (another grand or two!).
The 300 (Rebel) comes in a factory kit, with a lens designed
specifically for the smaller sensor. That means, for a given f# and
resolution, much smaller glass (way more compact than equivalent 35mm
lenses). Total price is running below $1000, with that lens.
I can't use a camera with interchangeable lenses, because most of my
photography is outdoors and in the desert. A 35mm camera advances to a
new sensor with every shot. Digitals, OTOH, are easy to ruin, when
trying to clean the static-attracted gunk off the filter over the
sensor. Fixed lenses, with add-on tele and wide angle are more practical
if you don't own a clean room for lens changes. A set of 3 "portrait"
lenses gives me far better macro than any P&S Nikon, at much better
light-gathering power. YMMV. [Yes, it's slower to change the lenses. Not
a big deal for me (yet).]
On presetting focus and exposure by a half press: I was on my fourth
digital before I found one with decent enough ergonomics to allow me to
wait for "the moment." [By then, that 4th camera also had full manual!]
Many are very poor, so try before you buy. That perfect instant may be
in a few seconds, but often is a minute or more. Can you hold the preset
that long? I couldn't on many expensive digitals. Could be because I'm
old and shakey, but I don't think so.
Now back to your regularly scheduled discussion of water color in a
white bucket. :-)
Wright Huntley -- 760 872-3995 -- Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514
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