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2 Daughters are Middle School Cheerleaders

Help Please! First had a FugiFinePix1400 Zoom but VERY MUCH disliked the slide on the front. Then had a Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4mg pix ... but "threw" it on the cement at the Cheerleading Competion a week ago. (Accident I promise) My husband was the TECH GEEK but he passed away a year ago. I've read your site and checked out some of the suggestions but ... Look all I want is a camera with GREAT ZOOM (both girls are fliers .... ie. the cheerleaders on the team who I should probably get better medical insurance for) I know, I can zoom when I print it out .... so is that what I should be thinking about ... just zooming when printing? So just buy a 4 or 5 mg piz that is easy to pull in and out of backpack? Though, I do need to take "quick pictures" ... so is that something to consider? (Cheerleaders (fliers) move FAST!) You know, I also have to tote the Video Camera ... and now I have to be the photographer for both ... humm ALSO, do I consider that I already have a SanDisk 128mb and a Memorex SmartMedia 64mb? I apoligize for the rambling ... it's just that since March I've taken 850 photos and I need to make a decision ... (I know that's a bit much) THIS WAS NOT MY AREA ... please just give me your suggestions and I'll ask mom for early xmas $$$ .... Thanks in advance for the help ... kathy

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7/27/2004 8:02:39 PM

Traci D. Brumley   Hi,
I don't have an answer to your question, more of a question of my own. You sound just like me, trying to take 20 different shots of 20 different things, all at once. (and love doing it that way) FUN!!! anyway, I am wanting to go digital, I just started reserching, so far Nikon D70 sounds good. I take alot of sports shots. (9 year old boy) Also, 13 year old daughter, basketball, track and a ton of outdoor kid shots, we live by the lake. SORRY NO INFO YOU WERE LOOKING FOR, but I just had to chat!

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7/31/2004 7:45:51 AM

Jill A. Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/20/2004
  hummm... not real sure what you really want here Kathy... Traci is right the Nikon D70 is a wonderful camera and is very fast... I have had my hands on it a couple times now and it is my next camera that is forsure... due to some bad luck(fire) I lost alot of camera equipment and it was a tuff road... but am a photographer so search out the best way for me to beable to do my job and passion and I got a fixed lens camera for now... I have the sony 717 now did have the 707 but upgraded when the 717 came out... if is a very good camera for the money and for a fixed lens... wonderful zoom and macro... the color and clarity is very good...
but if you have the money I would go to the new Nikon D70... with sport shooting it is very fast for a digital... not one to get into the specs on things there are lots of sites that do that or you can check here for reviews on camera's...
well I do wish you the best of luck Kathy ... sorry can't be more help...
Jill :)

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7/31/2004 8:42:05 AM

Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  Hi Kathy! You don't say what your budget is! All I can tell you is that I have the Fujifilm S5000 (10 x zoom, 0.2 second burst mode with a video option also). I absolutely love it - especially for capturing action. You should consider it.
Also, before purchasing, look at pictures on this site by people who have the camera you are considering, and e-mail them if you can as to whether they like it, what it's disadvantages are, advantages, etc.
Good luck!

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7/31/2004 8:36:33 PM

Pamela K
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/21/2004
  I take wildlife photography and animals can also often move really FAST. My camera does pretty well with these action shots, but they don't make it any more and the resolution is pretty low.

Two things it has that I would recommend you look for in an action camera are as follows:

1) Internal image stabilizer or the possibility of getting a lens with a good image stabilizer, especially if you'll be taking hand held shots or trying to move with the action.

2) The ability to take multiple shots in a row quickly without readjusting focus or metering. My camera has an option to quickly take up to six shots in a row while I hold down the button. This has proved invaluable for capturing quickly changing behaviors.

I don't know of a particular camera to recommend, but I hope this helps.


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8/1/2004 12:27:47 AM

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