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Photography Question 
jenny mendoza

member since: 8/5/2002
  1 .  Which one?
I owned Cannon EOS 3000, and would like to sell it so I could buy Nikon F65. Am I making sense? Please give me an honest answer. many thanks!


-Jenny

10/29/2002 10:35:58 AM

JOHN WALSH

member since: 10/30/2002
  I have a nikon f65 (ossie)& would definitely get the f/n65,will cost you more -but far more to have on camera.more solid & durable.I have the 'battery pack'& with 4 AA s'. you will have it forever.(lot of METAL inside also.) (I also have a Mju)compact,Stylus Epic in USA. Get a BAG,FEW FILTERS,+UV TOKEEP ON LENS,70-300TELE,22 Speedlight,&TRIPOD &YOUARESET. JOHN

10/30/2002 3:14:44 PM

JOHN WALSH

member since: 10/30/2002
  I have a nikon f65 (ossie)& would definitely get the f/n65,will cost you more -but far more to have on camera.more solid & durable.I have the 'battery pack'& with 4 AA s'. you will have it forever.(lot of METAL inside also.) (I also have a Mju)compact,Stylus Epic in USA. Get a BAG,FEW FILTERS,+UV TOKEEP ON LENS,70-300TELE,22 Speedlight,&TRIPOD &YOUARESET. JOHN

10/30/2002 3:14:45 PM

Michael F. Harrington

member since: 10/27/2002
  I have the N65 and the N80 and both are excellent cameras. If you can afford it go for the N80, it has more flexibility than the N65. If you cannot, then the N65 will not let you down if you are not after pro features.

Good luck and good shooting!

10/31/2002 1:46:17 AM

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Photography Question 
Luc Lescadre

member since: 10/14/2002
  2 .  NEED A LENSE FOR MINOLTA
I HAVE A MINOTLA MAXXUM 430si RZ FOR ABOUT 2 YRS AND WANT A BETTER LENSE PERHAPS MACRO TO 300 IF POSSIBLE NOT TOO BIG AS COMPACT AS POSSIBLE DO I HAVE A SHOT AND WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?

10/14/2002 12:21:07 PM

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Photography Question 
Mike Turner

member since: 3/16/2001
  3 .  Zoom Lenses
Currently I have a 28-80 & 75-300 for a Canon Rebel 2000. I bought these lenses when I first got my camera. I thought, then, that it was a good idea because it covered the spectrum very well but now I see the disadvantages. I have to change lenses too often. Anyway, my question is, so far I have bought only Canon lenses. I would like to know who else makes lenses that would fit my camera and which of those companies are good and which I should stay away from.

Also, what does 58mm (52mm, 72mm) mean when it's attached to the description of a lens? I know that mm means millimeter. Does it mean the size of the side that connects to the camera? Or does it mean focal length?

Thanks.

9/27/2002 5:46:48 PM

Wayne Attridge

member since: 9/27/2002
  Be careful with the one lens does all theory. Have you seen the camera cases with room for two or more cameras and several lenses? There is a good reason for this. Prime lenses, those that are one focal length only, are superior to the ones that change focal length, as does a zoom lens. Canon lenses are generally better quality and usually more expensive than third party lenses.

The focal length is the 28 to 80 number of your zoom lens. The other numbers you mentioned, 52, 55, 58, 72, are numbers generally marked on the open end of the lenses and refers to the diameter of the threads where you would screw on a filter, such as a UV or Haze filter, which you should use on all of your lenses, if only to protect the finely polished surfaces. Good Luck.

9/27/2002 10:07:20 PM

Ken Pang

member since: 7/8/2000
  I'm not sure I agree with the "Prime Lenses are better than Zoom Lenses" theory anymore.

Yes, I know they definitely are. After shooting with a borrowed 50mm f/1.2, I have to say that a prime is brilliantly sharp - but I often scan a neg at 4000dpi and zoom right in to do editing work. How many people do that? Zooms are getting so good these days, that until you start blowing things up, you can't tell the difference.

How often would you ever get bigger than 5x7 - or even 8x10 for that matter?

You have to pick your lens for your work, and if the extra bit of sharpness isn't necessary, then saving yourself from changing lenses may be more up your alleyway.

Still, I'm somewhat dubious about these super lenses (28-300, 50-500mm etc). They're probably getting too long for good sharp photos.

9/28/2002 9:22:42 AM

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Photography Question 
Farrah Mahmood

member since: 7/14/2002
  4 .  HOW TO SELECT A CAMERA
I WANT TO BUY A NEW CAMERA.PROBLEM IS THAT I CANT DECIDE WHICH ONE IS BETTER BETWEEN THESE TWO.ONE IS PENTAX MZ 7 QD WITH 28-80MM ZOOM LENS AND OTHER IS MINOLTA MAXXUM 5 SLR WITH 28-80MM ZOOM LENS.

7/14/2002 12:52:31 AM

John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/27/2001
  Farrah,
Must be a camera buying spree going on. There's another one almost identical to yours today and two others within the past couple weeks. See the answers to two similar ones:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=3711

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=3683

Bottom line:
There is no "better" in general. It's which one is better for you personally. This is a decision you have to make for yourself based on what you want to do with the camera, how well it will help fulfill that, how it feels in your hands in operation, and whether its controls feel natural or cumbersome to you. Either one is fully capable of "general" photography.

-- John

7/14/2002 8:11:45 PM

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Photography Question 
Thomas 

member since: 2/24/2002
  5 .  Buying a manual slr Cameras
Am a professional photographer and my camera euipment just got stollen recently while I have so much work pending. Is there someone out there with a manual SLR camera for sale that I could order for? Preferably a Leica, Nikon or canon with interchangeable lenses? I want something within the range of 100 dollars that would include shipment to Kenya where I am. Finding good cameras here is difficult. I need a used or refurbished camera that is in working order. Please contact me on otred@yahoo.com or tel: 254722699549

5/27/2002 10:16:13 AM

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Photography Question 
JOHN WALSH

member since: 5/22/2002
  6 .  diff. with f65& f60
differences with f60 or
f 65, are great.
f65, is closer to f100,f5,f80,&DI M LACKING. ETC. BUT LITTL;E ELSE. JOHN.SPOT

5/24/2002 11:46:44 PM

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Photography Question 
Sarah G. Abbott

member since: 4/3/2002
  7 .  Used cameras
I can save hundreds of dollars by buying a used camera but have absolutely no guarantee that things will work OK (I`m not buying from a camera store). Is the risk of buying a used camera too big or are there basic things to check for which will help prevent me buying a faulty one?

4/3/2002 8:20:36 AM

Jeff S. Kennedy

member since: 3/4/2002
  Used cameras are a great way to go. Most people and businesses that sell used cameras on a regular basis allow the buyer a 2 week trial period to make sure the camera works correctly. Make sure you get this time when buying. Run some film through it and/or have a technician look it over for you. If it's not all you dreamed then return it.

4/3/2002 12:58:53 PM

Joan Bellinger

member since: 9/6/2001
  If you're not allowed a trial period, try taking a roll right there on the spot and running it over to your one hour developer.

4/3/2002 1:53:19 PM

John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/27/2001
  Sarah,
A lot of my equipment was bought used. It has allowed the purchase of professional grade bodies and lenses for much less than the new price. The secret is knowing *how* to inspect bodies and lenses for common defects. I researched the camera systems, 35mm and medium format, that I was interested in buying and became familiar with their basic operation. Part of this research was finding camera specific user group web sites and email list archives, then searching them for information about common problems, faults, idiosyncracies about specific models, and how to look for them. I also made (and still have) a list of desired specific bodies, lenses and other system accessories. This enabled being able to test various functions and look for specific problems along with general ones when examining used gear. Finally, unless it's an exceptionally rare item, be patient and be willing to "walk away" from a deal that doesn't "feel right" for whatever the reason. My instincts have never failed me in this regard, even though it might be some time afterward I was able to completely figure out what bothered me.

-- John

4/6/2002 6:54:38 PM

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Photography Question 
Pam P

member since: 2/27/2002
  8 .  Looking for the right lens .
 
I have been looking for the right lens for weeks now. I have purchased the Nikon N80 and it came with 70-300 4.0 sigma lens. I have shot at least 10 rolls of fuji 1600 all indoor action shots (basketall). I need a faster lens I plan to do some fund raising with these photos. I can't believe the response I'm getting with the shots I have, the parents on our team were in complete awww over them. I can see all the grain and some blur in them so Im not satified. I know I need a faster lens. But I can't spend too much because like I said we want to try and do some fund raising with these photos.Im looking for a used Nikon 80-200 2.8. Will this solve my blur and grain problems and are there any filters you would recommend for flouresent lighting. BTW i'm using the the built in flash, or sometimes I mount my old vivatar flash from my old nikon N2000 and set it at its lowest setting so I can get more shots faster. Is it ok to use this flash with my new N80 ? Sorry for the poor grammer. Thanks Pam

2/28/2002 12:58:57 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  Besides the used Nikkor 80-200 consider the well reviewed Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX. At f/2.8 you should be able to use ISO 400 film.

Re: flourescent lighting (more likely mercury vapor in basketball court) Fuji Superia X-tra 400, and 800 have 4th color layer that helps.

If you don't use the flash, an FL-D filter will correct typical flourescent light to daylight film. Don't use this filter with the flash as your near subjects will be too pink.

Don't know about your Vivitar flash. Some old models have high voltage that can fry modern electronic cameras.

2/28/2002 5:49:57 PM

John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/27/2001
  I agree with going to the faster lens and trying to use ISO 400 film if lighting level allows. If you do use an external flash, consider puting a small "soft box" on it. It does require greater flash power; most soft boxes reduces flash output by about the equivalent of a stop. It will soften shadows, remove some of its harshness though and produce lighting that appears more natural than bare flash.

Jon's made a good film recommendation, but I disagree with using an FL-D filter for color correction. For all that's gained with a faster lens, it all goes away with an FL-D, including making the viewfinder much dimmer. The FL-D is not a pale filter; it consumes one stop of exposure. These types of decisions are always a trade-off; I'd rather have the brighter viewfinder and faster shutter speed(s). Most gymnasia use mercury or sodium vapor lights, which are neither tungsten nor fluorescent. Filters for color correcting tungsten or fluorescent to daylight film will not correct mercury or sodium lighting to daylight.

-- John

2/28/2002 7:30:21 PM

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