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SNAPSHOT - PHOTO NEWS FROM BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to SnapShot, the weekly newsletter on
the art of photography from
BetterPhoto.com


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IN THIS ISSUE - Monday, February 09, 2004
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* SPOTLIGHT: Capture Great Wildlife Photos in Natural Settings in California This April
* BETTERPHOTO: Learn How to Use Your Digital Camera with George Schaub
* BETTERPHOTO: The BetterPhoto Online Store - Photography Books, DVDs and More...
* BETTERPHOTO: Master Photoshop Automation, Conversion, and Compositing with Lewis Kemper
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: After 5000 Snapshots / I Only Play a Photographer on TV
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Simulating Sunlight - A Tip by Bob Cammarata
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: APO lenses
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Coolpix 5700 (E5700) Digital Camera
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Beginner Looking for Starter SLR
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Saving Technical Information for Each Photograph
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Lessons Involving Macro
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Aperture and Other Info on Each Shot
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Problems with Indoor Action Pictures
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: What Class Should I Start With
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Going Pro - Making Money with Your Photography
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: Selling Photos - What to Charge
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 11: Tony Sweets DVD
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 12: Digital Performance in Cold Weather
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Canon or Fuji Digital SLR's


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT - ADVERTISEMENT
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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 146th issue of SnapShot!

Hi

I am thrilled to announce the addition of four new great courses at BetterPhoto. You can learn about everything from digital photography to Photoshop to photography marketing (with Vik Orenstein) to beginning photography (with Tony Sweet). We will provide the details of two today and two next week... stayed tuned!

Also, I just returned from an excursion to Montana where I visited Triple "D" game farm. This is a fantastic organization which takes good care of over 100 animals, and allows you to photograph them in natural settings. While you could spend a lifetime trying to get a decent shot of lynx or bobcat in the wild, they make it easy. I had a wonderful trip and hope to share the story and photos with you soon.

In the meantime, enjoy the SnapShot, and have fun taking pictures!
Jim Miotke
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Learn How to Use Your Digital Camera with George Schaub
George Schaub is announcing the launch of his exciting online photography course on digital camera usage and technique - "An Introduction to Digital Photography: Using Your Digital Camera". From the editor of Shutterbug magazine and author of several bestselling how-to books on photography, learn what all the terms and concepts mean, and how to get the best pictures you can from your digital camera:
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The BetterPhoto Online Store - Photography Books, DVDs and More...
In our new Store, you can get excellent learning tools from our award-winning photography instructors. This includes books which are autographed by the author and make excellent companions to our online photography courses. In particular, take a look at Tony Sweet's DVD "Visual Rhythm". In this beautiful resource, Tony both shares his photographic techniques and inspires with gorgeous imagery. If you order this DVD today, you will also be sent a 2004 calendar card, personally autographed by Tony. Check out these great learning tools at:
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Master Photoshop Automation, Conversion, and Compositing with Lewis Kemper
Learn the art of fixing your photos in Photoshop, using the History brush to selectively apply filters, sharpening, controlling depth of field digitally. Learn how to automate tasks, skillfully convert images from color to black and white, and composite multiple photos into one believable picture. Open to both Macintosh and Windows users, this course will teach you how to get the most out of your Photoshop 7+ software!
http://www.betterphoto.com/photocourses/LEW03.asp

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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
Which great Agatha Christie detective said, "The man who invented the camera has a lot to answer for, mon ami"? What was the context?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Betina Nienhaus is:
Poirot was the famous detective. An Austrailian insisted on showing him his snap shots from Austrailia which took hours. After this he replied saying "The man who invented the camera has a lot to answer for, mon ami."

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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - I Only Play a Photographer on TV - entered by BetterPhoto member Jim Miotke

Enrico Colantoni, who plays fashion photographer Elliot DiMauro on "Just Shoot Me!", went shooting in Alaska with the Canon Photo Safari. Who was his mentor for this show? What did they photograph together?

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Simulating Sunlight - A Tip by Bob Cammarata
We've all needed flash-fill on occasion, to overcome high contrast situations and to fill in shadows. Try placing a piece of yellow cellophane over the center of the flash head, and securing it with a rubber band. This will create an amber highlight similar to that from a setting sun. You can vary the width and thickness to produce different effects.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: APO lenses
I'm looking into buying a 400mm APO lens. My question is, what is "APO", and what does it do? I can't find anything on this anywhere. Please help.
- Dan Kachmer

ANSWER 1:
Think that's sigma's lens and it stands for apochromatic. Just means it's how they signify their higher quality lenses. Sharpness, less abberations and distortions.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
More specifically, "APO" lenses (and "ED" Nikons), have the ability to focus all three primary colors on the same plane. The result is more accurate color rendition and better overall sharpness.

There is an article in the February 2004 issue of Petersen's Photographic on lens design and functions which explains this in detail.
- Bob Cammarata

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ANSWER 3:
APO or ED on a lens will result in a truer alignment of color on the filmplane/sensor plane. The end result is that you will not get the dreaded "purple fringing" so often noticed by many digital photographers.

Examples of this would be comparing the difference between the Canon G5 and the Minolta dimage A1. Both are 5MP cameras, but the A1 has a much better APO lens. Check out the review pages at www.dpreview.com to get a good idea of the difference that APO makes.

Note that APO is somewhat less of an issue with film cameras because of the 3d nature of the film medium. Fringing still occurs, but is usually greatly suppressed.
- Wing Wong

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NEW QUESTION 2: Coolpix 5700 (E5700) Digital Camera
Does the "Coolpix 5700 (E5700) Digital Camera" have the ability to change shutter speeds? What is the manual focus like, anything like a SLR? Would this be a camera that professionals like to use and take landscape photos with?
- Jeff

ANSWER 1:
Jeff: You don't mention if you own a 5700 or are just considering buying. In either case, I recommend reading the BetterPhoto review of the 5700. Reading that was one of the major factors in my purchase decision. The 5700 has several user set shooting modes including shutter priority, reviewed in the article as well as the owner's manual, but I find the latter pretty hard to use as the index, IMHO, stinks... lol. The 5700 is considered a prosumer camera and I believe most pros would rather have SLR's, although I think you will find the features more than adequate for high quality non-professional landscape work. Good Luck.
- David

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NEW QUESTION 3: Beginner Looking for Starter SLR
I am just starting to get interested in photography and I am looking for a great beginner camera. I have looked at the Canon EOS Elan II and the Nikon N80. Can anyone let me know about these two and any other cameras good for beginners
- Eric Neumann

ANSWER 1:
The Elan II/IIe is out of production, being replaced by the Elan 7/7e. Mid-level SLRs like the Elan 7/7e, Nikon N80, Minolta Maxxum 5 or 7, and Pentax *ist are a great place to start. They offer more features and function than the entry level SLRs (Rebel Ti, N65, N75, Maxxum 3, ZX-60), but are not as heavy and expensive as the professional bodies. In my opinion they are of equal quality and value. You can safely chose whichever one strikes your fancy (best hold, easiest to work controls, etc.).
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
In Nikon cameras, the entry level cameras include the N55, N65, and the current N75 for the autofocus lineup. In the Canon entry level cameras lineup the Rebel GII, Rebel Ti are quite recommended with superb features. Pentax has released the *ist kit, ZX-60, ZX-7, ZX-L for the camera enthusiast. Just make sure you familiarize yourself with each camera's features, the advantages, the availability of accessories and even spare parts (some cameras get "phased-out' like the earlier Nikon N60,N70 and N50 models. Anyway-ENJOY IN YOUR SELECTION!!!
- Buddy Purugganan

ANSWER 3:
At least consider this alternative: If money is a consideration, go onto an online auction and pick up a manual focus Canon FTb, TX or TLb, Minolta X370 or 570, Nikon FM or FM2, Pentax K1000 or MX or Olympus OM-1 and a 50mm lens. If you can afford it, Nikon still makes a pro-quality manual focus camera, the FM3A. KEH.com will sell you a used FM3A, saving you a hundred or two. You can use an autofocus lens on the FM3A as a manual focus lens. You can use a manual focus lens on higher-level Nikon autofocus SLR's, a good strategy with wide-angle lenses.

Your camera won't be sending out a silly light beam to aid in focusing, startling people and ruining your shot. You will learn to focus, even in dim light, by using your own eye. When you make mistakes in the learning process, you will be able to figure out what you did wrong. You won't have program modes and full automation to temp you to bypass the learning curve.

If you really want an autofocus camera, at least get a 50mm lens for it. You need to see how good 35mm can be. 50's are cheap and resolve detail amazingly well. Do yourself another favor, and try the lens and camera in the store. Be sure you can focus manually in low contrast or dim conditions.

If you decide later that you want to shoot sports or wildlife for a living, you can choose a high-level autofocus system from Nikon or Canon. You would then get better autofocus action and a brighter viewfinder.
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 4: Saving Technical Information for Each Photograph
How can I conveniently keep track of aperture and shutter speed information so that I can report that with my photographs? It seems to me that stoping everytime I take a picture to write down all of this is a bit tedious... is this the only way?
- Jose A. Hernandez

ANSWER 1:
Alternatives:

(a) Some high-end film cameras record this information (EOS 1v, Maxxum 7, others) so that it can be downloaded to a computer.

Many digital cameras encode this information in the RAW image file and it can be extracted with the appropriate software.

(b) Use a small tape recorder or digital memo recorder and talk to it while shooting

(c) Hire an assistant to do the writing for you ;)
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
I see from your member profile, Jose, that you use a Fuji Finepix digital camera. So Jon's second suggestion above applies to you.

This means you just won the "notebook lottery"... Because you shoot digital, all those settings should be kept in each photograph you make.

Simply use the latest versions of Photoshop (if you have it) or a free program like Exif Reader to get at that information. Search Google.com to find Exif Reader or alternative programs.
- Jim at BetterPhoto.com

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NEW QUESTION 5: Lessons Involving Macro
Hi. I'm wondering if any of your courses involve macro photography? I saw the word mentioned a few times in a few of the courses, but don't know which would be better. I like nature and flower subjects the best. Thanks.
- Daniel J. Romine

ANSWER 1:
Hi Daniel,

If you are really interested in flower photography, I would recommend Tony Sweet's Fine Art Flower Photography course. He has a lesson on macro specific to flower photography.

If you would like to be more general at first, instead of focusing just on flowers, try Kerry Drager's Beyond Snapshots course. This is another great class that will give you a good strong introduction into the world of macro photography.

Have fun getting close to your subjects!
- Jim at BetterPhoto.com

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NEW QUESTION 6: Aperture and Other Info on Each Shot
Is there a way to get the file info: shutter, aperture, lense, iso, etc., etc., from the jpeg file through Photoshop Elements, or do I need to make a note from the info of my camera as I save the shot?
- Nick Milton

ANSWER 1:
Hi Nick

Follow the File>File Info menu to show the file information. Select EXIF from the Section box. If your camera produces EXIF information with each picture, the aperture, speed, ISO, lens etc will be listed for the shot. Hope that helps.
- David Cornforth

ANSWER 2:
Also take a look at this other Q&A thread for more.
- Jim at BetterPhoto.com

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NEW QUESTION 7: Problems with Indoor Action Pictures
I have a Fujifilm Finepix 2600 Zoom. I can't seem to get any decent pictures when at indoor wrestling matches. Bad lighting doesn't help, but whenever there is movement (which is what I'm trying to capture), either I miss it due to the delay between pressing the button and the picture being taken - or it looks like this... I went back to my old film camera - and got much better results. I just don't want to pay for development anymore! And really love the ease of downloading and adjusting my digital pictures. Fujifilm suggested using the slow synchro flash and the ae/af function - which I tried... Any suggestions?
- Diane L. Dupuis-Kallos

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ANSWER 1:
There's little you can do.
To help the shutter lag, turn off the red-eye reduction feature, and keep the shutter half-pressed so that the camera is always focused and maybe the image sensor cleared to record. But otherwise there's nothing to do about the shutter lag of your point & shoot digital.

You are also doomed with respect to stopping motion. The Finepix 2600 has a sensitivity equivalent to ISO 100 film, and you cannot change it. On slow sync your photos are very nicely exposed, foreground and background, but the shutter speed is too slow to stop subject motion. To stop motion, the most you can do is select flash at the camera's highest sync shutter speed, and be close enough to the action that the relatively weak built-in flash is within its working range. You will be able to freeze most motion, at the expense of your background going dark/black.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
Thanks Jon... Sorry to hear that there is no miracle fix...
- Diane L. Dupuis-Kallos

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NEW QUESTION 8: What Class Should I Start With
I was looking for classes that I can take from home, and I came across this site. I love photography and would love to make this my career. I was wondering what class would be good for me to start with.
- Susie

ANSWER 1:
Hi Suzie,

We would love to have you and there are a bunch of great classes to choose from. However, to give you the best answer, we would need to know a few more things...

  • Do you shoot digital or film (with what camera)?
  • How much have you already studied? Do you know what aperture and shutter speed are and how to use them for creative effects?
  • Are you most interested in learning the artistic side (e.g. composition) or the technical side (e.g. exposure)?
Let me know the specifics and I will be happy to help narrow down the choices. Or feel free to call Heather toll-free at 1-888-927-9992 and she will direct you to the best first class.
- Jim at BetterPhoto.com

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NEW QUESTION 9: Going Pro - Making Money with Your Photography
I want to make some money off my pictures. Can anyone offer advice or recommend any good books on getting started?
- Amanda Scruggs

ANSWER 1:
There is a book on www.Amazon.com (and in bookstores) called "The PHOTOGRAPHER'S MARKET 2004 Edition". There are markets that cater to almost all subjects... stock, sports, nature, art, photojournalism, panoramic, and MANY more. At Amazon, it costs less than $20.00 so consider it a bargain!
- Buddy Purugganan

ANSWER 2:
thanks Buddy!

- Amanda Scruggs

ANSWER 3:
Amanda:
You may wish to also check into Jim Zuckerman's Making Money with Your Photography class offered via this web site. He also has a book on the subject. Another ageless book is "Sell and Resell Your Photography" by Ron Engh. He also has a web site photosource.com that you should check out. Hope this helps.
- John Gasawski

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NEW QUESTION 10: Selling Photos - What to Charge
I am trying to sell my photos to card and calander companies but do not have any idea of what to charge for each print they order.
- Leonard Maddalena

ANSWER 1:
I have found that the Photographer's Market is a helpful tool. The 2004 edition can be found at bookstores for about $30. There is tons of information I found very helpful to get started, and almost 500 pages of businesses who buy photographs. Good Luck!
- Kirsti S. Christie

ANSWER 2:
Photography is art. Like any art form, the value of photographic images will vary, and is governed by these simple criteria:

How much a buyer is willing to spend... and what the seller accepts as equitable.

I agree that Photographer's Market is an excellent tool for locating potential clients, and making contacts. Often, companies will list the range of prices they pay to initiate the bargaining process. It is then up to the photographer to negotiate his or her actual price.

There are management programs specifically designed to assist photographers in pricing their work. Check out www.fotoquote.com. The information they provide is based upon a national average from previous sales within each market. Their data has been recently updated, and they allow for a free sample download.

Good luck!
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 11: Tony Sweets DVD
I'd like to purchase Tony Sweet's DVD, but when I am in the Store it says to click on the 'add to cart' button, which I cannot find anywhere on the screen. I have a slow internet connection, am I just not waiting long enough?
- Lorelei A. Hoffarth

ANSWER 1:
Hi Lorelei-

The "Add to Cart" button is on the lower right hand corner of the screen on the product description page. You may have to scroll to the right to see it.

If you are still having trouble, you can always call Heather toll free and order it over the phone at 1-888-927-9992
- Jay Wadley

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NEW QUESTION 12: Digital Performance in Cold Weather
I have a question about digital SLR camera performance in sub zero winter conditions. Just how well will these wonders perform in very cold weather extremes?
- Michael McCullough

ANSWER 1:
Mostly fine. No moving parts (except the lens), no film to get brittle. Only problem is that battery life drops precipitously with the temperature.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
Does film get brittle in the cold? I keep mine in the freezer. I hope that's okay. :)
- Jerry Frazier

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ANSWER 3:
Hello All,

I believe that it depends upon how cold you mean? Compact Flash and Smart Media have extremes which they will not go beyond.

Smart Media - according to the Fuji S2 Manual - should not be used below 0*C.

I believe that compact Flash and microdrives will suffer a similar fate.

I also believe that the LCDs are limited to operating in certain temperatures as well - should be in your manual, or on the camera manufacturers Web site.

I have seen examples of work done in the Antartic. The photographer used a manual camera and film - (no camera LCDs etc - batteries only operated the exposure meter in the camera). He mentioned that one of the biggest problems was using the camera through the mittens - or the possibility of frost-bite if removing the mittens. He also mentioned that the film was brittle and he damaged the odd roll of film trying to load it into the camera, and as already mentioned batteries do not last long.

As far as keeping your film in the freezer (or the fridge)- it is ok as long as you let it come to room temperature before using it. This stops condensation entering the camera and the possible tearing of the film due to the brittleness if trying to load it when brittle.

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- Davin Edridge

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Canon or Fuji Digital SLR's
I'm debating whether to purchase the Canon 10D or the Fuji FinePix S2 Pro, 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera. They are the same price, but different mega pixels. When I researched the Fuji, it said the number of effective pixels is 6.17 though. So would I be better off to get the Canon? (I love Canon cameras very much!) Is the Fuji a good camera?
- Amanda J. Hubbard

ANSWER 1:
My advise is to visit your local camera shop and bring your memory card and test both cameras. If they don't let you take test photos, then consider renting them.

They are both good cameras and you can't go wrong with either one. I was in your situation and chose the 10D because Canon lens are less expensive than Nikon lens. Also, if there are any new camera body designs, I would not be sure if the Nikon lens system would be compatable in the longterm.

Hope this helps.
- Shawn I.O. Yon

ANSWER 2:
Amanda, As a long time Canon user I confess I'm a bit biased BUT when it was time to move to digital I did check out the other stuff out there. What I found was that though there are a lot of really nice Digi SLRs out there, I wouldn't say one in particular is better than another when considering bodies at the same price point. That being the case I picked the 10D for two reasons. One, it works just like my Canon film cameras - pretty much the same controls, layout etc. And two, Canon lenses are especially good. Though the body is very important, it really is the glass that makes it all come together. I'd recommend the 28 - 135 Image Stabelizer as your main lens, I keep it on my camera about 80 percent of the time.

Good luck in making up your mind - I know it's difficult but the end result is you'll have an entirely new way to communicate your art!
- Reid S. Mason

ANSWER 3:
Hi Amanda, I thought I would add my two cents worth to your question and this discussion coming from the film only world and moving away from Canon. Like you and many others, I too have done extensive research on various digital cameras e.g, Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Kodak. Were I in your shoes at this point there is no question that I would go with the Fuji. Its built on the Nikon N80 camera and uses Nikon glass. Contrary to some, I have not found Nikon lenses to be more expensive then the Canon but simply more honest then the Canon. Canon markets two classes of lenses - the decent and cheap, and the expensive and great. Nikon markets just the reasonable and the great. Personally I prefer the latter.

I tend to be a purist I suppose in that I would suggest that if you go with the Canon that instead of getting an image stabilizer lens that you buy a good tripod instead. Technology is fine - but hard work will, in the long run produce better images. Now what I would seriously recommend is that you wait till this summer and take a good hard look at the new Nikon digital which has not yet been introduced to the general public but will be coming out to compete price wise with the Canon Rebel Digital. It's not just about the number of mexapixals that determines image quality. Leaving aside the human factor things such as filtering, noise, moire filters, body quality, capture software, etc which are also extremely important. Unless you must have that camera today - I'd wait a few months and see what both Fuji and Nikon have in store.

Hope this was not too critical and I agree with Reid M in his advice to play with both. However I do disagree with the assumption that digital is an entirely new way to communicate your art, it's simply a different way.
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I have talked casually with a portrait photographer in regards to his Fuji S2 and he did mention that the colours were at times oversaturated and he was allways reworking his images in photoshop,any ways both appear to be OK cameras,but did you know that Nikon is coming out with a brand new D70 which is supposed to be under a 1000 dollars and looks to be very nice.
- Michael McCullough

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Hi Amanda!
While I LOVE the Canons, especially the EOS 1/10Ds, I found a very good deal on the Fuji Finepix S1 Pro (The 6.17 eff. mPix). While I am something of a novice, I have been EXTREMELY HAPPY with the performance of this camera! (It has the Nikon lense F-mount, for the Nikon/Nikkormat(?) lenses.)
Are you sure that maybe you didn't get the S2 Pro and S1 Pro mixed up while researching? A 6 mPix loss seems unusually large. The way that I learned how much mPix a photographer needs is dependant upon the largest size prints that you anticipate producing, figured at 300 dpi for the LxH of the picture.(This is the "rule of thumb" widely used for print-quality photo resolution, similar to print resolution from non-digital pix.) A 3-ish mPix camera will give you a 300 dpi resolution for a print photo equal to about an 8x10, while a 12 mPix I guess would give you something about 4 times those dimensions. I hope this isn't going over what you already know, but you'd be surprised how many people aren't aware of it. (I'm with you, though, if you can afford it--GO FOR IT!)
Trying the cameras out is EXCELLENT ADVICE! I think that no matter which you choose, you're going to be happy with chioce, as they are both fine cameras.
Best of luck to you!
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