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Old 12-04-2005, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a Nikon Coolpix 5000.... had to go with one of the following models Coolpix 800, 900, 950, 4500, 4300 or 5000 because I am going to get an adapter to use at work. I am an Optometrist and this is an inexpensive way for me to get a retinal/anterior segment camera system without spending $10,000 to $25,000 for a system..... This one is a factory demo and I got it on Ebay for $232.00 ...it lists between 799 and 1000 so I think I did well. That said..... other that the fact that this is the only camera I could use this adapter with..... is this a decent camera? What kind of things will I be able to do with it? What extras (lenses, etc.) do you think I might benefit having if I chose to use it outside of work and play a little?? Does anyone have any input????? I know there are alot of accessories...batteries,lenses, etc..... I'd like to learn something perhaps.
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Re: Nikon Coolpix 5000
Old 12-04-2005, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just bought a Nikon Coolpix 5000.... is this a decent camera? What kind of things will I be able to do with it? What extras (lenses, etc.) do you think I might benefit having if I chose to use it outside of work and play a little?? Does anyone have any input????? I know there are alot of accessories...batteries,lenses, etc..... I'd like to learn something perhaps.

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I haven't used one myself, Maggie, but a full review for it can be found here . As far as lenses, it has a non-removable lens on it so swapping lenses won't be an option. However there are "filters" that mimic telephoto and wide angle that are probably available for it. At least that's my hunch on it.

On the plus-side, it's cool that it will work with an adapter as a retinal/anterior segment camera system. $232 vs. $10G-25G is definitely worth the investment. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I've heard it's pretty darned good for conventional photography, too, so it looks like you have a winner there! Keep us posted on how it works out!

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Old 12-04-2005, 11:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh, that makes sense... there is an adaptor you can add on to it to add lenses to it! It has a few filters that can be added too. They offer a telephoto, a fish eye (??), a macro ring light (that sounds interesting) UV, polaroid and one other filter..... I think maybe the filters will help some. Cool... sounds like it will be a fun camera. Thanks for the link!
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Old 12-05-2005, 12:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh, that makes sense... there is an adaptor you can add on to it to add lenses to it! It has a few filters that can be added too. They offer a telephoto, a fish eye (??), a macro ring light (that sounds interesting) UV, polaroid and one other filter..... I think maybe the filters will help some. Cool... sounds like it will be a fun camera. Thanks for the link!

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In your profession I'd think the marco ring light may be worth looking into (no pun intended ... lol). The other stuff, while nice, is also just additional glass in front of the lens and lessens the quality of your final image. My take on it anyway.

But yep, sounds like your fun is about to begin.

Glad to be of help (and one of these days we are going to have to get together and shoot).

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Old 12-05-2005, 04:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Maggie,

I have taken the liberty of e-mailing you at the e-mail address in your profile.

I have used the Nikon 5000...it is a good camera, but as with all electronic equipment, it has its limitations and quirks. I think my ex-wife said the same thing about me, and I am working out alright...LOL.

I'm not sure if the macro light is made for the 5000 or not. You will have to research that thoroughly. If it isn't a Nikon product, I wouldn't recommend an aftermarket flash for that particular camera. My opinion, of course...other more learned folks may have different opinions.

I sent along my e-mail address and phone number should you have any questions regarding the camera. I also enclosed a macro shot you might enjoy.

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I used one for about a year, it replaced a Coolpix 995. Respectable camera, made 1000's of images with it, excellent 8x10 prints. Burns batteries kind of fast, I had two chargers and five batteries. Works nicely for closeup shots. Shot this with it...


I never really figured out how to consistently to use it with studio lighting but I know you can.

It met it's end when my girlfreind was shooting with it on an off-shore boating trip and a surprise wave washed over deck and soaked it.

It's no DSLR but still, pretty rugged and really useful. I've not used any of the accessory lenses. If you only have one digital camera, it's a good one.

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