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Shooting digital? 4 easy questions for you.
Old 07-02-2003, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have gone out and read reviews and read posts (that can get very long winded) as to what digital body is best and what the best lens is to use on that body.

I'd like to ask the following and have the answers back as to "what" and not to much as to "why". It is not that I don't value the opinions of the pro's in here as to why they do what they do but this time I'd just like the easy answer.

What digital camera body are you using?

If you were buying your first pro end body today, what would it be?

If you could go out and buy just one lens for that body, what would it be?

Are you shooting in jpg, tif or raw mode for most of the shots you take?

If you haven't guessed, I am starting to get in the market to upgrade from my consumer grade digital (Nikon CP 5000) to a pro end model.

Thanks in advance for your answers.



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Old 07-02-2003, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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D100

Wouldnt....would wait a month or two

24-85 2.8


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Old 07-02-2003, 11:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Though I'm far from a pro, I recently switched from film to the Canon 10D
and Tamrons new 28-75 2.8 XR di lens and the image quality is as good as I could hope for.



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Old 07-02-2003, 03:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wouldn't or would wait...why??? tell us?


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Okay I'm back in. Actually since I am in the market for another body, I have been waiting. I'm a Nikon guy pure and simple. If you look at what Canon and Kodak have done, coupled with Nikon lowering the price of the D1s, I would say Nikon is about to realease a real hummer. Having said that I expect like most Nikon products it will get announced and then it will be three months or more before you can buy one.

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Hey Mike. I just upgraded a couple of weeks ago from the Olympus E10 to the Canon 10D, mostly because I just HAD to do it. I couldn't handle being at the 4 MP mark any more.

I have to agree with what many have said, wait. You have a Nikon now and may be feeling loyalty. If this is the case then all signs do point to Nikon releasing something new soon (they are due as it's been some time since they've had anything significant come out). I seem to recall Nikon likes to make announcements for things that are already shipping or that will be shipping "any day now" so you shouldn't have to wait long to hear reports on systems.

As for a lens, you really need to look at what you shoot. I'm personally a generalist. I will shoot anything if the interest or price is right and as such I prefer using a versatile zoom lens in the range of 28mm - 200mm. If you shoot nothing but portraits, get a nice prime 200mm or 300mm. If you shoot nothing but landscape, go with a prime 24mm or even a 16mm. The prime lenses will always deliver the sharpest, most saturated images.

As for the formats, if I'm out doing something like shooting a car show or collecting event photos from Canada Day or the 4th then I'll shoot the largest, best quality .jpeg format possible. If I'm shooting something to be printed for use in a gallery or for sale or for a client to use then I will always shoot RAW as it gives me greater flexibility in post processing of the image because I haven't let the camera make any decisions for me aside from capturing the photons.

I hope that helps answer some questions. I know you wante the simple answer but I think that when you're investing this kind of cash there are no simple answers.

Take care. Bye for now.


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I wouldn't buy one..... I would wait...and unfortunatly I cant.... wish I could....but I can't. Although other posts in here speculate pretty damn good..



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I have a D100 with all nikon lens: 17-35 F/2.8, 35-70 F/2.8, 80-200 F/2.8
24-120 F/3.5-5.6, 60mm & 105 macro. If I were to buy right now I would buy the Canon 10D. The meter in the D100 is not trustworthy for ttl metering for available light or flash metering, and the images tend to be dark and flat. (sorry nikon folks thats been my experance). I shoot with a couple of photographers that are shooting canon 10D's and there shooting while I am metering, we are doing very little color correcting on the computer and we print previews thumnails on a wax based printer the 10D need no adjustment while I have to adjust each one. This is totally objective due to the fact that we shoot the same thing and download and print on the same computer and printer. I would change to canon except for my film based work is with nikon and I love my nikon F-100, N-90 & N-80. I do think that Nikon will come out with a better $2000 range digi body soon and I can hang on til then. If I were to buy one today it would be Canon 10D and a tamron 28-300. I always shoot in JPG and would shoot in always JPG. web page
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Thanks to all of you that took the time to reply.

This isn't something I'm rushing into but it gives me an idea which way to look.

Have a great 4th weekend. I'm off to hide in the woods for a few days.

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