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Topic: OT (very): Camera Suggestions, Was: Lose The Tripod (11 msgs / 254 lines)
1) From: Lynne
I want to thank Brett for passing on the link for the homemade tripod idea.
That's on my level of cost & abilities - thanks Brett!
Now when my financial aid comes through I'm hoping (yeah, hoping Murphy's
law doesn't take place again..) I was hoping to get an inexpensive camera so
I could (once again) start listing stuff on eBay & Craigslist. Used to do
pretty good on both, so this will be a worthwhile investment.
I broke my beloved Olympus last year (further emphasizing my bad
relationship with anything mechanical), so I have a question for you guys.
The Olympus was terrific, but I bought it something like 5 ore 6 yrs ago,
and I'm thinking that the technology has advanced a lot w/cameras since
then.
So could the camera buffs in our group (and, in between the vet search, I'm
trying to research this, too, but I seem to be brain dead today) - I only
need automatic settings, but something that can handle decent indoor photos.
I like taking photos, and might eventually take some classes later, but for
now, I want to list stuff, so most the photos will be taken indoors,
w/artificial lighting.
I still can't believe I broke my Olympus. Everything I read said it will
cost more to have them repair it than to buy a new one - I was trying to see
if the lens was removable (it was scratched).... What do you expect from
someone who grew up with a Kodak Brownie Duaflex?? (and, maybe that's why I
tend to see life upside down..)
To save the list from going so very off topic, it's fine to PM me. Might
take me a day or two to answer - need to do some vet searches today.
Lynne
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2) From: Lynne
I want to thank Brett for passing on the link for the homemade tripod idea.
That's on my level of cost & abilities - thanks Brett!
Now when my financial aid comes through I'm hoping (yeah, hoping Murphy's
law doesn't take place again..) I was hoping to get an inexpensive camera so
I could (once again) start listing stuff on eBay & Craigslist. Used to do
pretty good on both, so this will be a worthwhile investment.
I broke my beloved Olympus last year (further emphasizing my bad
relationship with anything mechanical), so I have a question for you guys.
The Olympus was terrific, but I bought it something like 5 ore 6 yrs ago,
and I'm thinking that the technology has advanced a lot w/cameras since
then.
So could the camera buffs in our group (and, in between the vet search, I'm
trying to research this, too, but I seem to be brain dead today) - I only
need automatic settings, but something that can handle decent indoor photos.
I like taking photos, and might eventually take some classes later, but for
now, I want to list stuff, so most the photos will be taken indoors,
w/artificial lighting.
I still can't believe I broke my Olympus. Everything I read said it will
cost more to have them repair it than to buy a new one - I was trying to see
if the lens was removable (it was scratched).... What do you expect from
someone who grew up with a Kodak Brownie Duaflex?? (and, maybe that's why I
tend to see life upside down..)
To save the list from going so very off topic, it's fine to PM me. Might
take me a day or two to answer - need to do some vet searches today.
Lynne
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3) From: Paul Helbert
Since you need only automatic and were happy with the camera you had for
five years, stay low. Don't go for more than 5 mega-pixels (Maybe $twenty
bucks for a 1 or 2 mega-pixel) camera with no scratches on lens). Hold out
for one that uses ordinary AA cells. Specialty batteries can eat you alive.
You should be able to get something very cheap on your local Craig's List
with possibility of trying it out for a couple of days to be sure it is what
you want.
That's my two cent's worth and I sticking to it.
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4) From: Lynne
Very good - yes, I know about the ordinary AA batteries, but had no idea
about the pixel stuff. Thanks so much!
Lynne
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5) From: Seth Grandeau
Lynne,
I agree with Paul.  Anything around 3 mega pixels will be fine and I would
not go above 5 or 6 (you'll never see the advantage the offer).  Craigslist
is the way to go.  If you do find one you like that takes custom batteries,
I've bought decent ones (for Canon) on ebay for only a few $.  YMMV
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6) From: Rich
For the Olympus, try this.  If the scratch is on the front surface of 
the lens then it constitutes a very small percentage of the usable lens 
area.  It does constitute a break in the coating and it also diffuses 
the light that passes through the scratch area.
So, the recommended fix is to paint the scratch.  Black lacquer is the 
recommended product.  Very dark red or black fingernail polish will work 
fine.  Just fill the scratch, get a very fine brush or the mashed end of 
a wood tooth pick.  Do this when you have peace and quiet as it is not a 
good idea to get the polish on the rest of the lens.  This should make 
the camera functional again and the downside is that thee might be some 
slight image softening.
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7) From: Lynne
No - guess I didn't make myself clear.
I was trying to remove the lens. Twisted it - it broke. Lens is no longer
attached to the body.
Yeah, I kept it - couldn't bring myself to throw it away.
Man, I loved that camera. Maybe I should have a funeral service for it...
Lynne
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8) From: Paul Helbert
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9) From: Lynne
Paul -
That's an excellent suggestion. Olympus isn't making it anymore (C-700), so
the price is down there on eBay. But I might find something just as good,
current, for the same amt of $ or less - this was something I got a few yrs
ago.
Read some good things on the Canon A570. I have awhile to decide, anyway.
Lynne
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10) From: Bill
Adding to this off topic conversation, if you liked your Olympus, try
looking on keh.com for a used one. They deal in used photo equipment. Each
piece is rated by them based on its condition. I bought a Minolta 35mm auto
focus camera with two lenses rated EX to EX+ for about $200 a couple of
years ago. I have talked to several photographers and they highly recommend
keh. Better than trusting eBay although I have bought many pieces of
equipment including two cameras on eBay with no problems. Also,with keh you
know what you are going to pay, no being out bid.
Bill

11) From: Lynne
Thanks Bill! I'll check it out..
(and my apologies to all who are sick of seeing this OT topic - however, if
I am able to replace my camera, I'll be taking lots of photos of my coffee
setup)
Lynne
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