Best Cameras

Jul 13th, 1999, 11:30 AM
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Let me put my 2 cents in and vote for the Nikon N50 (or N60 if you care about that red-eye thing). Excellent camera, very versatile and durable. Just the ticket for a vacation. I like APS cameras as well, but for true keeper pictures, I prefer 35mm. APS film is smaller and therefore produces slightly lower quality prints.
Jul 14th, 1999, 12:50 PM
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I am also in need of a new camera, and I have a specific problem. I find so often that my pictures taken in darker, narrow streets with old buildings and with bright sun overhead or at the end of the street often come out way too dark. I assume it's because my point and shoot registers the bright light at the end of the street and adjusts the lens for that brightness. I have tried forcing the flash, which sometimes works, but not great. What kind of a camera do I need to be able to take these pictures? I once had a SLR, but I'm not a photography fanatic, and a good point and shoot would be fine for pictures for my scrapbooks. Any suggestions?
Jul 14th, 1999, 04:21 PM
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The APS camera allows you to select three different formats -- wide, a 35 mm equivalent and panorama. I use the wide format most of the time and in my opinion it produces more natural pictures than the 35 mm format. It's the same difference as watching TV on the new wide HDTV and conventional TV. It has a number of other advantages such as writing data about conditions during exposure. This data is used by photo finishers to improve the print.
Most of the cameras available in this format are point and shoot cameras which allow little control by the user.
You say you want to try something a little nicer. A few are bridge cameras, that is, they allow more control but not the kind of control provided by a full featured single lens reflex (SLR) camera.
If you want to go all the way. The Nikon Pronea 6i is the only camera that is the equivalent of a full featured SRL with such features as interchangeable lens, different exposure programs, and sophisticated flash exposure capabilities. It is roughly the equivalent of Nikon's upper mid range SLR's.
It has a crucial feature that is missing on all point and shoot cameras and most bridge cameras, a connection for an external flash which is essential for any serious picture taking. The built-in flash that many cameras sport are simply too weak for many situations. When photographing people outdoors you're often faced with dark shadows on peoples faces. A powerful flash coupled with a sophisticated exposure system can lighten these shadows to create a more pleasant picture. Weak flashes are not powerful enough to lighten these shadows sufficiently.'
The Pronea is a bridge camera in it's own way. There is a switch that makes it a point and shoot. It has features found on rank beginner cameras such as pictographs that among many other things allows the user to blur the background to emphasize the subject. Or conversly, keep the background in focus so that your subject is not standing in front of a blurred Effiel Tower.
Since I bought the Pronea I have not touched my 35mm.
Incidentally, I have never seen a one hour photo shop that can handle APS. It was fun to have rolls printed as you vacationed. I suppose as the format becomes more popular, one hour photo places will be able to handle this format.
Jul 14th, 1999, 05:50 PM
joe travel
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Audrey, I too had that problem. I think you are right in guessing that your camera meter is overcompensating for the bright sunlight. A simple solution is to wait until the sun goes below the buildings. Or, you would need a good slr that allows you to either manually adjust the aperture, or one that automatically compensates by setting a particular exposure mode. I have read a lot of the posts, and found them interesting. Personally, I only want an SLR 35mm. It does not have to be fancy or expensive, but it gives you more versatility, as this situation shows.
Jul 16th, 1999, 04:30 PM
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Jul 18th, 1999, 07:05 PM
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I would stick with a good P&S. If you want a fixed lens(35mm) You may want to look at the Yashica T4. If you want one with zoom look at something like a Rollei Prego(I'll be buying my second this week.) I recently was pondering the same question, P&S or SLR, but after doing some reading I've chosen to stick with a good P&S. The better ones will let you adjust shutter speed, flash, etc. As someone had mentioned before go to to buy, very reputable. And to delve deeper into the subject of what to buy look here.. if that link doesnt work just go to
Aug 2nd, 1999, 07:25 AM
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For Valerie.

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