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Old 4th October 2008, 13:58   #2866
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@Samurai: Using it for casual (mostly family shots) purposes. No birding/landscaping, I think.
The size should preferably be compact, and I have no particular brand preferences (Okay, slightly tilting towards Sony because there is a big Sony showroom within walking distance of my home :P ) . My budget is around 10-12K.

@Kutlee : Thanks, Will definitely have a look at the Lumix TZ15, before making a decision.
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@Samurai: Using it for casual (mostly family shots) purposes. No birding/landscaping, I think.
In that case, stick to cameras with at least 28mm or below on the wide angle. Don't even worry about the tele end or zoom factor.
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Hello everyone,

I am planning to buy the Sony Alpha 200K. Anyone here who has used it or is still using it? And where in Bangalore may I get the best offer? I messaged Jayesh twice but no response from him yet. Thanks in advance guys.
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RK can get it for you from Singpore, that's what he told me when I enquired for the a700, haven't bought it yet though! Call him.
I guess Jayesh does not deal in the sony systems, got a no from him on SMS enquiry about a month back.
BTW, which lens are you planning to get for the a200, not many good reviews of Sony lens available, might help me decide as well
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im getting an fz28 in a couple of weeks now. whats the price in the grey market in mumbai?
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I am considering getting either the Sony DSC-W130 or the Canon A720 IS.
Had actually gone to buy the A720 IS , but got the Canon A2000 IS instead. Saw the W130 too, but it did not seem worth the asking price to me at the moment.
To the uneducated me, they both looked to be almost the same on paper (apart from 8.0 vs 10 MP). But the A2000 does not have a viewfinder like that on the A720.

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In that case, stick to cameras with at least 28mm or below on the wide angle. Don't even worry about the tele end or zoom factor.
You know what - I recently tried out the old 18-55 kit lens from my D50 back on the D300 and surprise, surprise the images were much sharper than the ones from the 18-200 VR!!!!! I was completely taken aback by this phenomenon and am all the more convinced that I need to replace my 18-200 with something more suitable.
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You know what - I recently tried out the old 18-55 kit lens from my D50 back on the D300 and surprise, surprise the images were much sharper than the ones from the 18-200 VR!!!!! I was completely taken aback by this phenomenon and am all the more convinced that I need to replace my 18-200 with something more suitable.
Not at all surprising. High mega-pixel count and high zoom factor severely compromise image quality. But these are the exact specs that attract most buyers since they are convenient. The camera makers know this and use it to the max by pushing mega-pixels and ultra-zooms.

For example, for family and indoor shots, wide-angle ability is most important, so at least 28mm is optimal. Recently I bought Lumix FX-36 because it has 25mm wide, and I don't even recall what is the max value at the tele-end, I don't even care since it doesn't matter. Although I still have my excellent Sony F-717, I rarely use it since the max wide is just 36mm which is lousy for indoor/family shots.
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You know what - I recently tried out the old 18-55 kit lens from my D50 back on the D300 and surprise, surprise the images were much sharper than the ones from the 18-200 VR!!!!! I was completely taken aback by this phenomenon and am all the more convinced that I need to replace my 18-200 with something more suitable.
Not a surprise. But think of the toss up this way - if you were stranded on an island with nary a soul in sight (but with an SLR - for some strange reason) and desperately needed to take a picture in fading light, which lens would you pick?
The 18-200 is a do-it-all lens. It's not exceptional at anything. But the size, weight, and convenience of it outweigh the disadvantages. It is, in one word, liberating.
It is my No.1 carry around/travel lens. Since I got it 6-7 months ago, I don't think I've taken it off the camera. For quality and when I have the time/inclination to carry stuff and swap lenses - I'll use other glass.

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Not a surprise. But think of the toss up this way - if you were stranded on an island with nary a soul in sight (but with an SLR - for some strange reason) and desperately needed to take a picture in fading light, which lens would you pick?
I'd take my 30mm F1.4 Sigma or the 50mm F1.8 Nikkor which are both great in low light.

I agree its a great multi-purpose lens, but it really pisses you off when you get slightly fuzzy pics of painstakingly planned shots.
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Can anyone tell me why is my canon ixus750 giving certain photograhps a "pox"
The Digital Camera Thread: Questions, discussions, etc.-pox.jpg

The external lense cannot be the reason as it was all clear n cleaned up as this photo shows
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Can anyone tell me why is my canon ixus750 giving certain photograhps a "pox"
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This is a common phenomenon with any digital camera. Dont worry about this.
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This is a common phenomenon with any digital camera. Dont worry about this
Thanks. So are you saying that all your photographs have spots. The red outline is an indication to the problem.

Anyone else having similar photographs?
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I agree its a great multi-purpose lens, but it really pisses you off when you get slightly fuzzy pics of painstakingly planned shots.
How so? Can you tell me more - what kind of picture were you taking? In what kind of light? Was VR on or off? Active or normal?
I haven't encountered that. In fact it's helped me take sharp shots from a car moving at 80-100 km/h and at 1/8th of a second at 200mm. I was very impressed with these feats.
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Using Olympus gear now (Planning to migrate to Canon 40D and 500mm f/4 glass.
Just curious. Why this plan of shifting???

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