Deal 9: Hacking Photography mega-deal
One of my favorite type of posts here at DPS is when we open things up for discussion with a reader question.
While a few weeks ago we asked you about your favorite DSLR Lens – today I want to turn our attention to the actual camera that you own.
Please tell us the digital camera’s manufacturer and the model number and more importantly take a couple of moments to share with us a brief description of what you like (or don’t like) about it. Is it a certain feature, price, size, suitability to a certain type of photography….
If you use more than one digital camera feel free to include more than one answer.
PS: I’ll kick things off by simply pointing you to my recent review of my camera, the Canon EOS 5D where I’ve answered my own questions.
October 4, 2011 11:35 am
Nikon Coolpix 5600.
My mail squeeze is a Nikon D40x with an 18-107 mm & a SB-400.
October 4, 2011 09:36 am
rebel T2I rebel XTI  rebel XT  olympus evolt 520 and a small phone camera and a small canon point and shoot ....will be getting a rebel T3I soon for my wife ...she loves the flip screen
September 24, 2011 02:24 pm
Have a Nikon D40x. Easier to handle than my old D70s that I gave to our daughter.
September 23, 2011 02:24 pm
Canon Rebel XSi!
June 8, 2011 12:12 am
Nikon Coolpix 5600 & Nikon D40x with nikkor 18-105mm preferred over a 50-200mm.
June 7, 2011 06:27 pm
Nikon D100 with standard nikkor 18-105mm
June 8, 2010 11:21 am
Nikon D70s. My OAO body.
June 8, 2010 11:10 am
My original digital D70 is still my favourite digital, I also have a D70S, D80 and a D300.
The D70 is as good as any of the others, I use it with an 18-200mm VR lens which is a great all round lens.
June 8, 2010 07:20 am
Pentax K-7 - great camera
June 4, 2010 10:13 am
Nikon D60 - primary lens is either the 18-55 or the 105 macro
18-55 lens, 105 macro, 70-300 zoom and 10-20 wide angle
June 4, 2010 07:38 am
I currently use a Canon Rebel XSI
June 4, 2010 04:44 am
I also bought the new Tamron macro lens which I use a lot
June 4, 2010 04:42 am
Hi, I recently upgraded from a bridtge camera (Canon) to a Canon EO~S 440D with 2 lenses
June 4, 2010 02:28 am
18-55 kit lens
Nikon DX 35mm 1.8G
Love it! All the camera I need.
June 4, 2010 02:28 am
I have a Canon 40D with 28-135 kit lens. My primary lens is a Sigma 80-400 4.5-5.6 APO DG which I use for water fowl and auto racing photos. My spy camera is a Canon Powershot SD1000. Click.
June 4, 2010 01:54 am
Nikon D70s. A gift from our children. Primary lens is a Nikon 18mm to 105mm.
May 30, 2010 02:59 am
I use Canon 500D, lens Canon 18-55mm 3.5-5.6, Canon 100mm Macro 2.8, Sigma 70-300, Canon 50mm 1.8
May 28, 2010 08:45 pm
I'm in love with my Canon 5D Mark II and to make it perfect I now have the Canon 70-200 Zoom lens.
I guess you would classify my work as semi-pro...good work, no money...and this combination of camera and lens is great for just about everything.
May 28, 2010 12:37 pm
Nikon D700 with 24-120mm lens
May 26, 2010 06:08 am
Nikon D 90
18-200, 50 1.8, 12-24, 24-120, 80-200 2.8, 105 Macro, 70-180 Macro.
Elinchrome Power packs 2400 Watts & 6000 Watts with soft boxes & accesories
May 26, 2010 02:10 am
Primary Camera - Nikon D90
Secondary Camera - Nikon S3000 point & shoot
Backup/Emergency - Blackberry Storm
May 26, 2010 01:25 am
Nikon D40. love it. Nikon lenses 18-55 55-200 and 70-300mm. Photograph everything. Wildlife ,Landscapes ,Great Grand baby,Flowers to bumblebees.
May 25, 2010 11:59 pm
May 25, 2010 10:30 am
my main camera is a rebel xti ...but i use 2 at the same time ...also a evolt 520 from olympus ...and a little point and shoot canon a420...i think
April 12, 2010 03:50 am
I have 3 favorites, a Pentax K-7, *ist DS, and a Canon S-90.
They all fall into the "amateur" catagory but shooting all of them in RAW gives me stunning results in terms of image quality.
If I need full frame I still have my K1000.
Pentax has always built excellent equipment at reasonable prices. I've used them since the 1960s and have always been pleased with their value. Obviously, I started with screwmount all of which function just fine on my DSLRs. The little Canon is just amazing.
August 21, 2009 02:31 am
I have a Nikon Coolpix 5700. I sometimes consider upgrading, but my Coolpix takes amazing pictures. I change my mind about upgrading after every picture I take.
August 8, 2009 04:42 am
After reading reviews on digital cameras in a number of websites, I have recently bought my first digital camera --- a Canon SX 10 IS. On some occasions I am not getting very sharp pictures, specially if persons' images are taken from a distance using the zoom.
Is there any way out ?
August 7, 2009 03:33 am
It seems like I waited forever for the Canon 5D Mark II to be available...maybe it was just a couple of months.
I've had it for two months and I love it. There's a lot to learn, but I'm up to it. I still use my Canon 30D a lot,
but the 5D Mark II is my camera of choice. When I crop a bird from the tree 50 feet away, I can still count the
feathers on the bird!!
July 7, 2009 09:19 am
- 35mm Yashica 35 GSN: great rangefinder film camera, got it for US$35 on Craiglist; love it
- Canon EOS 30D - great for wildlife with the 1.6 crop factor and hight burst rate
- Canon 5D MKII - incredible tool for low light and landscapes with the full frame sensor
- My favorite lenses: EF50mm f1.8; EF 85mm f1.8; EF 24-105 f4 L; EF 70-200 f4 L
- My favorite accessory: Manfrottto Monopode
June 23, 2009 10:16 pm
i have a Canon 500D with 18-55 iS kit lens...recently bought a 70-300mm tamron macro lens.
I also have a sony cybershot T70 for back up.
May 3, 2009 12:43 pm
I am currently using a point and shoot camera (Canon Powershot A470), which I actually like but I am saving for a new DSLR camera.
April 6, 2009 03:11 pm
I own: Canon 5D MK-II w/ battery grip.
10D (soon to be DIR)
I love the new 5D. The resolution and high ISO is a plus.
March 28, 2009 08:53 am
I use my simple Fujifilm S5500. I think its time to change
January 12, 2009 02:31 am
I have a Nikon coolpix s60
Has a lot of shooting modes, but I'm not sure if this is what i should use.
January 10, 2009 01:14 am
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Lens: Canon 18-55mm (Kit lens)
It's good for beginners!
What I liked about it?
I have taken few wonderful macros, portraits with this. It generates amazing clarity when set to high aperture.
My silver bodied camera make the heads turn whereever i take it :-)
The mode setting wheel, the ON/OFF switch and shutter buttons being on the same (right) side of the camera is an advantage. I can grip my camera and meddle with all these buttons with one hand.
The batteries last for weeks!
What I did't like about it?
Built-in flash is not good enough. Kit lens doesn't have enough zoom.
Camera is not sturdy enough for rough use.
Few of my pictures are affected by sun flares. Unfortunately, I couldn't notice it in the view finder while taking it.
January 8, 2009 07:52 am
Primary Cannon D60 28-70 and a 70-300 lenses
Secondary Cannon Power Shot A590IS using the CHDK firmware.
The CHDK firmware makes the power shot one hell of a point and shoot.
December 31, 2008 05:25 pm
I have a Nikon D70. I have used it for about 3 years. In mid 2008 I purchased a Nikon D2H. I have a Nikon 24-70 F2.8 ED Nano and a 80-200 F2.8 ED. I use both. I take many pics of my dogs (Dave the Math Dog and his pup Murphy), wildlife, grandchildren and just about anything that sits still or moves.
December 22, 2008 10:48 am
I have a Canon digital rebel XS. It came w the 28-135 kits lens. I have added a Sigma 10-20mm, the Canon EF 24-105 IS USM (which is a bit heavy for everyday carrying around), and a Canon 50mm f/1.4. I just purchased this one and it's great. Excellent adaptability for low light and indoor shots
December 20, 2008 10:17 am
I Purchased the 50D Canon with the 28-135mm lens and also purchased the 70-300mm and the 85mm. I am also a long time user of canon.
December 20, 2008 09:40 am
I have the FZ-28 superzoom by Panasonic & am awaiting the arrival for my first dSLR in the form of the Panasonic L1.
The FZ is a great cam with a ridiculous range (27mm - 486mm) and offers a comprehensive degree of manual controls. It's small enough to go with me almost everywhere I go, and capable enough to be used by me in almost all conditions. It does have it's limitations though, and those led me to look for a dSLR & I found one thats ideal for me even if it's a significantly older model than a lot of the stuff mentioned here. Infact, in all comments posted thus far, only one person has claimed the Leica branded variant of this model, the L1, as their weapon of choice.
The thing that drew me towards this camera would be the Leica optics, the classic "retro" look of the camera & the manual shutter speed dial & aperture priority ring. That degree of analogue controls is significantly superior as far as I'm concerned than any Face Detection technology on modern dSLRs.
I have, in anticipation of the dim viewfinder, already decided to purchase a KatzEye Plus "Split Prism" Focusing Screen with the OptiBrite treatment which is supposed to aid with the viewfinder's clarity (not to mention give me another retrograded tool for manual focusing as precisely as one can).
I can't end this comment with a definitive yay or nay towards the L1, as I don't have it in hand yet... but I will say that everything I know of the L1 tells me it is going to be fantastic & I can very highly recommend the FZ-28 as an excellent learning tool with quite literally an unbelievable range! If anyone is looking for a camera that lets one learn photography, allows for full manual controls (exposure & focusing) and offers excellent bang for the buck (down to under $250 now) then the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-28 is not one to disappoint.
December 20, 2008 08:58 am
At home I use the Canon Digital Rebel XSI with 18-55 and 55-250 lenses. I've had a few months to use the XSi. I like how it's not too big and fits in my hands nicely. The menu is easy to use, the LCD screen is nice a big and easy to see my shots on review. The price is right. It takes great shots and I love the zoom lens!
At work I just purchased the Canon 50D with 17-85 and 75-300 lenses. I've only had a day with it so far but I'm loving it already. Can't wait to try it out more. Has lots of great options in the menu. Bit heavier of a camera but I'm used to that. Nice big LCD screen again. Takes beautiful shots.
December 19, 2008 10:03 pm
I have a canon XT with standard lens 18-55, i just purchased it for $508 6months back. I am very new to DSLR's, so at the time of purchase i thought, why buy 450D or 50D? lets learn with Canon XT. After learning quite a bit about photography (thanks to digital-photography-school). I regret the decision of buying canon XT, i should have bought a better 450D or 40D or 50D and upgrading now is not feasible. Right now i am struck with canon XT. :-( wish i could get rid of it.
I purchased the following lens:
Sigma 70-300mm Apo DG Macro
50mm prime f1.8
Sigma 18-200 f3.5-6.3 OS
December 19, 2008 08:33 pm
Got D40 for color photo and D50 Infra Red modified, with 18-55 kit lens, 55-200 VR and 18-70.
These are that I can afford now. Thinking upgrade the camera into D90 or D300.
December 19, 2008 10:57 am
I have a Canon 50D which I purchased (for $1400!) almost as soon as they hit the retail market place. My reason for upgrading from my 30D was because my 30D along with my 24-70 MM f-2.8 ISM Canon lens was stolen while we were on vacation in Cancun! Thankfully my homeowners insurance covered the loss and I'm back in business again. (I had to replace my Canon G-4 P/S and got the G-9. Lots of megapixels now and large file sizes!
December 12, 2008 02:48 am
I see from the above there are plenty of Canon 300, 350, & 400d's. I decided to buy the 400D as my first DSLR Camera.
What an amazing machine it is from where I've come. I also use a Sigma 28-300mm Macro. I would love to buy a really nice Canon fast lense, but the cost puts me off. Still I'm very happy with what I produce with it.
December 5, 2008 11:20 am
My very first digital camera is a Canon Power-Shot A75, bought it by recommendation from a young college student working at Wal-Mart. The camera really impressed me, I still use it occasionally and still love the pictures it delivers.
Now I own a Canon XTi and a Canon XSi with several lenses, loads of fun and get some good images but still a lot to learn.
Although I have only used Canon cameras I would not hesitate to try other makes, we tend to stay within our comfort zone when spending this kind of money.
December 5, 2008 01:59 am
By now it's still a Canon EOS 20D, to be replaced by Canon 50D (to keep having the amazing ratio of 1.6x for telezooms)and Canon EOS 5D mark II(for having the most from wideangles in landscape pics at ratio 1X. I still use an amazing compact: Leica D-Lux3! With raw, 3 formats, a marvellous lens of 28-112mm equiv., it's almost perfect for everyday company (only missig hotshoe for extra flash and the possibility to use filters, like ND grad and Pola)!
December 1, 2008 10:46 pm
I own a Canon EOS 450D/Rebel XSi - Since I started exploring DSLR-Photography a few months ago and wanted to be creative as well, I chose the 450D because it's excellent for beginners and worth the price. And until now, I haven't regreted buying it ;)
December 1, 2008 07:43 pm
My DSLR is the Canon EOS 40D which I like a lot because it feels good in my hands ;)
Very good metering while (I think this is common to many Digital cameras) the auto-white balance does not work great with tungsten lighting. The bosy is and feel solid and sufficiently heavy. The noise at ISO 1600 is incredibly low, for a cropped sensor and this is a welcome plus as I happen to do lots of interirs.
November 29, 2008 03:24 am
Nikon D200, low cost, reliable, hard. I use this excellent machine to aerial photography in a powered paraglider.
November 28, 2008 11:16 pm
Good on you NYHeart2, I'm with you,my Nikon D80 shits all over my new D300, the D300 has a focusing problem and from my investigations I am not alone. I have an 18-70, 18-135 70-300VR-80-400VR with SB600 flash, they all perform 100% on the D80, all my lenses are poor performers on the D300 to date, perhaps things will change when I get to learn more about my D300 but I'm not holding my breath. I will also throw in a plug for my D70 and D70S, great cameras,I will never part with them. Keep up the good work!
November 27, 2008 12:18 am
Boy, I felt bad for the lone D80s out there!
I'm a proud owner of a D80. It's companions are:
Nikon 18-70, 70-300VR, SB600
November 18, 2008 05:22 pm
I use a Nikon D700, Flash is the speedlite SB900, 2 lenses the 105 micro FX, and the 14-24 2.8 FX, I also have a nikonD60 with lens kit, Sekonic lightmeter, Hope to even out my lenses soon. I got a set of Elinchrom D-lites at a good price, just not ready use them yet. I also carry with me a little Canon powershot S5 IS, Now to learn the basics and find my world. Space the final Fontier :)
November 15, 2008 04:32 pm
a few lenses
Love the weight on the D40, but I wished it performed better at higher ISO.
I also have a canon p&s, which I use when going out with friends, trailrunning, and hashing (hash house harriers, not related to drugs, unless you consider beer to be one).
November 11, 2008 06:44 am
After using a Nikon D50 for over two years now, I decided last month that it was time to upgrade to a more powerful DSLR. I chose the Canon EOS EF-S Rebel XSi because it came in a kit at the price I wanted. Feature wise it is an awsome camera. At 12.2 megapixel it offers twice the quality of my D50.
But I still use my D50, it is a great little camera.
November 10, 2008 04:36 pm
Used Nikon D70 (x2)for serious stuff and Nikon 4300 for point n shoot. Hopefully soon to upgrade to D200 or D80. Newer cameras at MUCH higher prices are not interesting me right now.
October 19, 2008 11:21 pm
A pair of Nikon D200's
more lense's then I can carry, but primarily use 18-200
October 12, 2008 12:49 pm
lumix dmc-fz 7 and fz18 love both cameras .
have done well in photo compations with fz18 8mp & 18 optical zoom has 28mm wide lens out to 504 mm f2.8 to f 4.2.
i looked at dslr cameras but having to change lens all the time what a pain
September 3, 2008 11:14 am
cannon 400D 18-55mm all the functions for manual shooting are available. Good and quality pics. Less noise even with 1600 ISO. Capable to shoot even without flash on low light. I think I would be stucked with this camera for a long time because I believe that mastery of your camera and skill of the photographer are what really matters.
August 31, 2008 10:00 am
Canon 450D canon ef 28-135 IS USM
canon ef 70-300 IS USM
August 31, 2008 05:13 am
I have a DSLR - The Canon Rebel XTi. I love it. I have a Canon f1.8 50mm; a Canon f1.8 85mm, a Tamron 28-75mm and a Canon 75-300mm. I tend to use the Tamron the most but the 1.8 50mm is my portrait and newborn photo lens. I tend to use the 85mm in low light situations when I can't be up close. I got a shot of the moom which was awesome using the 75-300mm lens on a tripod. The tamron is usually on my camera body just because it is so versitile.
For convenience I have a Canon Powershot A640. It is lightweight and small enough to put in a purse or diaperbag. I don't think the lens is as good as my Rebel but sometimes lightweight is the way to go. After I got my Rebel, I really learned a lot more about camera settings and it helped me use some of the manual settings on my powershot.
August 13, 2008 04:42 am
Canon EOS 20D various lens
Kodak Point and shoot
July 20, 2008 02:26 am
For years I've used an point & shoot Olympus Infinity 2800 35mm film camera.
Now I'm using a Canon PowerShot A560 digital point & shoot camera.
I've taken some classes and read a few books about digital and film photography in the past few weeks. My knowledge and skills have improved, though I want to learn more.
With my Olympus, I enjoyed using Agfa 400 speed film. Sadly Agfa film is no longer available. My Canon offers cost-effective performance, though there are times I miss using Agfa film. Perhaps it's just me feeling nostalgic.
June 11, 2008 01:08 am
P n S - Canon A710 IS
SLR - Canon 450D
April 27, 2008 10:27 pm
Sony DSC-H9... Can't say anything for now since am just starting to learn digital photography. I am so greatful I found your website... Thanks!
April 10, 2008 08:58 am
Pentax K100D SMC-A 1.7 50mm,,DA 10-17mm f3.5/4.5 ED,,Tamron 18-250mm Di II,,Sigma 28-70mm 2.8/4,,Tamron 1.4 TC,
The built in Shake Reduction works with all 24 million lenses that Pentax has made. That was my sell point. Great for shakey old people like me.
March 29, 2008 06:18 am
A few now,
Various Fuji & Canon P&S cameras,
Nikon D300 last week, Nikon mania...love 'em!
March 13, 2008 06:28 pm
i got a sony cyber shot dsc h2 and m facing a problem with it like its trigger button used to take photo had some internal problem and broke after i purchased, service center said that it is a physical damage and cannot be claimed under warranty
please let me know if its possible to do it free of cost or i have to spend another 1000â€™s of rupees on it to mend it
March 4, 2008 01:50 pm
mine is canon power shot A460. i love it.
February 7, 2008 10:09 pm
Nikon D80 with a stack of Nikon len's,
The only way to shoot, cant wait to get my D3
November 22, 2007 01:56 am
Pentax K100D with 18-55mm kit lens and Tamron 70-300mm.
I like its Shake Reduction function and solid body.
November 4, 2007 10:04 am
What's not to love about an APC sized 10.3 megapixel with a live viewfinder you can look down at vis.a.vis reflex type cameras, plus an eye-level finder. With RAW/jpeg files and a true 24mm wide angle lens it is awsome. With a non-removable lens no dust/dirt problems and the battery lasts and lasts. For a true SLR I use a Nikon D70 with 35mm lenses. Works great with micro-nikkor lenses.
For a kick-a-bout camera I have a 8.1 mp/ 6x / multi-function camera just like the Minox (but not a Minox). Extremely good camera for a low-low cost (check at Aldi's). I compared with Nikon D-70, Sony R-1 and results are amazing.
November 2, 2007 04:45 pm
Nikon Coolpix L4 and a
Kodak EasyShare P850.
Love both of them...The tilt lens and 10X optical lens on the Nikon and the 12X optical on the Kodak. Both are easy to use and easy to carry and pack on trips.
October 27, 2007 08:51 am
I have a Nikon D40x with them kit lens(18-55mm) and a 55-200mm lens
October 16, 2007 02:51 pm
Pentax K100 with 18-55mm,50-200mm,75-300mmPentax lenses. New atDSLR photography and find Pentax suitable for my needs. Not many Pentax users in the above replies. Must be a North American thing.
September 14, 2007 02:27 am
Primary Camera - Nikon D50/D80
sidearm type - Canon A640
Backup - Nikon Coolpix 5400/5700 (with adapters can cover from
22mm to 420mm all in a small backpack case).
Lately have been using the Digital SLR's to check exposure before using a film SLR (Nikon F3/F4/F100/FM2n).
I view any of these cameras as a tool in the old toolbox to use for a given situation or travel limitations.
September 13, 2007 04:23 am
Correction to previous post. DSLR should be SLR. :-)
September 12, 2007 06:19 pm
I have two digital point and shoot cameras, a 6 megapixel Fuji f30 and a 7.2 megapixel Limux FZ8. I use the Fuji mostly indoors for its low light capabilities, which are every bit as good as advertised. I use the Limux outdoors for Its 12x optical (36 to 432mm, in 35mm equivalent) zoom and bought it primarily for its RAW capability. I paid substantially less than $300 for each. I previously owned a Canon DSLR film camera with several lenses and many accessories which cost several times more than the two digital cameras, combined. I almost never used it (an expensive dust catcher). I use the digital cameras constantly, due to their small size and convenience, and am really getting into photography, as a result.
September 2, 2007 09:50 pm
Canon 5D and 300D with 24-105F4 IS, 70-200 F2.8 IS, 100mmF4 Macro and couple of EF lens from the EOS 5, Sigma 18-200, Tarmon 11-18.
Started with Olympus C700 10X 2.1 MP in early 02 then got the 300D in mid 04, finally have the 5D with 2 L lens early this year.
Always carry both 300D with the 70-200 lens and 5D with 24 -105 for travelling so that I can cover from 24 to 320mm. Use 5D for serious work and keep the 300D for back up.
Bring only the 300D with Sigma 18-200 or add the 11 -18 for business travel.
September 2, 2007 12:30 am
i have a kodak easyshare c643 6.1 mega pixels it has been a total let down it junk can someone tell me of a better camera or what i am doing wrong it won't take long distance shots it all black or real pixely i amy have to take it to gun range and take a long distance shot of it .lol
August 27, 2007 07:55 am
I have the Rebel XTi -- Being new to photography, the person who sold me the camera advised that I up-grade the kit lense for the Canon EF 28-135mm. I really like this lense but I don't have anything to compare it with.
August 25, 2007 09:27 pm
I'm a pentaxian. I use a K10D with various lenses (SMC DA 18-55, SMC DA ED 50-200 and an ancient Sigma LD 75-300 MF). I also use an Olympus C5050Z as a backup, for it is a remarkable F1.8 compact.
August 25, 2007 12:05 pm
i have canon G7, 10 migapixels,face detect, the best thing i love in it is the fockes..
i have a problem in shoting fast moving things..such as running person or an animal..
i've got it as a gift so i know nothing about the price
August 25, 2007 03:29 am
I use the Canon Rebel XTi, I have two lens for it. A canon EF 70-300mm 1.4-5.6 IS USM and a Canon EFS 17-85mm IS. I like the freedom of not draging along a tripod or monopod. I have even taught my wife how to use it. I use the AV mode most of the time but will use manual too.
August 24, 2007 03:02 am
* EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
* Canon Speedlite 580EX
* EF 50 f/1.8
* EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
* EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III, not worth purchasing.
Canon EOS 620
Canon Powershot A700
Canon EOS 300D
Canon AE-1 Program with the kit FD 50mm lens
I like Canon!!!!
August 24, 2007 01:02 am
* EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
* Canon Speedlite 580EX
* Tamron AF70-300mm f/4-5.6Di LD Macro 1:2
August 21, 2007 07:50 am
August 21, 2007 01:18 am
I have a D70s and it's black the same as the D50 :) as for
the colours of the pics it makes, then gawd bless Photoshop says I :) it does all sort of sexy stuff, like hue and saturation, as for kit, then for gawds sake take a leaf out the books of the great smudgers, and use what yer brung ;)
August 20, 2007 08:52 pm
I recently got myself a Canon PowerShot A640. Very handy, good looks, swivel LCD and good features too. Its absolutely worth the money...
August 20, 2007 08:32 am
Was a film user & thought I would stay a film user. Decided about 1 1/2 years ago to try digital. Hearing & reading so many positive things about digital. The ease of use etc. The 2 manufactures I was interested in were Cannon & Nikon. I decided to go with Nikon. The D70, by the time I saved up the money I opted for the D50 instead, because a couple of acticals I had read state the colour was better, it had all the featurs that I was interested in & the price was less then the D70. I made some mistakes while buying this camera. 1. I should have bought the kit. I bought the camera with the 50mm x 1.8 lens & the 70x300mm lens both Nikon, later I bought the 18x55mm DX lens that would have came with the kit. (an excellant lens at a fair price). 2. Even though I researched this camera to bits I missed the fact that you could not use the built in flash as a slave. I have since bought a slave. Of course it would have been cheaper to upgrade to the D80. I really like the D50. The batteries, if you turn the screen off will last a real long time, the colour & speed are excellant. My photography skills have increased a lot quicker using digital as compared to film. If today I was deciding to give digital a try I would have mosthave bought the Nikon D80 because of the flexiblity. As far as the other camera manufactures are concern. You never hear how a Nikon camera is a good as anyone elses or in fact you really hear Nikon putting down any other camera manufacture. There is a lot of good camera manufactures out there I am sure & they make good cameras but I will stick with Nikon. Not only do they put quallity into thier products but because as they have integerty.
August 19, 2007 08:52 am
I've been gifted a Nikon D200 with Nikon 18-70mm and SB-800 Speedlight.
Excellent camera, especially since it's my first DSLR and I'm generally a beginner. Still looking to learn more about the camera and its capabilities.
August 18, 2007 11:20 pm
Nikon 50mm 1.8
Nikon 70-300m vr11
sigma 105 2.8 Macro
Manfrotto 190Xprob and 804rc 3 way head
August 18, 2007 08:07 am
Nikon D50 (Kit lens and a 50mm f/1.8D AF) Pros: option to use a good range of manual controls and the auto mode. Very good picture quality. Weight and size. Never ending battery power. Cons: Nikon should never taken her out of production!
I also own a Casio Exilim EX-S600
August 18, 2007 01:18 am
canon eos 350d
August 17, 2007 07:45 pm
it goes click :-O
August 17, 2007 07:58 am
Traded in my Nikon F80 with Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 lens for Nikon D80 with Tamron 17-50mm lens. Really good camera and lens combination and the results have been excellent
August 17, 2007 05:55 am
Nikon D80 w/ 18-125mm Kit lens lens is ok but the body is better. Great fit in the hand and controls layed out intuitively.
August 17, 2007 05:16 am
Canon A710. I like the size, not too small to hold easily, but fits in my pocket and can go anywhere. I like the 6x zoom which is pretty good for a compact camera. I like the controls, lot of them and easy to use.
It really should have an auto bracket option which would make it easy to get two pictures to layer for those tough high contrast shots. It should have a feature to let you save settings like some of the other A series cameras.
All in all a very decent camera.
August 16, 2007 06:28 pm
I have a Nikon D2X, it is nice, I like it, I call it Sally :)
August 16, 2007 09:40 am
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, with 28-135 IS USM, 70-300 IS USM, 500 mm 1.8. Got this as a gift for Valentine's in 2006, and it proves to be the gift that keeps on giving! I love this camera, and its ability to take great images continues to amaze me.
For my point and shoot, I use a canon G2. Old and slow, but still takes great pics.
August 16, 2007 07:38 am
Sony DSC T30, birthday present last year, love it. Great camera, especially like the minimal between shooting and capturing the picture. Very nice
August 15, 2007 02:19 am
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi (wish they called it 400D in US instead!)
Great camera! Shoots raw, usable with all Canon lenses 20 years back to present.
August 15, 2007 12:08 am
Fujifilm S5700...cant say much as its my first digicam
August 14, 2007 11:55 pm
I have a Canon Powershot A560
First of all, I think it's a very good cost-benefit equation.
It shows a lot of information on screen, and the configuration tasks are simple and intuitive.
August 14, 2007 11:23 pm
Canon EOS REBEL XTi (400D )
Canon EFS 18-55mm
Canon EFS-10-22mm USM
Canon Powershot A560
August 14, 2007 01:03 pm
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
love the d70, got it plus the 70-210 & 28-105 used in great condition for an amazing price...
August 14, 2007 10:28 am
I love the zoom, I do lots of nature photography and zoom is necessary. I love that I don't have to carry around lenses and that it is light and the batteries last forever. I love that it didn't cost a fortune so if it dies an early death in the field no great harm is done.
I wish it had a bit wider field of view for landscape shots, but otherwise I love it.
August 14, 2007 09:41 am
Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Canon Powershot S45
Canon Powershot S60
Yeah - I have too many cameras :)
August 14, 2007 02:49 am
I have a canon digital rebel xt (eos 350d)
that was my wish to have it and finally with my girlfreind I could buy one.
that is very amazing. I love that
August 13, 2007 04:30 pm
I'm not sure if this is the right forum for my question. I use a Canon PowerShot S2IS camera. I would like to know how good is the sensor size of S2IS when compared to similar cameras in market.
August 8, 2007 10:29 am
Have a Sony Coolpix 990 since 2000 (use for eBay) just started my wife on it. and a Sony Alpha A100 w/ Kit Lens 18-70 that work's out to 27-105 zoom and a Sigma APO AF 70-210 (=105-315) Zoom I liked the idea that I could use the Minolta Maxxum AF lens since they are now a Sony company and many good lens are available on eBay for the A100. At this point in time I see no down side with this camera as I plan to pass it on to the wife when she is ready.
August 8, 2007 05:53 am
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5.
Nice camera for daily use. Best pics are taken at a daytime. Good optical zoom.
the only disadvantage i've discovered for myself is more sharpening that i actually need... In all other cases this camera might be a good choice for a newbies in digital photography.
August 7, 2007 11:12 pm
light weight. good zoom. best configuration.
good battery life..
how much we want ?
August 7, 2007 01:53 pm
Olympus C740 Ultra-Zoom. A nice lightweight daytime camera I can take everywhere with 10x zoom.
August 6, 2007 08:54 pm
Nikon D50 + Kit Lens + Nikkor 50/1.4 + Zenitar 50/1.8 + closeup rings
Fed-3 with standart 50mm lens.
August 3, 2007 06:47 pm
Canon EOS 400D with 18-55 Kit lens, sigma 70-300 macro apo super II, macro closeup ring kenko extension tubes (3 as 18,24 and 36 mm) and a kenko x3 extender.
August 3, 2007 01:50 am
Using a EOS 300D, with a 17-40 f/4L, a 50mm f/1.8.
Recently acquired an old school EOS 650, though I have actually yet to use it.
What I dislike about it is the speed. But again I treat it as 'film', and force myself to think before I shoot.
ZLR (zoom lens reflex), an Olympus IS-1000. A jewel from the olden days. Pity the lens is a tad slow.
PnS wise, its a Olympus C-740UZ, and a Canon Powershot S45(recently acquired, second hand).
I also have a medium format TLR. A Seagull SA-84.
Wait, wasn't this about digital cameras? I think I overkilled.
August 2, 2007 06:40 am
Canon Rebel XT with the kit len.
Relatively small for a DSLR.
Good battery life (I can shoot all day on one battery.)
Easy to use.
Turning on exposure bracketing requires too many button presses. Wish it would remember that I had exposure bracketing on when I turn off/on the camera.
August 2, 2007 04:15 am
4x optical zoom
August 1, 2007 07:49 pm
actually I dont have a camera, er, should I get one ??????????
August 1, 2007 05:43 pm
Canon Rebel XTi
I have small hands, and with the battery grip, it's just the right size and weight for me. After hours of work as a massage therapist, the last thing I want to do is rassle with a camera that's overweight. The XTi is a perfect combination of functionality, form, and finance for me.
Also, Canon's superiority in low-light works well with me and the firedancing group I'm in.
August 1, 2007 02:08 pm
Canon 20D with a panoply of lenses (24-105 f/4L is my 'walking around lens'; also a 10-22, a 70-300 DO and a 50 f/1.4 that I never use). I also have a Canon IXUS 850 that is always on me, and a Sony DSC-F828 for when I can't be bothered with the SLR.
August 1, 2007 01:59 pm
Canon Rebel XT
28-90mm Macro Lens
70-300mm lens- Sigma
10-20mm wide angle-sigma
Lensbaby, with macro kit
I love it all!!
August 1, 2007 09:58 am
Canon 20D. I carry it with me everywhere I go. I carry it in my Tamrac backpack along with three lenses: In order of purchase, Tamron 18-200, Canon 50 1.8 and Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS.
August 1, 2007 03:50 am
Canon EOS 350D.
Canon EOS 400D.
July 31, 2007 08:11 pm
I have a Canon Powershot S3 IS and it's absolutely perfect for me. It really cannot be called a point-and-shoot camera and I'm hoping one day I'll be skilled enough to plunge into the DSLR world, but even then, I think I'll still be using my S3 for it's size and flexibility.
July 31, 2007 04:51 pm
I bought a Nikon Coolpix 5400, a 5.4 MP camera with great features. It was working fine to start with but has developped serious problems after about a year of use - the image exhibits strong color tint or are totally blank. When I checked out Nikon Asia website a few days back, I was relieved to note that Nikon has admitted to some manufacturing/component defect in this model and has offered free of charge repair even after expiry of warantee. The defect is said to be related to high humidity levels affecting the electronic image sensor or the related components of several Coolpix models.
I wonder if any body has faced similar problems.
July 31, 2007 03:01 pm
It gives me all the control i need, only it get a tad heavy if you lug it around all day when travelling. I cant imagine using a D2-series.
Canon Powershot G2, Ixus II, Ixus 55, Contax i4R
The G2 is for IR work. The Ixus and Contax are pocketable to take everywhere so i dont miss an opportunity. These are great for casual stuff, ebay ads, loaners to friends, etc.
July 31, 2007 07:21 am
My first digital was a Poloroid w/420 X 640 pixel resolution. To get the macro shots I needed, I held a magnifying glass in front of the lens and tried various focal lengths. To see what I got, I had to down load the images into my laptop to view them. It held 16 photos and had no removable memory. It was primitive, but did let me email close ups of damaged equipment from coast to coast. I've been through many digital cams since then and have two favorites at the moment. My pocket cam is an Olympus IR-500. I seem to be the first to admit having one. It has many great features, but it lacks a tripod mounting lug. Another negative is that it uses the xD card. These are hard to find in excess of 1 gig.
The other favorite is an Olympus Evolt-500 (8 meg) with the 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 kit lenses. It has been the cats meow for me. I use it for accident photos and it provides great detail and color. While it uses the cf card (too cumbersome), it is easy enough to transfer images to a hard or flash drive or sd card.
While it took me a while to get used to the cam specific rechargable batteries, they do seem to last.
July 31, 2007 04:54 am
I have a Canon Rebel XT with a 18-55mm and 70-300mm IS lens. I love my camera.
July 31, 2007 02:53 am
Pentax K100D with 18-55 kit lens and 50-200 telephoto zoom lens.
July 31, 2007 02:35 am
Sony A100 here â€¦ with several lenses, including the kit lens, an older (and excellent!) Minolta 50mm, and Minolta 35-80mm zoom, and a Quantaray 75-300mm zoom, various close-up filters.
Favorite features: image stabilization, very fast auto-focus, great battery life, easy to change ISO, flash settings, etc. on the fly. Macro/closeup shots I've taken with this camera (and seen taken by others) are very crisp with vivid colors, and wider shots always show a really impressive level of detail. Great camera overall, have not had a single disappointing experience with it.
July 31, 2007 01:33 am
I was going to replace my Canon Powershot Pro1 with the L-lens for a Canon Rebel XTI. It felt too small, so I switched to a Nikon D80 which is for me the perfect size, loaded with lots of features and the quality is amazing!
I also got a Nikkor 18-70 mm and a 50 mm.
July 30, 2007 06:17 pm
Canon Rebel XTi/400D
Main lens is Sigma 30mm f/1,4
July 30, 2007 12:53 pm
It was great 2 years ago, but today ...
Powershot G7 is fantastic, I have to change mine, but ... ;)
July 30, 2007 11:59 am
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Pentax SMC DA 18-55/F3.5-F5.6 AL (kit lens)
Pentax SMC Pentax-A F1.4 50mm (my favourite)
Sigma zoom-KII 70-210mm f/4,5
I have had this camera for a couple of years now and I really love it.
I learnt photography using my Dad's Pentax K1000, a completely manual film SLR. I chose the Pentax *ist DS because of its support for my old manual lenses that I bought for the K1000, in particular my very fast, tack sharp 50mm. That and because I read this review http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-jan-05.shtml that called it "The K-1000 of Digital SLRs".
* takes great photos: even if its "only" 6 mega pixels colour is true to life and noise levels are very low.
* fantastic ergonomics: small for a DSLR (but not to small) with functions and features in easy reach.
* can run on four AA batteries!
* full auto options for my wife (although she's starting to play around with manual settings more and more) and manual for me
* nobody does backwards compatibility with old lenses like Pentax.
* Bright view finder
* Great value for money, at the time I think it was the cheapest DSLR on the market.
* Auto focus can be easily confused
* Kit lens is to slow
* Doesn't have Shake Reduction - that's why I want a K10D
Like the other Pentax posters that I have read here I am very happy with my Pentax camera. It seems to me that Pentax gets the balance right between features and usability. Everything is just right!
July 30, 2007 10:54 am
Down here in Brazil, we almost pay the double of the price you have in US. Even though, worth it.
The quality of the pictures I have taken and sometimes printed is amazing.
The functions are good and easy to use.
Now itÂ´s for new lens.
Congratulation for the blog...
Hugs from Brasil.
July 30, 2007 10:47 am
Nikon D50 with Kit lens
55mm Nikkor lense
Camera body fit very nicely in my hand compare to other camera of the same price range. The buttons are well place for easy access. Needless to say about the functions and the photo quality, they are once of the better value for money.
July 30, 2007 07:50 am
Backups Nikon D80
Nikon D50 (Better than te D40)
I've always used Nikon cameras - ever since high school so many years ago. To me, they simply spell quality. I love the feel of them, the heft, the sound when the shutter releases. The photos arent bad either, not to mention the fact that I can use all my old lenses
July 30, 2007 06:46 am
I use the Fuji S9000 and think that it is a great prosumer rig.
July 30, 2007 06:24 am
Sony A100 I bought it for it's light weight and for the image stabilization. It came with an 18-70mm lens. I added a 75-300mm telephoto lens which is very versatile. I made some great portraits with it, using the light from a window and a couple of large white foamboards. I also bought a 50/1.4 lens but was not able to use it successfully.
I gave my Nikon D70 to a granddaughter who has better eyesight, steadier hands and a great creative eye. She's having great success with it.
I also have a Sony Cybershot DSC-V1 which I keep in my car. It has manual settings and still takes great pictures.
July 30, 2007 02:04 am
I've used a Canon Powershot A520 for the past two years. Last week I bought a Canon EOS 400D standard kit (so with the EF-S 18-55mm lens).
With this new equipment I'm gonna explore some new grounds, so I'll probably become a frequent visitor here!
July 29, 2007 08:07 pm
Ricoh Caplio R6
Has 7.1 optical zoom (28-200mm), vibration correction for those long zooms, plus 1cm macro capabilities, all in a compact and attractive package.
I picked it mostly for it's small size and speed--99.6 x 55 x 23.3mm and just 161g including battery, and starts up in 2 seconds, fast zoom operation and only a half-second between shots in continuous mode.
July 29, 2007 07:44 pm
- Nikon D80 with a 50mm 1.8 prime and a 70-300G. Adding a 18-200 VR to the kit soon.
- A Yashica Electra 35
- A Yashica 635 dual-format TLR
July 29, 2007 06:36 pm
Nikon D40x with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
I have recently upgraded to a DSLR from a Panasonic FZ50 (12x zoom bridge camera). The D40x is a great camera. Image quality is absolutely top notch even at higher ISOs. Up to 800 is quite usable. This camera lacks a few features that it's more expensive siblings have (depth of field preview, bracketing, 11 AF points vs. 3), but it is smaller and cheaper. So, overall I'm very happy with it. Also the kit lens is quite good. It may not be fast or offer a long zoom range, but it is small, light, autofocuses fairly quickly, offers good close up focusing and most importantly the optical quality is excellent especially at the optimum apertures (around f/8 or so).
July 29, 2007 05:41 pm
Nikon D200 (Nikkors 10.5DX fisheye, 12-24/F4, 24/f2.8, 17-35/f2.8, 28-70.f2.8, 55/f1.2, 85/f1.4, 105/f2.8 micro, 70-200/f2.8, 300/f4)
Panasonic Lumix DMC LX2
The D200 is great but I love my F2 & F6 more especially when shooting indoor flash photos.
July 29, 2007 11:08 am
Canon PowerShot G3
It's a great little point-n-shoot with enough manual controls to keep me happy...for now. I bought it to replace an old film SLR, whose repairs would've cost more than it was worth. At the time dSLR bodies cost several thousand dollars, more than I could justify for a mere hobby. The only limitation that truly bugs me so far is its limited zoom range. Otherwise, it has done everything that I want, including indoor/low-light sports action.
Frankly, I should've bought a point-n-shoot years ago. Hiking with both diaper bag and SLR gear got old quickly. Even now, I very much appreciate having a camera small enough to fit in my purse. I'll always have a point-n-shoot in my bag, even after I get that dSLR.
July 29, 2007 09:39 am
DSLR: Canon 20D (upgraded from 10D to get EFS capability for the EFS 10-22 lens). Great camera, the cropped sensor is great for telephoto and wildlife. I would like a 5D for landscapes and the like, but would definitely keep the 20D to partner the 5D.
P&S: Leica DLux 3 - great little camera, good lens and full manual controls. Not the best in low light or high ISO though.
July 29, 2007 09:08 am
I Have a Nikon D80, AF-S Nikkor 18-55 mm Lens
AF-S Nikkor 50-200 mm Lens
Battery Grip MB-D80
July 29, 2007 07:43 am
Using a pentax k10d, and almost never need a flash, does a great job.
Take a look at my homepage MadsAlexander.com
July 29, 2007 04:56 am
I have a Canon Powershot S2, it's nice.. have lenses and all.
12x zoom and nice pictures.. i will work with this one until i think i am ready for a Dsl :)
it's a good camera :)
July 29, 2007 04:20 am
Canon PowerShot G7 - a great camera, bags of features, without the bulk of an SLR.
July 29, 2007 12:33 am
Hello! using a Canon EOS 350D with classic 18-55 lens... That camera seems to be used by many people... :) that's a huge hit.
July 28, 2007 08:16 pm
I have Panasonic DMC-FX01.
This gear has a good price, size and i'm quite happy with the quality of the photos.
Main problem wtih this camera os lack of better zoom (3x is definitely not enough :D ).
July 28, 2007 07:40 pm
I also have a sonic screwdriver, and a Darth Vader light saber
July 28, 2007 04:12 pm
I have a Panasonic FZ20 but still learning all the features on it. Pretty happy with it tho
July 28, 2007 02:26 pm
I use a Sony cybershot DSC H2 digital camera.I am impressed with it's versatility and ability to take good macro photos even in low light by raising the iso.The pictures are sharp & this helps me in my profession as a dermatologist.
July 28, 2007 02:07 pm
I use a Leica V-LUX 1 and love it.
1.12x Leica lens
2.Mega Image Stablizer
3.TTL Hot shoe
5.100-1600 ISO although 1600 is almost a joke
8.Takes conversion lens, I have Tcon14b, Tcon17,
Raynox 6600Pro, Nikon 6T Macro lens
9. I like the NR settings better than those on the Panasonic FZ50. The Leica does not have the smearing of details at Low setting that I found with the FZ50
Not good with low light, although the noise reduction helps
Outdoor photography makes up about 90% of my shooting so I do not have a problem with noise that a lot of folks complain about. I am also disabled and the 12x lens is great for me and I can still add my Teleconverter lenses if I need to.
July 28, 2007 11:26 am
Count another Canon S3 IS. It's my first non-P&S type camera and knocked my Fuji a500 down to a backup.
So far the S3 is a very solid cam, easy to use but I still have room to grow into it, which is perfect. Very good camera for someone just starting to get serious about photography and on a students budget. Really like the colour it gives, and with a good SD card my girlfriend uses it like a camcorder, the video is that good! On the other hand, it's not going to replace the a500 day-to-day, it's just a bit big and heavy, and I'd rather drop the a500 if I'm messing around.
As for the a500 - nice and easy to use and carry, and a good macro mode, but terrible low light performance and kind of slow.
July 28, 2007 09:19 am
I have a Nikon D50
July 28, 2007 08:22 am
I have nikon D40
and this is ma first dslr and i pentax 50i
July 28, 2007 07:34 am
Nikon D200 and D70.
I like having two bodies fitted with different lenses. I like the sophistication of the D200; it's a lot smarter than I am and helps me get the effects I want. There's just a lot of depth in the feature set and the ability to program what you want. I like the D70 for its light weight and simple menu structure.
July 28, 2007 06:42 am
i have a canon rebel xti, love it , it is the first SLR i've had, im just learning ,love working with it in manuel mode lotts to learn though.
July 28, 2007 04:27 am
I purchased this camera when they first came out and at that time it cost about $700. Initially, I chose this model because as a journalist/photographer with a full set of 35 mm camera bodies (5) and lenses ranging from 17mm to 1000mm, I wanted to make sure I understood the digital medium before commiting the thousands it would take to replace my carefully collected film camera gear. The Sony pretty much does everything a larger SLR digital can do, albiet with a few limitations. The biggest problems for me are a lack of lens interchangeability, the slight (and I mean slight) shutter/focus lag and the inability for high speed motion (motor drive).
Having said that, I haven't yet replaced this little workhorse with a larger format digital. I shoot a lot of relatively close up portrait-style photos -- mostly of cars and find this camera is great for shooting how-to-do-it stories where close up works. I like the fact that it has a variety of menus that provide one heck of a lot of user control and have been pleased with the quality of the prints I get. In fact, I have shot a number of double truck magazine spreads, a couple of covers and frequently make large 16x20 gallery prints from the images. Camera has been trouble free, fits in my pocket, so unless I need a lot of lenses for a particular shoot, I usually get by with this little gem. I am planning on getting a new Canon digital slr and all new lenses (mine existing are one generation out) in the near future but will still hang on to the Sony
because it is compact, lighweight, and easy to always have on hand.
July 28, 2007 04:01 am
Main = Nikon D70s
Backup = Nokia 6265i Camera phone
July 28, 2007 12:39 am
I use a Sony Cybershot F828 and LOVE it, for the versatility, manual zoom, multiple features, swivel function (why don't more cameras use this, pr swivel viewer?)
July 28, 2007 12:38 am
Canon Rebel xT
Canon 17-85mm IS f3.5-5.6
Canon 50mm f1.8
Canon 28-105mm f3.5-5.6
Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6
Canon 430EX Flash
I'm starting to do more semi-pro work and created a website for it. Once I make a few dollars, I'll be upgrading to a Canon 5D or the new xTi (depending on how much $$$ the wife will let me spend).
July 28, 2007 12:25 am
Can be used as a point-and-click, not too complicated (my mom can get reasonable pictures). the automatic setting actually usually does extremely well, but it also still has a number of features that i can use while trying to improve my skills.
July 28, 2007 12:18 am
The main camera I use is a Canon PowerShot SD 550. I have an underwater housing for it and use it for underwater photography. It is an excellent camera! It's very small and easy to use. The autofocus in the underwater mode is great. It does quite well on land too. The macro mode is nice.
I just bought a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 and took it on a trip to Tobago last month. It has a 15X optical zoom. I'm still learning all the features, but so far I like it. I took some great shots of birds using the zoom.
July 27, 2007 11:54 pm
I got the Sony A100 with 18-70 kit lens and as a backup the Sony DSC P-73.
I just got the Sony for my birthday and I love it first of all because I finally can shoot real shallow DOF pictures (the P-73 is sweet but can't do much there). I like the picture stabilizer and that I can choose between so many lenses!
July 27, 2007 11:32 pm
I bought my first DSLR last year. Can't say I have any complaints but I've also never tried a Canon before.
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
July 27, 2007 11:06 pm
My weapon of choice is the Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
July 27, 2007 09:57 pm
I use a Canon EOS-1Ds MarkII. No, I am not a professional, just a keen amateur. This camera is a full-sized sensor, 16.7 megapixel camera that is heavy to hold especially with a 1.5Kg telephoto lens attached (makes it 3Kg) but the camera is just awesome. There is no AUTO setting and because it is a professional's camera you are expected to know what to do with all the buttons and control options. I just enjoy having so much control over my photography and thoroughly enjoy shooting RAW and using Adobe Photoshop CS3. Photography is my hobby and I have the best camera to play with. Now I am suffering the sensor cleaning blues (dust) and this itself is a learning curve. It's all fun!
July 27, 2007 09:07 pm
mind you, I still use a Nikon N90s 35mm SLR, cos I like the sound of the motorwind, annnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddddddd 35mm is still far better than digital ;)
July 27, 2007 09:05 pm
my favourite is me Nikon D2X, it's dead simple to use, and though I keep falling asleep whenever I open the instruction manual, I managed to learn to use it without..........also love me little D70s, cos it's idiot proof
July 27, 2007 08:56 pm
Camera: Nikon D200
Main lens: Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Wide angle lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Macro: manual focus Nikkor 55mm f2.8 (very good glass)
Normal: manual focus Nikkor 50mm f1.8
I have bought this set recently so I'm not yet accustomed with this equipment. More I jumped from analog equipment (Nikon FM2) with manual optics (no autofocos) to digital.
My considerations are:
- Body robustness
- General quality: very good
- A bit heavy
- Noise at high ISO's could be better
- Price a bit high
- A bit annoying creeping on 18-200mm (but with good image quality)
July 27, 2007 08:54 pm
Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi)Lenses, kit lens EF-S 18-55 & Canon EF 75-300.
I think this is a very good entry level camera for beginners lots of features and at an affordable price, self sensor cleaning facility is a handy feature in dusty environments.
A rear dial instead of the the AV button would have been handy as holding the AV button and turning the main dial for exposure compensation is not easy.
July 27, 2007 08:40 pm
I am using a Canon Power Shot S3IS. I love this camera. I am really getting
into photographing flowers and butterflies and this camera with its macro
ability and image stabilization is wonderful. My photos are coming out great
and I am submitting them to our local wildlife center.
July 27, 2007 07:16 pm
Glad too see there is so much of guys with more than one camera.
I shoot with a newly bought Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50.
The looks , feel and controls are too 'SLR-Like' Except for the 'fixed lens'.
Has all the manual controls of an SLR as well as a clear video output for a first camera.
Cons-The camera is too noisy on low light/Shades.
I'm saving for my first DSLR..
July 27, 2007 06:04 pm
Camera: Nikon d70s
Lens: Nikon 18-70
Sigma 70-200 2.8
Sigma 17-35 2.8
Flash: Nikon sb800
Things to by: Another camera
A macro lens
A 50 mm lens
July 27, 2007 05:41 pm
I have been usiong a very reliable P&S Olympus C770 for a couple of years now and have had fun playing with many of the controls available in its menu. I want to graduate to a DSLR soon and I am seriously considering the Olympus 510E. Now how big is my piggy bank?
July 27, 2007 05:32 pm
I use a Nikon D80
With a new 18-200VR (Still have the 18-135 Kit lense), a 50mm 1.8D and a SB-600
I like the camera very much and I donÂ´t see anything that disturbs me. I am happy with my descission and never ever regret it!
July 27, 2007 05:22 pm
My digital Camera is Fujifilm Finepix S5200/5600........ Greate one and Best pics at good price
July 27, 2007 05:20 pm
I shoot with a nikon D70s in my Tamrac velocity 8x there is a Quantaray AF LD 70-300 1:4-5.6 Tele-Macro(1:2), a Quantaray 2x DG converter, AF Nikkor 50 MM 1:8, and a AF-S 18- 70 F2:8
In my Quantaray sholder pro bag there I have my SB800,SB600 and a vast assortment of filters, a Bounce diffusr for my SB800/600 speedlights,rup-43 unipod w/ball/socket panhead and last but not least my Nikkor 135MM F2:8 piece of Glass
I use all this to shoot landscapes, stills,street and weddings
I need to someday learn to use photoshop so maybe i can maybe get to a next level although I sell alot of pictures I know I can sell more
July 27, 2007 03:37 pm
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Sigma DC 18-50mm f/2.8
Sigma DC 10-20mm f/4.-5.6
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Speedlights SB-400 & SB-800
July 27, 2007 03:33 pm
Sony DSC-H5, is perfect for me!
July 27, 2007 02:27 pm
I am using the Olympus E-500 with the 2 kit lenses. This was an upgrade from my Olympus C-5050. I have enjoyed the overall performance of the camera. It feels good in my hand and was my entry point into the DSLR range. The one feature that attracted me was the dust removal system. I change lenses every where from the deep woods of Oregon to the cost line of San Diego. The one draw back is that the lenses that came in the kit are slow to focus in low light. But when I have good light the photos look good. The idea of a standard (4/3) I hope other camera manufactures will use and then have interchangeable lenses and flashes were appealing, but slow in coming.
July 27, 2007 02:04 pm
I started my digital shooting with a 3MP Kodak DX4330.I loved the picture quality and color rendition but I had no manual control. I gave it my son and updated to a Canon Powershot Pro. One month later my boss gave me a "Bonus", A Nikon D70. I fell in love with it instantly and passed the Canon on to my daughter. In April my bossed surprised me with a Nikon D200 on my 25th anniversary with the company. It feels like a professional camera, metal not plastic. The menus are awesome and every important function is at your fingertips. I swapped the D70 with my daughter for the Canon and traded it to Adorama for a studio lighting kit. The only con I can think of is that it uses the battery up rather quickly compared to the D70.
July 27, 2007 01:55 pm
OOOOPS... it would help if I would have read it correctly.. I love the large screen on the back.... I love how it feels in my hand.
July 27, 2007 01:53 pm
I have a Nikon D80... but I havent had it off of auto mode yet.. *grin*
July 27, 2007 01:52 pm
Since I came into the digital photography phase from a Nikon film camera, that's what I went with.
Currently my cameras are
DSLR: Nikon D80
P&S: Canon PowerShot SD800
Previous P&S: Canon PowerShot G1
July 27, 2007 01:11 pm
Canon Digital Rebel XTi with the 18-55 kit lens, and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. I chose the Canon because I was already used to using Canon point n shoots, and I couldn't be happier with the Rebel!
July 27, 2007 12:39 pm
My digital weapon is a Fujifilm Finepix S9600 - Great machine!
My first camera, now in semi-retirement is a Fujifilm Finepix S5500 - another great machine.
All hail Fuji Power!
God bless all,
July 27, 2007 12:32 pm
Olymous E-500 with my old Olympus E-10 as a back-up.
Wouldn't change for the world. The E-500 has the standard kit lenses ans is a year and a half old. The photo quality and color are great. Handles very well and does everything I could expect. Lighter and a bit smaller than my old E10 but still comfortable in size and weight
Started out in 1999 with the E-10 and its still going as well as when new. Again (even at 4mp) the photo quality is great. Enjoy it for its' size a weight - feels like a real camera.
July 27, 2007 11:45 am
I shoot with the Rebel XT DSLR (8 meg), because I used the EOS Elan 7 for a few years, and am able to use the lenses. I enjoy Canon stuff and have gotten quite use to the interface. I love to do a lot of nature things, and combined with Photoshop CS2, I have both and affordable and very usable combination. The DSLR has such a wonder of catching everything even in the shadows, where we who do not do the work of film developing can do the "developing" of the image (JPEG or RAW), and bring out all the details. Negatives? Can't think of any. I love my Canon DSLR!
July 27, 2007 11:44 am
After a lifetime of working with film I finaly desided to go digital. I chose the Canon Powershot S3 IS because of it's features and a long history with their SLRs.
July 27, 2007 11:13 am
July 27, 2007 11:10 am
I have a recently aquired Canon EOS400D and some lenses carried over from my EOS350D (which I sold to get the 400D), namely a Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle zoom and a Sigma 18-50mm EX Macro zoom and a Sigma 55-200mm Zoom. I also have a Canon 430EX 'speedlite' flash. I use the camera a lot to take indoor shots of rental properties, so I find the 10mm wide-angle lens, with the flash unit, indespensible for this work. Things I don't like are: (1) the lens/sensor crop factor, (but I can't afford/justify a full size sensor camera), and (2) I find with the 400D I have to allow a full stop increase in exposure when using the flash unit indoors, (which I didn't have to with the 350D), for some reason, which may just be a problem with my camera. Otherwise I am very happy with the whole setup. I want to get a longer lens at some stage for birds/animal shots. I still have to get into all the things one can do with this camera, i.e. the controls and settings need a good deal of practice, once you are way from the pre-set modes.
July 27, 2007 11:08 am
got D80 with 18-135. *really* want that 50mm f/1.8D :)
July 27, 2007 11:04 am
I shoot with a
Nikon D100 and a Tamron 17-250 zoom. This zoom is assume.
My wife shoots with a
Nikon D70 a Nikon 17-70 Wide and a Nikon 70-300 zoom.
Both bodies take exceptional pictures.
July 27, 2007 10:43 am
I had a D70 that got stolen on a plane last year. I now broke my budget to go to the next level with a D200 with the fantastic 18-200VR zoom. Did not have much time lately to shoot enough though.
July 27, 2007 10:09 am
Canon 1DmkIIn with a bunch of lenses covering 24mm to 400mm
Canon 350D as a backup / 'point n shoot'
July 27, 2007 10:09 am
Well I have and use them all:
Sony A100 several lens
Each have a purpose and after much research I have kept these 3
Do More With Your photos
July 27, 2007 09:58 am
Solid body, weather-resistant seals. Ability to use ALL previous Pentax lenses. Shake Reduction, Dust Reduction. Built in DNG support.
I elaborate on this more at: http://www.shazron.com/2006/12/29/why-i-chose-the-pentax-k10d/
July 27, 2007 09:39 am
Plan A: Canon Powershot S3IS
Plan B: Casio Exilim Z120
Plan C: Motorola A780 cameraphone :)
July 27, 2007 09:22 am
I also just moved up from a Casio EX-Z750 (which was/is great) to my first DSLR:
kit lens 18-55
Tamron 18-250 lens
BG-2 Battery Grip
I really like the gasketing on the body because I plan to shoot outdoors a lot. Now I just need to find a lens with the same weather resistance! (And save up the $$$ for it!)
Thank you DPS for the great site!
July 27, 2007 09:12 am
Pentax istDS. Pentax is a wonderful and very underrated system. Chose the DS because at the time, it was the lightest DSLR on the market. Not as many 3rd-party lens options as Nikon/Canon, but 1st party solutions are fantastic, especially the FA Limited lenses.
Inexpensive, feature-rich (has a true spot-meter!) Very bright viewmeter, and Pentax DSLR bodies are backwards compatible with nearly every family of lenses its put out in the last three decades... even the old K-mount manual lenses! Uses SD cards, which are now available in decently large capacities (4GB now, with bigger to come).
What not to love: Not as quick continuous shooting modes as others. White-balance can be tricked with indoor flouresent lights, but I shoot RAW, so thats pretty much a non-issue. The DS doesn't have shake reduction, which is why I'm looking hungrily at the K10D! Was designed to be an entry-level DSLR (and I was definitely a beginner), so a lot of functions are buried in menus. Again, the K10D is a nice camera to graduate to since many controls are now available as buttons.
Didn't mean to gush, but I do love my pentax!
July 27, 2007 09:05 am
Camera: Canon EOS 400D with Battery Grip
Lenses: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM, Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Accessories: Canon 430EX Speedlight, Canon Off-Camera Hotshoe cable (modified to 10m), Various Hoya filters, Manfrotto 190XB with 804RC2
July 27, 2007 08:33 am
July 27, 2007 08:21 am
I've a Panasonic FZ50
1) Damn good Leica 35mm-420mm lens
2) excellent image stabilization
3) easy to use/easy menu
4) long lasting battery
5) fast startup
6) loads of manual controls, heck, even focus & zoom is manual!!
7) RAW support
8) gives the feel of a bigger expensive SLR!! ;)
1) with this featureset, would've really loved an interchangeable lens, or more add on lens accessories
2) noise starts getting unbearable above 400 :(
3) a bit less weight would've been good!
for more on a pro review, look here! ;)
July 27, 2007 08:08 am
I use a Canon Rebel XT SLR (350D) 8 Megapixel, with Canon lenses:
*24 mm, 2.8 (gift from my brother; can't afford that fast a lens!
*18-55mm 3.5-56 (that comes with it)
*All lens with UV filters just to protect basic lens
Kenko 2X Extender
Think there should be a law that you must have PhotoShop to own a digital camera.
July 27, 2007 07:26 am
I moced up from a Casio EXZ-Z750, whixh is a very nice, very small P&S camera. I now own a :
50 f1.8 AF-D lens
SB 400 flash
I love the size and JPEG quality. This camera is very user friendly and has lots of manual controls.
July 27, 2007 07:25 am
LUMIX/Panasonic FZ7 - 12X optical + 4 Digital W/Leica lens.
Awsome zoom and great Macro ;)
July 27, 2007 07:22 am
Canon 400D (XTi at USA)
July 27, 2007 07:13 am
Glad having a Nikon D40 + kit 18-55mm lens.
It has all my photography needs. Light weight, fast and inexpensive. Excellent picture quality, especially at High ISO (e.g. 800, 1600).
July 27, 2007 07:00 am
I shoot mostly a Canon 5D with the following lenses
EF 16-35 F2.8 II USM
EF 24-105 F4L IS USM
EF 70-200 F2.8L IS USM
Flash - 580EX
I also shoot a Sony F828 on occaision
July 27, 2007 06:41 am
Sony Alpha 100
My father likes his Maxxum 7D, so I bought the A100 when it came out. The in-body lens stabilization is great, and I like the control layout. Although, sometimes, I'd like it to remember the exposure, focus, et al settings when it's turned off.
July 27, 2007 06:17 am
Canon 20D - awesome, lots of possibilities with this, good quality build. Only issue I have is dust and dirt management on the sensor.... grrrrr
Canon 24-105mm f4L - great all purpose lens
Canon 50mm f1.4 - wow, what can I say that hasen't been said before
Sigma EX 10-20mm 4-5.6 DC HSM - still learning with this one
Canon 100-300mm f5.6L - from my old film days
Tamron SP-AF 2X
July 27, 2007 06:02 am
I have recently purchased the Nikon D80, this is my first DSLR - my first SLR was a good few years ago, so I am just getting back into it and learning all the features etc.
Great pics, good kit lens 18-135mm (for the price) and will save for a better one once I tested everything out.
In a nutshell, fantastic camera - great quality pictures and solid build and finishing.
July 27, 2007 05:58 am
I use a Canon EOS10D with a 28 - 85mm and a 80mm to 210 mm lenses, both manual zoom, and I love it.
July 27, 2007 05:57 am
I got for X'mas a Canon Rebel XTi and now I am hooked. Got a Canon 30D recently. Have Sigma 30mm and Sigma 17-70mm lenses and Canon 70-200mm lens. Do mostly macro and animal photography.
July 27, 2007 05:13 am
I just bought the Sony A100 with the 18-200 lens kit. I also have a small DSC-T30 with loads of Memory Sticks for it and my PSP. Staying with Sony was a no-brainer because I didn't want to invest in a different Memory format and I had already bought a zoom for an older Minolta SLR I had. I'm very happy with my purchase and I'm looking forward to participate in your weekly assignments. What a great idea. Thanks.
P.S.: I just noticed Sony has the A100 with a two-lens kit on their Canadian site for $1,200. A great deal. Blast!!
July 27, 2007 05:13 am
Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-135mm - loving it!
July 27, 2007 04:43 am
Canon Rebel XT/350D
Lenses: canon 18-55; sigma 70-300
July 27, 2007 04:36 am
best entry-level camera. period.
robust, lightweight, ergonomic, what the hell more could you want? (the 510 of course).
July 27, 2007 03:21 am
I moved to DSLR last year, from an Olympus C5050 - the shutter lag and lack of lens options drove me up a wall!
I now use the Canon Rebel XT (350D) with battery grip (I tend to do a lot of portrait shots, and like the fit & control.) I bought the camera just before a major vacation trip to some National Parks, and missed the XTI (which I would have bought instead) introduction by a month, while spending my vacation trying to master a brand new camera. Approx 8,000 shots later, I'm finally getting proficient - now if I could only master the post production work-flow.... ;)
The only things left on my wish list are a prime macro lens, maybe an upgrade to a better/faster short telephoto, perhaps a faster long telephoto, but definitely a second more advanced Canon body.... I miss the jog wheel and better spot metering.
July 27, 2007 03:08 am
I'm new to digitals, but I had a Canon D60. I now have a Sony Alpha 100 with kit lens and 70 to 300 zoom. I absolutely love it. I have been doing a lot of experimenting with different manual settings. I am having a lot of fun learning. Great camera.
July 27, 2007 02:41 am
I have a Canon EOS 300D or Digital rebel, with the standard zoom lens, a 50mm f.1.4 and a 70-300mm IS, and iÂ´m very satisfied with it all. Im waiting for the new EOS40D.
As second camera i have a Canon Powershot Pro1, it takes very good pictures too.
July 27, 2007 02:41 am
Nikon D80 with 18-55mm kit lens (don't buy this lens, low luminosity and low focal length; I'm currently eyeballing a Tamron 18-200 to replace this one and another Nikon 17-35 f/2.8). I like the camera (body) a lot, tried it with multiple lenses and the "creative license" is awesome.
July 27, 2007 02:41 am
Nikon D50 w/ kit lens & Quantaray 28-200mm.
July 27, 2007 02:35 am
I've had a Nikon D200 for about a year and a half. I love this camera - with it's robust build quality, excellent auto focus and great metering system. My main lens is the 18-200 VR but I have a couple others that don't see much use. Recently I've been playing around with Nikon's CLS lighting system and have picked up an SB800 and SB600. It's surprisingly powerful, feature-packed system. I have some of my pictures posted at my website: www.dougs.smugmug.com. My earlier pics were shot with my old Oly C2100UZ, then Panasonic FZ30 and now the D200.
July 27, 2007 02:26 am
I'm currently using a D80 with the 18-200 VR lens. Also have a Nikon 50mm f1.8, AF 80-200 f2.8, and the SB400+SB800
July 27, 2007 02:25 am
Canon EOS 400D+bge3, 28-135is, sigma 14mm, 50mm 1.8 (wtb tamron 17-50 2.8, canon 70-200)
Very nice and somewhat affordable camera. controls are easy, light and portable. battery life is excellent. great choice of glass.
ai servo focus performance is no good at all, only 3fps, no spot metering.
overall, I am satisfied with the 400d as is the best choice for what I can afford right now.
July 27, 2007 02:20 am
Wow! I'm surprised how few A100 users are posting. I got mine last January, mostly because I have 11 lenses sitting here that work great with it! The whole lense issue is so daunting. I'm a kind of weird photog, mostly doing artistic manipulation and selling it in large format. I get to play with lots of different techniques since I have all those lenses. I've picked up a couple old ones cheap, they're easy to find at pawn shops and on ebay.
I love this camera, but don't have much to compare it to since it's my first DSLR. My "backup" is a Samsung Digimax 4 MP. I LOVE THIS CAMERA. Talk about a consistent and trustworthy companion. With some professional work I do, this is all I use since it needs to be relatively low res. Needing my brother to take some shots for me where he is 1000 miles away, and since he didn't have a digital (said he didn't know anyone with one either [liar!]) I sent him the new version, this time 7MP of my Samsung Digimax. I played with it for an hour before shoving it back into the box and shipping it to him. He loves the camera (don't you know!) and now I'm feeling guilty that I want to retire my old Digimax, and get the same as I got him! Boy we come to rely on our gear don't we? I think because many times they let us down less than people do?
Sony Alpha 100 and Samsung Digimax rule in my studio!!!
July 27, 2007 02:14 am
Canon DR XT with the kit lens and the Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 Prime.
Just started getting into photography about 7 months ago and I can tell that its going to kill my pocket book, but its worth it.
July 27, 2007 02:08 am
Panasonic DMC LX2. I started out shopping for a cheap point and shoot and ended up with a very good beginner camera. Yesterday was my first adventure beyond auto. So far it has exceeded my expectations but I suspect a few years from now I'll have learned its (many) limitations.
July 27, 2007 02:01 am
after using prosumer camers for more than 2 yrs, recently bought D40 - really a little giant.
July 27, 2007 01:40 am
Nikon D80 with the 18-200mm that everyone has been clamoring for and (for the last 15 hours) an SB400 speedlight.
--Great combo. Solid, but not too heavy. Super features.
Canon SD550 point-and-shoot.
--Great little camera. Built in panorama maker (photostich). Zero issues.
July 27, 2007 01:20 am
Canon 350D.. love it.
July 27, 2007 01:17 am
I have owned a Nikon D50 for over a year now and really enjoy how it performs.
It is my first DSLR. It came with a 28-55mm DX Lense and I just bought a 55-200mm DX Lense.
What I don't like about the camera is you can't shoot in B&W. The lowest ISO is 200 and it dosen't have a night setting.
July 27, 2007 01:16 am
I use the Canon Rebel XTi, canon 17-85mm, 60mm macro, and 430EX Speedlight: and I love it. I am the Creative Director for the department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah and I spend a lot of time taking photos of spines and brains.
What I love about this camera is the ability to adjust what I want for different situations, like lighting issues.
I believe the body was around $700 or $800 but it has been a while so I can't remember.
Any way a lot of doctors and residents have their point and shoots in the OR for taking quick snapshots but when I pull out my XTi and they see the picture quality they think I am awesome. That is my favorite feature.
July 27, 2007 01:02 am
olympus sp320 with adapter to use the filters,telephoto and wide screen lens.
July 27, 2007 12:52 am
Canon Lenses: 70-200mm F2.8 L USM Image Stabiliser, 17-40mm F4 L Lens or 50mm f2.5 Macro...I would like a new camera though..........love to get EOS 1D Mk III
July 27, 2007 12:29 am
Canon Rebel XT/350D
-Lens: Kit 18-55 / 50 F1.8
Canon Powershot 3S IS
July 27, 2007 12:23 am
Canon Digital Rebel XT w/Tamron Zoom Super Wide Angle SP 11-18, Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 18-250
July 27, 2007 12:11 am
I use a Canon 5D as my main camera of choice and a Canon XTi as a backup. If all else fails I keep a Nikon Coolpix 5700 in reserve!
Having two cameras available for shooting saves time especially when you consider the time lost in changing lenses... the picture is gone! By keeping different lenses on each camera the world is at your feet waiting to be captured!
July 26, 2007 11:56 pm
Mine is a Canon S3 IS, and I love it. The biggest fault is not being able to change lens and I'd love to be able to do manual zoom directly on the lens, but it's pretty sweet otherwise.
July 26, 2007 11:31 pm
Nikon D80 with Nikkor kit lens 18-135 and a Nikkor 70-300 zoom lens.
It's probably more camera than I need. I still don't understand how to do everything on it but I'm having fun with it. I don't like either lens and would totally recommend buying the camera body and upgrading to a better lens. When I feel like I've earned a new one, I'll definately upgrade the lenses and also get a flash. But, I need to learn more about the camera before I go dropping more money into it :o)
July 26, 2007 11:31 pm
I use a Nikon D80 with a macro/wide angle and 300 zoom.
July 26, 2007 11:25 pm
I bought the Nikon D50 when it first came out, having moved up from a couple of Kodak digicams. I now have a range of lenses - Nikkor 18-70, 55-200, and 50mm f1.8, as well as a Tamron 70-300 (with macro function). I was immediately blown away by the speed of the camera, as well as the definition and quality of the images, not to mention the manual control.
I recently also won a Samsung GX10 with a 18-55mm lens. It has a couple of features lacking in the Nikon, such as a shake reduction system and weather resistant seal, and I've been quite pleased with the photos I've taken with it so far (the manual controls are more detailed than I get in the Nikon as well, and it has a greater ISO range and more refined white balance controls). However, the raw "DNG" file format results in considerably larger file sizes than Nikon's NEF format, resulting in less images per card.
Seeming I've got the wider range of zoom lenses for the Nikon, I've decided for the moment to use the Samsung for general and wide angle shots, while keeping a long zoom on the Nikon for close ups etc.
July 26, 2007 11:14 pm
Nikon 18-200VR f3.5-5.6
Tokina 12-24 f4 wide
Nikkor 50mm f1.8
The camera is awesome. Go with the D80 if you're on a budget.
IMHO, the 18-200VR lens is probably the best walk-around lens for Nikon DSLR's.
Every Nikon DSLR owner should have a Nikkor 50mm f1.8. This is a very inexpensive, fast, super sharp lens (arguably the sharpest lens I have for the low low price of ~$100).
Currently looking at the Tokina 100mm f2.8 MACRO.
July 26, 2007 11:10 pm
Rebel 350d with kit lens and 50mm f/1.8
July 26, 2007 11:07 pm
I have an Olympus e-300.
What I like about it.
The Colours are so much better then any of the other 4 digital cameras I had from various manufacturers(sony/canon/fuji/kodak).
the choice of lenses and flexibility of the 4/3 system, if Panasonic or one of the other 4/3 companies comes out with some super amazing dslr camera, my investment in lenses can follow me.
What could be improved, low light performance,
I look at the new olympus e-510, and 410 and sometimes find myself hoping something unfortunate happened to my e-300 so I had a valid reason for getting one of those beauties.
But I've had this camera for 3 or 4 years, and I can see myself being happy with it for another 3-4 years easily
July 26, 2007 11:04 pm
I recently got a 30D, and based on lens recommendations from this site an EF24-105F4L. My combo is fairly limited but growing and overall a great start. Eventually I'd like to go full frame. But today I'm happy.
July 26, 2007 09:55 pm
I use a Fujifine pix S7000, been using it for nearly 4 years now and pretty satisfied by its image quality, i get almost a SLR type feature and was value for money. Only regret i have is, wish i had an image stabilizer and a higher zoom (12x or more).
Here are the brief specifications. :
6x optical plus 3.2x digital zoom
Aperture: F 2.8-F8
Shutter speed: 15 sec. â€“ 1/10,000 sec.
For detailed specs, please check :
Havent tried an actual SLR, but will surely upgrade it with another Fuji in near future
July 26, 2007 09:37 pm
I do a lot of photography of small scale models. I specifically need high f-number and long exposure, and any of the current low-end DSLRs would do the job. After some tests by a friend with a 350D, and comparisons between the Nikon D70 and the EOS400, I plumped for the latter. I bought it late last year when the price hit the right note for my credit card ;o)
As funds permit, I'm adding lenses to the collection. As well as the kit 18-55 lens, I have an EF 28-105, and I got a Sigma 28-300 DG Macro yesterday, which has me very pleased indeed. Next up is a 10-20 wide angle, for the small scale stuff mentioned. The camera shop let me test both the Tamron and Sigma lenses yesterday, and I have to say the Sigma was way quicker with the AF.
The aim with the photography is to make the model look real, so lots of depth of field is essential, and a wide angle to try to match the perspectives you see in photos of the full size things. For extra close-ups, I use Cokin diopter "filters".
Backup is a Minolta Dimage 7, which served me well for several years until the amateur DSLR scene was sufficiently matured.
July 26, 2007 08:55 pm
Canon Rebel XT/350D
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Kit Lens
Sigma 70-300mm APO f/4 Macro(1:2)
Sigma EX 105mm Macro(1:1) f/2.8
The only real complaint I have with the 350D is the LCD screen size. It's really small compared with cameras with 2.5in screens. Size and weight are good and price is affordable.
July 26, 2007 08:00 pm
I'm using a Fujifilm Finepix S5600.
Bought it because it's inexpensive. Didn't need anything out of the ordinary at that time (about 8 moths ago), but I wanted a little more function than an ordinary point'n'shoot. Works great. Takes wonderful pictures once you know how to use it :D
Some problems with focusing in dark places without the AF assistant, and large noise amount in ISO 800 and 1600.
It does not have an anti-shake function so for large exposures I reccomend a tripod unless you can stay still for max 16secs.
Saves pics really fast on card as JPG, but it takes about 3secs to save a RAW, which kind of ruins the ability to capture a really nice pose or moment.
Otherwise battery consumption is pretty low even when using flash, good auto settings, even better manual settings :D.
July 26, 2007 06:50 pm
Pentax k100D with the 18-55mm kit lens. My fist DSLR, upgrading from the superb Canon Powershot A95 P&S. Love the flexibility of a DSLR, miss the simplicity. Auto white balance sucks indoors. Barely accurate. Otherwise, top notch for the price :)
July 26, 2007 05:59 pm
Tamron 18-200 mm
Nikkor f/1.8 50mm
Tokina 12-24 mm Super Wide
July 26, 2007 05:18 pm
I use a Nikon D50 with a Sigma 18-50 and a Tamron 70-300.
It's my first DSLR and I love it. Much value for your money. A ngeative point for me (after a half year using it) is the low burstrate of 2,5 fps, especially in the RAW-mode.
July 26, 2007 05:07 pm
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit
12-24mm f/4 Tokina (AMAZING, and at 24mm the wide-distortion isn't noticeable)
50mm f/1.8 (perfect for portraits, and low-light/fast-action when I can get close)
I like everything about it, except that the display and viewfinder display should indicate the ISO speed, and it should support TTL Commander mode like the D70. I shoot in RAW, and usually set the exposue manually, but there's been a few times I've set the ISO to 800 for a night shoot, and the next time I'm shooting during the day I forgot to set it back to 200. Noise at ISO 800 isn't terrible, but as with all things could be improved. I'm lusting after: SB-600, Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 or Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Nikon 18-200mm VR, Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro, Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8(not sure, but it's fast and seems nice)
However, once I have the money, I'd love to get a Canon 5D, as well as a D200, and see which one I'd prefer to devote myself to. And FAR into the future... get the Leica M8, and a the Hasselblad H2.
Price was awsome, and it's a bit better than the new D40 is only because it has an AF motor, which drives my 12-24mm and 50mm, but I do like the light weight of the D40. I like my Nikon over my friends Canon Digital Rebel, purely because mines black and less noticeable by people, and the buttons are more intuitively laid out on my Nikon, but once I got the hang of using hers, it wasn't too bad.
I'm saving up for a Panasonic Lumix FX30 since it's for me the perfect pocket camera. Has a wide-angle lense, optical image stabilization, small, and not terribly expensive. The Nikon S50(slim) is tempting, but doesn't have a wide-angle, same goes for the Casio EX-770 (slim, comes in fashionable red), and the Canon's aren't as small as the Lumix, but the sensors are the same size for all of these. And on top of it all, it shoots marginally acceptable video like the rest of them.
July 26, 2007 04:32 pm
5D that stays put most of the time and 20D in that gets used the most in the field and for concert shoots, another compadre' an fellow concert shooter also uses the 20D, we both think the 20D does everything we need for outdoor and concert shoots and we're not worried about losing a $3000 camera body.
My Compadre' uses mostly prime lenses and I have an assortment of fisheye/wide/telephoto so between the 2 of use we have almost everything from 400mm down covered
July 26, 2007 04:18 pm
My "serious" camera: Olympus E-500 with the 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 & 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 kit lenses, although I haven't had too many chances to use it as of yet.
What I like: how it feels in my hands, ease of use (at least, I think it's pretty easy to use), uses the media I already have (CF cards), the batteries last almost forever (or so it seems), and the price was right for me.
What I don't like: lenses are pricey (the Macro lens I'm eying will cost me almost as much as my camera w/the 2 lenses), accessories are a bit on the expensive side ($40 - $75 for a spare battery?), and it's kinda heavy to keep around the neck while hiking through a park.
My "P&S" camera: I have 2, but the one I like is my Kodak DC4800.
What I like: it has options. I can set it for aperture priority (f/2.8, f/5.6, f/8.0), shutter priority (up to 1/1000th of a second), or manually set both; it's fairly light weight, and does alright for it's age.
What I don't like: No true view through the viewfinder; you MUST use the LCD display if you're taking photos in Macro mode, and the LCD display doesn't function if you only have 1/2 a charge left on your battery. Also, at this point, accessories are almost impossible to come by, I can't use anything over a 1GB CF card because anything more than that will cause the camera to lock (and even the 1GB card causes the camera to lock up on occasion), and I've pretty much pushed myself to the limit with it.
My other p&s is a Nikon CoolPix 3200, which I let my 9-year-old use.
What I like: it's pretty easy to use, takes movies, my 9-year-old can use it (although my 9-year-old already knows how to program the DVR, so maybe that's not so much of a stretch), and it was free (for me)
What I dislike: pretty much everything. The shutter lag is so horrible, when I started looking at new cameras, I swore off the CoolPix line altogether. There's very little in the way of versatility, and the EXIF info doesn't correspond with which specific "mode" you're in, so it's almost impossible later to go back into your photos and figure out how you took that great shot. Which isn't to say that it doesn't take good pictures - just that you're subject needs to be pretty stationary ;)
July 26, 2007 04:17 pm
I have a Canon 30d with 24-105/4L
My favorite camera after Konica Minolta a200.
July 26, 2007 04:16 pm
This is my first time that I post something here, although I've been reading for quite a while.
My Equipment is
Nikkon D40 with Kit Lense 18-55
Fuji F10 Finepix (Japanese Version)
Planned is the 55-200 Nikkor VR lense (yeah the cheap one, can't invest more money right now)
July 26, 2007 03:32 pm
I use the Canon Digital Rebel XTi with the kit lens and am considering a good telephoto lens as well...
July 26, 2007 03:04 pm
Canon S2 IS
Great for learning and versatility. Has a really decent movie mode. Great Super Macro. Swivel Screen allows for tricky angle shots. 2.5fps burst mode. 12x zoom (over 400mm 35mm equivalent.
lots of noise at ISO above 200
aperture limited to F8
Shutter limited to 15 seconds on the slow end
No low battery indicator (until the batteries are suddenly ready to die)
Sensor size is something like 5.7mm (which amounts for huge cropping and lots of noise)
The more I learn the more I realize how quickly one can outgrow a non-DSLR camera.
July 26, 2007 02:17 pm
Nikon D70s not so happy, but it works...
Nikon D100, old second camera, if my D70s fails...
I dream of Fuji FinePix S5 Pro
July 26, 2007 01:51 pm
Its a great camera but I think its time for a DSLR.
July 26, 2007 01:50 pm
My first DSRL. Excelent camera
July 26, 2007 01:28 pm
Canon Powershot S2 IS
I love this camera and very happy with it. Developed a new hobby - macro photography :-)
July 26, 2007 01:20 pm
Nikon D40 w 18-55mm Nikkor / 18-200mm VR Nikkor / SB-400 Speed Flash.
July 26, 2007 12:59 pm
Bought it because it had the same controls as my Canon EOS Elan II film body, and would work with my existing lens. Two months later the 20D came out and I was really bummed. Since then I have learned to love my 10D and I don't think I am really missing much. I have added to my list of lenses, instead of upgrading camera bodies, and I think I'm better for it. I have access to a brand new 5D at work, yeah, its bigger and badder, but my 10D still works great and I am closing on 10,000 pictures.
July 26, 2007 12:46 pm
Nikon D40x w/a Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 and Nikor 50mm f1.8
July 26, 2007 12:28 pm
18-55 Nikkor kit lens
55-200 VR Nikkor lens
I love the size and the quality of images. I wish it had DOF preview and could autofocus non-AI-S lenses - will probably upgrade to the next 'prosumer' Nikon which has the above and live view on the LCD - my previous point-n-shoots have spoiled me. Love the SB400 - I use it with an 80/20 reflector - works great and makes indoor shots look semi-pro.
For point-n-shot use:
I love the size and IS - use it whenever I can. I also use the heck out of the macro. I really like the wider low-end (28mm - 35mm equiv) - great for what I usually shoot.
July 26, 2007 11:55 am
I use Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT)
+ kit lens for short distances
+ Tamron 70 - 300 F4 - 5.6 zoom and macro
This is my first dSLR already for 6 month and I think it's the best thing with start, like if you start with digital! Camera produces good picture quality if gear is right like these pictures have been taken with my canon + Canon 70 - 200 F2.8 IS USM zoom lens:
I have a choice to buy a 400D (Rebel XTi) or 350D (Rebel XT) and when i looked up on internet i relised that 400D produce darker pictures and it doesn't have so many advantages to pay extra 200$ for it - so i bought 350D + flashgun - 430EX. And now when i have used it for some time i'm planing to upgrade my gear - leans and maybe camera :)
So Canon EOS 350D is perfect if you haven't use dSLR never ever and you want to learn how to do it, and it produces high quality pictures with kit lens already! It's perfect to get understanding how dSLR works and what are all numbers like F un shutter spped - what they affect...
July 26, 2007 11:49 am
I use a Nikon D70s with a 18-70mm f/3.5 Nikkor lens.
I also have a 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor lens and a Nikon SB-600 Speedlight.
I love my cameras builting wireless flash capability, and dedicated aperture and shutter speed dials. Also it's good to have the 1/500s flash sync speed compared to say the d80 that only has 1/200!
I've printed perfect, cropped 11x14 prints form the 6 mega pixels.
And I like the solid feeling of the body, compared to say the Rebel XT which is a bit smaller and feels more "plasticy".
July 26, 2007 11:36 am
I use a Canon 350D with a Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 and a battery grip. Occasionally, I put the kit lens and a fifty on.
I like the 350D because, even with the battery grip on, it's still lighter than the 30D and other models - this makes it a good camera to bring around everyday.
Since my hands are big, and also because I tend to favor shooting in portrait mode, the battery grip makes this small camera feel much better in my hand.
July 26, 2007 11:24 am
Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT), silver.
18-55mm Stock Lens
70-300mm Zoom Lens with Electronic Stabilization
This is the first SLR I've owned, and its been a great aid in going from point-and-shoot to amateur photographer. Its been very easy to fool around with it and learn more about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc. If I want to take a picture of something quickly and I don't have time to fiddle with settings, I can use the auto-modes. Its the perfect camera for newcomers to SLRs. I looked at the Nikon D series before buying, but a few things sold me on the Canon.
1) There lens technology is better than Nikon in my opinion
2) The range of ISO and shutter speed was higher
3) The price was better at the time.
Both my fiancee and I love it!
July 26, 2007 11:23 am
I have the following:
18 - 200 mm lens (VR)
Great camera and one of the best lens on the market by a long way.
July 26, 2007 10:14 am
Canon 20D (great camera... hope to add/replace with a 5D successor some day..)
Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS L (so great! my favorit!)
Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS ("all-rounder")
Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 (landscapes, architecture, ..)
Canon 50mm f/1.4 (portraits, low light, ..)
July 26, 2007 10:13 am
Using Olympus SP550, trying to enjoy it.
July 26, 2007 09:59 am
Excellent entry level DSLR
An almost incessant amount of dust entering the sensor/mirror/focus area during lens change
July 26, 2007 09:42 am
Currently: Olympus C3000
Waiting for Olympus E500 to be delivered any day...and the suspense is nearly killing me!
I had to upgrade (I've had the C3000 for 6 years) and this was the best I could afford at the time. I'm looking forward to the 8mp pictures and better lenses.
July 26, 2007 09:42 am
Nikkor 18-70 kit lens
Nikkor 50 f1.8
Sigma 70-300 APO
Panasonic DMC FX-12
July 26, 2007 09:30 am
Canon EOS 400D ( =XTi)
July 26, 2007 09:26 am
I have an Olympus E-500 with the 14-40mm & 45-150mm lens.
What I like:
The grip, dust reduction, good manual control.
What I dislike:
Lens prices are TOO expensive and hard to find (here in brazil at least)
July 26, 2007 09:23 am
In purchasing order:
July 26, 2007 09:23 am
Canon EOS400D with kit lens. I also use my 28-80 + 55-300 Canon lenses left over from my old EOS300 film camera, both work very well with the DSLR.
For fun: Sony DSC600 - pretty average camera. Not as good as my original Fuji S2800z (i think that's what it was called) 2MP.
For wandering around: Nokia N70 2mp phone camera.
July 26, 2007 09:16 am
Minolta 5D picked up relatively cheap just after Minolta sold their DSLR to Sony
Likes: small size and nice color and skin tones
Dislikes: small view finder, poor auto-focus, no sync port
Minolta 28-75 F2.8
Minolta 50 F1.8
Tamron 90 macro F2.8
Minolta 100-400 APO
July 26, 2007 09:16 am
I use Nikon D80 (upgraded from my 3 yr old D70 recently) with a 50mm f1.8 as main lens.
My main reasons:
* Nikon's Advanced Wireless Lighting system
* works with my old Nikon lenses and SB-800
* looks and feels good ;)
July 26, 2007 09:08 am
My main camera these days is the Nikon D70s.
Lenses: Nikon 18-70mm (kit lens), 50mm f/1.8, 70-300 G (non ED/non VR).
Flash: Nikon SB-600
What I like? Just how everything is layed out for easy access without taking my eye out of the viewfinder.
Also, I like that I can fire the SB-600 flash when it's not mounted to the hotshoe.
What I don't like? Not much actually. Safe to say, I haven't yet outgrown it. On second thoughts, I just remembered something. You can't meter with old AI/AI-S lenses, a minor annoyance yes, but not a major flaw.
My secondary camera, which I've had since before the days of the D70 was the Nikon Coolpix 4500 (and still used at times these days). It's a great camera, but for the unfortunate shutter lag.
Likes: Swivel body, Great Macro, and access to semi-auto (Programmed Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority) and a full manual mode.
Dislikes: The shutter lag. No RAW (unless you apply the diag hack). But then again, it's a point and shoot, and fits its' target market okay.
I think overall, i'm pretty happy with both cameras, but wouldn't mind having a smaller point and shoot that would fit comfortably in my pocket. The Coolpix 4500 is a bit large for shirt pockets.
July 26, 2007 08:51 am
I use two digital cameras:
Kodak V705 compact
Dual lens: 23 mm equiv. fixed focal length & 39-116 mm equiv. zoom, both Schneider-Kreuznach
* Tiny -- will fit in my trouser pocket with space for keys and loose change.
* Ultra-wide-angle lens is incredibly useful.
* Image quality is quite respectable, although it can be a bit noisy on areas of flat tone (e.g. blue sky), although this is easily cured in software on the computer.
* Kodak KLIC-7001 Li batteries (or clones) are very cheap, so I can always carry spare charged batteries with me.
* Image noise (see above).
* Lack of control of aperture (but this is to be expected from such a camera).
Pentax K100D DSLR
Pentax 18-55 mm (27-83 mm equiv.) kit lens
* Ergonomically far superior to Nikon and Canon models that I've looked at.
* In-body image stabilization, so any lens will benefit. The system actually works, giving 2-3 stops worth of stabilization, in my experience.
* Excellent picture quality, particularly when shooting RAW format and developing in Silkypix Developer Studio. Ignore the fact that this uses a 6 MP sensor -- there are more than enough pixels for anything you want to do.
* Lens is remarkably good for the price.
* Attention to detail -- e.g. pop-out hatch in lens hood to allow access to the rim of a polarizing filter for rotation.
* Takes AA batteries, so disposables can be used in a pinch.
* Viewfinder image is larger and brighter than Nikon D50.
* Very feature-complete for the price.
* The price: this has to be one of the biggest bargains available in DSLRs.
* Can even use old M42 thread lenses (e.g. Zeiss Flektogon 2.4/35), albeit with stop-down metering.
* When shooting JPEGs, can apply digital filters in-camera (e.g. red filter followed by conversion to monochrome).
* Bulky and un-ergonomic compared to my 35 mm Olympus OM-1n SLR (but other DSLRs are worse).
* Short-ish battery life (always need to carry a spare set of freshly-charged NiMH batteries).
* Viewfinder is small and dim compared to my 35 mm Olympus OM-1n SLR.
* Lack the dust-removal system of the K10D (remedied in the K100D Super).
* Fewer 3rd-party lenses and accessories available for Pentax than for Nikon and Canon.
* It isn't a K10D :-)
Remember: you only ever take a photograph with the camera you're carrying, so my Kodak sees a lot more use than my Pentax.
July 26, 2007 08:23 am
Recently I got a Canon Powershot S5 IS.
July 26, 2007 08:14 am
I just bought a Nikon D80, I picked it because the body seemed sturdier than the canon rebel. I am enjoying learning how to use it. I love it so far, I just need to get used to the larger camera bag.
I also have a canon s80 when I cannot take the Nikon.
July 26, 2007 07:58 am
Nikon D 70S
Nikkor 18-70mm kit lens
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
July 26, 2007 07:57 am
Canon Rebel XTi with Canon 28-135I and 420EX Speedlight:
I like that it is light, but miss the grip length. I will be purchasing the battery extender so that my fingers have some room. Battery life is great. I bought it a few weeks ago and have been pleasantly surprised by may of its features and flexiblity. I thought I was going to miss the thumbwheel, but I don't.
Nice machine, especially for the price.
July 26, 2007 07:56 am
I use a Nikon D50 with a Tamron 28-300mm (42mm - 450mm using the 1.5 conversion factor for Nikon). I also own a Nikon F3 and a Nikon N70. The D50 is my first DSLR and I love it and carry it with me wherever I go. Looking forward to using it in Alberta and Alaska this summer.
July 26, 2007 07:50 am
Firstly, I am jealous of you all who seem to have multiple cameras... Oh how joyous it would be not to have to switch lenses at a wedding... Anyways:
Nikon D200 - Absolutely the best! Manageable, Easy to use, with buttons for everything on the body for lightning fast settings adjustments!
Lenses: Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G, Best wedding lens, also long for great portraits.
Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G Kit lens, Great for everything else! Wide for some excellent landscapes, and small/light enough to get dragged everywhere I go!
July 26, 2007 07:17 am
I started with a Konica Minolta Dimage Z2, chosen for its 10x zoom and because it has a proper hand grip, unlike most point-and-shoots at the time. It's only 4MP but has given me excellent results.
A short while ago I got a Sony Alpha A100 with kit lens, 18-70mm, and have added a Sigma 28-300mm DG lens for the extra zoom range. I wanted a DSLR because I take a lot of photos at motor racing events and wanted to capture on-track action. I chose the Sony partly because I've got a couple of lenses from an old Minolta film SLR, though I probably won't use them now. The Sony suits me very well - it has all the functionality and features you could wish for (and then some), it's reasonably easy to find my way around, and it's not too heavy!
July 26, 2007 07:14 am
Canon Powershot S3IS
likes: shape, quality, sharpness, functions, velocity.
dislikes :raw option (only with hack), hard focus on tele, noise on 200ISO.
July 26, 2007 06:54 am
I have the Sony A100 as well.
Sigma 28-105mm f3.8-5.6
July 26, 2007 06:49 am
I like how Tom describes his cameras. I never really thought of it but it makes sense to an ex-military type like me.
main = nikon d50 kitted out with a 18-55 nikon lens, 55-200 nikon, 70-300 nikon, and a 50mm nikon
been shooting with this camera for about a year and it has been a great camera to learn with. now i wish the controls were more accessible on the body instead of software driven. really wish there was a verticle shutter release. but i have shot with this camera at least once a week for a year now so i'm really happy with it
side arm = sony cybershot dsc-s650
needed a point and shoot for a family vacation that i could let my wife use and would give me some flexibility with exposure. this camera worked really well in this capacity. small enough to wear on my belt at amusement parks and sharp enough image to see good detail. don't like having to use memory stick when i have a lot of sd cards for my d50 but one large card was enough to keep me going on vacation.
holdout = sony ericsson z525 camera phone
i almost never use this so i have no real comment about it.
July 26, 2007 06:44 am
I use two Pentax *ist D bodies, with too many lenses.
I like the overall handling of the cameras, would like faster focusing, bigger buffer, bigger LCD. I like being able to get photos to 16x20 out of a 6MP camera without extra effort. I have gotten shots that print up to 20x30 with interpolation, but I print here on an Epson R1800 to 13x19 without anything more than normal post processing.
July 26, 2007 06:42 am
I just purchased the new Canon PowerShot S5 IS, replacing my Canon PowerShot Pro1. I also have a Sony DSC-V1, my partner has the Sony DSC-H1 and a brand new H9.
As for what I like...when compared to my previous Canon, I like the cross bars on the display which help me make sure I am lined up vertically and horizontally; being able to zoom when shooting a movie; improved zoom 12x vs. 7x; zoom control is now accessible from my right hand; and the colour enhance and swap features.
Some things that are suddenly missing...the new Canon no longer allows me to save in RAW mode like the Pro1 did - huge loss in flexibility; the Pro1 had a superb rechargeable battery while the S5 requires 4 AA batteries.
Overall, I'm liking the new camera a lot. I have yet to really test out the battery life, which at this point is the most important thing for me comparing it to the Pro1. I also want to see how it behaves with night photography, using the new HI ISO and image stabilization settings.
July 26, 2007 06:33 am
I use the Olympus C8080 WZ, a high-end point and shoot. While this camera is great, I am looking to upgrade to a dSLR soon!!!
July 26, 2007 06:15 am
My first DSLR camera is the D40 with its 18-55mm kit lens. I've been quite happy with it until recently, when I decided I have to experiment more so I'm looking into the 18-200mm. I'm ever so pleased with the camera, it's all I need, and over.
July 26, 2007 06:06 am
I just recently got a Canon 400D and I like it a lot - but I still have a lot to learn.
Previously I was using a Sony DSC-P32 - it was a great point & shoot that got me some nice photos.
July 26, 2007 06:02 am
I have a Canon EOS 30D with a 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8, and a 20mm 2.8.
I upgraded from an XT, and am incredibly happier with it.
I don't like the small view finder or the crop factor. I am waiting a while until I upgrade to the 5D. I haven't decided when exactly.
July 26, 2007 06:00 am
Another KM 7D user here, plus a truly embarrassing # of lenses.
I love the knobs and the ergonomics. I'm a little tired of 6mp and slow AF and the flash completely stinks. Mostly I love, love, love this camera!
July 26, 2007 05:57 am
Primary lens: 28-70 f/2.8
Others: 105 f/2.8 Macro, 300 f/4, 50 f/1.8, 16 f/2.8 (film fisheye leftover)
SB800 w/ Gary Fong light sphere defuser.
Two things that motivated me to spend the extra dough on the D200 as opposed to the D80 is the D200 uses the higher capaicity CF cards, and the 5fps continuous shooting.
What's not to like? Weight, maybe. Especially with the 28-70 f/2.8 lens. It becomes cumbersome on family outings. Took it on the kids' first trip to D-Land and rig felt like I was carrying around a cinder-block. Nikon PP software is a memory hog.
Eyeballing the remote shutter release next.
We also have a little Canon point & shoot that we've had about 4-years. I've never been happy with the results after using both 35mm and medium format SLR's in the past; just nothing to get excited about.
July 26, 2007 05:52 am
I use a Canon EOS 20D with the EFS 17-55mm f/2.8 IS for most of my shots. Lately, I have been using my 35mm f/1.4L and 85mm f/1.8 alot more.
July 26, 2007 05:46 am
Currently I am shooting with a Sony DSC-H5. It's a great all around camera for a good price. Aside from the monster zoom (up to 432mm, 35mm equivalent - 734mm with Sony's telephoto converter) which is great for nature photography on a budget, I also love the fact that it uses plain old AA size batteries (which was the main reason I chose the H5 over its predecessor the H9). While I carry around 20 or so rechargeables in my camera bag (which is more than I ever need - I usually only use 1 to 2 pair in a day of shooting), it is nice to know that I can pop into just about any store and pick up more batteries if I need to.
July 26, 2007 05:45 am
Nikon D40 - 18-55mm Nikkor / 55-200mm Nikkor / 50mm 1:1.8 Nikon / SB-400 Speed Flash. Like the camera alot. Great feel and light weight. The pictures are clear and crisp. The learning curve was easy.
The only thing that I dislike about the camera is that the auto focus motor is in the lenses and thus you have a limited lens choice as far as auto focus goes and they are a little more expensive.
July 26, 2007 05:39 am
Canon Rebel XT/350D
-Lenses: Kit 18-55 / 70-200 F4 L / 50 F1.8 / 17-40
This was a starter camera for me - I enjoyed taking pictures, but didn't know how I would feel about all of the options. Well, I love the options and trying to perfect a shot. I am a female and the camera fits comfortably in my hands. Also easy to use with a tripod or monopod. I don't have any complaints about this camera and absolutely love it.
July 26, 2007 05:33 am
My camera is a D50 with SB600 + VR 18-200mm
July 26, 2007 05:33 am
Canon EOS 350D Kit
Nikon Coolpix 5400
Canon is my first and the best DSLR till today. I looking to 400D but don't have $ to buy it.
Nikon is my first compact digital camera, but I don't use it becouse 350D :)
July 26, 2007 05:23 am
18-200mm VR (main lens)
18-135mm kit lens (back-up)
SB-800 Speedlight flash
Loving every minute of it!! I made the big switch to DSLR about 6 months ago and can kick myself that I did not do it earlier.
Amazing quality photos. Saving up for my next piece of glass (probably a wide angle).
July 26, 2007 05:14 am
Canon Powershot S3 IS. I like all the manual controls it offers for a beginner like myself. IS and optical zoom are great as well. I would have loved a little more than the max f8, but for the price, i cant complain.
July 26, 2007 05:12 am
i have a Nikon D50 with the Nikon 18-200 VR and an external flash (Nikon SB400). i love the way it feels; not too bulky.
i also have a Canon Power Shot S60 which is great because it's small and easy to carry with limited options (ISO 50-400, f/2.8-5.3, etc.).
July 26, 2007 05:07 am
Canon 350D with kit lens, 50mm f/1.8 and 90-300mm zoom. My first SLR type camera and I am still trying to come to terms with it. I also have a Canon A80 which still gets an occasional outing when I want to use take a self portrait (it has a flip out screen) or when I don't want to lug the bigger camera around.
July 26, 2007 05:05 am
Looks like I'm the first Alpha user on here so:
Sony Alpha 100
Sony 18-70 3.5-5.6 kit lens
Sony 75-300 4.5-5.6
Sigma 28mm 1.8
I bought the Alpha because it was recommended to me and the in-body stabilization seemed like a great feature. I really can handhold at pretty low shutter speeds with no camera shake. However I'm not sure if it's a product of the supersteadyshot or just steady hands, seeing as how I've never had another camera to compare it to.
Also, I wanted to be different from all the Rebel users :).
July 26, 2007 05:04 am
Nikon D70s | Nikkor 18-70 | Nikkor 50/f1.8
July 26, 2007 05:04 am
I've got a canon s3is and I like how versatile it is. It got a nice of zoom, macro and a lot of possibilities and settings. I bought it when my youngest was born - to take family pictures and video 6 month ago.
But now I am hooked on photography! I'm taking a lot of different pictures of everything!
Of course the s3is has some limitations - and sometime in the future I will probably look for another camera with more possibilities like a larger aperture range and higher shutter speed.
July 26, 2007 04:57 am
Canon 20D + 50mm f/1.8
Lovely, still got much to learn about that camera, but so far it gives great, crisp images.
July 26, 2007 04:55 am
Canon 400D (XTi)
This camera is more than a great stepping stone into the DSLR world. As far as SLRs go, this is an affordable camera, and without it I'd still be struggling to take my photography to the next level with my point and shoot. Some complain about it's small size, but I find it to be very ergonomic.
So far I'm about 5 months into ownership and over 1,000 photos shot, and no complaints!
July 26, 2007 04:43 am
Got it a few years back when my HP 318 bit the dust. Plan on keeping it until it dies. Hoping my next camera is a DSLR. But I'm not a pro, so it doesn't make sense, yet. With a baby and wife, I've got better things to spend my money on.
Very light weight.
Pretty close to an SLR without the ability to swap lenses.
Takes a ton of shots on a set of batteries. Rayovacs work best/longest.
No hot shoe for an external flash
As far as I know, there is no way to white balance before the shot.
Cost a bit more than I felt it should have.
July 26, 2007 04:43 am
I own a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, I really like it, very light and silent. The design is very comfortable, and the Leica lens has a very wide range of options 40-200mm F2.8-11, and a 10.1MP sensor.
Controls are very intuitive and easy to use, the gyrating LCD is great for those complicated positions. Cons: Fixed Lens, lack of accessories.
I also own a Canon A-1, the oldtimer still lives.
July 26, 2007 04:42 am
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
It's big, heavy, and full of manual knobs and buttons.
It's small, tough, and waterproof.
July 26, 2007 04:27 am
Sony A-100 with :
- Sigma 18-200
- Sigma 30mm f/1.4
- Minolta 100-300
soon Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4
and as backup or always carry-on:
Ricoh Caplio R6 (optical zoom 28-200mm)
July 26, 2007 04:23 am
I bought a Canon 20D with Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens about six months ago after using a lot of borrowed cameras (350D, 20D, Nikon D50, various PnS) and my family's crappy 3mp Coolpix PnS. I'm very happy with it, save an occasional technical glitch, and it's performed superbly for all kinds of shooting. Next on my shopping list is either an ultra-wide zoom or a fast telephoto (maybe the 50-150mm Sigma f/2.8?).
July 26, 2007 04:19 am
I'm using a Canon EOS 10D, which is a couple of years old now (and comming up on 200000 exposures). The main thing you notice compared to the current DSLRs is that the 10D feels a bit sluggish. I does have a buffer of 9 frames so it's not a problem while shooting. But if you want to review a picture quickly it can be annoying.
For the most part though, the 10D doesn't feel outdated at all. It basically looks and functions the same as the 30D - I have no urge to upgrade.
July 26, 2007 04:19 am
Nikon D40 + 18-55 + 55-200 VR + SB-400
Going for the 18-200 or a 30mm prime next along with some proper off-camera light (SB-600 most likely)
July 26, 2007 04:03 am
I have an Olympus E-500. I bought this back in February becasue I wanted to move up from a Point and Shoot to a nice entry level dSLR. I use the two Zuiko kit lenses (14-45 and 40 to 150). My thinking was that I'd buy this dSLR, get good with it, and by then I'd know what I'd "need" when I upgraded in a year or two.
Dust reduction is pretty cool. I like the looks of the camera and the Scene modes are fun to use as a learning tool.
I really like this camera, but I wish that Image Stabilization was available at the time of purchase.
July 26, 2007 04:02 am
I just got a new baby: Nikon D40 w/ 18-55mm kit lens. The D40x looked nice, but was more money than I really wanted to spend. The Canon Rebel XT was very tempting, but it was also a little more expensive. I decided on the Nikon to save money (better spent on a lens) and because I had a couple future lenses picked out, while I didn't immediately find any with the Canon that made me say "Yes, I could get this next, and then someday if a sack of money falls out of the sky and hits me on the head, I can get this one."
July 26, 2007 04:00 am
Nikon D40 w/ 18mm-55mm kit lens
50mm f/1.8 lens
Upgraded from a no name 3MP point and shoot. I loved the D40 for its lightweight, price (ppl can't believe its only about $500), features i needed, and it had great reviews all across popular camera sites. It is my first step into the DSLR world, and the D40 helped make it a great transition!
July 26, 2007 03:55 am
Canon 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
2 Vivitar 285HV flashes, wireless triggers, various accessories
I intend to get rid of the 75-300mm and get a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS, then a 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. Perhaps an upgrade to the 30D when the 40D comes out.
I've been very happy with the 350D, it's a great camera for the price. There are obviously some limitations compared to the 20/30D, 5D and 400D, but the one that I miss most is spot metering, second being the larger viewfinder and third being the anti-dust technology.
July 26, 2007 03:51 am
Nikon D2x (2) ... fast, well-balanced - for sports.
Nikon D200 (2) ... versatility - good all-arounder.
Nikon D80 ... ease of use - D200's baby brother.
Nikon D70s ... my "point-n-shooter" (stays in vehicle)
Fuji S5 Pro (2) ... great skin tones, great OOC JPGs, incredible dynamic range performance, great high-ISO low noise performance. used for weddings and portraits.
July 26, 2007 03:51 am
Nikon D70. I've taken 12K pictures with it and I really like it. The battery lasts a *very* long time and the camera is tough. At this point I'd prefer a few more MP but 6.1 is still pretty darn good.
July 26, 2007 03:49 am
Canon 30D. Had it for about 6 months and love it!
July 26, 2007 03:43 am
I've got the Canon S3IS as well. I love the 12X zoom and it has plenty of manual controls to keep me busy until I upgrade to a DSLR. It's bigger than your standard P&S but definitely not a hassle to carry around.
July 26, 2007 03:43 am
Canon 20D with Canon EF 70-200 f/4L, EF 1.4X Extender, EF 85 f/1.8 and EF 50 f/1.8.
I love the feel of the camera body, it's ease of control, command dial on back, high shooting speed (5 FPS), and the fact that it eclipes the Rebels in nearly all usability aspects, especially size of viewfinder.
I don't like the small viewfinder compared to the 5D or 1 series, or any film SLR for that matter. I wish it had an RGB histogram, bigger display (though not critical), auto ISO, better AF and faster FPS.
July 26, 2007 03:38 am
I use the Canon 20D and generally am pretty happy with it. Most of my complaints can be fixed with just a little extra care or ingenuity while shooting thus why I haven't opted to upgrade to the 30D (and I've heard rumors of a 40D soon!!).
+Controls are superb (very intuitive)
+build/feel/durability (though not technically water-sealed, I've known people to use this camera in light rain with no adverse effects)
-only 1.8" viewfinder
-viewfinder only covers 95% of the frame
-no spot metering
-no auto-dust cleaning
July 26, 2007 03:37 am
Am saving up for a DSLR.
July 26, 2007 03:22 am
Nikon D70s w/ 18-70 kit lens. But I'm saving up for a Canon 5D. I'm tired of the noise in higher ISO's with Nikon. Plus I'd like a full frame Camera and I don't think Nikon has plans to make one any time soon.
July 26, 2007 03:17 am
I favor the Canon S3IS. Smallish, full-featured and versatile, nice image quality. Also have a Canon G6 that is used on occasion. My son uses a Lumix to good results and my wife has a very nice (albeit lacking image stablization) Fuji. We all take photos in this family.
July 26, 2007 03:16 am
I'm still a beginner and the camera is far more capable than I.
Lenses: Canon 24-70, 2.8 L series and a general purpose 24 - 225 kit lens.
July 26, 2007 03:14 am
I'm still using our trusty EOS 300D - closing in on 50k shots :) Hasn't failed me yet and even though it may be slow it gives good results.
We are using three Sigma lenses, a 28-90, 70-300 and the kick-ass 12-24mm. Latest addition is EF 50mm f/1.8. We try to buy all our lenses full frame (no EF-S lenses) because we still use our EOS Rebel2000 35mm camera somewhat and the next one we buy will be the 5D :)
July 26, 2007 03:12 am
Canon Digital Rebel XT/350D
Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS lens
I love the ability to take 3 frames per second. The whole reason my wife and I bought this camera was so we could take pictures of our son right after he was born. With our old camera, by the time it took the picture, he'd already turned his head or moved onto something else.
After playing around with the 30D, however, I've noticed how much smaller the body is. The 30D feels much better in my hands. I like the stronger construction, as well. The use of a grip makes this less of a problem, and the ability to add a second batter is an added plus. The ability to add Picture Styles on the newer XTi model is nice, too, as it saves time in post production.
The 28-135mm lens is outstanding. I just got it a few weeks ago, and love it. The IS eats up battery life like crazy, but it's well worth it in those situations where you need just a little help to get the right shot.
July 26, 2007 03:10 am
Currently S3 IS. Love it, except so many of my photos are taken of my children inside the house...aka low-light situations. Thus seriously looking to upgrade to the Canon Rebel XTi with a 50mm/1.8 lens instead of the kit lens. I really miss my old non-digital Canon Rebel (the camera, not the film).
I call the S3 IS a "faux dSLR." You can change settings like you can with a true SLR and actually get different results, in contrast to lesser P&S models I've owned and used. I think it's a great camera to test the photography waters and find out whether or not you're really "into it" enough to justify the expense of a true dSLR.
July 26, 2007 03:09 am
Nikon D50 with various Nikkor lenses
Best features are the ergonomics and price point. The body is plastic, but it's very good plastic. The Canon's I tried just didn't feel like they had the same quality; I'm not afraid to take my D50 outside when there's weather going on and I don't feel like I have to baby it. It's really easy to just pick up and use, within an hour of unpacking it I was out shooting.
After using the D200, there are some more frustrating shortcomings, but one can't really expect to get everything for cheap. The 3 fps and 3-4 image RAW buffer really cut into action shooting. I didn't really notice it until I started shooting sports for my University Newspaper. Also, Nikon's high ISO noise handling isn't as good as Canon's.
Really, my biggest complaint is that I don't have enough money for all the glass I want. All things considered, it's not too bad of a problem. :)
July 26, 2007 03:05 am
Canon XT and an SD800 is ...
Nice and brief, just to help your stats collection ;)
July 26, 2007 02:59 am
Oh yeah, some cons: You're stuck with jpegs and really huge .avi files. 2" screen. I would've liked 30 secs for the min. shutter speed instead of 15.
July 26, 2007 02:58 am
Nikon D80 with several lenses, but mostly the 18-135mm kit lens. Also an SB-600 (looking to buy a second one).
My first DSLR (upgrading from a digital P&S and a Nikon SLR) and loving it!
July 26, 2007 02:56 am
Going to be two years old in another few months. The good:
1. Great all rounder with excellent long zoom Leica lens
2. Lots of manual functions giving flexibility for control
3. Vari-angle LCD
4. Manual focus and zoom rings
5. Great optical image stabilisation
1. It is limited in-terms of its sensitivity - only at ISO 400
2. Noisy from ISO200 and above.
3. Not very useful for low light photography with lots of movements
July 26, 2007 02:54 am
I have a Nikon D40. I like it because I'm still learning and the in menu help and visual examples help me remember what the different settings do without making the camera feel like it was made for only novices. I like that it's smaller than most DSLRs, but the D50 did feel more comfortable in my hand. The bigger display on the back is really nice too.
I think Nikon has really nailed it's target demographic for this camera and there are plenty of add-ons for the D40 that are within my price range that I can get into without investing in a pro setup. I've already ordered a 55-200MM lense and remote shutter release, and I'm hoping to buy the SB-400 flash some time soon.
July 26, 2007 02:53 am
I use a Canon Powershot S3 IS. [To all DSLR users: IT's NOT A P&S!]
This is my first camera. I would have loved to get something like an XT(i) for a first cam, but cost and zero exposure to photography made me choose one that was not expensive and yet would allow me to control many elements of a shot. Moreover, the large optical zoom was hard to beat.(And macro, too!) If I had bought a DSLR, I would have also needed to invest in a tele-end lens to capture that colourful bird 20m away. But the S3 IS is a nice package, with USM and IS (well, it may not exactly be Canon L stuff, but still, something is better that nothing.)
It has a very nice movie-mode as well!
July 26, 2007 02:50 am
Nikon D40x with kit lens 18-55
I just got this about 2 months ago, and have had a great time using it. I would like to upgrade the lens, but other than that, I have no complaints. Its very user friendly, and its pretty light weight for its size. I'm still getting used to it, but I've already learned so much.
July 26, 2007 02:46 am
Pentax K100D (along with the 'kit' lens, DA 18-55mm, an SMC-P FA 50mm F/1.something and a Tamron 70-300mm), and a Canon A620 p&s
Why I like the k100d: Total control, shake reduction, and image quality (its noise profile blows my canon p&s out of the water.) Plus, despite the pentamirror and the totally bare-bones focus screen, I can actually manually focus on things.
I also like the fact that I don't feel like a homogeneous member of some "Canon/Nikon" oligopoly.
Why I like the Canon A620: it's small, my roommate can use it, the LCD swivels, and while you can't take true 'macro' shots with it, you can literally get the lens into some ridiculous places.
July 26, 2007 02:43 am
Sony R1, Great camera for the price. Love that there is no mirror slap when taking photos. Nobody knows that they are being photographed. Also love the LCD viewfinder that allows live histogram and preview. Only wish there was more optical zoom and larger aperture at telephoto for those difficult lighting shots. Anti-shake would also be nice. Also would like more than the 3 frame burst and faster focus in low light situations.
July 26, 2007 02:42 am
I am still to lazy to take the SLR plunge.
I love my Canon S3 IS
July 26, 2007 02:42 am
Canon 10d and A620.
July 26, 2007 02:38 am
Canon EOS Digital REBEL XTi.
Call me a big computer geek, but the thing that irritates me the most is that in the GUI you can't swap columns sideways, you have to go through all the selections upwards or downwards.
Apart from that, I think I'm still to much of a newb to properly critique the camera as a camera. I just love it period. I works great. All the management is simple (except for the columns), it handles great and the image quality for a low level DSLR camera is just great. (and I see great images popping in mags like NATURES BEST taken with the XTi so it's gotta be a good camera)
July 26, 2007 02:35 am
Right now...a Canon S3IS...I am hoping to convert over to a DSLR soon. My idea situation would be to have the 'real thing' for 'serious' photos and then a quality, high MP, small P&S camera that I can carry with me at all times (fit in my purse easily) so that I never miss a photo opportunity. Even though my Canon isn't a DSLR, it is close to one in size and I find that I miss a lot of good opportunities for pictures because I just don't want the hassle of carrying it everywhere (it DOESN't fit in my purse)! :-)
July 26, 2007 02:27 am
Nikon D80 . Nice build quality anda handling. It still has the top LCD.
I have a Pentax istDs too. It is a nice compact camera, but has a very slow focus system.
July 26, 2007 02:26 am
I shoot with a Nikon D40 but planning on moving to D200.
July 26, 2007 02:25 am
Canon 30D - I love the spot metering in full manual - great way to quickly sanity check exposure.
Speedlight 580ex - Bouncing flash off white ceilings makes for great, soft light. I'm thinking of adding an off-camera shoe cord to experiment a bit more, as well as a 430ex to do wireless slaving.
50mm f/1.4 - daaaaaaamn this lens is fast. Goes well without flash (say, in a bar) at ISO 3200. Colors get a little retarded at that sensativity, but these kinds of photos look better in B&W anyway (in my opinion).
28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - great walk around lens. The IS makes it a ton more useful than it sounds (and I rarely, if ever, use this with a tripod - I rarely need one).
10-22mm EF-S - I love the "no-look" capability of this lens. I've gotten a ton of great photos, say, riding on my bike, without even looking in the viewfinder. This lens rocks! That said, there is a bit of distortion at the wide open (10mm) end of things, but that's to be expected.
70-200mm f/2.8L IS - This is a brand new addition to my kit, and I absolutely love it! The speed of autofocus, the aperture (and depth of field), the image stabilization. I love it. I rarely need a tripod, even at the 200mm end of things. I've been able to use this as a walk around lens at night, and i was quite surprised. Very great addition to the kit.
My old kit (which I've just sold) was the Canon digital rebel XT (350D). I actually liked the "straight from the camera" quality of this camera a bit better than my 30D, suprisingly. However, the construction definitely wont stand up to my current work/travel lifestyle. I'm surprised the 30D is doing so well, but I guess that's why it's made of magnesium and not plastic.
Another down side to the 350D is it's susceptibility to dust: in my experience, this camera gets a lot more dust than my 30D (and now with such a diverse kit, I'm changing lens a lot more often with the 30D).
July 26, 2007 02:23 am
I just got in my first "serious" camera, and am loving the hell out of it. It be:
Canon EOS 30D with 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens
I'm -trying- to save up the cash for the 24-70mm f/2.8L lens...but yeebah, those are expensive!
July 26, 2007 02:16 am
Canon 350D (Rebel XT)
I recently got this camera after looking at it for the couple of years it's been around.
- while a lot of people with big hands complain that it feels small, i like the smaller size of this body. i don't feel like a national geographic journalist.
- very short time from off/sleep to on
- a bigger LCD would always be nice
Nikon Coolpix L4
This is my "go everywhere" point and shoot.
- i picked this camera mostly for the ergonomics and the lcd size (given the lack of a view finder, a big bright lcd is a nice to have)
- picture quality is impressive, i've taken some really nice shots with this
- this piece came out before image stabilization was readily available - IS would be nice to have given the situations i find myself using this camera.
- shutter lag. this camera is VERY slow to get going
July 26, 2007 02:13 am
Canon XT/350D rocks my world.
Packed with the 50mm f1.8 it's a powerful camera even in low-light situations.
I use the 70-200 F4L IS for wildlife and portraits, I'm soon going to buy the 17-40 F4L (kit lens sucks!), but before that i'm going take a peak at the peleng 8mm :)
July 26, 2007 02:12 am
I have a Canon 5D that I use every day. 95% of the time I have my Canon EF 28-300 mm F3.5-F5.6 L IS USM lens on its face.
July 26, 2007 02:04 am
I use a Canon S80 and rely on photoshop to compensate for lens & sensor limitations that come with not using an SLR. Aside from that, it's a quite nice camera with plenty of features and also quite usable manual controls. A unique feature is the mechanical click wheel which you can use to easily fiddle with shuttertime, aperture and other settings simply by rotating it.
The best thing is that it fits into my pocket and I can open it and take a picture in under 3 seconds. That fits my impulsive style quite well and it allows me to travel light.
July 26, 2007 02:03 am
I currently use a Canon 300D Digital Rebel. It's my first entry into DSLR photography and I wanted to go with something economical (300 bucks off of eBay including kit lens and a couple CF cards). I've loved using it and have definitely been getting hooked by photography so I might just upgrade at some point to the XTi when I have the cash. We'll see what happens!!
When the 300D is not possible, like going to clubs/parties, etc., I bring along my trusty Canon SD400. Not the most feature packed but takes very nice quality pics with even colors/tones and fits nicely in a pocket.
July 26, 2007 02:03 am
What i love about the camera
The anti dust mechanisme, after a whole year of changing lenses, sometimes even on the beach, still no dust what so ever
Feel - it feels like a real camera. It is a bit heavy, but that makes it easier to grip
Great colors in natural mode
What i like less
Kit lenses are not to good in a darker surrounding.
However, overall, very satisfied.. and having much to learn still..
No movement correction options
July 26, 2007 02:00 am
Olympus Evolt-500 with the 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 kit lenses
My first DSLR replacing my Nikon N90s 35mm SLR. Purchased to be used underwater as well (with an Ikelite #6855 TTL housing).
July 26, 2007 01:59 am
Canon Powershot S2 IS
Mostly very happy with it, but I have trouble focusing when in low light or when there are a lot of other items in the scene it doesn't focus on the 'right' one. It might be time for me to go DSLR, but in the meantime, I can take some pretty good shots.
July 26, 2007 01:59 am
I've had this point and shoot camera for awhile and I just started getting into photography so its all I have now but I plan on buying a new camera I'm thinking a Kodak either p or z series because I can only afford like a $400 camera and my dad has the easyshare 650 and i have been playing with it and I like it. It has a lot of the manual settings I'm looking for and I'm a beginner so I don't need the best camera in the world right now. I know its technically a dslr but it has a lot of the same features to get my feet wet.
July 26, 2007 01:58 am
I used to work with a Canon IXUS 55 but then it got lost, so now I camera-lees, except for the one in my Nokia 5140 phone.
July 26, 2007 01:56 am
Canon Rebel XT/350D, Kit lens. Just bought it - love it so far.
July 26, 2007 01:55 am
Used to have a Sony DSC-93 and then upgraded to a Canon S2IS with a telephoto and wide angle lens. Still in love with it.
July 26, 2007 01:54 am
Am a Canon Rebel XT user.
Love the kit lens, 18-55 mm, for its wide angles. Also have the 50mm f/1.8 for its lovely bokeh and near portraits.
BTW, Saving up for a 18-200mm.
July 26, 2007 01:53 am
I used to have a Canon PowerShot A70 which I bought some time ago. I eventually saved up enough money to buy a Canon EOS 400D. Had I had a bit more money to play with I might have looked at the Nikon D80, but I am very happy with my Canon. It's a wonderful camera and produces great photographs. The only negative reviews of it that I read were that it was a little on the small side and the construction felt a bit too "cheap", but I do not think they are an issue to be honest.
I've just bought a new lens for the camera - a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II - and it's amazing. Can get a really shallow depth of field with it and use it in very low light conditions.
As a "back-up" I have a nice 3.2 mega-pixel camera on my Sony Ericsson K800i which is actually quite advanced with settings for white balance, exposure compensation, etc. so I use that when I'm out and about and just want to quickly capture something - an item in a shop for example.
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July 26, 2007 01:52 am
I have a Fuji s9500, and I like it, but it's not a DSLR. So I'm saving money for buying a real DSLR.
July 26, 2007 01:51 am
Canon 350D Rebel XT
Lenses: Kit 18-55mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8
I love my Rebel. It fits perfectly in my hands and has good features, though I'd like a bigger/nicer LCD screen. Oh, I would be cool if I could fit it in my smaller purses too (but that would defeat the purpose of having it now wouldn't it?).
July 26, 2007 01:49 am
Leica Digilux 3
It is essentially a Leica-branded Panasonic DMC-L1, only a little bit cuter and with different color settings (I am told).
I bought it for two main reasons :
1) Amazing Leica lens (stabilized 14-50mm @ f/2.8-3.5)
2) It feels like a good ol' SLR: no need to tweak the menus to take a picture.
Its main drawback is the viewfinder which is a little dark.
I love it anyway.
July 26, 2007 01:49 am
Nikon D200 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR as Primary Camera
Kodak Z740 as Backup
Sony Cybershot P(something) - DDs Camera
Motorola Razr camera phone - extreme emergency back-up
My favorites are the D200 for the flexibility to do what I want. I love this camera. I still have much to learn about it too.
I also love my Kodak. I has given me some beautifully sharp photos for a point and shoot. The lens is fantastic.
July 26, 2007 01:44 am
Canon Rebel 300D, the origonal entry level DSLR, with a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. The lens is worth 4 times as much as the camra these days, but it still does a good job. Going on 2 years with this camra and have yet to have a problem, good quality. Only thing that annoys me is that it only has a buffer size of 4 RAW, slowing me down at times when I and trigger happy. I am looking forward to an upgrade, most likely a 30D, or possibly a leap frog to the 5D.
July 26, 2007 01:42 am
Primary lenses are Nikon 50/1.8 and 70-200/2.8.
July 26, 2007 01:41 am
Canon Rebel XT/350D
The size of the screen and the viewfinder are a bit annoying, but nothing I can't live with :)
I love the quality of the unit though.
July 26, 2007 01:40 am
Main camera: Nikon D50 with the Nikkor AF-S 18-55 kit lens + a Nikkor 70-300 zoom lens. I love the quality of the photos I get, the fast shooting possibilities, and it's quite lightweight for a digital SLR.
Back-up: Canon Elph SD300.
Back-up to the back-up: Motorola V3 Razr phone.
July 26, 2007 01:39 am
Nikon D40 with the 18-55mm kitlens and a Nikkor 55-200mm VR lens.
It being my first dSLR it had to be somewhat 'cheap'... however I demand great results from anything I buy (I'm a gadgetfreak tbh) so I spent most of my time researching stuff like that and what I've come to like is the small size/light weight and most of all the quality you get for the price you pay - surely it isn't the best camera out there, that was easy to conclude, but for my budget and for my needs it definitely the best I could get/afford :)
July 26, 2007 01:33 am
Total newbie here (6 months with a camera), trying to learn bits from you all here...but thought I'd chime in on this one.
My meagre kit list (in its entirety, as it won't take up much space!)
Canon Digital Rebel XT
Canon 17-85mm IS USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Opteka Battery Grip (makes it *way* more comfortable for big hands)
erm... thats it - everything I own, other than a little bag to put it 'all' in.
No flash yet, no extra toys...
Anyone feeling generous enough to give any advice to an utter amateur, feel free to visit my flickr world (linked above)
I'll go back to lurking now. Apologies for the interruption.
July 26, 2007 01:31 am
Kodak z612 - for me it was affordability 1+ years ago.
I definitely want to make the jump to a DSLR, but I can't afford it right now.
My next cam WILL be a DSLR though.
I am very jealous of all of you that have one and the great pix you all take!
July 26, 2007 01:30 am
Primary: Lumix FZ-30. Great outdoors in full light, not so much in the shade. I've taken some decent nighttime shots on a tripod. Bought it because it has full manual mode and I wanted to teach myself about aperture, shutter speeds and all that fun stuff so I could make an educated purchase of a D-SLR in a few years.
Secondary: Canon Powershot A540. Great little pocket cam.
Tertiary: Treo 650.
July 26, 2007 01:28 am
I shoot with a Canon 30D - Lots of features for the price. Spot meter is a big plus for me. I love the jog dial on the back - LOVE it! Solid feel with easy to use interface.
July 26, 2007 01:27 am
This was a longevity award from the company I have worked for for 20 years. So it was free and that's the right price. This is my first SLR and I love it. I have the IR remote. which is pretty cool.The package came with the accessory pack for the D40.. case book and battery So I have a spare battery for a D40 if anyone is interested. I would trade for some other accessory for the D50 , lenses.. filters tripod, monopod ??? email@example.com
July 26, 2007 01:27 am
I recently upgraded to a Canon 5D with a 70-200mm 2.8L IS, 24-105 f/4L IS, and 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS lenses. It was almost an instant love-affair. The sharpness, the colors, the focus system all were great improvements over the Sony A-100 I was using before.
July 26, 2007 01:24 am
Canon EOS 30D
Canon EOS 5D
I love the resolution and full-frame sensor on the 5D for landscapes and other things that don't require a fast shutter rate or benefit from the effective zoom increase from a crop sensor. The 30D works great for when I need both of those.
July 26, 2007 01:20 am
I'm using Sony Alpha 100 with Kit Lens 18-70mm 3.5/5.6. Looking to buy 50/1.4 and some longer zoom lenses.
July 26, 2007 01:20 am
Canon Digital Rebel xTi. Main lens is sigma 17-70.
July 26, 2007 01:18 am
I have a Nikon D40 with the kit lens and an SB-600 and I love it!
Its very well priced, easy to use and produces excellent image quality!
I would have liked to see a DOF preview button on it and its a shame that there's no dedicated button for altering ISO or white balance.
July 26, 2007 01:17 am
I have a Konica Minolta 5D and am very happy with it. I originally bought it for the in-body stabilization; now it seems that more cameras offer that feature.
July 26, 2007 01:16 am
I'm lucky to get access to both EOS-1D and EOS-ID mk II, and they are just superb to use, if just a bit heavy after a while. Each time I use it I find a new feature (for instance, I didn't notice you can lock the viewfinder off to stop light getting through till last week)
Wish I could find a way of turning off previews in TIFF files when shooting RAW on the 1D though.
July 26, 2007 01:15 am
Canon 350D + Grip with 17-40/ 70-200/ 100-400 L-Series lenses.
Pros - its price, good image quality at iso 100-400, well built (no problems with it after a serious fall), a good kit lens
Cons - image quality at high iso speed (800, 1600) is no more so decent, slow in burst mode, small viewfinder.
For that money it's really a treasure and worths every cent.
July 26, 2007 01:13 am
July 26, 2007 01:11 am
Been using a Nikon D70S for 2 years with SB800.
Lenses: Kit 18-70, Sigma 70-300, Nikon 50mm(1.8).
Also use a Canon SD500 for those moments I don't want to carry/pull out the Nikon.
What I love about the D70S, for an entry DSLR (at the time) it had plenty of controls, and I love the two dials (shutter/aperture) at my finger tips (Mostly working in Manual or Aperture priority).
July 26, 2007 01:08 am
Sony Cybershot DSC W1.
It was kinda the best point-and-shoot at the time I bought it, 3 years ago - ah! only now I realise it is 3 years old!! I liked the large 2.5" CCD and the features. It lacked aperture/shutter priority modes and some other modes found in Nikon and Canon. Also the flash is too bright, thats what my friends told me after I shot their pictures with flash!
July 26, 2007 01:07 am
Hi! I use on dSLR the Canon 400D Rebel XTi with lens kit EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 / EF 50mm f/1.8 II / Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 DG APO; primary camera and I love it and from Canon too, the high-end Point and Shoot PowerShot S3 IS. I love both cameras and both are beside me everywhere =D
July 26, 2007 01:05 am
I have a Canon 400D Just a fantastic camera. I canâ€™t think of anything negative to say about it. My last film camera was a Canon AE1 , I went Digital with a Canon A70 compact which I loved, but what I really wanted was a SLR which was digital .It wasnâ€™t until this year that that I discovered that Canon (Bless there cotton socks) Had a range of digital SLRâ€™s . The controls on the Canon are so user friendly and coupled with near 35mm sensor size makes for a great combination.
Trying to use a compact digital in manual modes was a nightmare but the modern DSLR is ideal . I just love it.
July 26, 2007 01:04 am
Canon XTI rebel (also called EOS 400D)with the 18-55 kit lens, +ves: Cool nice shape, lightweight(plastic body),easy to use menu, effective burst mode, sensor cleaning feature, easy to use lens mount
-ve: Sorely miss spot metering.., lcd quality could've been better
I use kit lens guess its time for an upgrade....
July 26, 2007 01:04 am
I had a buddy of my in the Army describe his weapons as follows:
Primary Weapon - M16 Rifle
Sidearm - 9mm Pistol
Backup/Capture - 22 calibre Beretta pistol
I described my cameras to him in similar terms:
Primary Weapon - Nikon D50
Sidearm - Nikon S50
Backup/Capture - LG Camera Phone
July 26, 2007 01:03 am
Sony A100 with 18-70 kit lens.
Minolta 50mm f1.8
Minolta 70-210mm f4
My first slr, bought about 4 months ago, absolutely love it. The built in image stabilization is really nice. The 50mm prime is awesome for portrait shots and I really like that the 70-210 has a constant f4 aperture.
I now really want to get an off camera flash. Looking into the Sigma EF-500 DG Super.
July 26, 2007 01:02 am
My Canon EOS 400D is my first DSLR. I went with the kit lens (it was a gift) and I'm starting to feel the limitations after only six months. I would love to get myself a half decent macro lens, and a good wide angle......
This is the problem with SLRs. Buying them is just an opportunity to spend more money on lenses, flashes, battery packs, filters, etc.
July 26, 2007 01:02 am
Got a Pentax K10D (and still have my former K100D but trying to sell it).
I love all the possibilities it offers, the ergonomy of this body is wonderful (and so are the results). There's not a a specific detail that I love most, but I particularly appreciate the Shake Reduction that helps win a few stops in difficult conditions, since I do not have professional (and very fast) lenses.
July 26, 2007 01:00 am
I have a Nikon D80 with the battery grip and SB-800 for 4 months now but I'm already thinking of upgrading/changing, hm :) Maybe take a peek at Canon?
Tamron 28-75mm 2.8
Nikkor 50mm 1.8
July 26, 2007 12:58 am
k100d, k10d mainly with the da21 and da40 primes. also use the 50-200 from time to time, and eagerly waiting for my pre-ordered 16-50/2.8
July 26, 2007 12:57 am
Canon 400d with kit lens, 50mm prime and 70-300 sigma
July 26, 2007 12:56 am
Canon Rebel XT/350D
-Lens: Kit 18-55 / 70-200 F4 L / 50 F1.8
I don't like its small viewfinder. The preview screen is also small compared to other recent DSLR. In full manual mode, the ergonomics could be better. The body is also a bit small for my hands, but I'm used to it now.
I like it's speed, it's quality output, it's weight, it's price.
It's my little treasure, and I love it! ;) But of course, there's now the newer versions, XTi/400D, which seems to be nice, but not enough to think about an upgrade yet. I'll probably save more pennies for something better in quality, 20D or something in that range.
July 26, 2007 12:56 am
Fuji FinePix F11, it's a great camera!
July 26, 2007 12:56 am
Canon 350D (it's the Rebel XT in USA, but 350D here in Portugal - as I'm sure you know).
Actually it's my first real cam (i had a cybershot P-51 before), and I'm loving to learn about the specifics of the pictures and taking pictures in manual mode, so right now I like to take pictures at everything I find interesting, but before I try to predict how the pic will come out.
Still learning - and loving it.
July 26, 2007 12:55 am
Canon 300D Digital Rebel, original kit lens -- hoping to get a zoom lens soon. I use a Sony DSC-T5 as my point&shoot backup.
July 26, 2007 12:54 am
Canon Digital Rebel XT, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens.
July 26, 2007 12:54 am
Nikon D50 with Nikkor 18-70 lens.
This is my first dSLR and I love the camera and lens both. The quality of the lens is very good, and I'm glad I didn't go for the kit lens. The only thing is that I might be looking into something like a 55-200 lens, cause the 70 just isn't enough zoom sometimes.
July 26, 2007 12:52 am
I've got a Canon Digital Rebel XTi.
It was a logical step into digital SLRs since i already had Canon lenses and accessories from my film Rebel2000.
It's a great camera.
I bought my wife a Casio Exilm for a point and shoot. The color difference of that and the Rebel is amazing... which is why I try to shoot with the Rebel when I really care about the picture quality.
July 26, 2007 12:50 am
Solid camera body but not overly heavy. The flexibility and programing options of the camera really make it the camera it is. The noise at ISO 1600 is OK although skip the reds if possible.
July 26, 2007 12:46 am
Got it about a year ago before the D40 came out; love it as my first true DSLR. It's forgiving but also allows for full manual controls and everything in-between. Having it has helped me gain new friends and have more reason to go see and shoot places around Washington, DC. Wouldn't trade it for the world...okay, I'd trade it for the 8-frames-a-second D200, but that's it.
July 26, 2007 12:40 am
I have a buddy of mine who was in the army and stationed in Germany. He would describe the weapons he carried as follows:
Main weapon - M16 rifle
Sidearm - 9mm pistol
Backup/Capture - 22 calibre Beretta pistol
I described my cameras to him using the same terminology:
Main weapon - Nikon D50
Sidearm - Nikon S50
Backup/Capture - LG Camera Phone
July 26, 2007 12:38 am
I use a Canon Digital Rebel XT with the factory lens because its all I can afford right now.
July 26, 2007 12:37 am
Nikon D40x with kit lens 18-55, SB-400.
it wasn't expensive and it's tiny and lightweight.
then lens is alright but i've been looking into getting another one..
with the bounce flash i get great colors indoors.
i love it!
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