A timely reminder that the single most important component of the camera
is the lens. Sony doesn't make its own lenses. Nikon, Canon, etc do make
their own. OTOH, source matters, too: I was told by a camera store
salesman that the best Nikon lenses are made in Thailand.
Sony took over the Minolta lens factory. Some of the Tamrons are made
there, and dont forget Minolta made some lens for Leica as well as body some
years back. Who knows who makes what. Back in the 80's we used to reckon all
50mm f1.8 lens where made in the same factory
On May 12, 9:06 am, "Trev" <trevbowdenAT.dsl.pipex.COM> wrote:
Tamron used to make lens blanks for Leitz
I am still thoroughly delighted with my Panasonic FZ30 which is
relatively large and heavy when compared with a pocket digital, but
has a Great Lens...
The criticism is that low light areas have noise, which is fixed by
the current FZ50.
I would have wished for a wider end of the zoom, but a relative 35-420
optical zoom is good. Changing a digital lens in the field is not
really a "Good Thing" because dust is a major problem. The Panasonic
camera has a Leica branded lens.
He went further than that. There were three boxed lenses. He opened
every one, and found one of the three to be made In Thailand. That's the
one he swapped out for the Phillipines-made one that came with the camera.
Ta. I've so far had Minolta cameras (DiMAGE 7 and A200) and have
acquired a number of accessories - flashgun, remote cables etc. It looks
as if these would also be compatible with the Sony A100. Do you have any
experience of that?
(142 076 at Cardiff Central, 30 Jun 1999)
The Sony site had/has a page buried in there somewhere listing the
compatibility of all the old Minolta equipment. All I know is that the
Minolta alpha flash and lenses I had worked with the A100, although the
wireless flash function didn't.
I have the two 'kit' lenses, the 18-70 and 75-300 ((-105 and 112-450)
and a couple of old Minolta primes (28mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.7).
The 18-70 is a very good all-purpose lens, the 75-300 is
extremely good for the price. The 50mm f1.7 Minolta is a gorgeous
indoor/portrait lens. The 28mm f2.8 was a recent impulse purchase and
seems to be excellent too.
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Ask yourself what you want to do with the pictures. If you want to look
at them on a monitor or your TV, then you don't need an SLR. If you want
to make prints up to 8x10, then you don't need an SLR. Today's compact
digitals are wonderful machines, and are capable of many things you will
have little if any use for.
My advice is to look for:
a) about 6-8 megapixel - you don't need any more. In fact, 4MP is enough
for album-sized prints (up to 5x7), and will yield acceptable 8x10 prints.
b) optical zoom of 4 to 1 or better.
c) use of plain vanilla AA or AAA batteries.
d) a large folding viewscreen.
e) as many automated shooting modes as possible, with complete manual
The Canon Powershots all meet these criteria, except for the folding
screen, for which you will pay extra (and IMO worth it - I wish I had it
on my camera.)
I faced the same choice last autumn prior to a trip to the UK. I
thought, Great, this is an excuse to get a digital SLR. I hefted the
SLRs in the camera shop (Nikon, Canon, and Olympus), and decided that
the extra weight wasn't worth it. I bought a second compact
(point'n'shoot) digital instead. Now we have two Canon Powershots, and
like them very much. They can do just about everything an SLR can do.
The newer one wants to shoot at the fastest ISO setting, which can cause
problems, and because it has a larger lens, it doesn't do close-up
(macro) shots as well. (Smaller lenses have smaller actual apertures,
which means they have better depth of field.) But otherwise it can do
more than I have need for.
Unsolicited advice A: buy two or more 2GB memory cards for your camera,
and set it to take pictures at the highest _optical_ resolution it is
capable of. Many cameras offer a higher resolution that is achieved by
digital trickery. The resulting images are not as sharp as they should be.
Unsolicited advice B: use the money you save towards buying a good.
multi-tank printer. I have a Canon Pixma, but Epson also makes very
good printers. Avoid printers that use black plus a tricolour cartridge.
If you will do a lot of plain old b/w text printing, buy a b/w laser
printer too - higher upfront cost for two printers, but much cheaper in
the long run. (A b/w page printed with an inkjet printer will cost 5 to
20 times as much as the same page printed with a laser.)
The nikon d40 x has little advantage over the d40 more pixels you
don't need the same size sensor, but the pixels are bigger on the d40
which counter balances for the smaller number , same lens only other
difference is the addition of iso 100 .
Canon 400 is more complicated kit lens not as good .but dust
if you go for d40 then you can have anther lens for nearly the same
There is really not a lot between then , see what they feel like to
Canon are doing cash back offers at the moment so it would be sensible to
check on their website. I've applied for 100pound back from them as I
bought a Canon EFS17-85 IS lens recently and using the Jessops price
matching voucher in Digital Camera magazine they only charged me 339pounds
instead of the normal Jessops price of 510pounds, so once I get the cash
back cheque from Canon it will only have cost me 239pounds.
As this is posted to uk.rec.models.rail.....
Do you also plan to take photos of model railways with this camera, or
only the prototype?
The place where I work has a pair of very old Nikon cameras, but they are
wonderful at the closeup work that is necessary for some of our detailed
product photographs. They work just fine all the way down to 8 cm or so,
and would probably make great model railway cameras, if they were still on
the market (not even close - they were discontinued years ago).
This need for very close focusing is certainly something to keep in mind
if you plan to take model shots. The reason why we continue to use these
two ancient (in electronics years) devices is because some of the more
modern equipment we have doesn't have as good a range in closeup mode.
One of our local camera stores that caters to the professional
photographer will rent digital cameras. If you can find someone that does
this, you might have the opportunity to try things out before you buy
The despammed service works OK, but unfortunately
Apart from the D40 and D40x which need the for digital lens. all the Nikon
cameras can use nearly all the older Nikor lens but dont forget the
difference in sensor size will give a x1.5 increase in apparent focal length
but in this are that can be to your advantage, More room for balancing the
The Std 50mm f1.4 or f1.7 would be ideal
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