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David_Ashton_EC
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David_Ashton_EC   6/24/2016 8:54:06 PM
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Max...I;ve had the same urges recently.  I still have my Olympus OM film cameras and enough accessories to take full frames of anything from a minute water-bug 2x3 mm with a macrolens to an entire  stone circle in England with a fisheye.  But who uses film these days?  Often you can't even get it.... (I know because my wife has a cheap point-and-shoot Canon that she insists on using...).  I have a work Kodak 4MP camera with  10x zoom and a personal 10MP Canon with 8x zoom but I often reach the limits of those, especially for close up work.

I recently looked at a Nikon P900...an all-in-one with 82x Zoom.  Now I am the first to appreciate that a lens that does that is bound to have compromises, but pretty much all reports are very good and it is A$ 700...that's about US$ 525.  Much less than an SLR and some lenses.  The thought of not changing lenses is very attractive, even though that introduces some minor limitations again.

Do any readers have one of these, and could you tell me what you think?

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Susan Rambo   6/24/2016 8:49:04 PM
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Good stuff. When is your next lesson?

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Re: A (Good) Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
bwalker970   6/24/2016 8:39:20 PM
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I have 25 lovely pictures from a road trip I took many years ago.  I had chosen to buy a single disposable camera on an impulse.  So, with camera in hand, I gleefully went from place to place and took a series of day hikes.  The pictures are grainy because the film was fast, cheap and not very sharp but the subjects were interesting.  That single roll of film enforced a discipline of carefully considering when and where to take my pictures.  So I would stalk my subject, line up my shot and click the shutter when I had just what I wanted. That experience prompted me to buy my first SLR.

Taking a good picture requires some thought and willingness to take the time to get a good picture.  Having worked with film, I developed an appreciation for exposure and composition.  I preferred slide film which is less forgiving than print film but has much better resolution and color.  Viewing slide film is very immersive, the colors are rich and the images are sharper than print.  I would set out to shoot a roll or three and those 37 shots per roll were enough to get me to find new subjects but not so much so that I was just taking pictures of anything that moved.

I originally bought an SLR in a kit with a lens.  That "kit" lens was merely adequate and I never use it any more. I soon spent the extra money to get a real lens which I used for most of my pictures.  The quality of the lens makes a huge difference in the quality of the pictures and the difference in clarity was like night and day.  Kit lenses are, in a word, cheap.  They are merely intended to whet one's appetite.  In the days of film, serious photographers could spend more money on good "glass" than on camera bodies.  Coincidentally, good lens are heavier because they have more glass.

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Re: Cheap and cheerful
jimfordbroadcom   6/24/2016 5:32:38 PM
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@Max: sounds good to me!  Although I'll forgo the bitters.  Some of my colleagues at Powerwave (RIP as of 2013) swore by that stuff when we went to jolly old England on business at the end of 2001, but I opted for the cider instead.  My tastes these days run toward Kona Brewing Co. big wave golden ale or longboard lager, but I've been known to drink an IPA or a stout from time to time.

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   6/24/2016 5:25:46 PM
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@JimFord: Say, how did we get here?

I don't know. Would you care for a beer?

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Max The Magnificent   6/24/2016 5:24:09 PM
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@perl_geek: Check out "The Fundamentals of Photography" at www.thegreatcourses.com...

I will do so -- I'd forgotten about them, but I really like their courses -- thanks for sharing

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jimfordbroadcom   6/24/2016 5:21:38 PM
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@Max: Good thing!  Anyway, in the time between then and now, I've actually read the entire 1000 words or so that you wrote and felt the need to comment further.  Interesting that your wife bought you the camera; it always seems I'm the one springing for a new camera for mine (Dawn the uh, howsabout we don't go there with an epithet?!).

In our household, my wife Dawn is the one most often chosen to do the photography; my pictures tend to have heads chopped off or some other artistic malfeasance!  I think it has something to do with my lack of patience and her dedication to the task at hand. OTOH, if the task involves soldering a flaky Malibu light or a frozen up refrigerator water dispenser, the roles are of course reversed!

Say, how did we get here?

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Photography course
perl_geek   6/24/2016 5:15:06 PM
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Check out "The Fundamentals of Photography" at www.thegreatcourses.com 

Ignore the list prices; I don't think anyone pays those. Look for combinations or special deals, which happen regularly.

The courses are ususally excellent, but I don't know why they think people smart enough to enjoy the subjects can't see through the marketing tactics.

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Max The Magnificent   6/24/2016 5:03:56 PM
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@JimFord: Max, you had me at "cheap and cheerful"...

My hands never left the ends of my arms LOL

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Cheap and cheerful
jimfordbroadcom   6/24/2016 5:01:29 PM
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Max, you had me at "cheap and cheerful" - as soon as I saw that, I knew it must be you writing!  LOL!

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