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  1. #1
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    Feb 2004
    Okc Oklahoma

    Boy am I stupid :( *sniffle*

    Hi everyone. I am feeling reallllllly stupid right now. I am new here and I hope you can help me. My name is Catrina.. I am learning disable so if i seems stupid I am sorry.
    I have saved up 350 dollars to get a new digital camera and sold my old digital camera for 300 dollars ( a sony cd250) so I have about 650-700 dollars to get a new digital camera. I thaught of it will be easy to pick out what i want ( boy was I wrong) i am a nervous wreck and feel like i am fixing to make a BIG mistake *sniffle*
    Here is the problem. I want a camera that can take FAST clear Pictures. But i dont know WHAT to buy? I want it FAST I want to beable to take pictures of moving stuff like plains and lightning and birds and such . I also want something to take CLOSEEEEEEEEEE pics with of flowers and such ( where i can get right down in the flower)
    I want the Rebel but ofcource i will not beable to get that at that price. what can I get that takes good clear pics fast( very important the fast part and clear lol)
    Here are some pics I have taken with my cd250
    I know there is a lot of this links but i really wanna show you all them!
    and some are birds and ducks and some are water and such your see!
    ( i hope i am allowed to put that there?? ) if not i am sorry.
    What I want to do is beable to take pics I can PRINT and frame for sale
    also take professional looking pictures of my children.
    I dont make a lot of money ( well husband dont) as he says he was born to be a cop and now we have to live with what that pays( sucksssssss) LOL
    My PAssion is taking picutres ( even though very very hard for me to understand and learn)
    I know i will not beable to buy another digital camera for atleast 2 or 3 more years so I want to get a good one. I do not have the money during the year to buy stuff for the camera either( lense and stuff)
    I have worked beyond hard to get this much money . Maybe it was stupid of me to sell my cd250 but i wanted something better something that takes pics clearer and FASTER LOL
    can you help? ( ps i am buying tomorrow ) so I am a panic! Is there anyone who can help me here???? I have a cel if someone could let me call or them call me and help me pic one out I know i should beyond stupid and i am stupid but this is a dream of mine( taking clear pictures and such) and i want to make sure i do a good job picking out one
    thank you SO much for your responces also does this email me when I get a responce? as I am affraid i wont find my way back LOL!

  2. #2
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    Feb 2004
    Santa Rosa, CA
    There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.

    I'd personally get the Olympus 5060z. Fast and sharp.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2001
    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

    Good eye

    You take nice pictures - very nice. When I saw that list of links I was sort of scared. But then I started looking and I was glad I did. You have a good eye and you were doing very well with the camera you had. But I understand about wanting something faster and with more resolution. Those things definitely help - especially if you have kids and want to take high quality photos to sell.

    Honestly, there are lots of good cameras out there right now. And your money puts you right in the sweet spot as far as full-featured compact digital cameras go. Maury loves his Olympus 5060 and it's definitely a good choice. Really, almost any 4 or 5 megapixel camera is going to have very good image quality now. The compacts won't be as good as the Digital Rebel, but they're really good - especially compared to your CD Mavica. Shutter-lag is the main problem with compacts and that's what you're going to have to concentrate on. Definitely try to test out cameras to find out for yourself what's fast and what isn't. Recently, a lot of companies have been concentrating on making their cameras faster. Canon came out with their Digic processor a year or so ago and that sped up their cameras. Olympus, Panasonic, Konica Minolta, Casio, and Kyocera (to name a few) have also started using faster procesors. Some of those cameras may not be available yet. But reducing shutter-lag is currently a high priority with major camera manufacturers.

    Have you looked at the reviews on this site? I recommend looking at the 4-5 megapixel camera reviews and sorting by rating and number of reviews to see what is most popular. Also, if you look at the Home page you'll find a list of the top ten most popular cameras here. That should help, too. And since the annual PMA tradeshow just happened, you should also look at the 2004 PMA show coverage that's been posted to see if there's anything new you'd like to wait for. I don't usually tell people to wait. But with the amount of money you have and the new stuff that was announced, it might be worthwhile for you to wait a few weeks for the new Olympus, Kyocera, and Konica Minolta stuff to make it to the stores.

    I know I didn't give you the exact answers you were looking for, but hopefully I've provided a little more information and some direction. Let us know if you have more specific questions. I know how hard it is to decide on a new camera.

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  4. #4
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    Feb 2004
    Okc Oklahoma
    hi! thank you for your responce! and thank you for the kind words on my picutres I work hard on getting good ones
    I end up finding a one of a life time deal on the digital rebel with one lens!!! brandnew with warranty! I now need 2 find a better lens for it to zoom* a cheap one * yeah I know yeah rigth LOL!! I have 100 dollars to spend on this. any idea's?

  5. #5
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    Dec 2003
    If you're wanting a larger zoom...I use a Tamron 75-300 on my Elan 7 and I'm pretty happy with it for being a cheap lens. I got it for $110 plus shipping off e-bay (flashpoint cameras). I think B&H sells it for around $120.

    Since you like taking pics of flowers, another cheap option would be the Tamron 70-300 macro. It's about $20 more than the 75-300, but has a macro switch so you can get closer to the subject and still focus.

    Have fun with the DRebel, seems like a great camera.

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