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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2010, 10:10:10 AM »
Thanks for the suggestion Stef... appreciated.

Last year - the year before maybe ??? - while on hols I got her to have a couple of shots with the 700 + Min 500 f8 attached... I thought eh up! maybe? but she didn't bite. I may have another go but she's not too happy at the prices of some of the P&S I've had suggested from those here. That's going to be another little hurdle :lol:
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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2010, 11:49:06 AM »
Frank, I was like that for years. I drooled over DSLRs everytime we were in town and O/H always offered to get me one for christmas/birthdays etc and I would always recoil in horror at the expense.
He just went ahead and bought me one last year for my birthday and Ive never looked back TBH.
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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2010, 09:11:21 PM »
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Last year - the year before maybe ??? - while on hols I got her to have a couple of shots with the 700 + Min 500 f8 attached...

LOL! You are kidding? You couldn't have chosen a worse combination...you should have given her a 50mm instead... she might have bitten than ;)
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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2010, 09:09:47 AM »
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Last year - the year before maybe ??? - while on hols I got her to have a couple of shots with the 700 + Min 500 f8 attached...

LOL! You are kidding? You couldn't have chosen a worse combination...you should have given her a 50mm instead... she might have bitten than ;)
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It just happened to be the combination at the time Stef. We were down at the Lizard and there was a boat out in the area. I wanted her to get some idea of the way the lens would bring the image so much closer than we could see normally. She also took a shot of the buildings there... still have them on the PC 'for referrence'  ;)

I may take up your suggestion of the 50mm lens or maybe the 35-105 I have so she gets an idea of the zoom bit.

Frank, I was like that for years. I drooled over DSLRs everytime we were in town and O/H always offered to get me one for christmas/birthdays etc and I would always recoil in horror at the expense.
He just went ahead and bought me one last year for my birthday and Ive never looked back TBH.
Now I just recoil in horror at the price of the lenses & printer that I want, lol, but Ive got the bug now so I am eagerly saving :D :D

:lol: I don't think she is like you were about dslrs Debbie. The daughter has a fuji finepix 10mpx Z something or other - a pink one, slide over cover for the lens. I've shown her some others which I feel have more to offer should she get the bug --- and she doesn't like the prices!
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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2010, 03:10:12 PM »

...."The newish Sony WX1 also seems to get good reviews (new R sensor), great HD video, but lacking manual controls".....


Hello Frank i agree with Simon but also give her another try with your camera without grip with very simple and cheap lens Sony 18-70
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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2010, 04:14:25 PM »
It is always good to have a compact point and shoot camera, this is something I'm missing now.  So I don't think buying a compact for your wife now would be a bad thing to do even is she picks up a DSLR now.

What to look for in a compact camera: wide angle lens, high iso performance, focus assist lamp and face recognition.  I think the last two points are very important because the most useful function of a compact camera to me is taking photos of people in poor light at parties and when out on the town.  These features should assist with getting good shots in those conditions.

And regarding the Panasonic FP1 and FP3, they are a different concept than the LX3.  But the LX3 is relatively bulky with the lens cap on the chunky lens.

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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2010, 09:49:12 AM »

...."The newish Sony WX1 also seems to get good reviews (new R sensor), great HD video, but lacking manual controls".....


Hello Frank i agree with Simon but also give her another try with your camera without grip with very simple and cheap lens Sony 18-70

Thanks TG... I was thinking of making an afternoon with her and my son and give her a try with his 1st dslr and a kit lens. He started with a C'n, 3fps, until I got him over to the [2nd] a700 and its 5fps. It's just getting her in the right mood to give it a go.

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And regarding the Panasonic FP1 and FP3, they are a different concept than the LX3.  But the LX3 is relatively bulky with the lens cap on the chunky lens.

Hi Asher... I mentioned the FP1 & 3 as you thought there may be 'new' models on the horizon - I wondered if infact these two were what you had been wondering about. Until now I hadn't given any thoughts to a P&S but asking for guidance has shown what a mine field it is :lol:

Thanks for the info on all of this :)
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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2010, 05:36:34 PM »
Just saw this and thought I'd jump on before I go to the Sony Photographer of the Year preview exhibition.

I have the LX3 and it is a great camera. I do find the short focal length a little sometimes - but VERY rarely.  Image quality is great and if I want I can take complete control over it.

I can even fire remote Sony flashes using the Elinchrom Skyports with it as well ;-)

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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2010, 10:22:43 AM »
Frank- just a thought: what about letting her play a bit with your camera ;) It is probably not a bad idea to see whether she gets hocked...than you could go out and buy her a little dSLR (cheaper than most compacts) and it would make a perfect backup camera for yourself ;)
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Good idea!  When I was considering getting my own camera I wanted 'something simple'.  I was considering the Canon Powershot (a lot of pro's pocket friend) but thought - well what if I want to go further? For not a great deal more I got an SLR and boy was I glad I did. In my case the powershot would have been far too restricting after only a few weeks.  As Stef said - you can always shoot on auto with an slr and if your wife takes to it and gets more interested she always has the option to grow.
Who knows - you may end up like us .... having to take turns buying expensive equipment and fighting over the lighting and 'studio'  ;) ;) 

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Re: Point & Shoot; guidance please
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2010, 10:53:26 AM »
Frank- just a thought: what about letting her play a bit with your camera ;) It is probably not a bad idea to see whether she gets hocked...than you could go out and buy her a little dSLR (cheaper than most compacts) and it would make a perfect backup camera for yourself ;)
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Good idea!  When I was considering getting my own camera I wanted 'something simple'.  I was considering the Canon Powershot (a lot of pro's pocket friend) but thought - well what if I want to go further? For not a great deal more I got an SLR and boy was I glad I did. In my case the powershot would have been far too restricting after only a few weeks.  As Stef said - you can always shoot on auto with an slr and if your wife takes to it and gets more interested she always has the option to grow.
Who knows - you may end up like us .... having to take turns buying expensive equipment and fighting over the lighting and 'studio'  ;) ;) 

Pat

Well Pat... that's sort of already happened with my son - I can't get my hands on the 70-300G. Don't know why I did it but a while back I ended up with two 1700 bodies -- poss because of a 'good' price for body ony but it came with [another] 18-70 kit lens. Decided to sell one of the bods and son had a go with it and bought it off me... hence the fight over glass. He has yet to 'share' the expense of buying other bits :(

Brighter note though... he tried the 70-400G and didn't like it as much as the 70-300 so looks like I've got that one... for a little while longer anyway :lol:
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