Christian Photographers Community

Photography~Technically Speaking => General Photo Chat => Topic started by: on December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 PM

Poll
Question: What camera brands do you use? Tell us why below in a post if you wish. Click any that apply.
Option 1: Agfa votes: 2
Option 2: Canon votes: 36
Option 3: Casio votes: 1
Option 4: Contax votes: 0
Option 5: Epson votes: 1
Option 6: Fujifilm votes: 11
Option 7: HP votes: 4
Option 8: JVC votes: 0
Option 9: Kodak votes: 8
Option 10: Konica-Minolta votes: 2
Option 11: Kyocera votes: 0
Option 12: Leica votes: 0
Option 13: Nikon votes: 26
Option 14: Olympus votes: 11
Option 15: Panasonic votes: 4
Option 16: Pentax votes: 8
Option 17: Ricoh votes: 1
Option 18: Samsung votes: 0
Option 19: Sanyo votes: 0
Option 20: Sigma votes: 1
Option 21: Sony votes: 8
Option 22: Toshiba votes: 0
Option 23: Other votes: 8
Title: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Pat on February 18, 2006, 02:04:28 PM

We'd be so interested in knowing what brand of camera you use.

Feel free to post here as to why you like your brand.

Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: AnnaBanana on February 18, 2006, 02:46:00 PM

Hi!

I use a Nikon now, but also love my Fuji.  I chose Fuji initially for its repuation and the way the camera fit in my hands. 

I also love my Nikon (although I didn't go out and buy it, I had been leaning towards saving up for the D50 when I received it by surprise)  -- same reason applies here - fits so well in my hand, and I feel that the controls are intuitive to use.

:)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: mybcjazz on February 18, 2006, 03:38:20 PM
I started with an old Yashica, my father-in-law's camera.  It took great picts, but had a fixed lens.  Then after graduating from bible college, my wife bought me a Canon AE-1 Program with a standard 50mm f/1.4 lens and an 80-210 Tamron zoom.  Later I added teleconverters and a 25-70 zoom.  It was/is a great camera.  Took most of the picts of my boy with it as they grew up.

Then, a member of our church gave me a Nikon F-801 with a 35-70 zoom and 75-300 zoom and supplied me with film for years.  He said God told him to bless me, and boy did he!  I liked the Nikon a lot, but found the viewfinder darker than my Canon's, but the AF was nice at soccer games and such.

Then I bought a Canon PowerShot S40 and liked being able to send picts to friends, but sure was missing my film cameras and the great picts I could take with those.  Decided to start saving for a DSLR, after reading that the quality of images had made great strides.  Was torn between Nikon and Canon, because I really wanted to use my Nikkor AF lenses, but in my budget, the Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D/Kiss N) beat a similarly-priced Nikon for what my needs were.  And I went with the prime lens for sharpness and because it was a combination portrait/macro lens.  I haven't regretted the 60mm F/2.8 for a second.  Now I have my sites set on a wide angle lense ;). 

I've written a book!  Enough.

Gripped,
Kevin
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Etta Sue on February 18, 2006, 03:46:10 PM
Sony is the only brand I have had for digital.  Seems to do what I want and cost less than other brands. 
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Nita on February 18, 2006, 07:04:05 PM
I bought an Olympus again.  My third one.  This last one isn't my favorite of the three.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Pat on February 18, 2006, 08:15:11 PM
It's great to see your replies! 

Thanks so much!

Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Janet on February 18, 2006, 10:24:23 PM
I have a Hewlett-Packard 945, with 5.3 mp and a 56x zoom. I love it!  It's quite a bit larger than the HP I had before (and still use some) but the zoom is so much better and so much easier to use.  If I could I would have a Rebel DSLR, but I need to be a lot more confident and a lot more computer savvy to justify that kind of expense.

This one does what I want to do, and I love the photos from it.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Larry Hanna on February 19, 2006, 09:51:25 AM
I have an Olympus Camedia C-2040Zoom camera.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Sue on February 19, 2006, 04:01:27 PM
I'm still using my Kodak Advantix.  Not because I want to but rather the expense of a digital is beyond my reach at the moment.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Oldiesmann on February 22, 2006, 07:41:16 PM
I've still got my nice HP Photosmart M307 (and lots more pictures that I haven't uploaded here yet...)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Ritz on February 26, 2006, 05:04:05 PM
Canon has always been my favorite, even when I was shooting film with my old EOS 10S. Since EOS lenses (EF lenses) are all compatable with the 20D , and since it reminded me so much of my old 10S, it was only natural that I go with it when I went digital. I sold all my old film equipment...except for one really old Minolta, and an underwater Minolta as well. I still have an old manual Ricoh too, if that counts. The 20D is my favorite though! <3
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Jeanne Lee on March 14, 2006, 10:47:45 PM
I started out with a Kodak with less than 1mp.  When that started to freeze up every now and then so that I couldn't shoot, I got a Pentax 2mp which took nice sharp pictures but only had 2x zoom and I wanted more than that.  So I traded it in on an Olympus 750UZ - 4mp with 10x zoom.  That was great but too bulky to carry in my purse and I didn't always have it on hand for a quick snap so now I've added an Olympus Stylus 800, which is 8mp and has an anti-shake setting. 
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: AwakenedHeart on March 24, 2006, 03:54:29 AM
Well, I started my photography Adventure with my girlfriends Minolta Maxxum 5000 film Camera. Which I still have and really enjoy using.
I won an HP 635 photosmart at work, which is the first and only digital that I own. I would never spend money on an HP. I am NOT satisfied with what this camera can do. But I am having a BLAST anyway and it is making me hungry for a better camera. I have started saving for a good one. My HP does not do manual settings, which is what I want to be able to do. I WANT TO BE CREATIVE!
I am appreciating this topic. It is good to hear feedback on the different cameras.
Geri-Jean
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Ritz on March 24, 2006, 10:41:15 AM
I use a Canon EOS 20D. So far...I haven't felt limited. It's a pretty good one. Unfortunately, along with creative ability in your tools, comes a hefty price tag. There are lots of good choices out there, depending on your budget, but there are a few common denominators.

You need a camera with as many of these options as posible:
Interchangeable lenses.
Manual settings.
Highest megapixel count your budget allows.
Hot shoe.
Removeable media.

I'm sure I've left something out, but our fellow Brothers and Sisters will fill in the blanks. :)
Peace, Ritz.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Sue on March 24, 2006, 05:42:17 PM
Hot shoe?  Explain please.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Ritz on March 24, 2006, 06:04:29 PM
The slot on top of the camera where you can attatch an accessory flash.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Sue on March 24, 2006, 08:06:16 PM
Thank you.  I would never have figured that one out.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: DavidB on March 28, 2006, 01:05:26 PM
Hello, I "inherited" from my wife. Now she uses the newest Canon Rebel while I faithfully use the digital Rebel XT.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Ritz on March 28, 2006, 01:46:03 PM
 :thumbsup: Welcome David! Every camera in my house passes through two sets of hands too! ;D
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Mark on April 01, 2006, 11:52:29 PM
My main camera now is a Pentax *ist DL DSLR.  I also have a Pentax 35MM SLR which doesn't see much use now.  I have a Sony DSC-P93 which my kids use more than I do now, and a Minolta waterproof that uses the goofy Kodak Advantix film.  I bought it to take snorkeling with me on vacation once.  Never did go snorkeling with it but the kids thought it was fun to play with in the pool.

Mark
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Gracey on April 05, 2006, 04:50:42 PM
Well, i guess I'm kinda new here... though I've been lurking for a while.

I have three Nikons...the new D200, the D70 and an older coolpix 3200, and looking at the D50 as my third reall backup camera.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Ritz on April 05, 2006, 10:27:59 PM
Welcome Gracie! Good to have you here, please join us at new every morning...that's where we all "Hang out."
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Gracey on April 06, 2006, 06:09:46 AM
Thanks for the welcome - I've been reading the "New Every Morning" thread  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Ellette on April 18, 2006, 07:58:07 PM
I have a 20D.  It took a LOT of research and holding cameras before I decided to go with it.  It cost more than I wanted to spend, but I felt it was what I needed to do the best pictures I could in the hospital's low light.  I started in photography with a Pentax, then a Canon, and then I was kind of hoping to go to Olympus, but now unless I become uber-wealthy suddenly and unexpectedly so that I can go to a Hassleblad...I'll be sticking with Canon since I've got some nice lenses and 2 flashes for it and won't want to start over with a different brand.

I love my 20D though, I am very happy with it.

Sara
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: karmat on April 18, 2006, 10:28:36 PM
I (and my husband) each have digi rebels 300s.  Before that, I had a sony dsc-s30 (which now belongs to my 4 year old) and a sony F707 (which now belongs to my niece).  My husband had an olympus E10 (well, still has it if anyone wants to buy it.)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Art-as-Servant on April 27, 2006, 01:05:58 PM
My newest baby is the Nikon D200, but many uses still for the Nikon F5, Widelux F7, Mamiya RB67, Sinar P2, and the wonderful handmade 6x15cm 120 panoramic camera. :o
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Al Moak on April 27, 2006, 06:47:19 PM
I've got a Kodak 3900, and I have only one reason - I got it at a bargain price!  Seems to work well, but I sure would like to be able to do some macro shots.  I haven't figured out any way to do it with this Kodak.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Mainemom2005 on May 17, 2006, 08:27:12 AM
Hello,
   I canon elan 7 which i just love and a back-yo camera canon jt

I am looking to buy the canon30 d when it affordable in my pocket. I used to use pentax then switched. Love it and how it feels in my hand.

Terry
mainemom2005
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: nards656 on May 23, 2006, 09:45:43 AM
Love that Canon 300D Rebel :)  Need some better lenses, though!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Sue on May 28, 2006, 02:04:07 PM
I am such a lucky girl!

My parents puchased for me a Canon PowerShot SD450.  I am digital now!

I still have my Kodak Advantix but film for it is becoming hard to get.  I was hoping that I would be able to upgrade to a digital but knew it would be a while before it was affordable and then I had this wonderful gift given to me.

Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: ohenry on July 04, 2006, 10:55:47 AM
I started out in 1976 with a Canon AE-1 and migrated to Nikon, which I used until moving to digital.  3 years ago, I bought a Canon Digital Rebel, quickly realized that I wanted more and moved to a Canon 10D.  I recently found a used Canon 1Ds in exceptional shape at a price that I couldn't turn down and that is my current camera.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Pat on August 03, 2006, 09:52:14 PM

So, did you get rid of your other one? Or do you still have it?

My dream is to get the Nikon D70 but I'd even be happy with the D50 although it doesn't have the DOF button.

Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Barbarian on August 25, 2006, 09:29:36 PM
Hot shoe is nice to have, but I rarely use the built-in flash, much less an exertnal flash.

Since my Pentax DSLR can use all my ancient M42 lenses, I can use some really fast ones, that rarely need added lighting.

You can do that with Nikon, too, and supposedly also with Canon.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: mossphoto on April 24, 2007, 07:18:44 PM
I'm maybe a bit more serious than some, but for the DSLR, I love my Nikon D200. I also use a Phase One P25 digital back on my Mamiya 65AFD. I can also use that back with my Sinar 4x5 camera and when I use the adapter, and can get a 125MB image. It's great, but expensive.

For my India travel, I stick with the D200.

~V~
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Pat on April 24, 2007, 11:38:17 PM
Hi Vic! 

I can't tell you how happy I am to see you on the site.  We've had several of our members with serious illnesses lately so not much photography has been being talked about.

I have the D80 now.  I'm trying to get used to it.  So far, I'm really happy.

Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Neil on July 14, 2007, 01:49:36 PM
6 months ago i bought the Olympus E500 DSLR camera and i love it. I looked at various cameras, holding them to see how they felt and taking a few photos. I just liked the feel and performance of the E500. I bought the camera and a two lens kit and while it was an expense, it was well worth it...Of course, i'm  learning all the time and make many many mistakes.

I also have the Kodak Z740 which is also a nice little camera.


Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: BeautifullyBlessed on November 26, 2007, 05:50:59 PM
I'm a Nikon loyal.  I love the vibrant colors, the feel of it in my hands and the set-up.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Mark on March 02, 2008, 12:03:55 AM
Time to update my post here...

I had a decent Sony point and shoot.  It was stolen.  I replaced it with a cheap Olympus, mainly for my wife and son to use to take pictures of their favorite cat. ;)

I had a Pentax *ist DL.  I still have it but I've added a Pentax K10D, as of yesterday.  I took it to the zoo today.  Wow... I like it! 

I still have my Minolta waterproof.   

Mark :)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: ScottyBoy on March 02, 2008, 05:05:30 PM
   We may have to bring this topic back to life!


    I have Canon Rebel XTi, that my parents got for me on Christmas. I love it. <3
   


     I started out with a Sony. That's the camera the rest of my family uses. It's a good camera, but it only has two F stops.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Don on March 12, 2008, 08:49:53 AM
My first camera was a Kodac 110 instamatic that my boss gave me in 1969 for graduation. I used it a few years and then in the early 70's my wife and i took a trip to Texas to see my brother and i knew then i had to have a new camera. So when we returned home i bought a Canon AE1 and that is what i used until sometime in the early 2000's.

My first digital was a Sony F707 which was a great little camera (and still is) that my grandson who is 5 now uses. Then i bought the Canon 20D that i now use. It has been a great camera.   

   
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: jonathanlundy on September 29, 2008, 05:00:25 PM
Glad to see Canon is leading the way on this poll!

I've got a Canon EOS 40D and totally lovin it!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: SmokeytheDog on October 02, 2008, 03:33:06 AM
Well I went and bought my second Fuji digital camera, an 8000fd.
My Fuji S5500 was getting a little long in the tooth with only 3.2 megapixls. The 8000fd has 8.  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Summicron on October 02, 2008, 05:59:19 AM
Well I more or less started off with a Russian Cosmic 35 camera sometime in the 1960's, then progressed up to a Zenit E SLR, then went with Pracktica as the lenses were interchangeable. Used these cameras for years, the Practicas were ever so easy to load, and my favourite lens was an 80mm F1.8 Zeiss Pancolor. Then I moved on to Olympus, I didn't think they would fit into my meatloaf mitts but it did. Why Olympus, I spotted an Om1 in a junk shop window for just a few quid, tested it out everything seemed to be working just fine, so I bought it. I won a local photographic competition, and the prize money from that paid for a couple of tele lenses a 100mm and a 200mm Zuiko lenses, still got them, ended up with four Om1 bodies, and a collection of lenses.
   Now I'm on Leicas, two M6s and four lenses 35, 50, 90,  Summicrons hence my user name, & 135mm, and love the results from these optics. Yes I'm still on film, and have no desire to go digital at all, I like the feel of film cameras and their shape, and to be honest I detest the shape and look of digital cameras, they just look like amputated deformaties to me, in which half the camera has been cut away. I don't like the idea of holding a camera a foot or so in front of your face whilst you try to peer into an LCD screen that's barely visible in bright light.
   My main objection to digital, is that of alteration and manipulation of images, with film, what you see is what you get, there is a hard copy, with digital there is an electronic image, that's it, it can be manipulated altered, combined with other images to make any other image desired, in other words the potential for creating a lie, is endless. Are people in other generations going to be able to trust the pictures we take and say, this is what it was like then, really what it was like then? Yes there are honest folk recording the world as it is, but its just that element of nothing concrete, no hard copy to refer back too. Its in the book of Revelation about those who create a lie, and digital cameras to me just have that potential to create a lie, in the hands of those who want to distort history to their own political agenda.
   Back to cameras, the most beautiful cameras ever produced is the Contax Aria, its ever such a lovely shape and I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: jonathanlundy on October 02, 2008, 03:26:01 PM
Quote from: Summicron on October 02, 2008, 05:59:19 AM
   My main objection to digital, is that of alteration and manipulation of images, with film, what you see is what you get, there is a hard copy, with digital there is an electronic image, that's it, it can be manipulated altered, combined with other images to make any other image desired, in other words the potential for creating a lie, is endless. Are people in other generations going to be able to trust the pictures we take and say, this is what it was like then, really what it was like then? Yes there are honest folk recording the world as it is, but its just that element of nothing concrete, no hard copy to refer back too. Its in the book of Revelation about those who create a lie, and digital cameras to me just have that potential to create a lie, in the hands of those who want to distort history to their own political agenda.
   Back to cameras, the most beautiful cameras ever produced is the Contax Aria, its ever such a lovely shape and I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one.

I'd have to disagree here...There is just as much potential for altering film photography as there is on digital....

Quotewith film, what you see is what you get
...not necessarily...First off...The detail and color depths and tone that the human eye is capable of seeing is sooo much more true and accurately to the subject. Film cannot match what the eye can see.  Even the glass elements and lens protector on the lens of a film camera alter the true color and tone before it reaches the film...It is impossible to record an image perfectly accurate to how it looks through the human eye.

True digital images are easier to manipulate than film....but both are just capable of manipulation. With Film cameras you can take double exposures over the same frame on the roll of film.  Or how about a slow shutter of a moving object at night....? Theoretically that is not an accurate representation of the true subject as seen by the human eye.  Filters are also widely available for both film and digital.  All of this makes the image less accurate to original subject. These are all ways that manipulation can be done with a film camera.
Also film images, once developed can easily be scanned in and post processed on a computer the same way digital images can.

Therefore, "the potential for creating a lie" is just as possible in a film camera as it is done with a digital camera.

True...in generations to come...some images will be far from accurate to "the real thing"...but...photography is an art isn't it?  Just like painting or sculpting is an art.  Its one individuals perspective of a 3d object displayed on (usually, not sculpting for sculpting) a 2 dimensional surface (be-it paper or a screen).  Just so long as we don't say, "This is how it looked in real life." then its not a lie, its just art.

I don't mean to be controversial...I understand where you are coming from though. it does have the potential for being used for a political agenda.  but I believe if it is not used inappropriately it is just a form of art...the perspective of a single individual on a certain object.

Curious...What are others thoughts here? :) :) :)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: ScottyBoy on October 03, 2008, 11:58:36 AM
I totally understand where Summicron is coming from here.

But I think that editing photos is fun, and as long as you tell the people you edited your picture, it's not really lying.


Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: ScottyBoy on October 04, 2008, 01:48:26 PM
Quote from: Summicron on October 02, 2008, 05:59:19 AM
Yes I'm still on film, and have no desire to go digital at all, I like the feel of film cameras and their shape, and to be honest I detest the shape and look of digital cameras, they just look like amputated deformaties to me, in which half the camera has been cut away. I don't like the idea of holding a camera a foot or so in front of your face whilst you try to peer into an LCD screen that's barely visible in bright light.

Summicron, not all digital cameras are bad.

Take my Digital-SLR Camera for example.  And by the way, you have to look through the viewfinder on D-SLR cameras.

(https://www.christianphotographers.com/community/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi114.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn256%2Fjoylynn_03%2FDSC04738.jpg&hash=d566fc60b0a1a933ed2cdf9ee524c6dec8e42dc2)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: pao_alfonso on October 06, 2008, 02:49:37 AM
I have a Nikon D40 and a Casio Exilim Z75.

I lurve your lens, scottyboy!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: pao_alfonso on October 06, 2008, 02:53:47 AM
Quote from: jonathanlundy on October 02, 2008, 03:26:01 PM
Quote from: Summicron on October 02, 2008, 05:59:19 AM
   My main objection to digital, is that of alteration and manipulation of images, with film, what you see is what you get, there is a hard copy, with digital there is an electronic image, that's it, it can be manipulated altered, combined with other images to make any other image desired, in other words the potential for creating a lie, is endless. Are people in other generations going to be able to trust the pictures we take and say, this is what it was like then, really what it was like then? Yes there are honest folk recording the world as it is, but its just that element of nothing concrete, no hard copy to refer back too. Its in the book of Revelation about those who create a lie, and digital cameras to me just have that potential to create a lie, in the hands of those who want to distort history to their own political agenda.
   Back to cameras, the most beautiful cameras ever produced is the Contax Aria, its ever such a lovely shape and I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one.

I'd have to disagree here...There is just as much potential for altering film photography as there is on digital....

Quotewith film, what you see is what you get
...not necessarily...First off...The detail and color depths and tone that the human eye is capable of seeing is sooo much more true and accurately to the subject. Film cannot match what the eye can see.  Even the glass elements and lens protector on the lens of a film camera alter the true color and tone before it reaches the film...It is impossible to record an image perfectly accurate to how it looks through the human eye.

True digital images are easier to manipulate than film....but both are just capable of manipulation. With Film cameras you can take double exposures over the same frame on the roll of film.  Or how about a slow shutter of a moving object at night....? Theoretically that is not an accurate representation of the true subject as seen by the human eye.  Filters are also widely available for both film and digital.  All of this makes the image less accurate to original subject. These are all ways that manipulation can be done with a film camera.
Also film images, once developed can easily be scanned in and post processed on a computer the same way digital images can.

Therefore, "the potential for creating a lie" is just as possible in a film camera as it is done with a digital camera.

True...in generations to come...some images will be far from accurate to "the real thing"...but...photography is an art isn't it?  Just like painting or sculpting is an art.  Its one individuals perspective of a 3d object displayed on (usually, not sculpting for sculpting) a 2 dimensional surface (be-it paper or a screen).  Just so long as we don't say, "This is how it looked in real life." then its not a lie, its just art.

I don't mean to be controversial...I understand where you are coming from though. it does have the potential for being used for a political agenda.  but I believe if it is not used inappropriately it is just a form of art...the perspective of a single individual on a certain object.

Curious...What are others thoughts here? :) :) :)

um, i think that photos taken with film are also processed through the darkroom. some tweaking also goes on in there, right? its just that taking photos on digital SLRs are more convenient because the amount of postprocessing goes beyond just the brightness and contrast (and other minor tweaks) and can be done more easily through software.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: jonathanlundy on October 06, 2008, 10:31:24 AM
Quote from: pao_alfonso on October 06, 2008, 02:53:47 AM
um, i think that photos taken with film are also processed through the darkroom. some tweaking also goes on in there, right?
True! :)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: ScottyBoy on October 06, 2008, 02:04:58 PM
Good point, Pao.

And, thank you for you comment on my lens.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: smhead on March 26, 2009, 03:45:35 AM
Our main camera in the family is a Canon XSi, just bought it this year, very very pleased. Got the extended batter pack and a 16 gig card, wow! Love it!

But my heart is still in film. I shoot old cameras and film mostly because I really love the whole process of a mechanical camera with no batteries, a hand-held light meter, film, and processing my film at the kitchen sink. I started shooting with a Canon AE-1 and still have it, though it needs work. I usually shoot medium format in a Yashica Mat Twin lens reflex or a Mamiya RB67 Pro (a heavy monster indeed). I also shoot through cheap toy cameras, old consumer cameras, box cameras, and have a soft spot for the Soviet era rangefinders that copied the venerable Leica. They are amazing, like tanks!

There is something enjoyable about the mechanical process, lens distortion and vignetting, old glass and pure mechanical engineering that makes me stand in awe of light, its characteristics and how it can be channeled through a lens onto chemicals to make an image.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: knowhim on March 26, 2009, 05:36:47 PM
I use a Canon EOS 30D but also have a Fuji that takes very good photos. I just enjoy taking photos and using PhotoShop.

:)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Pat on March 26, 2009, 07:41:14 PM
It's interesting to see everyone's preferences in the gear that they use.

I used to do film but it was just too expensive and I find that with digital, I can take hundreds of photos without thinking "cost" and for me that makes a huge difference.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: SmokeytheDog on March 28, 2009, 01:36:03 AM
My wife bought her first digital camera a while back, now we are both Fuji people. Me with my 8000fd, and her with her 1000fd. Although my first SLR was a Pentax Spotmatic II (which I still have). If it had not been for the match-needle light meter which is no good in low light,  I probably would still be using it. I got many years of service from that camera.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: smhead on March 28, 2009, 12:30:14 PM
We used a Fuji Finepix S5000 for years and years. Its an above-basic camera, but its a non-SLR. I was impressed by it, it has the look of a mini-DSLR, lots of great features and can even be used in a pseudo manual mode. Not real flexible, but on automatic it takes really great pictures (6MP max resolution, good optical zoom, very good spot metering). We loved it so much that when my son and I dropped the first on overboard on a boting trip through the swamps here, we salvaged the SD card and bought another one cheap because they are old enough that factory refurbs can be had really cheaply on fleabay.

While not state of the art, we got years of great photos out of it. Well made, highly reviewed, great photos -  I like Fuji.

Now that we have the Canon XSi, the Fuji will not be used as much, but we will keep it because it is a superb little camera. Even the video it takes is nice, very little loss and compression artifacts.

I have nothing bad to say about the Fuji Finepix line. My inlaws even bought one after handling ours, doing hours of consumer reports research, and my father in law is a hard-to-please NASA rocket scientist, so if he likes it, we know its a worthy camera!  :)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: juanital on April 22, 2009, 09:57:36 AM
Have used the 110-35mm films throughout life just for the sake of having photos. But when I realized the digital was instanteous and you could just push the delete button for those that didn't turn out without waiting to see how disappointed you were after getting the pics back from film-I decided to go for it...Photosmart 315 1st really inexpensive digital before upgrading to a Fujifilm E500 3 months later. Then the kids got an Olympus SP510UZ for Christmas the following year, which took nice pics was so slow for shutter delay-Then in-steps Nikon D40-which I tried and fell in love with but didn't purchase til a year later-that and a D300. I chose those because it felt good in my hand. I could of chosen any of the others as easy and wish I could have one of each as well, but that's simply a dream!!!

Sorry, hope that wasn't long-winded!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: mrsbentine on September 08, 2009, 11:22:05 AM
I currently own a rebel xti but I am upgrading in a month to the canon 5d!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Pat on September 09, 2009, 02:49:41 AM
Wow!  That will be a great camera to have!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: SteveB on November 16, 2009, 06:08:02 AM
First of all, I'll clearly (I hope) say that the camera brand does not matter as long as it is capable of doing what you want and doesn't get in the way of capturing the images that you see with your mind.

Having said that, we all have preferences.   I'm a Nikon user, but not simply from brand loyalty.   I used to use Canon film cameras, and my first dslr was also a Canon (a D30).  When it came time to upgrade to a dslr with more megapixels a few years ago, I almost "automatically" bought a 30D, which was Canon's lastest and greatest at the time.   But I did some comparison shopping, and the first time I held a D200 in my hands I knew that I was going to jump ship and be a Nikon guy...  it just felt so much better, very well-built and solid with all the controls in the right places...  it felt more like an extension of my hands than a camera.   I've been extremely satisfied with that decision, and now have a D300 as my main camera.   I had my D200 converted for infrared, which I still use a lot.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: mrsbentine on November 22, 2009, 11:16:05 AM
Ive had my canon 5d now for about 3 months and am inlove.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Whistlinsadler on April 24, 2010, 10:36:18 PM
I currently mostly use a Canon Rebel XT I inherited from my brother in law. He's moved up to a bigger and better Canon, can't remember the model.

I started my odyssey years ago with a Chinon film SLR, an odd hybrid--slr, but fully automatic, fixed lens. Limited creativity, but great pictures for an automatic.

Moved digital with a cheap, cheap 5mp. Had a used Olympus E500 for a short while, but passed that on for various reasons (great quality machine, though). Recently inherited the Rebel and am very happy with it.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: SmokeytheDog on June 10, 2010, 03:17:52 AM
Sometime I am going to get my hands on one of the new Pentax K-X's
(the stormtrooper white one). I'd like to be able to use some of that old Pentax glass I bought over the years. I don't care too much for being able to use all the features, as long as I can manual focus and get a meter reading. I guess I'm old fashoned. When my old spotmatic's battery died I could still take photos. I'd just eyeball it, and it would come out pretty good. I used bulk loaded tri-x exclusively for decades. If a battery dies today, all you have is a doorstop.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: jackiejay on November 02, 2010, 08:53:53 AM
I own an Olympus E-450 I got for my B-Day in sept from My betterhalf I had a little point and shoot vivatar I still use at times But I love my olympus I have a lot to learn but I have a lifetime.:)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Mark on November 02, 2010, 06:17:47 PM
I'm still using my Pentax K-10D but I've added new toys to the pile.  I bought a cheap Pro Optic fish-eye which has been fun to play with, and I just got a nice Sigma 50mm f1:1.4 prime that is really sweet.  If you're looking for gear, I highly recommend KEH.com for used (and some new) gear.  Great outfit to deal with!

Mark
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: 3739 on December 15, 2010, 08:58:10 PM
I use Nikon D40 as my main camera. Still waiting for the D300s replacement before it gets replaced.

I got a number of P&S. 2 Olympus, 1 Sony, 1 Epson, 2 Camera Phones (Samsung & Sony Ericsson). Planning to get a Panasonic Lumix LX5 or Canon S95 this Christmas.

The LORD provides. =)
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: JudyB on December 15, 2010, 11:19:35 PM
Wow that is great!  Welcome back!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Jeanne Lee on December 20, 2010, 11:38:35 AM
That's quite a collection, 3934!  How on earth do you decide which one to use?
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: JudyB on December 20, 2010, 03:20:25 PM
Jeanne I was wondering that too!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: 3739 on December 25, 2010, 07:12:42 AM
Quote from: Jeanne Lee on December 20, 2010, 11:38:35 AM
That's quite a collection, 3934!  How on earth do you decide which one to use?

It's more like a collection really.  ;)

My first camera was an Olympus Camedia C-3000 Zoom bought in 2003/4... can't remember. Then the Sony Cybershot P72 unexpectedly arrived a year later. It was a gift along with my new Vaio laptop.

Somehow the Olympus still takes better stills with all the manual mode. But I use the Sony with movie recording as with the 640x480 as compared to the tiny 30 second limit of the Oly. Sometimes I use the Sony for quick snaps along with the Epson, and the newer Olympus FE-20.

I also had the camera phone. Samsung SGH-E900 and then was replaced by my Sony Ericsson Elm just this month. I still use both of them today considering I live in the Philippines; most people has 2 or more phones from different networks.  ;D

My Epson L-300 was bought used because my old camera's were unavailable and I need to go to an immersion. I can't bring my DSLR as it will be too much of an attention. Now, I am using it whenever I go biking.

Few months later, the Olympus FE-20 was impulsively bought cheap for less than 50 USD in the States during thanksgiving.

I still use my D40 for major events; investing on lenses from time to time when the LORD provides. Now I need a real replacement/upgrade for my Olympus Camedia. Either the Lumix LX-5 or the Canon S95. I will be using it for landscape photography (as it will be carried along my climb to Mt. Kitanglad) and an everyday camera.

My weakness is selling one of these items. Memories and sentimental value lies on every investment I made on these cameras.
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: VisualCatalyst on March 03, 2011, 04:32:15 PM
I use a Canon 7D and a Canon Rebel XS (a bit of a gap in technology).
I use Canon because I was once told that only Canon-made lenses can go onto the different models (like a 85mm f/1.8 could be used on any digital Canon). Buying a Nikon would mean that everytime I upgraded my camera body, I would have to rebuy all the lenses...I was so new to cameras that I just said "sure, cool, I'll get one of those then!"...good times! Haha! 2 or 3 years later, I still use Canon!
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Jacqueline on September 02, 2017, 11:44:37 AM
Oh dear my brand the Panasonic is only in the 3% bracket, thought Panasonic was more popular....
Panasonic Lumix...DMC - TZ5...
Talking of first cameras...that would have been the old " Box Kodak Brownie, " well it was my mothers or my grans..and of course being a youngster, was rather a heavy camera...but it was all we knew...Oh and the Kodak factory was not far from where I grew up, the factory was - in Harrow ( UK ) but, I believe it closed down...last year..
Title: Re: What's Your Camera Brand?
Post by: Barbarian on October 04, 2017, 10:51:26 PM
Quote from: Mark on November 02, 2010, 06:17:47 PM
I'm still using my Pentax K-10D but I've added new toys to the pile.  I bought a cheap Pro Optic fish-eye which has been fun to play with, and I just got a nice Sigma 50mm f1:1.4 prime that is really sweet.  If you're looking for gear, I highly recommend KEH.com for used (and some new) gear.  Great outfit to deal with!

Mark

Pentax is a great brand (Ricoh now owns them, but wisely kept the Pentax marque).    At any given price point, Pentax outperforms other brands.   I recently purchased a Kp, and I'm very, very happy with it.

And yes, KEH is a reliable and ethical company.    You can be sure that when they rate a camera's condition, it precisely matches their published rating scale.