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Upper Midwest Gardening: Let's talk about cameras

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KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 22, 2010
7:40 AM

Post #8169280

I'm looking for a new camera. My Kodak EasyShare Z760 has been a wonderful camera, and it's served me well for the past several years, but it's getting a little dated. It's a 6.1 megapixel camera with a small zoom capability. I'm looking for something with a much bigger zoom (at least 12X but probably more in the super-zoom range of 20X or better.) Good point-and-shoot controls are important to me, but I also want to be able to fiddle with the settings like an SLR to some degree. I also want to be able to shoot video with the camera (but most do, so that's probably a moot point.) I've been looking at the Panasonic Lumix FZ40 and the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, to give you an idea of the sort of camera I'm after.

So...what brands/models have you guys had great (or lousy) experiences with? Have any thoughts or recommendations? Care to show some sample images taken with your camera?
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2010
11:51 AM

Post #8183316

Both the Canon and Panasonic you mention are great. Best place for unbiased reviews = DPReview.com. Though "retired" I still teach photography part-time at U.W. in Madison. Plenty of classes you could/should take.

This message was edited Oct 29, 2010 12:52 PM
Anna_Z
Monroe, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 30, 2010
3:14 PM

Post #8185611

Yeah, I NEED to take a class...my Canon 50D has waaaay more smarts than me. LOL
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 31, 2010
6:01 PM

Post #8187490

Will not be so after you take one of my classes. I also give private lessons. Maybe send me a DM? I love helping people get more excited about photography.
Anna_Z
Monroe, WI
(Zone 4b)

November 1, 2010
4:15 AM

Post #8187972

Well, I need to see if our local Blackhawk Tech will have a camera class in their next class session. Much easier for me to drive 10 miles to the tech campus than 50 to Madison. :>) I will remember that, tho, and see what happens.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2010
6:22 AM

Post #8188128

I think the little Watertown campus of MATC has a non-credit photography class. I know I'm going to at least take the introduction to digital photography in the spring. Thanks for the input, gasrocks! I may just take you up on hitting you up with a D-mail if I have any questions. :)
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2010
10:32 AM

Post #8188519

I have students from both Watertown and Beliot areas who took those classes and, since they learned only a little, then mine. They say they learned 10x times more. Yes, driving is no fun especially in the winter.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

November 13, 2010
10:07 AM

Post #8209582

The new Consumer Reports just came out with more camera ratings if anyone's looking for a new one. I think they also rated batteries in cameras.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 15, 2010
6:26 AM

Post #8212474

Personally, I would not go by Consumer Reports as they are not photographers. So many good review sites on the net.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 18, 2011
12:54 PM

Post #8317450

I just thought I'd update this thread. My husband bought me the Panasonic DMC-FZ40 for Christmas! I had showed it to him suggesting that this was the camera I was saving up for and I was surprised and excited to see it under the Christmas tree. :)

So far it's been a great camera. I have yet to learn all that I can do with it, but I've been experimenting some. I just wish the weather was more agreeable (or that I agreed more with the weather) so I could get outside and start taking some shots. It's going to be a long wait until spring to start capturing garden shots!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 18, 2011
2:25 PM

Post #8317603

Congrats on the new camera! Hmm - photos of ice aren't as inspiring as photos of green stuff, right?
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 18, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8318213

I actually did take photos of ice(icles) today! I was that desperate. ;)
Anna_Z
Monroe, WI
(Zone 4b)

January 19, 2011
4:11 AM

Post #8318470

hard to get icicles and hoarfrost pix to look like the eye sees them...
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 19, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8319461

Have to agree with Anna. Took some icicle photos last year as they were all sparkly and very crystalline and ended up with gray. :(
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 20, 2011
10:23 AM

Post #8320596

I gave it a shot. No tripod. Messed a bit with the settings, but since I was standing out in the cold freezing and trying to take a very spur of the moment picture I got some camera shake and blurriness (the camera does a good job of compensating most of the time.)

Not awful, but nothing to write home about, either. hehe

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 20, 2011
2:36 PM

Post #8321031

I think it takes practice. DH says I'm too impatient so a lot of my shots come out blurry. I do try to be spontaneous though but am often disappointed with my composition.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 20, 2011
3:52 PM

Post #8321151

I agree, Cindy--takes practice. I'm a newbie. But I definitely want to become a better photographer.

On another note...I think I should've cleaned out the gutters this past fall. Whoops.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

January 21, 2011
7:15 AM

Post #8322155

Look at it this way - you wouldn't have had such icy subject matter if the gutters were clear. :)

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