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Camera choices

Postby WSW77 » Thu May 07, 2009 11:30 am

Hoping to hear from the photography enthusiasts in the group. I normally take pictures with a Nikon D50 SLR. I have a great lens for it (18mm-200mm) and filters. It is great for the boat and when you have someone with you. But what do you suggest when you are on a trip that is mostly wading (flats or river)? I certainly do not want to wade with that thing slung on my shoulder. But I want excellent quality and fill flash. Anybody have any suggestions on a top notch digital point & shoot? :D

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Re: Camera choices

Postby mb82 » Thu May 07, 2009 11:37 am

Not sure if I would call it top notch simply because of the almost total lack of a zoom but my Olympus SW770 is great, waterproof takes good enough photos to make my friends think I actually know what I am doing and did I mention it is waterproof. I had it in my pocket all day yesterday and didn't even really notice it was there, so small sized.
One of the features I really like about it is the shoot and select, I use it when releasing fish I put the camera underwater and hold down the shutter and it keeps taking pictures till I release the button.
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Re: Camera choices

Postby BlueHeron » Thu May 07, 2009 1:03 pm

No expert on this - di a little research over a year ago and I got the Pentax Optio W30. I was tired of missing pictures when kayaking because the camera was in a dry bag. So got this waterproof one. It takes nice pictures, and is easy to use. The shutter lag (typical of P&S) is the major annoyance ,as I am used to an SLR. But being able to have it at my fingertips anywhere is very nice. I got a neoprene case with a magnetic flap closure that lets me carry it on my belt so it is right there.
I have not been submersing it. Specs out as good to 10 feet or something - but I am wary to test that. I do rinse the salt off under the fauscet however - no problems.
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Re: Camera choices

Postby WSW77 » Thu May 07, 2009 1:34 pm

So picture quality is good w/ the Pentax. I would be using this on the water in the Bahamas and Alaska so I want good quality pictures since I would not have my SLR.

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Re: Camera choices

Postby mb82 » Thu May 07, 2009 1:46 pm

Here are a few shots I took when I first got the camera. Still had everything on the Auto settings. The only thing I did to them was shrink the image.
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You can be the judge of the image quality, this is with the 7MP camera, they have a 10MP out now.
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Re: Camera choices

Postby bhorsley » Thu May 07, 2009 4:25 pm

Jeff nice stuff
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Re: Camera choices

Postby mb82 » Thu May 07, 2009 9:59 pm

Thanks Brian.
The sunrise one I wish I had gotten my camera out quick enough because when I first saw the shot the sun was not over the horizon yet and it was really good looking, the sun really washed out the colors of the morning.
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Re: Camera choices

Postby BlueHeron » Thu May 07, 2009 11:47 pm

Examples are a great idea - nice shots Jeff.
here are a few I took with the pentax optio.
I chose all pics taken from the kayak - I could not have taken any of these if it wasn't waterproof, compact and easy to operate. Some are winter shots - any I'm not big on having my hand out of my pogie for long!
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