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Forum topic by surfin2 posted 02-02-2010 08:06 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2010 08:06 AM

With all the awesome projects that are being shown on Ljs I was wondering what kind of camera is being used to show there work, point & shot or advanced camera, I’m sure some are done with a D-SLR. What brand do you prefer and ease of use…

-- Rick

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 08:31 AM

I love my Nikon D-40. D-SLR. It wil take all my old Nikon lens from film days, but I never use them anymore.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 10:06 AM

I love my Canon G10, though it’s a bit spendy for just recording woodworking projects…

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 03:30 PM

I’m still using my old Olympus Camedia that I got about 9 years ago. I bought a Canon Cool Pix last year but hate it. It comes nowhere near the quality that the old Olympus has.


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#4 posted 02-02-2010 06:46 PM

Greetings Rick…That’s a good name.. I like it….lol. Ok—- I use a Kodak Easy Share Z730 w. printer. It takes good pics, and not only use it for woodworking pics, but other pixs, too. Works great…...... later.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 07:20 PM

Nikon CP8800

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 07:34 PM

I’m with you, Topa! Nikon D-40. ditto about the lenses, we got some minolta lenses that fit, but we’ve never needed ‘em. I bought the D-40 for my wife for Christmas, and she won’t let me use it! So my pics here are with the old Canon A-400, which still does a great job for an old camera. I just found out how to take out the chip; I’ve been downloading via the little cable all this time!!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 07:38 PM

Any camera will do.

The lighting is more important than the camera for pictures destined to be seen on a screen. And a little touch-up in your favorite photo editing program helps a lot too (many are free downloads).

A lot of my projects were taken with a cheap point-n-shoot digital camera.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 02-02-2010 09:33 PM

Opps… I called it a “Canon” Cool Pix in my earlier post… in fact, it’s a NIKON Cool Pix.


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#9 posted 02-02-2010 09:43 PM

I’ll second Blake – proper lighting will make your pictures better more than a higher cost camera will. if you have proper lighting – no touch up would be needed in post op (like photoshop).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 12:51 AM

My son uses a Olympus Camedia to take picuures of his minatures, so it sould be ok for ww projects.

Poopiekat, That Nikon D-40 will hold about 5,000 meduim format pictures!! I have to unload it once in a while to get a pic.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 02-03-2010 12:55 AM

+1 for the Kodak easy-share

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#12 posted 02-07-2010 09:01 AM

I ask’d this with hopes of answering acouple questions…[kill 2 birds with one stone] how many D-SLRs are out there in the WW community. I figure if you care that much about your tools to get the job done right with as little extra work as possible than you’d expect the same from your camera. Which leaves out a point & shoot. I know you can get great results from a cheapo but the work that it entails makes you a hippocratic. Don’t get me wrong there are a few times that you’ll luck out and P&S & presto you got the perfect shot but you can count them on one hand. doctoring up a photo is very time consuming plus something else you have to learn. Learn how to use your camera and read light and you won’t have to do anything else {even P&S’s if you can turn off the flash or duck tape it]. The flash on a P&S or any camera for that matter is just about worthless. It does so much more harm then good. Off the camera bounce flash makes your pics come alive. Which makes a D-SLR a more valuable tool for presenting your works of art. Another WW write about mirror lock up, fstops, apertures, polarizers. I’ll bet that left 98% of you’s shaking your head. None of this pertains to P&S cameras. I’ve takin plenty of still pics from calendars, album covers, posters [picture of a picture] and never used mirror lock up, the only time that the mirror stayed up longer than usual was for night timed exposure landscapes. You have no choice…

I was hoping to hear you talk about what you like about your cameras like you do with your tools…

Once you use an SLR you can’t go backwards meaning P&S you have to go D-SLR.
Shutter lag is another reason to stay clear of P&S cameras. Shutter lag whats that… My camera doesn’t have that. The time delay it takes to go to the next shot. 2.5 to 6 seconds depending on the camera brand.

Topa & Abbot, how much do you use your other lenses… When I started, I collected 5 fixed focal. 4 zooms. The one I carried all the time was 80-210 zoom, when I got N8008 it came with a 35-85 which was nice but it just didn’t cut it.

I understand there’s alot of you that are just interested in click, upload, I’m done…

-- Rick

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#13 posted 02-07-2010 09:47 AM

I’m getting lazy in my old age ;-) I let the Nikon do its thing most of the time. I haven’t used my old lens at all on the digital. The electronic ones are so much lighter, I went ahead and got one that goes out to 105mm. I use my 18-55mm most of the time.

I have never gotten into filters much except for a 1a skylight, I put it on to protect the lens in case it gets dropped. Once in a while I might fiddle with a polarizer, but not a lot any more. Mostly, I used to shoot at 125 or 60, unless I was dong something special. I don’t really pay much attention to what the digital is doing :-) I stuck to those speeds because I used a lot of fill in flash. The old Nikkormat did synchronize any thing above those speeds.

The only time I ever used my mirror lock was for taking close ups with extension tubes. The mirror flopping around in there can cause a problem once in a while. I have taken a lot of “pictures of pictures”. Mostly of documents we couldn’t copy because of lack of access to a copier or family photos for my wife when she was doing genealogical research.

I’m not really a camera expert, but I probably know more than the average guy on the street ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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