Digital Camera Poll

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Jim T, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. bpate

    bpate Member

    Revisit of tread... What Digital accessories are used?

    Interesting to find this tread as I was just about to post a similar one. Other than the camera and software, what other accessories are useful? For example tripods or off-camera lighting.

    I asked Casey a while back what photographic equipment he used as Casey presents such great work. I have been researching Digital cameras of late and have just purchased a Dimage 7Hi in the UK for £579 excluding VAT (about US$920) at a place called Costco. High street price is still about £900. I am taking it back to Australia with me so I get the VAT back. They sell for A$1980 in Australia (that's about US$1300). Couldn't find the earlier unit and the newer Dimage A1 is essentially the same with again more features.

    I have some good software that came with a digital pen/pallette and hope to be able to use that.

    The fact that Casey achieves such great results with his Dimage was a major influence in the decision, so thank you Casey. It would have been handy to have come across this tread a bit earlier so it may be worthwhile making it a 'sticky' or part of the Academy.

    As to the Dimage, I am looking forward to learning how to use it. A few quick test shots shows it is an excellent piece of kit, however I don't think I have seen an uglier camera except for those that come with instructions written only in Cyrillic or Estonian. :)
  2. Barry, thanks for the compliments. :)

    I don't think you will regret your purchase. The DiMage is an excellent camera in every respect. I've had mine for 2 years now and still have no complaints other than there are still some features I have never learned to use. :rolleyes: But one of these days... ;)
  3. bpate

    bpate Member

    A pleasure Casey, the camera certainly seems to have all and more than what I will need. I like the range of the lense. Now I can at least join in a bit with some photo postings. I am initially modelling an English landscape and farm buildings. An Australian timber yard will follow. Will that be OK as the photo postings I have seen to date in the forum are primarily US or Canadian? I am planning on a modular approach whereby I can swap out scenery blocks to suit British, Australia or North American settings as appropriate. At least that is my aim as I can't bring myself to stick to one country's railways exclusively.

  4. I don't think anyone is going to object :D ;)

    Your plan sounds similar to one that MikeB over at RR-L Forums is following. He is a Brit living in St. Louis, Mo., so his layout is actually 2 different railroads. One is a British-themed road with Hornby equipment. The other is North American-themed.
  5. bpate

    bpate Member

    Thanks Casey, I belong to that forum as well so will see how MikeB is getting on.

  6. My camera

    I have a Cannon A60 2.1 megapixel camera.

    Its good enough for tourist-y type photos
  7. Roger Wellman

    Roger Wellman New Member

    I have been working with the Sony Cyber-shot DCS-F-505V for about a year and a half, and have several thousand photo's on file (burned onto CD's). It is a 3.3 megapixel camera, with a 10X zoom (including the digital ...but the digital mode usually adds "noise" or distortion) and I usually shoot things on the high end for good quality. I have four or five tripods that I use (based on need) and edit material with MGI PHOTO SUITE (supplied by Sony) and find it very workable. Occasionally I use Adobe Photo Delux 4.0 ... but usually go back to MGI. I do a lot of close-up with macro ... but lately have been having some problems with soft focus. I also use filters on the lens including a UV filter to cut outdoor haze, and a circular polarizing filter to cut down or eliminate glare and harsh reflections from sunlight. I also recomment getting s sunshade for the lens to cut down cross glare (that ghost light that gets into the picture).
  8. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Mine's not really a digital camera so much as it's a digital camcorder! ;)

    I have the Panasonic PV-DV73 - passable as a camera, incredible as a camcorder.

    I also got a PCMCIA card that reads all sorts of memory cards, the SD card included... Just swap in the card and presto!
  9. bpate

    bpate Member

    A quick update on my Dimage purchase. I originally stated:

    'I ...just purchased a Dimage a place called Costco.'

    I though it best to check about the VAT refund requirements before arriving at the airport. To cut a long story short the Costco store don't have the appropriate forms and I would not have been able to get the VAT refund so they took back the camera. I was able to find the Dimage 7i model for £630 and have the VAT refund forms in hand so will get about £70 back. I don't need the extra features the 7Hi has so I am a happy shopper!

    Moral? A VAT refund in the UK requires a special VAT refund form filled out by the store and is refunded after the forms are processed at the airport.

  10. trainworm

    trainworm Member

    i have a Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4 MP camera and i use MGI photosuite to do my editing.
  11. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Camera: Nikon CoolPix 2500

    Scanners: HP ScanJet 5p, Olympus ES-10

    Software: Paint Shop Pro 6, Photoshop 6, Nikon View 5

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