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Even though I would recommend a compact digital camera for most users,
I wanted a camera that could take better pics in bad lightning, and freeze
actions better. Since I had a rather nice Canon EF 35-135 USM from before,
I bought a 400D, together with a Tamron 17-50/2.8.

I've just started to test it, but I hope that it will give me and maybe you too
some memorable moments of basset joy.

Here's some pics (reduced in size and quality):









The pics from last walk also was taken with the same camera:

http://www.heatherweb.com/cyberhound/board...amp;#entry34958


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That second shot of Doris is very nice Steinar.

Odd. I am in the exact same boat as yourself. I have a couple lenses from my 35mm Canon Rebel, and was just kind of waiting for the prices to come down on a digital replacement so I can use the same lenses. Your pics are just making me want to do it sooner rather than later. I miss my old camera!
 

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Great pics - al always!!

I don't think you can take a bad pic of Emma & Doris! They just get more and more lovely each time I see them.

Thanks!
 

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They both look very regal! I agree!

I have to say, I'm very envious of your camera. I have been drooling over the Canon 30d for some time just waiting for the extra funds to flow so I can get it!
 

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The third picture was especially beautiful.

I have a compact camera and as you say they really lack
something if you want to take pictures in bad lighting, but I've
also discovered that the pictures comes out really glary when
I take pictures in bright sun ligth.

Is the only solution for these two problems to get a better camera?
 

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The third picture was especially beautiful.

I have a compact camera and as you say they really lack
something if you want to take pictures in bad lighting, but I've
also discovered that the pictures comes out really glary when
I take pictures in bright sun ligth.

Is the only solution for these two problems to get a better camera?[/b]
I have a nikon d50 and the standard 18-55mm lens that it comes with. We have some other nikon bayonet mount (nikkor) lenses that work with it, which was nice. We ended up buying a fabulous tamron macro lens (yoikes on the price) and a telephoto for the d50. I still use the standard lens more than anything and I take lots of pictures.

I just bought this weekend a canon sd800IS point and shoot. It takes some getting used to, but I'm beginning to really like it. My test model is not that crazy about having the big camera shoved in his face, so this seems easier on him.

One thing you might want to do is go to somewhere like dpreview.com and search for cameras and read the reviews. Next, go to flickr and search by camera and then search by subject or keyword and see if what you see is what you like.

That is what I did before I bought the canon. I also bought it locally, I wanted to feel it first.

Steinar, the girls are gorgeous as usual.

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As I said in opening post, I would recommend a digital compact to 9 of 10 users.
They fit in a handbag or a pocket, don't create a lot of attention, can be held far
away from the normal eye position, and if you just take enough pics, you will
surely get a lot of decent photos. You just have to live with it's limitations.
I had a Pentax Optio S, and despite the fact it had "just" 3 mb pixels, it produced
a lot of fine pics. After that was destroyed, I bough an Agfa T6, which is some
Asian produced camera sold under a lot of different brands. It's 6 mb but has
problems with several thing, like colors and whitebalance. Especially when I'm
in the forest, the available light is often not enough to get so short exposure that
moving targets become sharp.

The reason for buying a Canon 400D, was that I had a lens from before, I've
been rather satisfied with the brand and it's easy to find a lot of new and used
equipment cheap. It has spesifications and performance like a professional camera,
but lack some in appearence and build quality. Some people find it too small to
get a good grip, but I think it's size and weight is a good thing. I like it very much
so far, but I'm having problems getting used to the focus system, which is 9 spots
compared to a center spot which I'm most used to.

I've had Nikon before, and they make good cameras, but they and Pentax seem
to have been overrun by Canon lately, offering more for the same price.
Most of all, I wanted an EOS 5D, but it costs 3 times more, and I'm careful buying
an expensive camera, which is outdated 2 years later.

Lala, I looked at your pics from the new Canon sd800IS and they look great!
 

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I'm so glad you got a new camera, post many pictures cause you have such a gift for taking beautiful photos. I have a very cheap camera and so wish I could upgrade.
 

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Some of the things that I want from a camera are things that requires
those big and/or expensive lenses. So in order to be satisfied I guess
I would have to upgrade. On the other hand I usually take pictures on
walks in the woods, and I don't know how practical it would be to carry
one of those big monsters on long walks.

Thank you for the tip lala, I'll be sure to check it out as soon as my exams
are over.
 

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yeah. these pictures are really nice. seems like it was worth the cost. especially with such nice doggies to photograph. Doris has such nice fore-quarters. Wow.
 

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Kaira,

The key to getting good shots in bad light with a point and shoot is (from what I have found):

1. turn off the flash or tape a little tissue paper to soften the glare of it
2. get a tripod


Now getting your dog to hold still is a completely different matter entirely. I have found that I like to wait for a nice overcast day and take as many pics as I possibly can. Overcast skies are the absolute best for picture taking light.
 

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Great photos. :) You always had a way with photos but I think the clarity is exceptional in these. You can't beat a Canon, if you can figure out how to get the settings correct. And if you can afford all the extra lenses for those special shots. I gave up and just put my husband's Canon on 'auto'. (I am VERY low-tech :rolleyes: ) And I only use the wide angle lense...
 
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