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Digital Photo Resolution

What digital photo resolution do you recommend?

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Leon Stewart

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To go off topic for a minute, i'm trying to find digital cameras with a "wide" Angle feature, but none of the top cameras seem to identify this feature in their spec's. Does anyone know what cameras have this feature built in?

leon
 

Steve Owen

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My Nikon Cool Pix 5000 will go to about 35mm equivalent and about 125 mm equivalent telephoto without digital zoom. You can probably find these kinds of specs on a lot of the manufacturer's web sites. This camera also has telephoto and wide angle adapters available.

If you want to spend really big bucks, the Cannon D series will take all of the Cannon EOS lenses, but with slightly lower equivalents on the wide angle end.
 

Larry Lyke

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Leon --

Not per se, but most otf the standard cameras have two optical sizes. I consider the standard size to be wide-angle and the telephoto to be close-up. My camera has a third size, the 3x enlargement, but that's computer generated and not optical, so the resolution is a tad muddy.

That is about what it amounts too, too I'm now using a Kodak DX3600. Very good and inexpensive. Bought it used for $240 from Kodak's own website, then added a dock.

About file sizes to Clients: At the lower-resolution, color photos we're talking about, I'll bet you some Clients are printing the photos in black and white.

For my hard copy, I print black and white on the laser printer. They are far superior to the color photos in gradation.
 

Joe Sloan

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The Sony Mavica is particulary bad for wide shots but great for zoom.
Go to Ebay and purchase a really cheap wide angle lens that screws on the front of your Mavica standard lens. Also throw away your lens caps and get UV filters, so you don't have to put it on and take it off.

I printed the 640 X 480 and the next two sizes up on my Mavica to typical paper. The house I took a picture of didn't look much different in any of the photos.

Joe Sloan
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Three things to do with file size for pics.

1. Set camera to middle quality.

2. Use file compression in the appraisal software.

3. If your software has it, use smaller photo size.

I use Athena with 60% compression. Small pic size is 20% smaller than 3 x 5. Camera is Kodak 210 set to better quality and standard resolution.

I can do a 15 page report with seven pictures in about 1.2 megs. If you use Adobe Distiller you can cut file size down to about 500kb and with cable modem send in less an 20 seconds.

For Leon..... The kodak DC 210 has a 29 mm lens (good enough to stand on sidewalk in front of house and get the whole thing) with 2x zoom. You can buy them all day long on ebay for around $100 ~ $125.00 with 20 meg cards (will hold 200 pics). No docks to mess with and very fast down load to program with sandisk reader for about $20.
 

bradellis

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About wide amgles=

Most Digicam instruction books or spec sheets give the 35MM equivalent for the lenses.

The standard for 35MM photography is 50MM (it is 80MM for the 6x6 format, but you will not find that in the books)

So, any equivalent below 50MM is wide angle and anything above is telephoto.

Brad Ellis, IFA, RAA
 

Leon Stewart

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The Sony Mavica is particulary bad for wide shots but great for zoom.
Go to Ebay and purchase a really cheap wide angle lens that screws on the front of your Mavica standard lens. Also throw away your lens caps and get UV filters, so you don't have to put it on and take it off.

I printed the 640 X 480 and the next two sizes up on my Mavica to typical paper. The house I took a picture of didn't look much different in any of the photos.

Joe Sloan

Joe:

I saw those cheap Wide Angle and Telephoto lenses on ebay last night for $ 10 each. I think they are made somewhere in Iowa, but how do you know what you are getting? I know it's only $ 10 but the bigger picture is being a participant in a "Scam".

leon
 

Leon Stewart

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Leon --

Not per se, but most otf the standard cameras have two optical sizes. I consider the standard size to be wide-angle and the telephoto to be close-up. My camera has a third size, the 3x enlargement, but that's computer generated and not optical, so the resolution is a tad muddy.

That is about what it amounts too, too I'm now using a Kodak DX3600. Very good and inexpensive. Bought it used for $240 from Kodak's own website, then added a dock.

About file sizes to Clients: At the lower-resolution, color photos we're talking about, I'll bet you some Clients are printing the photos in black and white.

For my hard copy, I print black and white on the laser printer. They are far superior to the color photos in gradation.

Larry:

I'll have to do some more research on this "Wide Angle" thing, but i'm just checking out camera's and what features I think are the most important. I did a house yesterday that had a short back yard and I couldn't get the whole house in my shot. Nor could I get as much into the interior shots as I would have liked. So i'm just trying to find out if there are any cameras that offer some type of Wide Angle effect. I've been shying away from Kodak since they have not been getting good ratings on their cameras recently. At least I haven't observed any good ratings on the reviews i've read recently on-line

leon
 

Leon Stewart

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My Nikon Cool Pix 5000 will go to about 35mm equivalent and about 125 mm equivalent telephoto without digital zoom. You can probably find these kinds of specs on a lot of the manufacturer's web sites. This camera also has telephoto and wide angle adapters available.

If you want to spend really big bucks, the Cannon D series will take all of the Cannon EOS lenses, but with slightly lower equivalents on the wide angle end.

Steve:

You make an interesting point, few of these digital cameras are designed to accept lense attachments. I had no intention of investing big bucks in one of these things, especially with the work and the fee structure declining.

leon
 

Leon Stewart

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Three things to do with file size for pics.

1. Set camera to middle quality.

2. Use file compression in the appraisal software.

3. If your software has it, use smaller photo size.

I use Athena with 60% compression. Small pic size is 20% smaller than 3 x 5. Camera is Kodak 210 set to better quality and standard resolution.

I can do a 15 page report with seven pictures in about 1.2 megs. If you use Adobe Distiller you can cut file size down to about 500kb and with cable modem send in less an 20 seconds.

For Leon..... The kodak DC 210 has a 29 mm lens (good enough to stand on sidewalk in front of house and get the whole thing) with 2x zoom. You can buy them all day long on ebay for around $100 ~ $125.00 with 20 meg cards (will hold 200 pics). No docks to mess with and very fast down load to program with sandisk reader for about $20.

Mike:

I'll have to check those MM Spec's for those lenses while i'm doing my research. I was on ebay last night and noticed a 215 for $ 61, but since you indicated you have both the 215 & the 210, which one has the best features and take the best pictures? My current Card System is "conpact Flash" and I would like to stay with one system but if the situation looks better with another system I guess i'll have to switch. But I haven't bought anything on ebay yet, I don't like the concept of Auction's. Especially on-line, since you have no way of knowing what you are getting, and in most cases you are not dealing with a ligitimate dealer that has to stand behind his product.

leon
 
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