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Ghost Rider

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Not for appraisal purposes, but for primarily for my own personal use - Need superior resolution and color saturation - I'm thinking the best bet for me *MIGHT* be one of the Nikon 35MM style camera bodies that will take all my existing lenses, but not sure.....Have any of you had really good luck with a camera??
 

EDWARD BERRY

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I LIKE the Sony cd mavica 200.
It uses the 156 mb 8 cm CD-RW (about $2.50 on ebay, use them over and over, but at that price i do not for family)

can set it for many modes and res.

It has 2.1 mrga pixels, 6x zoom, 2.5 lcd monitor.

It 2 years old, you might find better now.

good luck, ed in arkansas
 

Jeff Horton

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From what I read the Nikons are excellent. I wish Pentax would out a digitial body. But remember nothing beats films resolution (yet).
 

wyecoyote

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In technology what today is the best and brightest will be replaced in 6 months to a year with something else. Today Nikon gets my pick as the best digital camera for non appraising purposes. Although there are some decent kodak 4 mega pixel cameras. Still nothing competes with film as of yet.
 

Caterina Platt

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Personally, I love my Olympus C-700. 10X optical zoom, movie and sound mode, 2.1 megapixel resolution. I learned the hard way, they are too fragile for the brutal use of an appraiser. They do not bounce well. I am about to test out Olympus' repair/customer service and will let you know if they are anything but acceptable.

Found a factory refurb on ebay at about $250. The C-700 got discontinued and now the replacement model is a C-720 I believe.

Picked up a Canon Power Shot A-60 to replace the Olympus for work. Darn spiffy camera. Light, sturdy, lotsa bells and whistles, modes, etc. and very nice quality pics.
 

Carnivore

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OK, you digital camera techies,

If all I do is print 5x7's to a maximum of 8x10 for home use. Explain to me why I need more than 2 megapixels? 3 megapixels? 4 megapixels?
 

TC

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I use a Mavica for appraisal purposes and a Sony 4.1 megapixel for home use. The new Nikon that uses 35mm lenses got great reviews. Pentax is coming out with a similar product, which is good news since I have about 8 lenses that are collecting dust.

I have a friend who bought a Sony Dimage 5 megapixel, near 35mm quality, expensive though.

I remember using a Polaroid when I first got in this business, times change.

TC
 

Jeff Horton

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Originally posted by Andrew - Charlotte@Jul 30 2003, 05:31 AM
OK, you digital camera techies,

If all I do is print 5x7's to a maximum of 8x10 for home use. Explain to me why I need more than 2 megapixels? 3 megapixels? 4 megapixels?
You don't. I don't remember the 8x10 equivalent but once you pass it, it just takes up disk space.
 

xm39hnu

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As Jeff Horton said, you don't. For appraisal purposes, the old Mavicas work fine 640 x 480 resolution works well for a 4 x 6 picture--and you wind up clipping part of that off. This isn't even one-half of a megapixel.

You "need" the extra megapixels if you start shooting for hollywood or National Geographic (or for print ads). Or if you intend to make posters.
 

Carnivore

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Jeff or Jim,

Ideally, If I wanted the very best 8x10's home prints what is the max megapixel that I need?

I usally just do 5x7 for the friends and such but occasionally want that 8x10, nothing bigger.
 
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