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muppet1
21-07-12, 09:27 PM
Hi Everybody,

Right I would like to buy a camera to replace my trusty Fuji S5600 which I have had for nearly 6 years.
I shoot a lot of pictures of dogs, Moving and static, Pictures of views and mountains and hills and also take my camera out in all weathers as well.
I did buy a Fuji Hs20 Exr last year but couldn't get on with it and it wasn't that great at taking pictures of fast moving subjects.

I use the multi shot feature a lot as i can get some good photos of moving dogs quite easily.

Am tempted by the Fuji Hs 30 exr but dont know if its any better than the 20. Have always had Fuji cameras but am certainly open to suggestions.
Budget is around a 1000.

Thank you.

graham_c
21-07-12, 09:51 PM
Hi Welcome to the forum
Have you considered a DSLR?... Graham

Chris Cool
21-07-12, 09:51 PM
Hi and welcome.

With that sort of budget you could get a nice DSLR setup, but if you want to stay with a Fuji Bridge camera, then I suggest you read this review on the Fuji X-S1 Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_x_s1_review/)

Cheers!


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muppet1
21-07-12, 10:15 PM
Hi and thanks for the replies,

Well I would consider a DSLR but am unsure if they are quite so rugged as the bridge cameras??

Have just looked at the review of the Fuji X-s1, Seems a real Marmite camera doesn't it but no i hadn't considered it either so i will now.
What about the HS30EXR any thoughts on this one??

Chris Cool
21-07-12, 10:44 PM
Hi and thanks for the replies,

Well I would consider a DSLR but am unsure if they are quite so rugged as the bridge cameras??

Have just looked at the review of the Fuji X-s1, Seems a real Marmite camera doesn't it but no i hadn't considered it either so i will now.
What about the HS30EXR any thoughts on this one??

Look at this to see if you want to go the DSLR route:
Beginners DSLR, CSC or Compact tutorial to get you on the right track!
Totally new to photography and just got a new DSLR, CSC or compact? Then take a look at Canons basic tutorials and learn how to use your camera. In Part 2, find out about ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture priority, Shutter priority etc in picture form – this applies to all makes of camera. Click for tutorial (http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html)

It will involve changing lenses of course, but DSLRs are just as rugged.

As for the HS30EXR. I thought you wanted to step up? - there is no comparison between that and the X-S1 - read about the HS30EXR here Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_hs30exr_review/)

If you can't spot the differences, then I suggest you do some more research about different size sensors and what they mean with regards image quality. Auto Focus speeds. Continuous Shooting speeds. Viewfinder clarity. LCD resolutions and so on...

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/) to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:

Cheers!

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muppet1
22-07-12, 10:41 AM
Many thanks Chris,

I am thinking about a Canon eos 600D or is it worth paying the extra for a 650D, Nikon D3200 or D5100.
Would the benefits getting a DLSR out weigh a X-s1.

What would be your thoughts on the above cameras for a good starting point, All come with 18-55 lens!!

That's a good link you posted as well.

Chris Cool
22-07-12, 01:02 PM
All the ones you mention are rated quite highly in the mid range of the market.

DSLRs are much more versatile especially in low light and give better quality images.

You have to determine when you would be doing most of your photography. If it's good daylight then the Fuji Bridge would do just fine. But you wouldn't do your best mates wedding with one, as indoor use without lights is pretty poor. This is down to the size of sensor. The bigger the sensor, the better the image etc.

The standard 18-55 is a good starting lens. There is a Crop Factor involved so read about that here Clicky (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/techniques/camera-skills/mastering-your-camera/445465/focal-length-explained-focal-length-equivalents.html) Any lenses you get have to be multiplied by 1.5 or 1.6 depending on make. So, the 18-55 will be around 27/28 - 82/88. This is a good thing if you like zooms, but not so good if you like wide angles...

The next thing is all about how each camera suits you. The menus are all different, The buttons are different, the screens and viewfinders are different, so you really do need to get down to your local store and have a hands on session for a couple of hours.

muppet1
22-07-12, 02:40 PM
How does the canon eos 1100D rate as a first DSLR.

Been looking at Jessops and they have a good offer for the 1100D with a IS lens for 329 which seems a very good price but dont want to buy it if its no good.

Chris Cool
22-07-12, 03:05 PM
It's a good beginners camera if you can't afford anything else. If you're gonna go down the Canon route, I would not go any lower than the 550D/600D/650D...

The 550D is a fixed screen. The 600D is an articulated screen and the 650D is touch screen.

Try them first before you buy if you can. Although you're pretty safe with the models above.

Cheers!

PS. Buy this lens to go with it. Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC HSM Optical Stabilised Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras Clicky (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigma-18-250mm-F3-5-6-3-Stabilised-Canon/dp/B001PGXEH4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top) (well, you've got a grand to spare. So spend it LOL)

If that's a bit too much, then have a look at this one. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Clicky (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-55-250mm-Telephoto-Selected-Digital/dp/B000V9D5LG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top) And with the x1.6. The lens becomes an 88-400 zoom.


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muppet1
23-07-12, 09:50 PM
Just doing some more reading up about the Nikon D3200 which I believe has been released this year and it seems to be rated more highly than the Canon 600D.
Only thing i can really see is the AF in the 600D is within the camera body and not the Lens, is this correct.

Is this a correct assumption ???

I'm hopefully going to go and have a feel and a play with these two cameras and think i have discounted the Nikon D5100 as its a slightly older model as if I'm going to be spending out this kind of money I want out now stuff if that makes sense.

Cheers.

Chris Cool
24-07-12, 11:00 AM
Hi

Only thing i can really see is the AF in the 600D is within the camera body and not the Lens, is this correct. Yes!
But it only matters if you want to use lenses that don't have their own motor built in, but as you are buying new, that won't be a problem.

Yes, I think I would go with the D3200 if choosing Nikon. The WiFi add on might tempt me as well, although it's not to PC :(

I would now concentrate on how they feel in the hand, Where all the buttons fall, The screens. Menu navigation, AF speed. Raw image speed, burst mode and live view focussing speeds.

Have fun!


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muppet1
24-07-12, 08:23 PM
Well I have been into town this afternoon and had a good play with both of the cameras, I do like the Nikon D3200 a lot, The menu system seems to be more like what I'm used to, It seems to have a nice weighty feel to it and seemed to fit my hands better.

The Canon was lighter and dare i say it felt slightly cheaply built compared to the D3200.

They have both annoyed me though with the fact I have to buy another lens so I get my zoom.

But that said Jessop's have a good offer on the D3200 at 529 and then a package inc zoom lens, memory card, bag for I think 160.

Oh and not forgetting a 2 year warranty as opposed to 1 year for the canon.

I am going to order the red D3200 in a couple of weeks time so thanks very much for you help Chris.

Chris Cool
25-07-12, 01:16 PM
Sounds good to me! :D

Hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

If you ever want critique on your images, Then pop over to the Amateur Photographer forums (sister mag. of WDC) and post in the Appraisal Gallery Clicky for a look around (http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?34-Appraisal-Gallery). There are size restrictions but there is plenty of help from me ion how to do that Clicky (http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?88257-HOW-TO-POST-IMAGES-amp-LINKS-Free-programs)

They also have a busy Nikon forum where you can get lots of advice on your camera Clicky (http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?29-Nikon-Chat)

All the best!

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