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Cameras -- Part Deux

Thanks to all of you folks who sent me your recommendations for cameras.

Non surprisingly, it seems that most of the recommendations are for either Canon or Olympus cameras. I think I'll go that way. The question remains on how sophisticated I want to go with my little toy.

It is funny. I have never thought of myself as a camera buff. However, after realizing that I own three regular film Olympus cameras (one subcompact, one compact, and one semi-professional), plus my ever trusty little red Kodak Easy Share, I suppose that this could qualify me at least as a camera enthusiast.

What I like about my small camera is that I can take it everywhere in my purse, and that includes SCA events, weddings, bar mitzvas, first communions and funerals. (Literally.)

For some reason, I have the compulsion of recording everything on film (or digitally, or whatever). Sometimes at the risk of being given dirty looks by people who don't think that toting the camera around at every particular opportunity is very proper.

A shining example of this was my father's funeral. I took pictures of everybody and everything. Sure, I got some funny looks, but at the end, everyone wanted me to post the pics online and get copies. So I did precisely that. After all, there are some family members that I only get to see every 10 years or so. It is nice to remember each other through pictures.

Life is too short not to document it. Only that I am reaching the point in which I want to have a better quality picture.

The only disadvantage of being the unofficial recorder of life? I seldom appear in any pictures.

But hey, that's life in the fast track.

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belfebe
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
Oh, but Dieux is so much more entertaining!

Seriously, thanks for the correction. The change has been made ;-)
florentinescot
May. 31st, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
As the family/baronial documentor, I do understand. They laughed when I wanted to get a white strap for my Canon fTb so that I could carry it at my wedding ..... And yeah, I'll photograph anything.

I loves my digital camera. I took over 300 pictures this past weekend at May Tourney. I could never do that with film.

The times that I've *not* had a camera I've regretted it immensely. The last photos of my maternal grandmother were taken with a really crappy 110 camera because I ddin't listen to My Little Voice and take my camera. Still kicking self over that one -- but I have the pictures. KWIM?

Pictures of me? You have pictures of me? thirteenletter got a picture of me this past weekend begging permission of our baroness to move. Generally there aren't any of me unless I shove a camera in somebody's hand and say "take one of me!"
belfebe
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
I know the feeling. Not long ago I went to Montreal on business, and I forgot my trusty little camera. You have no idea how much I regretted that. So much to see! So much to photograph! And I without the accoutrements to do it! Argh!
florentinescot
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I believe I would have had to purchase one or more disposable cameras. Expensive as all get out, but ...
pinkleader
May. 31st, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, Consumer Reports (Magazine just came in the mail today) reviews digital cameras. Let me know if you need anything looked up?
pinkleader
May. 31st, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
A quick glance, they seem to really like the Sony Cyber-Shot and the Cannon PowerShot and ELPH
belfebe
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
Cool beans! Thanks! Consumer Reports is an awesome resource. :-D
psalite
May. 31st, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
You might want to do what I did to help make the final decision over cameras.I went to Penn camera and talked with the sales person and had them show me what the camera can do .This turned out to be much more help then just going to say Best buy.The sales people there know so much more about what each camera does and the pros and cons of each model .I went there casue I had read reiews and technicals on each camera and still had no real idea where to go .I love my Olympus and it turned out to be a lot less expensive then the Canon I thouhgt I would get.
belfebe
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
Hmmmm . . . I've been thinking about that. The only thing that stops me is the prices, which usually are better at places like Amazon.

Then again, you get what you pay for, meaning by that, the good advice that comes with personal service :-)
psalite
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Looking and talking with them does not mean you have to buy it there.Although I have a little guilt over this .I knew I was not going to but from them when I went Although I probably will go to them for some accessory stuff.Although surprisingly there prices were not really that much worse then what I found online. at least for what I bought
janinas_nest
May. 31st, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm starting my search for a new camera as well, but one feature I really want is the ability to turn off all sounds. I don't want an electronic 'click' when I take a picture, and I want it silent when i start it up. I *hate* making noise during court, and most cameras will power save themselves between times I want to shoot. And then there is speed of start up - I hate waiting to shoot.

Thank you for asking the question - I will consider all of this when my time comes. Of course, we are spending $$$ getting Gosling#2 ready for his semester abroad, so my camera is going to wait a bit.
belfebe
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
Oh, believe me, I understand about $$$ regarding kids, particularly kids at college age. :-)

Congratulations to the Gosling #2 for going abroad for a semester! It will be a great experience!
weebaby
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
1) Celia has some good advice about going to Penn camera. I will keep that in mind when I go to upgrade my own after winning the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes.

2) I, too, suffer from lack of proof that I've been anywhere my friends and family have gone. When Jeff took me on a date to Casablanca Restaurant in Old Towne, I made the waiter take a picture of us as a family.

Last Pennsic, you asked me to take a picture of you and ballistabob together. Maybe all of us Pontoons need to make a pact to offer to take pictures of each other using the owner's camera. I can never remember to ask someone to take a picutre of me, but for some reason I can remember to offer to take a pic for someone else!
belfebe
Jun. 1st, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, that would be a good idea :-)
ladypyrate
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Tell me about it! 560 pics of Disney and I am in about 2 dozen or so (and that was mostly me posing with characters.)
belfebe
Jun. 1st, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, when I went to Ireland, several years ago, I showed a co-worker my pictures. He said, something was odd about them. "I know!" he concluded. "There are no people in them!"

Ur, yes. I took all of those!
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