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Old 12-23-2006, 12:56 AM   #46
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The S3IS has a current market value of between $450.00 and $500.00 Canadian dollars- not too much coin.

For my lot, I'm watching the Nikon D50 price fall every couple weeks. I'll buy that that, or a Pentax k100, or an Olympus E500.
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:18 PM   #47
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Thanks for the tips, everyone!


One last question: Are printers worth it?


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Old 01-05-2007, 07:56 PM   #48
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Any printer that you buy will not be the quality that a photolab can provide. Plus, a lot of times, the pictures fade with time when printed at home. Add that to the cost of ink needed to print at home, and you're better off taking them somewhere to print them.

That's just my opinion though, and I do work in a photolab, so I may be a bit biased.
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:12 PM   #49
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:42 PM   #50
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Well, as a coincidence, I also happen to work in a Photo lab.

Our lab charges $0.29 Canadian per 4x6 print and the price includes color, density, and tone correction.

Because I usually work the night shift, I am responsible for the daily cleaning and maintenance of our equipment. Conversely, a manager is responsible for morning color calibration when I am not working a morning shift.

Our price per photo is cheaper than what a customer can produce through consumer equipment and the quality is higher, in part, because we perform these daily tasks. Also, because we print photos every day, we know how to spot the subject matter in your photos, and how to make the subject matter really stand out.

On a personal note, I have formal training in color theory and application. I can also restore photos from ripped or stained originals and can produce accurate black and white, sepia tone, mono, duo, and tri-tone pictures.
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:59 PM   #51
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I hear ya.

The only reason I'm keeping the printer is because it was free. But I think I'll pay the $0.16 for prints rather than wasting so much money on glossy photo paper and ink.
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Old 06-25-2007, 05:42 AM   #52
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So...hopefully Maddy doesn't see this

On her list of things she wants for her birthday is a digital camera. However, we don't have a lot of money to spend on one, nor do we even know if that's what she's getting. I think what's important is ease of use (auto settings), best value for the dollar and trying to keep the cost down. I think she'd like it to record video as well, and a large picture viewing screen. If anyone saw my crappy camera in Hawaii (HP735), then you know we both need a camera, but can't afford that. So anyways... Any suggestions? I think she just mainly wants her own camera, pics of her friends, etc. But I'd like it to (theoretically) last awhile.



oh, and btw, she'll be 13, if you want to take that into consideration when recomming cameras. I've read a few threads, and I know that Liesje recommends Canon's and Nikons. I have an older model Canon here, but it never gets used anymore cuz it's not digital (bigger & bulkier). And hubby has some older Nikon's, but I can't even tell you where they are, LOL!
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Very sneaky, Lila...

Anywho, I just picked up an Olympus FE-200 from Olympus' eBay store. It's "reconditioned", so it just got returned for whatever reason. It's 6 megapixel with a 5x optical zoom. And, it records decent video. It also has a large screen (I'm a sucker for that too). The settings on my model are super easy. It's all very automated and simple. When I was shopping around, I talked with my dad, who owns a photo processing business, and he suggested Nikon, Canon, and Olympus. I couldn't find a good, cheap model from the first two, so Olympus it was. He also noted to stay away from Kodak's, as he's seen nothing but problems from them. I'd say the only downside I've noticed is that Olympus uses xD cards, which are slightly more expensive, although I did just get a 2gb card in preparation for the Police concert, and it was $50. I ended up paying around $110 after tax and shipping for the camera.

Link to Olympus eBay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Olympus-Auctions
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Here's a picture that I took with my camera:
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any other recommendations
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Canon or Nikon, Lila, Canon or Nikon.

My mom's camera just died on the inside, so I got her one for mother's day. Being a newlywed on a single family income with one person in school full time, we do NOT have money to blow. I got her this Canon from the Dell site (they had the best price):
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...9&sku=A0963342

I played around with it a bit before turning it over. I LOVE it b/c it's super simple which is good b/c my mom is always asking me how to use it. It does take videos. It has a 4x optical zoom. The macro and supermacro modes are amazing! Better than my Canon which was $480 but is 3 years old. It's got scene modes that are very simple to use, and also manual settings which many lower end digitals don't have. There were some other Nikons I was interested in, and IMO the color quality of Nikon low-end cameras set on auto cannot be beat, even by Canon, but again they had far more limited manual options and I found this Canon to be more user-friendly and setup the same as mine (with less options), so easier for me to help my mom. This one is nice a small, takes two AAs, and SD memory.

Kodaks are steaming piles of kaka.
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I'll have to do research tonight/tomorrow I guess. This is the part of the process I hate. I found one review online about that camera you listed, and it gave it a 5.8/10. Something about noise

The good: 4x zoom lens; optical viewfinder.

The bad: Very noisy images; awkward zoom rocker; no 30fps VGA movie mode.

The bottom line: With heavy image noise and merely decent performance, there are better budget cameras available than the Canon PowerShot A460




and I heard from a saleman at a store a couple weeks ago to stay away from Kodak cameras, so no worries there.
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:52 PM   #58
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If it has high noise, that means the image sensor in the camera is low quality. Definitely look at higher rated models.
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:58 PM   #59
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Is there anything decent that you can recommend under $200? I really didn't want to spend that much, but I also don't want to just throw money away on something that is crappy or won't last.
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Old 06-29-2007, 05:38 PM   #60
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The Canon A550 or A560 are pretty solid models, and well rated for that price range.

eta - check out sample images at sites like http://www.steves-digicams.com/

Sometimes they can be a bit harsh with those reviews.
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