Digital cameras, processing

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    Aug 30, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    I'm a pretty avid photographer and have been looking for a good quality small digital with more advance features. After doing a lot of research I got a Samsung TL500:

    http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/photography/digital-cameras/compact/EC-TL500ZBPBUS/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&returnurl=

    The more I use it the more I like it and now I'm shooting everything in raw format just like with my DSLR - especially now that PS and Lightroom will handle the Samsung raw files.

    Anyone else into this stuff?
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    Aug 30, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    I was considering that Samsung model. But I'm gonna go with the upcoming Canon S95. I just want something more compact. And I tend to like Canon cameras anyways. My current camera is a Panasonic LX3. It's not exactly pocket friendly and can be a chore to carry around everyday.

    http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_s95
    http://www.dpreview.co.uk/news/1008/10081918canonpowershots95.asp
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    Aug 31, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI was considering that Samsung model. But I'm gonna go with the upcoming Canon S95. I just want something more compact. And I tend to like Canon cameras anyways. My current camera is a Panasonic LX3. It's not exactly pocket friendly and can be a chore to carry around everyday.

    http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_s95
    http://www.dpreview.co.uk/news/1008/10081918canonpowershots95.asp


    The TL500 is about the same size as the LX3 from what I've seen. The S90 was too tiny for my fat fingers.
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    Aug 31, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    bigtallman saidI'm a pretty avid photographer and have been looking for a good quality small digital with more advance features. After doing a lot of research I got a Samsung TL500:

    http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/photography/digital-cameras/compact/EC-TL500ZBPBUS/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&returnurl=

    The more I use it the more I like it and now I'm shooting everything in raw format just like with my DSLR - especially now that PS and Lightroom will handle the Samsung raw files.

    Anyone else into this stuff?


    I've had a Panasonic 12X Lumix for years now and love the fact that it has a ISO 50 setting for virtually noiseless shots, plus f2.8 all the way through the entire zoom. I recently purchased a new Lumix model that only had ISO 80 as the lowest and larger apertures and the shots were noisey or over-processed to remove the noise. Even RAW looked bad. So I returned it.

    How does the Samsung look in ISO 80? I see it certainly has a nice bright lens. I just wish it had more zoom.


    Some photos I've taken:

    http://www.blurb.com/books/1170938
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    Aug 31, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    I'm currently shooting Canon 5D Mark II and use Adobe Lightroom 3......which is awesome, other than that it's WAY SLOWER than Lightroom 2 on my (somewhat old) laptop. ISO on 5D II plus Lightroom 3's new noise reduction is pretty awesome...low light is even less of a problem now!

    I'll soon be investing in a monster new desktop though for all the pro work...which will be nice. :-)

    Cool that the Samsung does RAW...it's the only way to shoot!
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    On a different thread on the same subject.. I just got the Eye Fi card for my Nikon D 3000 and love it. It uploads in wi fi zones and in your home directly to your computer and/or snapfish, ritzpix, etc. very cool gizmo ....

    http://www.eye.fi/
  • wildkatz

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    Aug 31, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    Raw files are just fine, i really depends on what you're trying to achieve with depth of field, color, light, focal length, etc.

    As a graphic design and photo instructor I"m partial to Canon. But the Samsung is a great camera, better than some others at it's size and price point and will do you just fine~!

    See if you can't set the autofocus to manual for some great storm/lightening night time photography! Its awesome!
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    I'm trying LR3 right now. And I like it. They made some minor improvements over LR2. Runs surprisingly well on my low-end ULV Core2Duo laptop. I still think it's too pricey for what it is. If it was priced around $150, it would be appealing to more people.
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    interesting Xrich....my Core2Duo is ridiculously slow compared to Lightroom 2....did a Google search, and it seems many others are having the problem too. Nice that you don't, though!
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    Aug 31, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    I'm still using my trusty old Nikon D70S. But it's not so trusty anymore...the popup flash stopped working last week, and I used it to trigger the off-camera strobes with infrared from the popup flash...so I gotta get a new camera. I'm thinking of getting a used D200 body for a few hundred bucks and putting the good money into the optics, like a 70mm-200mm f/2.8 lens.
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    Aug 31, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    bigtallman saidI'm a pretty avid photographer and have been looking for a good quality small digital with more advance features. After doing a lot of research I got a Samsung TL500:

    http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/photography/digital-cameras/compact/EC-TL500ZBPBUS/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&returnurl=

    The more I use it the more I like it and now I'm shooting everything in raw format just like with my DSLR - especially now that PS and Lightroom will handle the Samsung raw files.

    Anyone else into this stuff?


    I've had a Panasonic 12X Lumix for years now and love the fact that it has a ISO 50 setting for virtually noiseless shots, plus f2.8 all the way through the entire zoom. I recently purchased a new Lumix model that only had ISO 80 as the lowest and larger apertures and the shots were noisey or over-processed to remove the noise. Even RAW looked bad. So I returned it.

    How does the Samsung look in ISO 80? I see it certainly has a nice bright lens. I just wish it had more zoom.


    Some photos I've taken:

    http://www.blurb.com/books/1170938


    I find a 4mp model with those specs - it's really hard to compare ISO to ISO; the technology changes all the time. There are low-ISO cameras that are still noisy - there is no reason that ISO 80 should be noisy on a modern camera.

    The Samsung is very clear and without digital artifacts up to about 150, after that it starts to creep in.
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    Aug 31, 2010 4:08 AM GMT
    BookNPhotoGuy saidI'm currently shooting Canon 5D Mark II and use Adobe Lightroom 3......which is awesome, other than that it's WAY SLOWER than Lightroom 2 on my (somewhat old) laptop. ISO on 5D II plus Lightroom 3's new noise reduction is pretty awesome...low light is even less of a problem now!

    I'll soon be investing in a monster new desktop though for all the pro work...which will be nice. :-)

    Cool that the Samsung does RAW...it's the only way to shoot!


    That 5D Mark II is a very very nice camera, that fullframe sensor gives it both great low-light capability and the ability to get some really nice DOF.

    I have one of the new imacs. It's pretty sweet. And I'm very impressed with the raw noise reduction in the new Lightroom 3.2.
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    Aug 31, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'm still using my trusty old Nikon D70S. But it's not so trusty anymore...the popup flash stopped working last week, and I used it to trigger the off-camera strobes with infrared from the popup flash...so I gotta get a new camera. I'm thinking of getting a used D200 body for a few hundred bucks and putting the good money into the optics, like a 70mm-200mm f/2.8 lens.
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    I have a D200, it's a tank and will not break. Gorgeous colors, especially skintones. I mostly use the 18-200VR on it.
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    Aug 31, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    bigtallman saidI have a D200, it's a tank and will not break. Gorgeous colors, especially skintones. I mostly use the 18-200VR on it.
    I know the D70S has been through some tripod spills...usually on the beach. It handles sand well. Every nook and cranny has sand caked in it. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 31, 2010 5:21 AM GMT
    bigtallman "The Samsung is very clear and without digital artifacts up to about 150, after that it starts to creep in."

    Great! You should take some pictures of your legs like I politely asked you in an email. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 31, 2010 11:22 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    bigtallman saidI have a D200, it's a tank and will not break. Gorgeous colors, especially skintones. I mostly use the 18-200VR on it.
    I know the D70S has been through some tripod spills...usually on the beach. It handles sand well. Every nook and cranny has sand caked in it. icon_lol.gif


    I passed my D70 along to someone who is still using it, so yeah, these are well-built cameras.
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    Aug 31, 2010 11:23 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'm still using my trusty old Nikon D70S. But it's not so trusty anymore...the popup flash stopped working last week, and I used it to trigger the off-camera strobes with infrared from the popup flash...so I gotta get a new camera. I'm thinking of getting a used D200 body for a few hundred bucks and putting the good money into the optics, like a 70mm-200mm f/2.8 lens.
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    OMG it was late when I posted my first response, I totally skimmed over that lens, I have a friend who has one - they are SWEET.
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    Aug 31, 2010 11:40 AM GMT
    I too had a D70, which I sold on. I now have a D300. They are fine cameras.

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    Aug 31, 2010 11:40 AM GMT
    I love taking photos. I don't use raw unless I know I'm going to make a poster picture like these two shown below.

    I used for the sunset my old Nikon D40 with my 300 lens and for the water and rocks I used my newer camera, Nikon D3000 with the same lens. icon_cool.gif

    SUNSET

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    WATER & ROCKS
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    Aug 31, 2010 11:44 AM GMT
    inuman saidI love taking photos. I don't use raw unless I know I'm going to make a poster picture like these two shown below.


    Very nice images.

    I started out being selective about shooting raw but once I got comfortable with Lightroom it's all I use. There's essentially no overhead.

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    Aug 31, 2010 11:47 AM GMT
    bigtallman said
    inuman saidI love taking photos. I don't use raw unless I know I'm going to make a poster picture like these two shown below.


    Very nice images.

    I started out being selective about shooting raw but once I got comfortable with Lightroom it's all I use. There's essentially no overhead.




    Thanks man, I am very selective when it comes to printing photos icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:17 PM GMT
    This thread reminds me of that commercial where the guy sits next to his tripod across from an eagle's nest, shuffling through expensive overpriced lens attachments to get the right shot. Then a couple passes by with a decent point and shoot and gets a great shot.

    Unless you're selling billboard-sized images, there's no need to spend that kind of money folks. I've been a professional photographer and filmmaker for 25 years. Paint Shop Pro 7.0, all you need.

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    Aug 31, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidThis thread reminds me of that commercial where the guy sits next to his tripod across from an eagle's nest, shuffling through expensive overpriced lens attachments to get the right shot. Then a couple passes by with a decent point and shoot and gets a great shot.

    Unless you're selling billboard-sized images, there's no need to spend that kind of money folks. I've been a professional photographer and filmmaker for 25 years. Paint Shop Pro 7.0, all you need.

    coaster01.jpg


    Paintshop Pro Photo is an excellent program but it doesn't work on a Mac.

    And it doesn't provide the same functionality as Lightroom or Aperture.



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    Aug 31, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidThis thread reminds me of that commercial where the guy sits next to his tripod across from an eagle's nest, shuffling through expensive overpriced lens attachments to get the right shot.
    That's why you need a Hasselblad with the 50-something megapixal digital back, and a basic 70-200mm lens. Then you can just point, shoot, then crop out the good part and still have plenty resolution left for large prints. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 08, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    Great stuff.

    I shoot with a Nikon D700. I shoot RAW (god i hate that acronym), and use LR3 and Photoshop CS5 on my Mac. Love LR3 for pre-editing adjustments and then taking it into PS5 for NDE/retouching.

    I also tried using my iPad for photo viewing, but it does something funky to the RAW files, so I prefer not to use it for that anymore.