Comparing Cameras

In the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to use a real camera (Kyoko's Olympus E-5) rather than my own FinePix F60fd. It is a challenge to learn a new camera, especially one that can be incredibly different to use with different lenses. I would need much more practice--because I'm new to manual cameras, I'm only just learning about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and the relation they play in taking the photograph I want. I'm used to my point-and-shoot autofocusing digital camera. I enjoy the ability to manually focus on Kyoko's camera, but the rest of it has a much greater learning curve!

While at Al's greenhouse with Kyoko a few weeks back, I attempted to get good close-up photos of flowers on this Aeschynanthus.

With Kyoko's camera, I think the overall image is nicer, because the photo could be taken without flash and allowed me to focus where I wanted, although I think this particular photo could have been in better focus--the aperture should have been a little higher, I believe, to have the entire inflorescence in focus.

My camera, on the other hand, is a bit better focused in general, but the flash really makes it look shitty. It would have been blurry without the flash, because manual adjustment of shutter speed and ISO on my camera isn't as readily accomplished as on Kyoko's. In fact, I still haven't checked to see whether I can do these things.

So... I'm still debating what to do with the whole camera situation. Getting my F60fd really made my photography better, because my old camera was, literally, a piece of junk. It's more rewarding and encouraging to take good photos--I see a lot of opportunity in having a digital SLR camera. But I think there's untapped potential in my current camera. Also, I'm trying to convince myself not to drop a few thousand on a new toy--but we all know how hard it is for me to resist temptation!

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2 Responses to Comparing Cameras

  1. Seriously thinking about buying?

    - lighting was bad that day
    - plant was hanging and the fans were on, so the plant was moving
    That's a bad combo for shooting.

    No EXIF for the Finepix shots?

  2. If you're interested in a cheap camera body that can get the job done check out the Nikon D40 - often available with an 18-55mm VR lens as a kit for around $500 that makes a good all around body/lens while freeing up some money to invest in some really good lenses. I used this combo for quite some time and was pretty happy with it.

    Downside - Can't use as commander for external flash units, some restrictions on which lenses will work fully (with auto-focus) and ISO performance is somewhat questionable.

    Upside - Cheap, you can take good shots, 6MP is enough for web or normal to large sized prints (if you don't crop too much) and any lenses or other equipment will still be useful if you upgrade the body.

    As for the pictures above - not having to use flash and the shallow depth of field make it a far better picture, even if the focus isn't as sharp as it could be.


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