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    Poll: It's not the focal length that counts. It's HOW...

    It's not the focal length that counts. It's HOW CLOSE you are to the person. Perspective does NOT depend upon the focal length--only on the distance. Further away, objects look flatter, as the...
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    EVF, lenses

    Unfortunately, it's difficult to make an optical zoom viewfinder that covers 12x.



    A wide-angle lens would probably be more useful for most people, instead of the telephoto. A 0.7x lens would...
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    F-stops

    No. That's not correct. F-stops are a fraction, but not a percentage of fully opened aperture. The f-stop was devised as a way to measure the effective amount of light coming through the lens in a...
  4. Thread: Canon S4 IS

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    Perhaps

    I just ordered an S3 for $309.95 from B&H. With shipping, it would be $318 or so, depending upon where you are and the shipping method.

    I ordered the S3, rather than wait for an S4, because the...
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    Perhaps I wasn't clear about why I posted those...

    Perhaps I wasn't clear about why I posted those particular photos. I deliberately chose "bad" photos to illustrate my educational points: "good" photos would have been useless. Read what I wrote and...
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    Ah, you're right. Sorry. The original question...

    Ah, you're right. Sorry. The original question didn't address focussing but camera movement/shake, which was what I "focussed" on. :)



    Focus and camera movement can both cause "blurriness,"...
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    You did not mention focussing in the first...

    You did not mention focussing in the first message, just the shake factor, which is what everyone addressed.

    You also asked about using a polarizer filter. The answer is simple: get one and try...
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    What?

    No one mentioned problems with focussing. Perhaps you're replying to another discussion. This discussion is about using support devices like tripods.
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    Another option

    A telephoto converter for the S3 is a bit of a stretch. At full zoom, the S2 is the equivalent of a 432mm lens on a 35mm film camera. That's 8.6x magnification (a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera will give...
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    Not necessarily. With wide-angle converters, a...

    Not necessarily. With wide-angle converters, a filter can cause vignetting at the widest setting (shortest focal length). Sometimes, that can be severe, especially with ultra-wide-angle converters...
  11. Thread: Bird Thread

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    Sticky: It's "CANADA" Geese

    See the title. There are lots of geese in Canada, so they would be "Canadian geese," but the specific species is "Canada Goose."
  12. Thread: monopods

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    Check REI

    Check REI and search for "walking staff." They have several that are under $100. Most have a removable top that reveals a camera mounting screw.
  13. Thread: Canon S4 IS

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    Olympus SP550 review posted

    See the review posted here about the Olympus SP550. There are some good and bad things about that camera. One really odd bit is that, though the camera supports RAW images, it does not use USB 2.0....
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    Check the ergonomics

    The TX-1 is very different from most digital cameras. Be sure to actually handle one for a while. It looks quite awkward to use and would be prone to tipping toward the monitor, among other things....
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    Check the review here

    You might want to read the G7 review on this site. There are others, as well. Try a Google search on "Canon G7 review."

    I tried all three at a store. For me, the G7 is a big step backward, not so...
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    Sort of agree

    You're right about the overcharging problem. That's another reason that I said in another thread that the best thing to do with one of the cheap quick chargers (15 MINUTES!) would be to put it on the...
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    Several potential problems: 1. Memory effect....

    Several potential problems:

    1. Memory effect. You may not be getting the charge you think you are, especially if you only partially discharge the batteries before charging them. NiMH batteries...
  18. Thread: Canon S4 IS

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    The shape/size of the TX1 look like an ergonomic...

    The shape/size of the TX1 look like an ergonomic disaster to me. See if you can find a Canon HV10 HD camcorder at a store and try it out. It's a real PITA to use. The TX1 will probably be worse. It's...
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    Worse

    The TX1 looks like it may be an ergonomic disaster. The HV10 HD camcorder, which is oriented the same way, is a real PITA to use. It's difficult to hold such a camera steady, reach the buttons,...
  20. Thread: Canon S4 IS

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    Unfortunately, such products do not yet exist....

    Unfortunately, such products do not yet exist. (The capacity would be a power of 2, like 64 GB.) The price impact including even a 4 GB SDHC would be substantial. Yes, I know people will have to buy...
  21. Thread: Canon S4 IS

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    Price drops on S3 IS

    I have been following the prices of the S3 IS on several sites (B&H, Beach, Adorama and Amazon), as I want to buy one to replace my G2. The price has recently dropped by $20 or so, to $350 from both...
  22. Thread: Canon S4 IS

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    I would agree with #1-3. #4? #5. A larger...

    I would agree with #1-3.

    #4?

    #5. A larger screen may not help much. For example, the Zune has a "larger" screen (3") than the iPod with video (2.5"). However, it has the same number of pixels...
  23. Thread: Canon S4 IS

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    It is apparently the "H9," not "HD9." Searching...

    It is apparently the "H9," not "HD9." Searching on the wrong name results in garbage. See the pictures of the H9 and the H7.
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    Prognostication

    Remember two things:

    - Everything you read here about any possible new camera is raw speculation. Canon is almost as good as Apple at keeping new products under wraps.

    - If you wait for the...
  25. Thread: Canon S4 IS

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    Monopod?

    Have you tried a monopod? Some do double duty as trekking poles and vice-versa, as I recall: some trekking poles & walking staffs have camera mounts built in. REI has the Four Winds, the Hiker Shock...
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