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  1. #1
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    Wink Need camera for family and fish photos

    Hi
    I want a good digital camera that will take normal family photos and take pictures of my fish. My son is a wheel chair athlete so I take action pictures as well. I know very little about cameras and nothing about digitals. I have heard you need a macro lens so please tell if thatís true and anything else you can think of.
    Thank you

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    Talking

    HI
    Lets see if we can make you a Happy Mom

    not sure how much you want to spend ?
    this is our cheapest option, superb camera for the price..
    http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ca...ew/index.shtml
    underwater case = for diving

    or have a look @ this Pana FZ3
    easy to use..
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz3/

    long 12x zoom with sports mode, with antishake feature, fast focus, low light assist.. and Fit A POLARIZER Filter to enhance underwater pics..
    http://panasonic.co.jp/pavc/global/lumix/fz3/index.html
    with 12x zoom you can take pics on the other side of a football field
    sports mode gives you better chance of sharp images
    nothing is perfect but more you take more you will get..
    FZ3 zoom examples here (Thnx JIM)
    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1494
    its a real fun camera and comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !

    btw
    macro is for taking pics of insects magnified etc

    let us know what you think !
    when you buy somthing the experts here will help you use it..
    Last edited by Jayde; 10-14-2004 at 04:16 AM.

  3. #3
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    FZ3 specil deal mentioned here by propwash..
    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1555
    THNX

  4. #4
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    Aquarium fish

    Hi
    Thanks for the information.
    I want to take picture of my fish in the aqarium not under water. 400 range is good I was expecting to pay 800. I found some on ebay but there were too many choces I had no idea what I was looking at. I qwould rather find the right camera and then look for the best deal. Other fish owners say the macro lens helps some say it's not needed. I want to be able to share pics of my baby fish and others so they are small.
    Thanks again

  5. #5
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    HI
    OK.. so do you take pics thru the glass or from above ?
    both needs good lighting flash wont help in water, you need a strong light placed/pointed nearby.. trial n error..
    but the macro extends between these distances on the FZ3
    5cm macro mode (Wide), 120cm (Tele) = as you zoom from near to far that will give you magnified pics in high detail

    what are your friends using for lights ?
    maybe needs a color filter depending how pro.. you want these pics.. and how murky the water is lol..

    price deal at circuit city but im in the UK so no idea how that works..
    Last edited by Jayde; 10-15-2004 at 01:05 AM.

  6. #6
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    Cool

    Guess what hehe
    FZ3 is $349 at datavision
    buy a 55mm UV filter
    also a 55MM LINEAR (not circular) POLARIZING Filter
    and a pana 256 data card < that holds the pics
    spare battery later if reqd..


    http://datavisioncomputer.com/webapp...e7a5c840e9a9ee

    Last edited by Jayde; 10-14-2004 at 09:55 AM.

  7. #7
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    thank you

    hi Jayde
    thanks
    The water is crystal clear and it would be from the front or side I know reflection is a problem most say shot from an angle. My son is a wheel chair athlete and i am sometimes far from the action.
    Wow if I read the page right this has everything I wanted included?
    "Panasonic DMC-FZ3 Lumix 3 Megapixel Compact Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom The DMC-FZ3 has a 12x optical lens system that is equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in a 35mm film camera. It comprises 13 lenses in eight groups, including three aspherical lenses.""Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens: 13 Elements in 8 Groups"
    Does it include 13 or 8 diff lenses?
    "Macro, A/S/M mode: Wide: 0.16 feet;Tele: 3.94 feet-Infinity
    Focus Auto Focus System Normal/Macro (Dial) "
    Does it include the macro lens or just the ability to use it?
    "8MB 6 SD Memory Card"
    Is this a lot, how many pictures would it hold?
    This one sounds good. I like the rechargeable batteries and usb hook up.
    Happy Mom
    Last edited by Bored Mom; 10-14-2004 at 09:41 PM.

  8. #8
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    Fz3

    Quote Originally Posted by Bored Mom
    Wow if I read the page right this has everything I wanted included?
    "Panasonic DMC-FZ3 Lumix 3 Megapixel Compact Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom The DMC-FZ3 has a 12x optical lens system that is equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in a 35mm film camera. It comprises 13 lenses in eight groups, including three aspherical lenses.""Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens: 13 Elements in 8 Groups"
    Does it include 13 or 8 diff lenses?
    "Macro, A/S/M mode: Wide: 0.16 feet;Tele: 3.94 feet-Infinity
    Focus Auto Focus System Normal/Macro (Dial) "
    Does it include the macro lens or just the ability to use it?
    "8MB 6 SD Memory Card"
    Is this a lot, how many pictures would it hold?
    This one sounds good. I like the rechargeable batteries and usb hook up.
    Happy Mom
    1. It includes one lens, which is built out of 13 separate pieces of glass (elements) arranged in 8 groups.

    2.The lens has a macro capability which enables you to get close to your subject. This is great for nature pics (insects/flowers, etc.).

    3. 8 MB SD card is VERY small. At the highest quality uncompressed (TIFF) setting, you can't even get one picture on the card. At the best quality lowest compression setting, you will get about 4 pictures on an 8MB card. If you use lower resolution and higher compression (great for sending pictures as e-mails), you can get about 19 shots on one 8MB card. I would recommend getting at least a 256MB card. With this you will be able to store lots of images.

    4. Rechargeable batteries: some people like 'em and some don't. I have no problems with them. Lithium ion batteries don't lose their charge as quickly as nickel metal hydride rechargeables do. However, AA rechargeables are cheaper than lithium proprietary batteries. Depending on how many pictures you take, you might want to have another battery, so you can always have one on hand which is fully charged. Some people, however, get along just fine on one battery, especially if they don't take quite so many pictures. With an FZ3, however, my guess is you will find it so much fun that you will use it a lot!

  9. #9
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    Hi propwash
    Thank you that clears up a lot. I will look for a 256MB card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored Mom
    Hi propwash
    Thank you that clears up a lot. I will look for a 256MB card.

    If you live near a Fry's Electronics they have Panasonic 256MB SDcards for $9.99 after $30 rebate (limit 1 per customer). Or 1GB Lexar Cards for $49.99 after rebate.
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    Ha! See, I can change...


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