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06-04-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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Hi new here from Georgia

Hey folks I am new here and am basically new to digital photography. I used to be into photography from when I was a child all the way through my thirties, now I am forty four and I still have my old SLR (Pentax ME Super, small assortment of lenses and filters and flashes and such. I haven't used the camera for a long time now(ten years approximately) and it is sitting in storage shed right now. I have been getting into using digital cameras now but only the point and shoot compact kind, at first I wasn't that interested in them because I sort of felt let down after all the years of being loyal to film cameras and investing the dough into that sort of stuff, and now it all is pretty much rendered useless (was holding out and hoping they would have invented something to adapt those old cameras to digital, silly me for thinking that, now that would have been too easy and cheap)
My first digital camera was a POS that I got from AOL(it didn't last long) my second was a Pentax Optio S5i which perked my interest in digital cameras, besides I was still loyal to Pentax stuff, it was a 5 megapixel camera that I really enjoyed having but now it got too slow for me so recently I bought a Cannon SD770is compact with 10 megapixel, this camera is AWESOME! Dont get me wrong , the Pentax was and still is a good camera(now my eight year old is using it and it is still going strong after five years, not bad for a point and shoot camera)
Now I know you folks in here probably thumb your noses at small point and shoots, but actually this is not why I am here for anyways, this little camera is so "kick butt" that it has gotten my interest back into photography..........DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY that is!
I have been reading up on it and it seems that I need to learn a whole heck of a lot more on top of the retraining of basic photo skilzz.
I have taken courses in photography way back in high school and have a basic knowledge of photography, but I have always been the type to just throw that stuff aside and mainly did what I call a "by the seat of the pants" type of photography. Basically what I did was just get a good feel of my old SLR camera and took whatever kind of shots that I wanted. I never got out a light meter(or what ever) I just took the shots, I looked at the lighting situation, considered the film speed that I had, figured in my filters and lenses, and WHALA! 95% of my shots came out awesome! folks told me that I was basically a natural at it, and the more they told me that the better I got. I was the main photographer for all family events, school events, and church youth events for most of my younger years. My exwife was really into photography too, she had four times the equipment that I had, but she was truly amazed at how much better my photos came out than hers.
What I am gettin at is this- My interest in digital photography is gaining steam to the point that I want to get back into it like I was when I was shooting film cameras, and I AM looking into getting a DSLR of some kind, maybe one that can use my old lenses/flashes/filters. I would like to get a full frame sensor type of DSLR but from what I have seen, they are very expensive. I know this is long but maybe you folks in here can help me out on finding one, and even then I will have lots of questions regarding using one, I have many exotic birds and I love photographing them so get used to seeing them a lot, heh heh, thanks for you input............007Attachment 36463

PS: does anybody in here know of a good negative/slide scanner? I wanna archive all my old negatives, and I need an easy to use dedicated scanner for negs/slides that is high resolution/quality


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06-04-2009, 07:55 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard! I have a Canon 8800F scanner. Slow but it seems to do a decent job...and it was cheap!!
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06-05-2009, 04:20 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard! I have a Canon 8800F scanner. Slow but it seems to do a decent job...and it was cheap!!
ya I am going to really need a fast one, I have boxes of negatives and slides that I want to archive in digital media

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QuoteOriginally posted by BirdDude007 Quote
ya I am going to really need a fast one, I have boxes of negatives and slides that I want to archive in digital media
If you need to do a ton of them you might want to checkout a more expensive model (Nikon makes a few good ones). Mine takes an evening to run through a box or two of slides so I do it while I'm watching TV or chatting. It was only $200 though and will also take medium format....
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