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: For the past 3 years, I've only been using digital cameras which are
: cheap and convenient when it comes to getting pictures for the web
: sites and newsletter. These days, any $ 200 digital can generate a
: image that's big enough to be printed at 8.5x11 without quality loss
: as i've been doing for our newsletter covers.
: Recently, I've been tempted to get a better digital... Ginger, editor
: for JCOF, was using a neat one at her concours... tempting. I also
: saw some great action shots from Goodwood shot with a Canon digital..
: unfortunately a $ 2000 camera...
: so, as an alternative I decided to pull out my old 35mm SLRs and shoot a
: couple of roll which I had processed on CDs. WOW ! what a difference
: a real camera can make !! I used to be into photography 20 years ago
: and still have all the equipment... incl a great 1980 Canon F1, fully
: manual, no electronics, etc... amazing what you can do with those...
: The web is a great source of info, and I found a company in Atlanta that
: specializes in used equipment. I got another F1 from them, an 84
: which was the next generation with some electronics and option
: automatic features but of course still manual focus. These are really
: the Jaguars of cameras :-) excellent quality, very solid feel, good
: All this rambling to say that an older or used SLR can be a great tool
: for editors and webmasters who don't necessarily want to spend an arm
: an a leg on a good digital. Most drugstores ( Wlagreens, Eckerd,
: etc... ) can process film and put them on CD in an hour for less than
: $ 10. Make sure you get the CD not the floppy. the CD resolutions are
: high ( 1500 x 1000) and perfect for newsletters. I even printed some
: shots with a good ink jet on photo grade paper, it's really almost as
: good as a lab enlargement up to 8x10.
: As a bonus, those high res CD let me crop an horizontal shot into a
: vertical and still have enough quality to use it for vertical covers.
: With an average digital, I had to shoot some images vertical for the
: covers which limited the selection.
: so give those older cameras a chance... you won't be diaspointed !
As I said in another forum, love the picture. Beautiful composition.
I agree about using an SLR. Carol and I have a more modern SLR (Canon EOS Rebel), with two zoom lenses, one 28 - 80 mm, the other 70 - 200 mm. Between the two, we can shoot just about anything. Flexible camera, can be used in full auto (auto focus, shutter and f-stop), or you can go full manual, or anything in between. For the summer trip, we shot 35mm film, and when I had it developed, got prints and CD's. Will be forwarding pics to you shortly which came from that camera. Until we invest in a digital, this is a viable alternative and much more effective than scanning them myself.