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Old 06-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #21
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I miss 2-GB memories. My Cannon Elph SD600 is now obsolete.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #22
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I miss film.
I used to, but when the cost per image was approaching $1/print, and photo labs going the way of the Edsel, I switched to digital, and actually find it a lot more fun, as there is no penalty for taking 100 shots of the same scene. One of the 100 shots will hopefully be a good one, as CaptTom says!

Plus image sharing is so easy with digital. In the 6 years I've had my digital SLRs I've taken about 45000 shots ( of which about 2 were good...) and only printed one, for a framed Christmas present.

Couldn't have done that with film!
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:56 PM   #23
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I like to have my Nikon D300s along with a 17-55mm and 70-200mm lenses. The 70-200 is used primarily while traveling from here to there. The 17-55 is used at the dock.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:19 PM   #24
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For quick stills and easy posting we use our iPhones. For somewhat better stills we'll use an old Sony Cybershot (with viewfinder). We have two video cameras onboard for our "professional" work: a six-year old Sony PMW-EX1 and a GoPro. That little GoPro continues to amaze me with it's video quality and versatility. Here's a sample of what the GoPro can do handheld (something we just shot two days ago):
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:52 PM   #25
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I've been very happy with my 1 yr old Sony NEX-5N with manual zoom. It's the primary camera of an underwater photo award winning dive buddy of mine Feral Divers Media & takes great stills & video. It can be a simple P&S or as complicated as you want. The newest version is the NEX 5R, downloads images wireless to computer.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:06 PM   #26
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I was curious about waterproof video cameras myself so I shall watch this with interest...the GoPro sounds wicked...
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:18 PM   #27
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I was curious about waterproof video cameras myself so I shall watch this with interest...the GoPro sounds wicked...
Being a surfer, the GoPro is prolific amongst us!!!...so much so that we call it the "HoPro"....because people use it to video themselves surfing and whore it up for the camera!!!
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:07 PM   #28
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LOL yup...I may just become a ho myself then....it would be great to take underwater shots as you bring a fish in....and to take a peek at the prop etc without going overboard...
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:41 PM   #29
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I miss film.
But not the costs associated with it, at our Sailpast this year for the yacht club I took over 350 pictures.......cost = $0.00
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:38 PM   #30
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One of my suppliers made a prototype of a GoPro housing that is safe to 2000 feet or more. It's designed to go on a fishing line while deep dropping for sword fish. The camera is positioned about ten feet from the bait. He has some amazing video of sword fish taking bait at 1800 feet down.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:33 AM   #31
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Going back to Conrad's recommendation for a camera with zoom and images stabilization, here's a couple of shots I took last night with, and without, the zoom:





I shrunk these down quite a bit, I'm on a slow connection because I'm out at a mooring.

The first one is similar to what your cell phone or point-and-shoot camera might capture. The second one is zoomed way in. It's a little pixelated because I cropped out just the detail of the plane. But I think it demonstrates the value of both zoom and image stabilization pretty well.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:43 AM   #32
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Here's a couple more shots I could never have gotten with a point-and-shoot:





Again, they're low-res copies of the originals just to keep things moving.

We're at a mooring just under the approach to the Air National Guard base. The AF plane is a KC-135 tanker.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:25 PM   #33
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Here is a good article about taking photos from a boat using a simple camera

http://floatingsomewhere.com/Magazin...EA_10%3A10.pdf

I confess I wrote it. I have used point & shoot cameras and phones with some success. There is reason to look at an SLR and a 200+ telephoto for distant objects and animals.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:46 PM   #34
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There is reason to look at an SLR and a 200+ telephoto for distant objects and animals.
I read, somewhere, a 200 telephoto lens on a digital SLR gives more magnification than on an old film version SLR.
Is that right?
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:16 AM   #35
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Sometimes! The original digital cameras had a ratio of "film" size to that of a regular 35mm film camera (full frame). So we would end up with, for example, 1.7 times full frame when using digital. Recently digital camera companies have introduced "full frame" cameras which have the same ratio, 1:1, as original 35mm film cameras. A full frame digital camera has the same magnification for each given lens as a 35mm film camera.

I shoot a lot of wildlife so I appreciate the 1.7:1 camera because I can get "closer" to my subject than when using a full frame digital or film camera.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:20 AM   #36
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"I read, somewhere, a 200 telephoto lens on a digital SLR gives more magnification than on an old film version SLR."

As I understand it, on low end DSLR cameras the sensor chip is smaller than a 35 mm film frame so you record only the center of the image that the lens takes in. That makes it look like you've gotten more magnification.

High end DSLR cameras have sensor chips the same size as a 35 mm film frame and you record the whole image so the magnification of the lens looks the same as it would on a 35 mm film camera.

I think the above is correct but I'm open to correction.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:23 AM   #37
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If we're talking airplane pictures here...

My daughter rented a 70-200mm telephoto lens for her DSLR camera last year for Fleet Week San Francisco. These shots were some of the over 1900 photos taken from the bow of FlyWright during one day of the Blue Angels show.









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Old 06-22-2013, 03:51 AM   #38
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Ray, would you please take some photos of the Osprey family living on the light stand at the exit of Mare Island Strait? Our cameras aren't up to the task.

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Old 06-22-2013, 12:19 PM   #39
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I know these are not what you asked for. They are at the nest west of the Ballard Locks in Seattle. They were on a railroad bridge pole. Burlington Northern, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Seattle Parks got together and put up a new pole near by with a nest platform on top. The birds came back in the spring, built a nest, and raised two young birds.
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Nice captures! What camera and lens did you use?
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