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Editor Jun 04, 2007 54 comments
If you hear about a new camera, lens, printer etc. that you think will dramatically improve your work, would you consider purchasing same in the coming year?
Briefly comment on what criteria you would use to consider upgrading your gear in the coming year.
A) Yes, photography for me is more than discretionary spending.
39% (129 votes)
B) Maybe, although I will research it carefully and am watching my spending.
54% (180 votes)
C) No, even though I’d like to I’d hold off until the economy improves.
7% (25 votes)
Total votes: 334
Editor May 22, 2007 67 comments
One of the interesting predictions for this year is that most digital camera sales will be by those buying their second, or even third digital camera, and that first-time buyers (or those switching from film to digital) will be in the minority. If you are planning to buy a digital camera this year is it:
If you are buying your second (or third, etc.) digital camera, please briefly comment on why you are or might be considering that purchase.
Your first digital camera
41% (93 votes)
Your second or third digital camera
38% (87 votes)
You are "stepping up" from a digital point and shoot to a DSLR (regardless of number of previous digital cameras.)
21% (48 votes)
Total votes: 228
Editor Apr 12, 2007 25 comments
Today’s DSLRs allow for very high ISO ratings, with the newest featuring ISO 3200, and beyond. When shooting at these high speeds many manufacturers recommend, and offer Noise Reduction (NR) filters to help suppress noise. If you have worked at these high speeds, at what level of ISO do you find that NR filtration is important to retain image quality?
Briefly comment on your experience with high ISO settings and how you handle noise; mention your camera model in your comments
ISO 800
57% (77 votes)
ISO 1600
19% (26 votes)
I do not use NR filtration at all, as I feel the tradeoff between noise and image sharpness is not worth it.
24% (32 votes)
Total votes: 135
Mar 21, 2007 41 comments
At the recent PMA show a number of companies have announced plans to not only have WiFi cameras but also GPS capable units. Do you think that would be a useful and helpful feature in your digital camera?
Brifely describe how you might use GPS in your digital camera.
Yes, it sounds like fun.
32% (40 votes)
No, I don't need that kind of feature.
28% (35 votes)
Maybe, but I have to see how it works.
40% (51 votes)
Total votes: 126
Editor Feb 14, 2007 25 comments
Digital SLRs and even integral lens digital cameras now offer ISO ratings as high as ISO 1600, and beyond. Naturally, this increases the chances of "noise" in images. Many cameras have built-in NR (noise reduction) software that kick in at high ISOs. Beyond that, what is your strategy for reducing noise in images?
Please briefly comment on how you manage and control noise in your shots.
I generally enable noise redutcion software at ISO 800 and higher.
37% (55 votes)
I let the automatic noise reduction programs do the work for me.
11% (17 votes)
I rarely use those very high ISO settings.
51% (76 votes)
Total votes: 148
Editor Jan 11, 2007 42 comments
Many of us have slides and negatives that we’d like to convert to digital form to print using our inkjet printers or share on web pages and the Internet. What is your conversion strategy?
Please comment briefly on your film to digital conversion workflow.
I have a scanner and handle it myself.
85% (267 votes)
I have a lab or service bureau handle it for me.
3% (9 votes)
I still have “traditional” prints made from film and have yet to consider or think about how to convert them to digital form.
12% (37 votes)
Total votes: 313
Editor Dec 11, 2006 27 comments
Some cameras are becoming more like multimedia devices, with wireless sending now become part of even point and shoot digital cameras. Does having extra "connectivity" options make it more likely that you would choose one camera model over another?
Please comment briefly on how you share your images with family, friends and associates.
Yes, I like the extra convenience and ability to share pictures quickly while on the road.
54% (129 votes)
No, it wouldn't make any difference and I am fine using email and web sharing as is.
39% (95 votes)
I'm not sure how it works and what the benefit is so I don't know right now.
7% (17 votes)
Total votes: 241
Editor Nov 20, 2006 79 comments
Nikon, with its new D40, and other companies are coming onto the market with compact, relatively inexpensive DSLR cameras. This trend will continue. If and when you decide on your first or a new DSLR, how important will the lenses you already own (new and old) be in your consideration of one brand over another?
Please comment briefly on how likely you are to buy a new DSLR in the coming months, and how your investment in lenses will or will not affect that purchase.
Very important. I have a large investment in lenses already.
76% (165 votes)
Not very important. I would purchase depending on the features and ease of use.
11% (24 votes)
I am shopping for my first DSLR, so the price/features ratio is my prime consideration.
13% (29 votes)
Total votes: 218
Editor Oct 19, 2006 75 comments
There's a trend in digital cameras to offer more and more in-camera processing, including making copies that change resolution and "retouching" white balance, red-eye etc. Given that you had such a camera, would you use the camera for these tasks or wait until later after downloading to do it in your image processing program?
Please comment briefly on any experiences you might have had with in-camera image processing techniques.
I would use the camera as part of my image processing solution.
33% (99 votes)
I think all that is better done in an image processing program.
62% (186 votes)
I just use the images as they come from the camera and don't do any post-processing work on them.
5% (15 votes)
Total votes: 300
Editor Sep 14, 2006 62 comments
The latest products show a trend toward more image stabilization features in new lenses for DSLRs, and camera bodies in digicams. Have you experienced working with an image stabilized device, and do you see the benefits of it?
Please comment briefly on your experience with image stabilized lenses/cameras.
Yes, and I have found that I get a greater percentage of steady shots with it.
75% (165 votes)
No, I just raise ISO or work with a tripod anyway.
10% (22 votes)
I have not yet worked with an image stabilized system.
15% (34 votes)
Total votes: 221