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This is a discussion on What camera do you use? within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Is there another camera besides Nikon? I go way back to the F, the F1, ...

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    Is there another camera besides Nikon? I go way back to the F, the F1, F2 and so forth. Sold some great older Nikkor glass when I went digital. I have had the D200 since it came out. Frankly I miss film (Kodacrome 25 where did you go?). Digital gives many opportunities, but also doesn't let you shoot without setting all sorts of various and sundry things. Digital giveth and it taketh away. I still shoot film in medium format with a Mamiya 645TL and several lenses. I still miss Kodacrome though and it was a sad day when they stopped making it. Fujicrome is alright and has a lot of the characteristics of Kodacrome, it's just not the venerable old Kodacrome 25. Alas, time marches on.

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    Ah, you will start being nostalgic about Kodakchrome One next Phillip - do you remember it ? Exposures counted in minutes rather than seconds, it was so slow - I wonder how many of the funny effects were reciprocity failure, (joke) ?

    But seriously, In the last gasps of 35mm film, serious photographers ( I'm talking RPS digital group sort of standard, and no doubt PSA has its
    equivalent in USA) used 3 different Fuji films according to what mood they wanted - Velvia for landscape for example ( my genre) .
    I think only Fuji did that kind of thing, the Kodakchrome/Ektachrome nuances were more coincidental than planned as I understand it .
    If you are/were into this, then you might be interested in some of the Fuji diigicams - I also ( amongst my far too many cameras), have a super-zoom which I use on holiday (dirt cheap by Nikon standards) Finepix S200EXR - which can record digital images in Velvia, Provia, or Astia film "qualities" meaning contrast ranges, tonal settings etc...how to be a modern old fogey in one easy press of the button !

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    I think the canon software is CRAP! My sister's sister-in-law and one of my good friends are both fairly well know photographers here in Tampa. Both have offered help but in the working world none of us have the time to spend together other then family avents. I think I'm just going to take a class.

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    I too love doing landscapes and in medium format, Fuji continues to make Velvia in 25 and 50 iso. I shoot, along with my Nikon DSLR a Mamiya 645TL that has a great wide angle for landscapes and a normal macro (my other love). The focal length of the lens is long compared to 35mm, but it's a lot of fun. Here in Atlanta there are several places to have your work processed and most of those are custom processors. I do about as much B &W as color with this camera and use a fellow who lets me in his dark room to participate in each shot. It's really a trip back in time that I don't seem to have enough time to dedicate to. I only began working with medium format in the past few years and it does require patience as you must wait on processing to see what you've done. Digital has spoiled me into immediately seeing the results of my shooting. That immediacy comes in handy when you have all these settings and can see which ones need changing and it allows you to experiment with different settings. The film camera"s settings" are film choice, pushing, and over/under exposure for bracketing. I find that easier having shot a manual camera for so long.

    I will keep in mind the Fuji Finepix. It will no doubt have a steep learning curve for me, but camera's and related gear are a weakness of mine (amoung many other things).

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    The only regret I have of the film era is the demise of Kodakchrome 25.I shudder every time I think of the hours spent in the darkroom; the countless test strips when making colour prints; the waiting period between taking pictures and seeing the results. And worse the thousands of slides and and negatives that are now next to useless due to fungus in our tropical climate. Hooray for Digital the greatest boon to photography!!

    I have used Nikon cameras since the 1970's and currently a D200, a hand-me-down from my youngest son.My first digital was a D70. I have a special love for my F3 HP. Like Phillip I like medium format; I still have my twin-lens Mamiya C3 (just sitting on the shelf) and used to co-own a Bronica SQ with the standard, wide angle and tele lenses, together with a 6 x 4.5 back and the Polaroid back. The Polaroid back was indispensable for testing lighting, composition, poses etc, as me and 2 other partners undertook some part time commercial work.I love medium format for portraits and weddings and fashion. One can only really appreciate medium format when blowing up to 16 x 20 or larger.

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    If you use the Nikon web-site to solve technical queries, you probably receive their promotional material as I do. Have you looked at5 the new D800 with a 25M px sensor ? Medium format quality indeed - I assume ( no I'm not going to buy - not at £2500 sterling, body only !)

    But even in the early days of Nikons 6 Mpx digicams ( was it the D100 I had ? ) I went to Nikon for a one day training exercise, and saw 30 x 24 inch prints of staggering sharpness and quality made from that camera - by Nikon's in-house experts.

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    I have already noted in this thread that I use a D80 when I have the luxury of a tripod (my hands tremble too much from the continuing side effects of medications I once took to use a DSLR without one), and have begun to use my cellphone camera, which has some ungodly large number of megapixels for something that's basically a telephone, when I'm unable to set up for photos. (When Phillip moves up to whatever Nikon may offer as truly superior to the D200, I will inherit that, along with his 60 mm foxed focal macro lens, I dare to hope.)

    All the above aside - as preamble-ish stuff - I have begun to realize that photos on a 15" LCD monitor are entirely unlike the same photos as produced by my HP Photosmart printer. So.... although there are no waiting periods for darkroom development, whoever does/did it, the instant "finished" photo that I thought looked so divine on my computer is seldom what I see on the print in my hands. So now the push is on for a proper printer - which, it seems, is an Epson with at least 9 different color tanks, and the ability to print as large as 16" x 24". Does it ever end? And does anyone on OT have one? Phillip and I would be fascinated to know.

    Afterthought - if you notice Phillip's new avatar, it is not a photo of a painting, but a photo of a still-life that I had spent so many hours setting up to paint that I was too tired to get my oils out, and he photographed it instead. Even at an 8X10, it's difficult to discern that it is actually a photo! Just one of those times when photography literally becomes "art".
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    This thread really makes me want to get a good d-slr. I've been using my iphone since I got the 4S simply because it's higher quality then my point and shoot. Not only do I want to take good orchid photos, I could use it for my jewelry side-business too! Oy...might need to save up for one of these babies.

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    I used a Panasonic Lumix FZ5 for a couple of years, and although I was very pleased with the results, as a former slr (Pentax 1000 and MG) user I wanted a camera with interchangeable lenses again. More or less by accident I got acquainted with a discarded Sony alpha-200 and after learning that we were talking about a Konica-Minolta sibling on which the excellent Minolta lenses could be mounted I bought it, together with the IMO very decent 18-70 mm Sony kit lens. A few weeks later I could grab myself a bargain by buying a used Minolta D 24-105 mm zoom and off I went as illustrated by these examples:
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    I like the feel and the quality of the camera and although it is far from sophisticated anymore I intend to stick to it for the future.

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    Wow - you all take amazing photos!
    I love my Lumix (FZ38) which I got very reduced as they wanted to clear out old stock from the shop before the new models arrived. I'm still trying to find my way around it, but think once I know what I'm doing I will be blown away by the possibilities. Already my photography has improved beyond recognition. (But I will never be as good as you guys....)

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