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I'm gonna get a new camera

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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I'm planning on getting a new camera. Mostly because my old one was stolen. Yup... my poor plum purple Nikon was stolen. Poor Veronica... out there in the world, so lonely... probably sold for drugs or being used for porn...

Anyways, I just wanted to know what you guys thought. I'm planning on just getting one of the Nikon's shown in commercials. One of those waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof things. Mostly because of how clumsy I am and I am used to the Nikon in handling and such.

However, I wanna know what you guys think and the cameras you use. Also, anyone else use a Nikon?


Here is all of my photography if you wanna see it, and wanna give me an idea based upon it.
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Delahkel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Meh, ignore the trolls, a lot of people have names for different inanimate objects. I have different names for my cameras and lenses as well. And in the photography world, almost all common lenses have nicknames (although not human names).
Besides, being normal is boring, isn't it? :D

As for the camera at hand, it's quite good for what it is. Decent image quality, and pretty tough.
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Olda-G Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad I'm not the only one that names his lenses.
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Delahkel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yup, a lot of us crazies around.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I don't think I've ever bought a lense. Of course, I only started my photography... a year and few months ago? So I'm very new to a few things like lenses and stuff.

Sweet. But I see you use Canon. What do you think of those?

I kind of believe that it is the man that makes the camera, but it is still important to get a nice camera, lols.

And would it be to forward of me to ask what you think about my pictures? Yours look very awesome.
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Delahkel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
In the studio I intern at we use Canons and Nikons, and sometimes we use Hasselblads and Mamiyas. They all do the same job (obviously the Hasselblads and Mamiyas produce better images being $50k medium format cameras), and honestly, can't really tell a difference between shots from Canon or Nikon in general. Obviously there are differences between individual bodies, and that's to be expected, otherwise there'd be only one camera body. I'd say that Canon Nikon and Sony cameras are so good that it really just comes down to which camera's ergonomics feel better to you.

And yeah, it really is the man behind the camera that does all the work, cameras are just tools. But it's important to remember that a better tool does make your job a whole lot easier, and that certain tools simply won't cut it for certain jobs (very extreme example: using a pinhole camera to shoot sports). It's all about the photographer, and choosing the best tool for the job.

Hehe, thanks for the compliment, and for the favs, much appreciated :)

For someone who's only been shooting about a year, I'd say your photos are pretty good, you seem to have an eye for good light, which is good. Composition is quite good as well, but you do need to pay attention to it more. Hope this helps :)
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Oh sweet. You're a photography student? No wonder your stuff looks so good.

Okay then. I guess I'll stick to Nikon. I'm very used to the feel and how it works.

Well, yeah it makes a job easier. However, I'm not planning pon being an expert, even though I know an expert so, yeah. I'm always hoping to get better.

Welcomes!

Thank yous! I'll begin to work on my composition. I'm hoping to take a lot of pictures this year. I'm planning on going to a con, so that makes me really excited.
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Delahkel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yeah, it's pretty demanding school though.

Yeah, you can do pretty well with a point and shoot even, if you know what you're doing. Getting better gear is sweet though, makes me so excited to go shoot with it :D

Yeah, practice makes perfect, but remember to have fun, otherwise, there's no point to it all.
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
whos veronica?
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
The camera that got stolen. I thought it was obvious.
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Recoat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
It's perfectly obvious. He just chooses to be an ass.

It's also not weird/abnormal to name your equipment.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thank you.

Haha I know. But I still like my claims of mental craziness. But yes, it is rather normal to name things you are rather close to. And I'm pretty sure other photographers have named their cameras.

You have awesome pictures, by the way.
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's no obvious because it's not at all normal for people to name pieces of their photography equipment.
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
No, it's perfectly obvious from context that Veronica is a camera. Certainly more obvious than a person named Veronica that's suddenly lost and sold into slavery.
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:iconrockthesky:
rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Why on earth did you feel the need to jump on the bandwagon with your useless post?

If I say that it wasn't obvious to me, then it wasn't obvious to me. You can say "no" and "it's perfectly obvious" until the cows come home, but it won't change the fact that it wasn't obvious to me!
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I'd recommend taking remedial English classes then.
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Considering that piece of advice came from someone in China, I'll take it with a gain of salt.
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Racist.

I happen to be American. But then again, why should that get in the way of your bigotry.
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Recoat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Photographer
It's a personal preference, not some horrible deformity. You name your image folders, correct? Maybe that's a horrible problem.

Personally I name my flash drives. Not all of them directly relate to their uses, but it's how I remember them.
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"not some horrible deformity."

Hey, I never said that it was!

You name your image folders, correct

Worst comparison/example/analogy EVER. Of course I name my image folders, because they all look exactly the same until I go into them. They're all just the same folder icon. I have three cameras: 2 Nikon, 1 Sony and they all have the make/model number written on them. Therefore, no need to name them.
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Recoat Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Photographer
You reacted in such a manner. It's really not a bad comparison. I use several cameras too but that doesn't mean I remember exactly what's in each folder by the model or date. There needs to be more specifics.
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"It's really not a bad comparison."

Yes it is, because how does naming a camera "Veronica" help you in the following situation:

"I use several cameras too but that doesn't mean I remember exactly what's in each folder by the model or date. There needs to be more specifics."

Technically, the camera already has a unique name: it's model name/number... why would giving it a person's name help you to remember exactly what's in each folder?

I organize my photo library in the following fashion:

RAW > D90 > [year] > Filename = {year-month-day-00001}
JPEG > D50 > [year] > File name = (see above)

I don't shoot JPEG anymore, but I used to. Organizing it like this allows me to remember exactly what's in each folder, because everything I shoot this year will go into 2013 - it's that easy!
I don't create sub-folders because I'm not a trigger happy photographer. I've taken 85 photos this year and have been to 10 different locations.
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Recoat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
I think you're taking a personal preference way too seriously. You don't know what he uses the name for. he could have it written on the camera to keep track of it. It could be one of several cameras that he has. The entire family could have the exact same camera and the only way to tell them all apart is by the names written on them. You don't know.


I was using the folders as an example. If you shoot multiple subjects with little-no relation to each other, you would need more information beyond the camera make and year. I never said the name this person gave his camera would be on the folders. You chose to think that.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Who said I was normal? I do not give off any impressions of normal. Good sir I am insulted. I am mad as a hatter.
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SkankinMike Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Surely proclaiming yourself as something makes you exactly not that? ;)
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I'm not exactly sure. I'm rather insane, and I have proof of not being normal by any circumstances.
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SkankinMike Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Nah, sounds like trying to hard to me ;) Just go with the flow!
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Who said I was normal?"

That's completely irrelevant as to why it wasn't obvious to me who or what "Veronica".
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
You made it relevant. Might wanna look at your sentences before you type them.

I made it pretty obvious. This is the photography forum, I am talking about a new camera, and the sentences surrounding it the mention of Veronica would describe what it it.

Are you trolling, or are you completely serious?

People have named inanimate objects before. And it really isn't gonna stop.

Please check out this trope from TVtropes, "I call it Vera" and look under Real Life, please.
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rockTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You know, its sort of ironic that you question whether or not I am serious and then proceed to major issue out of me not being sure what "Veronica" was. I'm not going to check out tropes. I know it's normal for people to name inanimate objects. I now know what you meant by Veronica - as from your second post. It's sort of case closed now. You dragging it out is pointless.
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KingStephenArthur Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I've only used nikons for as long as I know.

are you referring to the orange one? I think it comes in other colors too, but you can get it in orange? if that is the one you are talking about, IT IS AWESOME!! If you aren't going to get a DSLR, that is the only point and shoot I would recommend, personally.

I use a nikon D600 and a Nikon D7000.

My uncle has that waterproof camera and he loves it, I get all my camera advice from him and he hasn't steered me wrong, if he says it's good he is probably right.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I don't know. I think in the commercial it's orange. But yeah that's what I'm gonna get. I think it would b best for me, and my occasional travel... and my tendency to have stuff bangs against hard surfaces. I wanna get something teal or red. Everything I own is teal or red.

My last camera was a Coolpix S4100.

Mmm, I'll take not of that. I kind of wished I asked Richard Bickel what type of camera he uses last time I saw him.
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I assume you're not talking about the mirrorless ones with the interchangable lenses, because you would be better off buying a dSLR for that kind of money.

I'd recommend going in to a good camera shop and picking them up and physically looking at them closely. Also, do yourself a favor and just buy a proper padded gear case regardless of what brand and model you go with.

I've personally heard bad things about Nikon P&S cameras in terms of build quality, but I've never owned one, so I'll leave it up to you to research whether or not it's something that you're worried about. I personally have never had any problems with my Canon gear in terms of build quality.

But, really, Nikon makes some nice stuff, just make sure you're happy with the test pictures you see.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I don't know what dslr stands for...

I'm not really in this as a career. More of a hobby. But I still like to do it. I don't think there are any actual camera shops within the immediate area though.

It's good. I just never learned how to take pictures inside that had no natural or natural looking like. Yellow lights made everything looks awful. But other than that, all my pictures in my gallery are from my Nikon.

But I was happy with my Nikon. It was just stolen though so... I really can't wait to get my new one. I'm hoping to ask my parents to drive me around so I can get some awesome pictures.
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
digital Single Lens Reflex. Basically those are your more expensive cameras with the optical view finder and interchangeable lenses.

It's better to go to a shop if you can as you don't really know if they're comfortable to hold, but you don't have to.

The color problem is the white balance in all likelihood the manual will talk about that. A good point and shoot should be anywhere from about $150 or so to $400 depending upon the features you want. I know for $299 it's hard to go wrong with the Canon PowerShot sx40hs, but I know that's probably more camera than you want or need. So, you're probably looking at something that's more like $200.

Definitely go to a website like dpreview.com or steves-digicams.com and look at the test pics they do with the cameras and see if you like them.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Makes sense.

I'm very good with a feel of camera. I was rather used to having my hands in similar positions due to gaming (bad reason, I know) so I was pretty much used to it. And the touch screen on my Nikon worked like a DS so it wasn't much of a change.

Mmm, I'm pretty sure my point and shoot was around $140. I was very happy with many pictures. Minus the ones that had a lot of movement and inside pictures.

But I will go to that site and check out pictures.
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hedwards Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
These days, you should be able to pick up a decent camera for that, depending upon what exactly you demand.

Obviously, you had no choice in the matter, so you need a new camera. I generally recommend people not buy a new camera unless absolutely necessary. I'm getting a new camera body after about 10 years with the old one. And the sx40 hs was just because I knew that I'd be going places where I couldn't lug around 30# of gear.
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