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June 19, 2011


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My old 35mm SLR died a few years ago and it took me a while to find the right camera though the kids had their point and shoot pocket one. I couldn't afford what I wanted but then a Fuji Finepix S1500 was on sale locally. I've known the guy at the shop for years and he had the S1000 but he was very impressed with the S1500 because of the added features, like photo cropping facility on the camera and the fact that the manual settings option wasn't as restricted.
It has a fixed zoom lens but I've taken a photo recently of an eagle at a great height over the farm and even cropped drastically the image is good. One of the reasons I bought it is the great optical zoom and, to me, brilliant macro. I also hardly need to use the flash.
As Jane said, make a list of what you want a camera to/be do then research on the net then 'test drive' some at a few shops like I did :). Oh the S1500 takes great videos too and you can hold it with one hand (well, if you're right handed) if necessary.
Lol, sorry for the long winded opinion.



I bought (and love) a Cannon Rebel T1i. You can leave it on auto and the pictures are amazing! Really crisp and clear. When you are feeling braver you can move it off auto and start experimenting with the settings. It came in a package with 2 lenses. One great for close ups and one great for big, wide shots. Hope it helps!


Hi Helen,
Perhaps a list of the things you want/aim to achieve with your new camera before you go shopping (similar to a list of things you'd expect to make if purchasing a new sewing machine)......do you want a close-up setting...(macro)....zoom capacity...re-chargeable batts or replacement...video option etc. Finally ask retailers...your friends...and get all advice required to purchase something that suits...lots of options out there!

Sally Bramald

I have the previous version of this one and love it. The wide angle lens is great for taking photos of large quilts in a small space. You have the choice of point and shoot or doing more advanced things. It's a bridge between and slr and a compact (and it takes normal aa batteries, a bonus if you are out and about and need battery power. It takes SD memory cards which can be bought cheap so you don't have to pay mega for storage.
And it takes great pictures!



Francis from Walsh's Optics opposite Service Tasmania is the most helpful camera adviser in town. He has helped me choose what cameras I have ever bought for years now. I know his advise is good because he knows what he is talking about AND his advise is the same as photographers I know.

Go see him. Also go with how much you are prepared to spend so he then knows what to show you. You could pay a fortune ($10,000 plus) to get a good camera but if you go in with a price and what you will use it for and then PLAY PLAY PLAY PLAY with it you will suddenly find yourself sifting through photos and seeing one good one out of lots! It does happen it is using the light right, good back ground and no flash. There is also basic photographic 'rules' like the 2/3 rule etc...

I often find my most candid spontaneous ones are better than planned 'exhibited' ones...

Lia Domingues

Darling, which camera do you use?
Do you have enough time and patience to work on a DSLR? DSLR are "almost" pro cameras,really nice, but a bit expensive and you need to learn to set up the "things", so it works properly. It would open a new world on photography...
That's my dream.

But if you just want to make some good pics, then maybe you could get a good Point and Shoot camera, I have a really nice Sony, which accept some custom configurations... :-)


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