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zainzubir
22nd September 2008, 09:27 AM
As a general buying guide you have to ask yourself some questions. The most important is, “Do I really need to have the highest megapixel camera available today?”


Try to ignore image processing gimmicks that happen in-camera-the thing to remember is the less the camera does to your raw image, the more control you will have over it in the end.


You can buy a DSLR body for a reasonable price and then spend good money on quality lenses. Your pictures will be sharp and rich, beyond the quality of any film camera you’ve ever owned.

Coan's write up made me rethink of acquiring new "body" that boasted having 21.03 mps ..and to consider a really good lens instead:lol:

aunty zaing
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Pixels aren’t everything—the lens still matters most
By vital - Posted on September 19th, 2008
The lens will always be the most important feature on a camera.
Category:
Technophiles

BY GREGORY COAN

I was a photographer long before I was a computer geek, and it has been both a blessing and a curse that the two fields have merged. This article is more of a philosophical explanation of digital camera technology rather than a specific product review, in the hopes it can clear up some of the marketing hype that engulfs the industry.

Historically, film cameras touted their features and their lenses. The most important investment one could make on camera hardware was the lens. This is still true for digital cameras, because it doesn’t matter how many megapixels your camera can render—if you’re filtering light through a cheap lens that is what will appear in your photos: soft corners, uneven focusing and bad color reproduction.

Film was (well, is still) sold at different ASA ratings. The lower the number, the finer the grain structure. In a way this can be related to the megapixel number on a camera sensor when it comes to print output. For instance, a 100ASA film can be printed much larger than an 800ASA film without the grain structure showing. The same holds true for digital cameras. Obviously a 25MP camera can yield much larger prints than a 5MP camera. If you are going to post most of your photos online, almost any current camera will suffice.

During the last year, the gap between point-and-shoot digital cameras and DSLR cameras has begun to overlap in that each can make pictures in the 14MP range. For a point-and-shoot camera, this is quite amazing. I bought a Canon 5D DSLR the first year it was released and now there are point and shoot cameras available that yield the same megapixels at about one-tenth the price. Naturally, you can’t change lenses on a point-and-shoot, and there is less functionality, but the average consumer has so many good, affordable digital cameras to choose from now.

As a general buying guide you have to ask yourself some questions. The most important is, “Do I really need to have the highest megapixel camera available today?” Camera manufacturers are in the megapixel marketing war but don’t for a minute believe this is the only thing you need in a camera. If you aren’t ever going to print anything larger than 8-by-10 you could live with a really good 8MP camera.

Many people still bring their memory cards to photo labs for printing, but it’s quite easy to get great photographic prints at home with modern inkjet printers. Part of the shopping budget should be allocated to getting a good printer if you are going to print yourself. Epsons and Canons still lead the pack. It’s no less exciting to make a great print yourself in the digital “darkroom” as it is seeing the photo appear in a tray in a traditional darkroom.

The most important thing on any camera is still the lens. If you need quality options in lenses, you should consider a DSLR. You can buy a DSLR body for a reasonable price and then spend good money on quality lenses. Your pictures will be sharp and rich, beyond the quality of any film camera you’ve ever owned.

Of course DSLR’s are bulky, and I love the small point and shoot digital cameras available today. Some of the best lenses are on the Panasonic Lumix line, as the glass is made by legendary camera company Leica. Canon and Nikon also make very nice point and shoot cameras.

It’s great to see the large camera companies stay at the forefront of technology and I suggest you start with and research the name brands before considering a lesser known company because of a lesser price. Most of the time in digital photography, you get what you pay for.

Try to ignore image processing gimmicks that happen in-camera. One recent built-in feature I saw was called the “MakeUp” mode. This will try to automatically find and correct defects on people’s skin in the image. Without getting into the argument about altering reality (which I’m not against), the thing to remember is the less the camera does to your raw image, the more control you will have over it in the end. It’s fun to alter images, but you always want the original in the arrchive--think of it as you did your old film negatives.

Finally, remember there are plenty of costs beyond the initial purchase price of the camera itself. You will almost immediately have to buy more memory cards for the camera itself. A growing problem with cameras that produce greater than 10MP images is storage. Be prepared to buy extra hard drives or DVD media for backing up all the photos.

Photography habits have changed over the years. When I shot on a 36 exposure roll of film I was more careful what I was shooting. Now that I have huge amounts of digital capability I shoot more pictures, but I have to find a place to store them. In the end it may equal out to what we used to pay for film but it remains a concern as you shop for that perfect image companion.

You can e-mail Gregory Coan at ee5150@gmail.com.

sang22276
25th September 2008, 01:16 AM
sgt2 bersetuju dgn kenyataan di atas.

Tgh menabung to get some good lenses 2nd hand or new.

buntalshoot
25th September 2008, 04:57 AM
saya pula, masih bercita2 utk mendapatkan sebuah full frame dan bermega piksel lebih drpd 20MP!

red
18th October 2008, 11:10 AM
saya nak kamera paparazzi.

zainzubir
12th January 2010, 12:15 AM
BUMP..khas utk "comel" dan mereka2 yg baru dlm fotografi...

andy nikon
16th November 2010, 01:20 PM
salam semua..sy ni trlalu newbie n just pinjam camera dr mmbe..skrg ni pd tgn sye ade d2h dr rkan yg nk let go camera tu..ape yg sy bce active pixel cume 4 mp saje..d2h tu mmg utk yg pro2 sport phograper coz die 8fps klo x silap le..hehe..adoyaii..mmbebel plak aku ni..hehe.

.cume di sini sy ingin mndpt penerangan skit dr guru2 n sifu2 photog kt cini..4mp tu ade kesan x bile kte amik pic wktu siang n mlm??adekah berkenaan pd sensor kt body tu?atau sy ni gak lemau skit amik pic?cntoh pic akn di uplod kemudian coz brdband tgh lemau..ni pn seksa nk post..almaklum la cmpny ciput2 je..bwk brdband sndri utk wt kje..

mangkor
16th November 2010, 01:38 PM
alaaa... hanty, lens dah power tapi kalu tangan tak steady tak guna gak hanty. habeh semua blerr... wakakakak lariii

azmizi
16th November 2010, 01:55 PM
alaaa... hanty, lens dah power tapi kalu tangan tak steady tak guna gak hanty. habeh semua blerr... wakakakak lariii

abang mangkor tuh trademark hanty la ..dia dah register..sebb tu saya tak mau gambar saya bler2 takut hanty saman saya sebb dia claim saya tiru trademark dia..ehehehe..

zack2u
31st January 2011, 10:41 PM
hehe lence baru impian....

NazriAmran
31st January 2011, 10:58 PM
Bump....

Hanty nak bagitau dia dah beli 400mm sama 5DmkII..... Itu saja up topik nie.......

Cabootsss............................

zilzals
31st January 2011, 11:48 PM
hehe... terbaiklah E.A

NazriAmran
1st February 2011, 12:36 AM
hehe... terbaiklah E.A

Cepat lariikkk.....

zainzubir
1st February 2011, 09:36 AM
Bump....

Hanty nak bagitau dia dah beli 400mm sama 5DmkII..... Itu saja up topik nie.......

Cabootsss............................

ada yang nak kena karate ni=))=))

shearazi
1st February 2011, 10:36 AM
Bump....

Hanty nak bagitau dia dah beli 400mm sama 5DmkII..... Itu saja up topik nie.......

Cabootsss............................

ooo patutlah hehe..

JemeyPhoto
1st February 2011, 10:43 AM
kadang2, bikin tak sama ngan cakap/tulis...=))=))=)):p

jangan mare rrrrrrrrrr, nanti kena jual...:p:p:p

NazriAmran
1st February 2011, 11:04 AM
ada yang nak kena karate ni=))=))



Karate pelan-pelan sikit hanty..... Kasi hilang lenguh sudah.... Ehm ehm... Mana output 400mm nie...?