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I have shot with Pentax, Kodak, Nikon, in the past, but now I'm a convert to Canon. The Powershot S3IS right now.... I love the photos I can get and how easy it is to adjust for lighting conditions as I go. I'm a visual photog; I fiddle with things till it looks right. Never been into the "math" of greyscale or whatever...I love macro, and of course all of the nature/scenic...I also enjoy candid-people photography. Photojournalism is big for me, too. I enjoy telling stories with my camera. I would like to upgrade to the SX10IS has a 20x optical zoom (mine only has a 12x, which is good, but a 20x would be that much better for keeping an ideal distance from wildlife.) and 1600 ISO, for more low-light shots.

What do you shoot with?

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Canon EOS 5D, Canon EOS 40D and Canon PowerShot S60. Guess which family of cameras I like? : )
um.........Canon? Ha ha! How lucky you are to get to shoot with DSLR's.... my only complaint with those is how expensive they are...especially for the good lenses. Still, my camera's been beyond belief on getting good shots.... But if I ever really want to step up to getting the art-photographs, the ones good enough to really sell, I've got to work on getting things like catch-lights in animals' eyes...yknow, the detail stuff. I can visually tell a difference between your photographs and mine that way. I used to have a Nikon 35 mm film SLR and enjoyed it...but film developing was just too expensive. Out of your cameras, which do you do the most shooting with?

Canon Powershot S series. I like the Image stabilization, zoom capabilities, and the use of AA batteries.

I had an S1 IS and still have an S3 IS, both great cameras. The S1 was killed by carrying it in some pretty extreme environments for a couple of years. I believe that sweat and sand were the main contributors to it's ultimate demise. I used this one for many rafting and kayaking trips, so had the underwater housing for it, but I found that even though it kept the camera dry and had a great clear lens that didn't interfere with the quality of the photos I couldn't keep the water spots off the lens, so half my pictures were marred.

After the demise of the S1 I replaced it with the S3. I didn't get the waterproof housing, so realized this would limit my wet opportunites, I was also rather dismayed that the had removed the infra red remote control feature. I loved using that both for self shots, and low light situations where the remote was a great help in not moving the camera when shooting. Unfortunately the S3 had a little incident with a rather large rock shortly after purchase. No idea what I did, but the image quality is definitely affected. Still works good for high light shots, but can be grainy in lower light, so I don't use it much. Should probably have it looked at, but it was rather bulky for backpacking anyway so I decided to try out some smaller options.

Attempting much smaller I opted for the pocket size Powershot A720 IS. This is a great little camera too, and takes some wonderful shots, though with not quite as many options and as much range as the S series. Unfortunately it too had a little accident, this time involving a bottle of sun screen oil and a sandy beach. It still takes good pictures, but the lcd display doesn't display and the viewfinder is not true to the picture, so you have to remember to offset, which is a pain. The shutter does not always open and close properly either, which would be obvious viewed through the lcd, but not visible throught he viewfinder. These issues plus the low zoom length persuaded me to try something else again.

Next try, and the curent backpacking camera is the Powershot SX100 IS. Not as outstanding pics as the S1, but still great, and has all the manual operations and a decent zoom, though not as high as I'd like.

I also have a Sony F717. It's old, and bulky, and uses propriety batteries, so not my favorite camera on an extended trip, but it takes a great picture, nice zoom, and great low light settings for star shots, etc. so I keep it along in the camera gear when I'm vehicle based.

If you can read between the lines you figured out I'm a bit of a klutz! I would love to go to SLRs but based on my history think I'm best sticking to the $200 - #400 "disposables" while my camera usage is so extreme.
I too love the Canon Powershot cameras. I've got the S3IS and hope to upgrade to the SX10IS for the wide-angle lens and 20x optical zoom, and 1600 ISO!!! Just that little-bit better functionality for the kind of shots I take.
I can relate to the clutziness thing... I've dropped past cameras (my Kodak Easyshare of three or four years ago) so I know what that's like! Fortunately the Canon is bigger and easier to keep a grip I've got a neckstrap on it. Indispensable!!!!
'Course, I don't do much backpacking.... if things work out I might get to do some sometime... But I do take my camera EVERYWHERE.

Downside is since I'm always taking pictures I don't tend to be the one doing all the action, but then, that's been ok with me.....mostly. There are times I wish I had more candid photos of myself....
Canon s5 IS... Hopefully a Canon 40d at the end of the summer. I like the old Pentaxes also...excellent pics from them.
I have shot a few Fuji in the past but I recently bought and am currently addicted to a Canon Rebel Xsi. So many amazing features and the picture quality is out of this world. I just bought a super telephoto lens so I can get some amazing wildlife photos this summer in Alaska. I am a baby when it comes to photography for the most part but I am learning a few things here and there. I am a fiddler and control freak. I cannot shoot anything automatic. It has be manual. Cheers!
Fabulous! Even with all my years, something about Manual scares me.... I've got to get over it, now that I'm digital...since I can immediately view and erase (if need be) what I've taken. I spent years using film cameras and old habits die hard. :)

Canons are great! I've heard the Rebel's a great camera...


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