RE: [Churchcrawling] Re: Digital Cameras
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From: Riverandtree@... [mailto:Riverandtree@...]
Sent: 01 June 2004 03:58
Subject: Re: [Churchcrawling] Re: Digital Cameras
>Thanks Julian for the information about printers.I had one bad Epson printer.
>I have had Epson printers, since I bought my first computer many moons ago.
>I have always been happy with them, and they are workhorses.
The original MX80 was ahead of it's time.
Followed by an FX80 that was utterly dreadful at feeding paper, and replaced
by a Star NL-10 (first low-end printer with a working, cheap, paper sheet
Then switched to the Canon that looked like a large-slot toaster (still
going strong 13 years later).
Then back to Epson when they brought out an A2 colour inkjet (in 1997).
Imho they have never lost the lead since.
- I tried to send this the other day when it was more current, but the ISP
A known problem of automatic digital camers of the "compact" (whatever
that means) type is that they insist on resetting everything whenever
the shutter is pressed, thus delaying actually taking the picture by a
couple of seconds. This is fatal with a moving subject and is probably
part of the cause of fuzzy interiors - you get tired of waiting and move
(1) Turn of unnecessary automation.
(2) Press down the shutter halfway to make it auto focus, etc., then,
when it has finished fiddling about, fully press the button WITHOUT
RELEASING IT IN BETWEEN; that way it cannot delay and fires immediately.
(3) Use a tripod; small pocket size ones are available which can stand
on quite a small surface. I recently bought a tripod with flexible legs
which should stand on rough surfaces, and it only cost about £2.
(4) Get a camera wfich does not delay taking photos, SLRs don't.
- --- In Churchcrawling@yahoogroups.com, "Gareth Foster" <g1drg@b...>
> (2) Press down the shutter halfway to make it auto focus, etc.,then,
> when it has finished fiddling about, fully press the button WITHOUTimmediately.
> RELEASING IT IN BETWEEN; that way it cannot delay and fires
Good points, but it should be noted that most consumer digitals have
a significant shutter lag.
> (4) Get a camera wfich does not delay taking photos, SLRs don't.Well, actually, they do (although most are quite quick - but not if
you are taking action shots) - unless you are willing to shell out
for the top-of-the-range. The same comments you and I have made still
BTW, an SLR is not a solution as it comes with its own set
of "problems" if you are coming from a point-and-shoot camera. The
major one is that you will find you suddenly have poorly focussed
shots - mostly due to a lack of depth-of-field.
The reason is that on a P&S camera, the lens is so small that even
with an aperture of, say, f2.8 (that's "wide open" - so letting lots
of light in) you have a HUGE depth-of-field - enough to cover the
interior of a church. With an SLR the lens is many times bigger and
at f2.8 your DoF is going to be very narrow - not enough to cover a
church interior. To get more DoF you have to reduce the aperture,
meaning longer shutter speeds and - you guessed it - you need a
One last point - rather than get one of those useless screwy
little "tripods", get a monopod instead. Used correctly they are
steadier and, as a bonus, you can use them as a walking staff when
not being used for photography. Also usefull (like a full-sized
tripod) for photographing through high up windows.