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Hi,

With so many breathtaking photos on here, it’s a pity there’s no mention of the camera and lense used.

Most of the photos I’ve put on are with a Kodak P850 bridge camera. My latest aquisition is a Panasonic Lumix FZ38. I’ve also got a couple of reduntant Minolta 35mm cameras that will probably never see daylight again.

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22 Nov, 2010
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aster said:

Hi Ken that's a good idea,maybe we could add our cameras to our profiles unless another category is created especially for this subject :)

22 Nov, 2010
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jane said:

Hi Ken...Agree with aster here. Had a Canon..then updated to a Panasonic like you.Still getting used to the settings but the lens is brill !

22 Nov, 2010
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kenrick said:

Set it to "iA". I call it "idiot Automatic". Seriously, it's annoying that the full users manual is on CD. I lashed out and bought the printed version and haven't regretted it.
It's very compact and fits easily in the pocket, though the print is a bit small. At nearly £13, it's not cheap either but
I found it a worthwhile investment for the 219 pages.

Here's the link.

http://www.oldtimercameras.com/camera-instruction-manuals/stock/Model.asp?Model=24999&ModelPage=true

Ken

23 Nov, 2010
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jane said:

Thanks for the link Ken....will check it out !

24 Nov, 2010
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bulbaholic said:

I like Aster's suggestion and have just added my FinePix to my profile, for what it's worth.

24 Nov, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

thats a good idea kenrick, ive added mine to my profile.

24 Nov, 2010
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kenrick said:

Hi all,

Glad you find this a good idea. We all shoot these magnificent photos and take all the credit for them without giving our trusted and faithful companions a mention. Let's face it, we just point the things in the right direction and they do all the work.

If anyone remembers the dark days of manual film cameras and light meters, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Ken

24 Nov, 2010
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aster said:

Hey Ken,dark days indeed. I remember my Mums' box brownie,threading in the film and winding it on with a handle !! No flash lol.
She never bothered with light meters either.
All our family black and whites were taken on that camera.She inherited her Mums' too but unfortunately they were stolen in a burglary. They probably only got a few shillings for them but to us they were beyond monetary value.

24 Nov, 2010
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kenrick said:

There is a comparison!
Try standing up every time you want to change channel on the TV!!!
Shorten that to THEN & NOW.

24 Nov, 2010
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aster said:

Lol,Ken, you couldn't sit down then because the horizontal hold needed 'tweeking' :)))
No couch potatoes then eh ?

24 Nov, 2010
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kenrick said:

Too true, aster! Too true.

26 Nov, 2010
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kaybe said:

Hello Ken,
Having just bought your FZ38 you probably won't be considering another camera purchase imminently, however, if your Minolta camera is an SLR, I think it might be worthwhile my mentioning that Sony DSLR cameras accept certain Minolta lenses.
Kaybe.

26 Nov, 2010
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kenrick said:

Hi kaybe.
I found that out AFTER I'd bought the Lumix, unfortunately. The earlier Sony Alpha series and the Konica Minolta Dynax D both take these 'A' mount lenses. The second Minolta (Dynax 5) I got for free, when I bought the 28 - 300mm Tamron lense. I've also got a 70 -210mm Tamron and my old AF-7000 camera with 35 -70mm Minolta lense.

Ken

6 Dec, 2010
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muddywalters said:

Hi Ken, I've just bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ45 and like you I find the CD manual a bit annoying. This is a steep learning curve for me as I'm also trying to get to grips with Photoshop too !
I find the photos on this site very inspirational, so I will knuckle down and get my head around it all - eventually !

7 Dec, 2010
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kenrick said:

Hi Muddy,
As you can see above, I bought a printed version of the manual, expensive but worth it. The advantage being, it is small and compact. I had toyed with the idea of printing it myself but to get this down to A6 size and then make a book out of it would have been the supreme test for my nerves! Most printers have the software to do it, but the thought of 219 little sheets of paper flying around put me off!

Ken

9 Dec, 2010
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simplylyn said:

Oh I say! You all put me to shame as I use a very simple automatic called - wait for it - Kodak EASY SHARE (with the emphasis on EASY!) My first camera was given to me by my father and it was his old, folding Vest Pocket Kodak with a bellows front. There was a hole in it somewhere and the light got in spoiling the pictures. It took the old 127 film so the photos were only tiny. I've had other cameras since then over the years one of which,a Minolta, was stolen and replaced by my Insurance Co., with a Cannon Sure Shot AF-7 that I use as a back up on occasion. In our teens my elder sister and I went to photography evening classes which we enjoyed as we learned how to develop and print, use lighting, arrange sitters etc., We were the only girls in the class!
Ah memories!

9 Dec, 2010
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muddywalters said:

Thanks for that link Ken, I've just ordered one for myself. :o)

9 Dec, 2010
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kenrick said:

You're welcome muddy. One other thing I would recommend is a UV filter to protect that valuable Leica lense. When that is on 'tele' it is very vulnerable, especially if you're on your belly crawling through the undergrowth! Seriously, for the sake of a fiver, you have a good insurance. Scratch the filter, you've lost a fiver, scratch the lense and you can throw the camera away!

Ken

9 Dec, 2010
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kenrick said:

Simplylyn,

I had one of those Kodaks with the bellows when I was about 11 years old, given to me by my brother-in-law. Loved that camera.

If you want to upgrade and the finances won't allow it, there are literally thousands of good 'hardly used' second-hand cameras to be had. There are some (and I'll bet there are one or two on here) that must have the latest gizmo with super-dooper features.
Their old cameras are given in part exchange and the dealers have to get rid. Look on e-Bay and you'll be amazed what's on offer.

I bought mine new, but only paid about half price for it. Why? Because Panasonic had brought a newer product onto the market and all others are sold off cheap.
Other than that, you're the one who has to be satisfied with the results, you and no one else.

ken

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