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Old 04-18-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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I've been wanting one forever. The past few years I've been using a Nikon coolpix thinking a hybrid would be good enough. Little did I know being a noob. It absolutely sucked. Plenty of features, but the processor couldn't handle them, so it was like having a heavy/bulky, low-grade, point & shoot teaser.

So, my dh's laptop sh*ts the bed on Friday night. He's a student and freaked. I told him to calm down, we'll just get him another one. I have a Best Buy card with a zero balance. I start dreaming about cameras. He's been listening to me yap about DSLRs for several years. I found a canon rebel xs for $550 w/a lens. He told me to go for it and I did. I've been playing with it the last day and a 1/2 and the differences are unbelievable. I'm so excited i can't stand it. I had to share my joy with you!

I can't wait for the sun to come out.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Congratulations! Yeah, there's lots of difference. They both have their advantages, but a large (physically) sensor is hard to beat.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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wahhhoooo....congrat's to you and welcome to a whole new world of photography!!!
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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we are sure you will have lots of questions sooooo ask away.

the best part is as you learn more and more and your photos go from snapshots to creative works of art you get to look at all your earlier stuff and go "I CANT BELIEVE I THOUGHT THAT WAS GOOD!"

HA HA HA HA
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Venice, Fl
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Awesome stuff, welcome to photography !!! You dont need the sun to use your camera, lets see some pics from the new DSLR !!!!
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:33 PM
 
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ha ha ha good point about needing the sun.as newbees we think we need sun.

just the opposite ,overcast clouds can really pop colors
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:15 PM
 
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Thanks for all the responses! I'm excited to join in photo sharing in the near future and to learn from you all.

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we are sure you will have lots of questions sooooo ask away.

the best part is as you learn more and more and your photos go from snapshots to creative works of art you get to look at all your earlier stuff and go "I CANT BELIEVE I THOUGHT THAT WAS GOOD!"

HA HA HA HA
No doubt, tho, the last two years with this Nikon I couldn't fool myself, only frustration. But, I could have come on here today with a zillion questions. I wanted to calibrate my external monitor. Before I could do that, I had to figure out why it wouldn't go full screen, which turned out to be a driver issue. Then getting on to calibration, I was banging my head. It's really confusing and I can't afford anything, tho, I'd like some recommendations, so eventually I tried adobe gamma. It looks better, but who knows.

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ha ha ha good point about needing the sun.as newbees we think we need sun.

just the opposite ,overcast clouds can really pop colors
I'm sure, but understand I had a Nikon coolpix that would give nothing but grain unless in full sun. I don't have any pics yet with my new camera, except of my dog and random wall shots while learning the controls. Not very interesting.

But, here's one from a cannon point and shoot (unprocessed). I love the color.

Finally got a DSLR-whitemountains2008.jpg
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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Default Ok, here are a few pics I took today!

Here are my little fish buddies
Finally got a DSLR-fish.jpg

My dh took the dog for a walk yesterday and picked these flowers from a tree thinking I'd probably want to take pictures of them. I was checking out the macro function.

Finally got a DSLR-flowers.jpg

Here's Halley!

Finally got a DSLR-halley.jpg

eta: my concern is that they look drastically different when comparing them on the laptop screen and the external monitor. They look crisp and vibrant on the external, and dull on the laptop. Which is correct?
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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When I got my Nikon D80 last year I got an account on Flickr and also joined the Nikon D80 group. You can post pics, look at pics and ask any question you may have about your camera. Its been a huge help to me, and I love looking at pictures taken by others with the same camera. You may want to join the Canon Rebel xs group!
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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eta: my concern is that they look drastically different when comparing them on the laptop screen and the external monitor. They look crisp and vibrant on the external, and dull on the laptop. Which is correct?
Hi Brawnwyn,

Don't count on the camera's monitor for too much, and unless you calibrate your laptop, don't count on it either. If you relied on your laptop's monitor before, rely on it now. It hasn't changed.

For correct exposure when shooting, check the histogram on your camera's monitor. You'll need to learn how to read it for different pictures if you haven't already, but once you get the hang of it, it's hard to beat.

As for calibrating your laptop, I highly recommend it for anyone who's serious about their photography. I use a Spyder -- simple to use and not too expensive.

One of the things you'll notice about your new camera is that pictures straight from it won't be as sharp and probably not as contrasty. You can adjust this on your camera to some extent, but it's better to do it in Photoshop or whatever you're using for image editing.

The other "sharpness" issue with DSLRs is that you won't have nearly the depth of field with the larger sensors and longer lenses that they require. That's usually an advantage but not always.

Have fun!
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