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    Help E (....and Sterkoder....) figure out a new camera

    This is something for everyone to mull over and think through and help me with.

    I want to buy a new camera before my next cruise with my mom. (yes there is a reason).

    I really LOVE my Sony DSC-T100 because I can put it in my pocket, carry it in the palm of my hand, it's always in my handbag, etc etc.

    BUT--I need zoom. I need fast recovery. I need to be able to take photos of a lifetime.

    I'm REALLY hesitant about getting a bigger SLR--because I wonder if I will regret having this heavy thing around my neck/shoulder all the time. Will I use it as much as my little '"snappy"--I certainly won't carry it around in my purse all the time or in my pocket. I also don't use all the "bells and whistles" and usually use it in automatic.

    so I need your input...

    What do I buy?

    What do I need?

    How much do I need to plan on spending (God knows, I don't want to spend much of ANYTHING right now..)

    Where do I buy? Where do I find a good deal??? (No, I don't mean PilotDane, although I'm sure his Kelli would say he's a "good Deal")

    Do I need to take a course to learn to use all the settings (how often do YOU take it out of "auto"???)

    Oh, I could go and do all the research myself, but WHY should I when I have all my CVSibs with so much more knowledge???

    Help me figure this out, please! We have lots of time--I don't "need" it until January--so that will give my time to get used to it before I leave February 5 or so.....

  • Sterkoder
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    Thank you. Feels like I'm walking around with a ground-to-air missile launcher or something. I guess all that you see there including tri-pod weigh in at about 4 kilos +

  • pakarang
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    CONGRATULATIONS on new "weaponry"..... !

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  • Sterkoder
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    IMG_4790 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

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  • Sterkoder
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    Yes, ordered in this case means not yet received ;-)
    I don't expect to take stunning images at once, as I've never handled such a lense before. But thanks anyway :-)

  • pakarang
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    OH, holy night, oh, holy camera lens!

    Ordered... as in meaning not received it yet?

    That is a good zoom. Looking forward to see what you can do with that in the future - lots of great photos coming from a far, no doubt!

    Congratulations!

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  • Tommi
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    Christmas came early this year!

  • Sterkoder
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    And now, I went bananas in the camera store and ordered a Pentax D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW lense

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  • Sterkoder
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    Thank you for supporting words, Jan Olav :-)

    As you see in my post above, the K-1 II and full-frame lense are already ordered.
    I'm too much into photography to not carry a DSLR around, I enjoy taking pictures, I want the possibility to be creative with the camera, I want to think like a photographer and if I didn't have my job here, I would very much have liked to be a photographer.
    According to that, I have a daughter who just started her 2-year study at Norwegian School of Photography in Ila, Trondheim, to be a professional photographer, and we talk, snap, mail and sms photography all day long.
    Nobody need anything, except good health, food, a job and a roof over the head..., but I need a DSLR, that debate is over, finished :-)

    And as for you selling off your SLR-bag and contents, I belive you should not think twice about it.
    We are all in different stages in life, interests change, we get new perspectives.
    Your gear will not eat you out of your house, so it does not cost anything to store it..., should the interest for such photography rise again.
    But why not make someone who want a good camera and lenses get it to work with?

    I must admit; I use my iPhone as my only camera more than I did before, but using a mobile camera and a DSLR is two different types of photography.
    As I went to work in Sandnessjøen for 10 days in 2017, I brought my Pentax, but came home with 0 (zero) pictures on the memory card.
    In my iPhone, I had over 100 pictures from the trip.
    So you see, I can understand your thoughts about your EOS 5D and your trip to Thailand and Hong Kong :-)

  • pakarang
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    Sorry to hear about your failing camera, but sadly, this is something that happens once in a blue moon.

    I have for the most part been using a Canon Powershot G7X Mark II for my photos in the past year, and by far, this is the very best compact camera I have ever tried/owned. I brought my Canon EOS 5D to Hong Kong and Thailand in September, but ended up carrying it around everywhere and only shooting 5 shots of the same subject!

    I know this is also lacking a dead pigeon, but I'm seriously considering getting rid of the whole SLR-bag and its contents. It just doesn't get used anymore... it's perhaps my own fault, but it's just too much work to use it, download images to computer and such....

    I have, as you understand, nothing valuable to add to your question, other than go for it. If you feel you want it, go for it... you only live once. If you can afford it, yes, why not?

    PS: I saw that you already tried the rice-trick.

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  • Sterkoder
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    I've been thinking about the full-frame K-1 since its intro for over a year ago. Didn't buy then because I thought too much about "childhood faults" (barnesykdommer), as this was/is the very first full-frame from Richo-Pentax.
    Now, as they launched their K-1 Mk. II, I think I'll have a go.
    Call it "collecting arguments", but when you really want something, it's kind of difficult to argue against. I visited my camera dealer yesterday and ordered one K-1 II and a full-frame Pentax lense 28-105mm. Hope to get it all in a week

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  • Tommi
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    Sorry to hear about the problems, this is something that happens now and then for all of us. Generally speaking, I think that I send one photography item per year to repair or replacement due to some kind of problem (most common problem: lens misalignment due to shocks).

    The rice trick sometimes is far better than just heat, you want to dry it, not heat it! :-)

    Almost 6 years is old for a camera, in my opinion it's not worth to send it for repair, it's probably cheaper - or at least as expensive to buy a second hand K-5 II that actually works.

    Very few of my photo gear was purchased factory new, the most are second hand or demo units. I have never seen any difference in the lifespan between new or used items.

    It could also be a clever idea to use the same system within the family - then you can borrow lenses from eachother (she shoots Nikon, doesn't she?).

  • Ralf__
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    ...collecting arguments... well, that is okay, you are moving towards a good decision.
    It will be expensive, but you will emerge all small and bigger problems - and you will go ahead in quality and possibilities. Good.
    Any useful advantage, if you look at the education of your daughter?? If even this -- much better!
    Last try to hold you back from spending your future pension (?): Ask for the price of a repair, maybe it is cheap (no, it isn't, and will it be really successful?)
    .... well, if big boys are thinking about a new toy - hopeless, they will go and buy it.

    So go on, it is the best thing you can do.

  • Sterkoder
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    Did remove 14 or 15 screws, all I could find on the outside, but the camera would simply not come apart.
    Tried to leave it with all hatches open for 24 hours on a heated floor, and for half that time on top of an electric radiator (made the steel camera body red hot, by the way). Nothing helped.
    Have not tried the rice-method yet though.

    Call me picky, but I will not purchase anything used..., as long as I'm spending saved money anyway. Why?
    Because a camera, as far as I know..., and a digital one at least, will keep up with only an expected number of exposures. They say my K-5 II is good for about 100.000 exposures. Mine has passed 50.-60.000.
    Therefore I will preferably buy a camera and start at 0 exposures on the shutter.

    And when buying something used, what kind of use has the camera been through? That's only one of my thoughts.
    And according to the Norwegian Law of Purchase (Kjøpsloven, for those who speak Norwegian), one only has two years to complaint about the purchase when buying from a private person, but five years if you buy from a professional dealer. That's also important.

    For a good year and a half, I've also had problems with the contacts between the camera body and lense. Every now and then I get 'errored out' and have to loosen and tighten my lense.
    Don't have time for that when photographing a moving object.

    I guess the result of all this will be me saving up for a Pentax K-1 II and a Pentax 28-105mm lense. (Have had thoughts about stepping up to full-frame ever since I got my K-5 II, so it might as well happen now).

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  • Ralf__
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    If you purchase a used body in Germany right now, you will pay at least about 350 € (3.500 NOK).
    And then you have to add all the equipment (objectives,bags, etc.), will that fit all to the K-1 II?? This body is in Germany about 1.700€ n(17.000 NOK) new.
    Just to give you some emotionless numbers, to judge between a repair offer, a used, but working chassis and a new invest.

    Did you already filled the body over and over with rice to draw out the last rest of water?
    This sometimes helps on electronic platines. maybe you will have to disassemble it.

    But i am writing this as the photographic ignorant i am...
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