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clyde

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thats a pretty good list mate, id be tempted to go for the olympus or maybe the panasonic, reckon the olympus though, maybe cos i have a trip 35 and love it and these look like updated versions, crap reason i know :)
 

AB22 Easy Tiger

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I'd go for the Panasonic I think.

I have an Olympus and don't find it easy to use or intuitive at all.

In fact, I think I'm going to sell it and buy a Panasonic. Or maybe a Canon
 

not spavin

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Bump. I'm going camera shopping on Sunday :cool:
If you try out any non-SLRs, have a look to see how long it takes between pressing the shutter and the picture being taken. The lack of shutter lag for me is the single best thing about SLRs. I was shooting a mate's wedding last week and managed to catch loads of 'moments' that I'd have otherwise missed with my compact. If you can find one of these premium compacts that have little or no lag then you're sorted. Oh, and enjoy! Camera shopping is class.
 

GingerNick

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I have a lumix tz5 and its been a great compact, but didnt feel ready for the full dslr yet so picked up a lumix fz38 last week. Its nowhere near as flexible as a full dslr but offers that little bit extra that my compact doesnt, cant wait to get out fishing as the extra zoom should come in handy snapping birds and it has an excellent macro for bugs and plants
 
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I have a lumix tz5 and its been a great compact, but didnt feel ready for the full dslr yet so picked up a lumix fz38 last week. Its nowhere near as flexible as a full dslr but offers that little bit extra that my compact doesnt, cant wait to get out fishing as the extra zoom should come in handy snapping birds and it has an excellent macro for bugs and plants
bet it does you dirty bassard :lol:
 

not spavin

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The NEX 5 does look kinda sexy like but I's want the telephoto zoom rather than just the wide angle lens.
My issue with those kind of camera is that they're not pocketable. You may as well get a SLR when you get to the stage of whacking a great big lens on a compact. Saw someone with the D5000 today and it's even smaller than the D40.
 
Not a bad design though. Essentially a lens with a handle on.

My issue with those kind of camera is that they're not pocketable. You may as well get a SLR when you get to the stage of whacking a great big lens on a compact. Saw someone with the D5000 today and it's even smaller than the D40.
I know what you mean but if the lens compresses into itself when not in use....

Seem a bit expensive for what you get though but if you feel comfortable handling the camera.....
 

not spavin

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Not a bad design though. Essentially a lens with a handle on.



I know what you mean but if the lens compresses into itself when not in use....

Seem a bit expensive for what you get though but if you feel comfortable handling the camera.....
Aye, it's all about what it's like in your hand. Seems like it's very capable but some reviewers don't like the operating system. Easy to try that out anyway.

My DSLR is the size of a caravan, and because of that I find more and more of my shots are taken with my little film Olympus XA. Choosing a camera is always a compromise, and I must admit that those new Sonys give me a semi. They look mint.
 
I've still got an old Konica Minolta Camera that is 24-200mm and is essentially a lens with a handle on. The zoom doesn't change in length as the casing is fixed but I got it out the other day and although it is only 3.5 mp I still like using it and the glass is good. It fits in some jacket pockets, just, but maybe for someone like janiep the NEX 5 would fit in a handbag quite easily. I don't have a manbag like so have no experience in that I'll have you know. ;)

 

janiep

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My issue with those kind of camera is that they're not pocketable. You may as well get a SLR when you get to the stage of whacking a great big lens on a compact. Saw someone with the D5000 today and it's even smaller than the D40.
They're handbagable though.
 

clyde

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i say go for it, the NEX series look great and perform great too, if i had the spare cash i'd pocket one for sure...i remember posting about these camera's when the news of them first broke quite a few month back and i got well excited about them then.
 

Roger

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Update: I haven't bought it yet but I think I'm going for the Sony NEX 5.
Have you bought it yet?

Pics? ;)

They're handbagable though.
I am with Spav on this one.

They certainly look lovely and I can see the attraction for someone coming from a compact camera.

Maybe it's cos my handbag isn't big enough ;) but to me, whilst they are small and portable, to give them SLR functionality you will be carrying several lenses and filters and a tripod and spare batteries around - so you will be carrying a fair bit of kit around anyway - more like rucksackable!

For me, its a decent compact camera in my coat pocket (a phone with an acceptable camera when I don't carry that) and a big bag full of SLR gear when I go out specifically to take photos.

I should add that my SLR (400D) is quite a small one by digital standards.
 
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janiep

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Have you bought it yet?

Pics? ;)
Yes I have :). Went for the Sony NEX 5.

I spent an hour or so playing with it last night; too early to give any real feedback, particularly as I haven't really used it in anger yet. No pics yet, unless you want to see my foot and the trees out of the window as I was sat on the sofa messing about with the thing that blurs the background for portraits :lol:

The only thing I can say with any confidence so far is that it is a nice size: it's bigger and heavier than a compact but still small and light enough to be portable, and it works well in me dainty lady-like paws.

Just seen the rest of your post. I didn't want to get 2 (a DSLR and a compact), and I wouldn't lug a DSLR around when I'm just out for a walk through the streets of old London town and that. We'll see how I get on!
 
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Roger

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Well it will be interesting to see what you can do with it. It is certainly a lot easier to be creative (controlling depth of field etc) with a larger camera than a compact.

Don't be too worried if you are a little disappointed with the photos at first, it will come with time and practice.

I know when I first got my dSLR the shots I produced were no better than with the Sony Bridge camera I had back then - but they improved dramatically as I got to know the camera.
 
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