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Buying a digicam

 
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I also feel that digital zooms in pro photo parlance is a marketing gimmick and doesn't offer anything. It should be ignored and one should be realistic to reckon only optical zoom.
 
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Post some results of D70 Europe please. It may inspire me as well.
 
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It would be difficult to post on this site. I do not know if it could be done. Can someone suggest what size of pix have to be posted and could they be posted on this site?
 
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There are many out there, I use flickr.
 
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Could you post some???
 
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Bit late (was away for 2 weeks visiting friends and studying).

Optical zoom: changes the optics of the lens to shift the focal length. Effectively this is like adding another lens to the camera.
Digital zoom: manipulates the image created on the sensor. This is similar to resampling in Photoshop, except the quality of the result is always lower.

As to lenses for tourism:
I always take a 28-70, a 105 macro, and a 170-500 tele. Sometimes I also take a 19-35 (I'd use it more often if it were a better quality lens, as it is it's very prone to severe lensflare).
Probably the best photo I ever took in London was created using a 100-400 zoom at near 400mm. I used that lens only for 2 shots in the week I was in London, both of those are in the top 20 of the several hundred frames that trip produced. Would I have survived without it? Certainly. But why not take it if there's room left in the bag?

On last year's 3 week USA tour of the PNW I used the 170-500 (which replaced the 100-400 in 2003) for about a third of the over 1400 frames I shot.

Photography is all about being creative, experimenting with the tools at hand.
For years ALL I had was an 80-200 zoom, I still got nice shots.

P.S. for a friendly community to show your work and get some reviews and suggestions, try http://www.usefilm.com (OK, I'm a moderator there).
[ February 28, 2005: Message edited by: Jeroen Wenting ]
 
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Jeroen I registered at usefilm.com this afternoon and submitted a photo as a test which is not really my favourite. Then I went out to shoot my campus (today the colour of the sky here is fantastic...), two hours later I came back and checked. Woooooow, I'm really overwhelmed by the warm welcome from the people there! What a friendly community!! I wished I could know there earlier. Jeroen what is your member id there? Mein is Ellen Zhao. Can you see this page (I guess no, my memember id is not in the url...)? A dazon of comments there already
http://www.usefilm.com/comments.php?mode=to_user
 
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Originally posted by Ellen Zhao:
Jeroen I registered at usefilm.com this afternoon and submitted a photo as a test which is not really my favourite. Then I went out to shoot my campus (today the colour of the sky here is fantastic...), two hours later I came back and checked. Woooooow, I'm really overwhelmed by the warm welcome from the people there! What a friendly community!! I wished I could know there earlier. Jeroen what is your member id there? Mein is Ellen Zhao. Can you see this page (I guess no, my memember id is not in the url...)? A dazon of comments there already
http://www.usefilm.com/comments.php?mode=to_user



It seem that people use their real names on that site as well so is Jeroen.
 
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http://www.usefilm.com/staff/duckman but it seems you found me already
 
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I woould like to see the results of the European tour with D70, as I also propose to buy the same.
 
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Here's the place to go:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond70/
enjoy reading
I'm going to get a D70 when I go back to China again, would get it from Hongkong.
 
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From HK drive down to China side and then bargain for the best price. But be careful about your wallet
 
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Can't one get the dealer to mail the camera? I don't do it here because I'd have to pay 16% tax when the package comes into Germany. While the package from Hongkong to China is tax free.
 
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Originally posted by Ellen Zhao:
Can't one get the dealer to mail the camera? I don't do it here because I'd have to pay 16% tax when the package comes into Germany. While the package from Hongkong to China is tax free.



There must be sure, several "buy through mail orders" options. Even Thialand is equally economical now.
 
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Can someone tell me what would be the cost of D70 just in case I also want to buy one?
 
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Marianne,Is KX21 tax applicable on digicam?
Regards
 
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and where would you buy it?

In the Netherlands you can get the body for about �765 (including 19% tax) if you shop around a bit. This is parallel import from the US (so grey market, remember that's reversed when you get outside the US ) or Asia.
Normal resale price would be around �880 for the version with local manuals and warranty.

In the US the prices are the same or lower, just replace the Euro sign with the dollar sign (so really 30-50% less than here).
 
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