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good points Jim. personal note, i got started on a Pentax K1000 and Canon AE-1 Program. I loan those out to people so they can learn "properly" and rely on my EOS Elan 7E. Good to know you like your 5D, it'd be nice if I could afford that someday, but it'll probably end up being a 20D or 30D. I still want to set up a darkroom someday whenever I have a house.

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How much do you want to spend? Kodak makes great cameras in the $200 to 300 range. if you really want to get the best and spend some coin, any of the higher priced Canons or Nikkons will give you pictures that an idiot could take and look like Ansel Adams. If you really want me help, send me close up shot's of you and your friend's beavers so I can calculate the pixel requirements for you,

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How much do you want to spend? Kodak makes great cameras in the $200 to 300 range. if you really want to get the best and spend some coin, any of the higher priced Canons or Nikkons will give you pictures that an idiot could take and look like Ansel Adams. If you really want me help, send me close up shot's of you and your friend's beavers so I can calculate the pixel requirements for you,
I have a 20D and agree with FTL on this one.

We will need bearded clam pics to come up with the proper recommendation.
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Digital cameras are so versatile now you need to have some additional "needs" and budget limits specified to rate and rank the choices.

A little over a year ago I added a Canon EOS 5D to my Canon A2E, so I can interchange the lenses. The EOS 5D is extremely versatile and capable, but it is not going to fit in your pocket. My daughter just got a nice 10 MegaPixel Canon Powershot G7. It is also very capable, but does not accept a variety of lenses and does fit into your pocket. Very nice cameras, but for different budgets and different interests.

Other makes are likely about the same, and, over the years I have had Yashica, Pentax and Minolta SLR cameras. I switched to Canon about 8 years ago when my last Minolta was dropped by the daughter in Denver airport on the way home from skiing. At the time, the autofocus features of the Canon were, in my opinion, superior. Faster, more accurate and with the ultrasonic motors, quite a bit less noisy. I am nearsighted and the autofocus capabilities developed over the last ten years makes photography much more fun for me, and so this feature bacame a descriminating feature for the different models and makes.

With the digital cameras I am learning the more sophisticated exposure controls, since you get instant feedback, the lesson is "free" once you own the camera and a the memory card, which was not the case before and therefore something I ignored with the film version.

So, let us know more about what your interests are. No need to spend more for features you will never be interested in enough to learn to use. In general, capabilities, like with PC's, are improving monthly, while prices drop so buying a less capable unit now, learning the level of your interests and needs and buying a more capable device in a year or two might be a cost effective path forward. Good luck, Jim
Thank you very much for that information, I appreciate it
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I have heard the Cannon Powershot SD series is nice. I am in the market for a new digital camera myself. I have been using a first generation Kodak DC240 with 1.2 megapixel and 3x zoom. It works well for day to day point and shoot, but not much else. I bought an expensive Cannon SLR 35 mm years ago and now it sits in the closet collecting dust. I would like to not making the same mistake this time and concentrate on looking at one for no more than $250 since technologies change so fast that the best digi camera money can buy render obsolete in 6 months.

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yah I used to have a canon awhile back, so I might go back. but the pics I'll be taking is of anything, ya know...me, my friends, but especially scenery pics.
if you go back to canon do the power shot. pretty simple but still very capable. the main differences in the different models are in the amount of magnification and the pixelation. to increase either the costs follow an upward slanted line. all the other features are probably more then an average user will ever use.

for me the few main things are: does the camera have a manual option? self timer? can it shoot at least some clips? everything else is a bonus as far as i'm concerned. price range on powershots is 100-->up so you have plenty of choices.

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I have heard the Cannon Powershot SD series is nice. I am in the market for a new digital camera myself. I have been using a first generation Kodak DC240 with 1.2 megapixel and 3x zoom. It works well for day to day point and shoot, but not much else. I bought an expensive Cannon SLR 35 mm years ago and now it sits in the closet collecting dust. I would like to not making the same mistake this time and concentrate on looking at one for no more than $250 since technologies change so fast that the best digi camera money can buy render obsolete in 6 months.
what megapixel is the cannon powershot SD?
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if you go back to canon do the power shot. pretty simple but still very capable. the main differences in the different models are in the amount of magnification and the pixelation. to increase either the costs follow an upward slanted line. all the other features are probably more then an average user will ever use.

for me the few main things are: does the camera have a manual option? self timer? can it shoot at least some clips? everything else is a bonus as far as i'm concerned. price range on powershots is 100-->up so you have plenty of choices.

let us know what you get when you get it.

you have some good points there mz, thanks for your advice. I'll look into all the options, and let you guys know
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Little devil. Does that mean she is sending the skirt shots?

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